The Mets must find something different for Jeurys Familia, and I don’t mean a mechanical tweak or a new pitch.
I mean a convenient injury or a convenient new role, one figuratively involving a mop.
Because just when it seemed like the Mets’ $30 million setup man was poised to take a step toward redemption, he turned it into a painful tease, blowing a two-run, ninth-inning lead Tuesday night at a chilly Citi Field. While the Mets’ eventual, 4-3 victory over the Reds in 10 innings softened the blow, with Pete Alonso’s sacrifice fly off Raisel Iglesias scoring J.D. Davis from third base, it didn’t eradicate their Familia problem.
Brodie Van Wagenen’s priciest free agent possesses an unseemly 6.28 ERA, with an astounding 13 walks in 14 innings over 14 games.
“I’ve been having kind of a bad season,” Familia said afterward through an interpreter, “but I think today was a good sign. I’m starting to get rolling. I have lost a little bit of confidence from time to time, but I think this is a start in the right direction.”
Echoed manager Mickey Callaway: “We’ll continue to get him out there, get him going, but he’s got to take pride that he got five big outs in this game tonight that if he didn’t get those outs, we don’t win the game.”