Jeurys Familia in Context Is Unfair

The Mets closer has a new pitch, and it is fantastic. A 95 mph split-finger fastball is already superlative by name, but when you drill down into the arsenal of Jeurys Familia, it starts to look unique… and unfair. But first we must appreciate the pitch in all its GIF glory. Nasty. I wanted to put this pitch, and Familia’s arsenal, in context, but it’s difficult with relievers...
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Familia’s Unique Grip Working Wonders

Whatever you want to call Jeurys Familia‘s new pitch, there is no denying that it works. A recent piece by Andy Martino of the Daily News detailed the backstory behind Familia’s new pitch and it might shed a little light on why it is coming in at such a high velocity. In the days since, […]
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Numbers Never Lie

After beating the Philadelphia Phillies ten straight times, the New York Mets finally came back to earth in a 14-8 brutal loss. The offense was clearly there, with Yoenis Cespedes hitting two absolute monsters of home runs, but it was the pitching that kept the victory out of reach. Jon Niese struggled with six earned runs in only five innings pitched, but that wasn’t even the truly frustrati...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Gilmartin Has Found Stability In Queens

While it’s safe to say that the weakest part of this Mets team is the bullpen, that is not to say that there haven’t been several bright spots in it this year. It started with the emergence of Jeurys Familia as one of the best stoppers in all of baseball in the absence of Jenrry […]
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Picture Bartolo Rollin’

It would be easy to say that Bartolo Colon carved up the Phillies like Thanksgiving turkey. But Thanksgiving isn’t until November, and I’m not ready to move the calendar to November yet. Plus, making a food reference in regards to Colon would be akin to body shaming. And body shaming is wrong. But his scoreless streak against the Phillies has now reached fifteen after eight more...
Via Metstradamus
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Colon masterful against Eickhoff, Phillies in series opener

View image | Final: Mets 3, Phillies 1 WP: Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.42 ERA) LP: Jerad Eickhoff (1-2, 2.84 ERA) SV: Jeurys Familia (36) New York, NY - In what was a pitcher's duel for most of the evening at Citi Field, New York Mets' veteran right hander Bartolo...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Mets 3, Phillies 1 (8/31/15)

The Mets completed a 20-win August with a 3-1 win over the Phillies Monday night. With the victory, the Mets are 13-1 against the Phillies so far this season. Bartolo Colon won his 12th game of the year with eight shutout innings. He now has 16 consecutive scoreless frames. New York hit two more homers, bringing its franchise-best mark for a month to 45, matching its total for June...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: The Mets Bullpen Gains a Pitch(er)

With the news this past weekend that (former) Diamondbacks reliever Addison Reed was headed to the Mets, New York may have finally secured the missing piece to their bullpen: a steady seventh-inning reliever to bridge the gap between the talented starting rotation and the eighth- and ninth-inning guys, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia. This was a forward-looking move by the front...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Armed With New Lethal Splitter, Familia Notches 35th Save

Jeurys Familia earned his 35th save of the season in yesterday’s 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Despite allowing the first two runners to reach base, Familia looked extremely impressive as he escaped the jam in dominant fashion. He overpowered Alejandro De Aza and Travis Shaw for the first two outs of the inning, and […]
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Mets 5, Red Sox 4 (8/30/15)

Our long national nightmare is over as the Mets broke a two-game losing streak with a 5-4 nail-biting win over the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Jeurys Familia came on in the ninth with a one-run lead and promptly gave up two hits. But he earned his 35th save of the season, with two strikeouts bookending a fielder’s choice. Tyler Clippard played a big role, pitching out of a jam in...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks on the Pond: That Pitch Doesn`t Look Familia by Chris Mosch

Jeurys Familia has added a weapon to his arsenal.
Via Baseball Prospectus
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Familia Earns 34th Save, Adds New Filthy Splitter To Arsenal

Last night in a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Terry Collins asked his closer Jeurys Familia to get four outs for his ball club. Familia did exactly that, and the Mets perserved in a much needed victory to remain 5 1/2 games up on the Washington Nationals. Familia came on in the bottom of […]
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Coors Field Kills Unicorns

Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing introduced us to the “Unicorn Win” yesterday … a score in which the Mets win once and then never again. Friday’s game was the first ever 14-9 win in Mets history. Well, I guess that unicorn is dead. Killed by Coors Field, as the Mets won their second 14-9 win in team history. Coors Field Unicorn: 2015-2015. Every Met had a hit by...
Via Metstradamus
12 days ago  |  Discuss

More late-inning arms a must for playoff hunt

Carlos Torres, the Mets reliever who continued the bullpen’s recent struggles allowing a walk-off home run against Baltimore Wednesday night, said location wasn’t a problem on Henry Urrutia’s first career home run. “We called for a fastball up. I threw the fastball up. These guys, unfortunately, they’ve been seeing [Noah] Syndergaard and [Jacob] deGrom, so my fastball up...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Providing your daily heart attack since 1962

The New York Mets were up 5-1 heading into the ninth inning last night against the Baltimore Orioles. DeGrom pitched another gem and then had to rely on a shaky bullpen to finish the job. Tyler Clippard, after a solid eighth inning, puts two on base in the ninth and then Terry Collins brings in Jeurys Familia for what is now officially a save opportunity. It’s almost as if Terry...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Parnell headed to DL

For all the talks about the New York Mets’ offensive improvements and stellar starting pitching, one area that hasn’t quite been up to par has been the bullpen. Outside of Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia generally the performances have left much to be desired, though Hansel Robles threw a fantastic three innings in the 14 inning game this weekend. Those three guys were the...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom Fans 10 as the Mets Blank the Rockies for the Second Straight Night

Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on August 12, 2015. (Mandatory Credit:ESPN/Getty Images) Last night the New York Mets were in search of their third straight win and their 10th win in their last 12. On the hill for the Mets was Jacob deGrom who has been their most dominate pitcher this year. Degrom was...
Via The Sports Journal
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets' front office makes plans for October -- so should their fans

The New York Mets haven't finished above .500 since 2008, haven't reached the postseason since 2006 and would be leading no other division than their own entering Tuesday's play. Yet, the team sent postseason-ticket information to its season-ticket holders Tuesday morning. The Mets aren't the first team to release October ticket info, but they are the only team hitting an MLB-worst...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets hold off furious Miami rally in 9th, win 6th straight

MIAMI (AP) Closer Jeurys Familia finally got the last out and the New York Mets halted Miami's furious six-run rally in the ninth inning, holding off the Marlins 8-6 Wednesday night for their sixth straight win. Ahead 8-0 going into the ninth, the NL East-leading Mets saw the Marlins actually bring the potential winning run to the plate. Familia retired Christian Yelich on a sharp...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets hold off furious Miami rally in 9th, win 6th straight

MIAMI (AP) -- Closer Jeurys Familia finally got the last out and the New York Mets halted Miami's furious six-run rally in the ninth inning, holding off the Marlins 8-6 Wednesday night for their sixth straight win. Ahead 8-0 going into the ninth, the NL East-leading Mets saw the Marlins actually bring the potential winning run to the plate. Familia retired Christian Yelich on a sharp...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Mets 2, Nationals 1 (7/31)

What a game this turned out to be. Matt Harvey looked like a man on a mission tonight, as he went 7.2 innings, struck out 9 and allowed one run. He allowed his first hit in the sixth inning, and looked in complete control through his start. With two outs in the eighth inning, the umpires ruled that Harvey hit Clint Robinson on the foot, although the replay was did not show his foot...
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Familia Will Remain Closer, Clippard Says “Nats Are Beatable”

Terry Collins told reporters at Citi Field that despite the addition of Tyler Clippard on Monday, Jeurys Familia will remain the closer of the New York Mets. Regarding the acquisition of Clippard, Collins said “We got a lot better today.” Clippard had 17 saves with Oakland this season to go with a 2.79 ERA and 1.190 WHIP over 38 […]
Via Mets Merized Online
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Mets Bullpen has Been a key to Their Success This Season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 08: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning at AT&T Park on July 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The Mets won the game 4-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) As of today the New York Mets have a record of 51-48 and sit just two games back of the National East...
Via The Sports Journal
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom is dominating Citi Field

Gary Cohen mentioned in Sunday’s broadcast against the Dodgers that Jacob deGrom is sitting on an impressive 1.48 ERA at home in 2015. In 2014 it was just a touch above at 1.70, for a combined career average of 1.59. That is utter domination, folks. His combined 2.05 ERA for the season is now second-best only to the historic Zack Greinke, which as luck would have it, he faced on...
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippard Deal Gives Depth To Mets’ Bullpen

Perhaps the Mets see cracks with Jeurys Familia, or they see flaws with Carlos Torres and Alex Torres, but I like the acquisition of Tyler Clippard from Oakland. In whatever role they use him, he adds depth to a strained bullpen that is becoming exposed. Note that Familia has blown his two save opportunities since the All-Star break. The Mets sent minor league pitcher Casey Meisner...
Via New York Mets Report
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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