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    Why Mets Manager Mickey Callaway is Not Worried about Jeurys Familia

    Mets setup man struggled again in eighth inning Monday night

    16 Apr 2018, 6:29PM ET

    The Mets brought back Jeurys Familia to be a key cog in their bullpen, but the right-handed reliever has not quite lived up to his end of the deal early in the season.

    Familia struggled again on Monday night, allowing four baserunners to reach on three walks and a single in 2/3 of an inning, and allowing the Phillies to tie the game at 6.

    Yet Mets manager Mickey Callaway remains optimistic about his setup man, who has allowed six runs in 8.1 innings this season and nine walks.

    "I'm not worried about him, he's going to figure it out," Callaway said before Tuesday's game against the Phillies. "He's one of the best relievers in baseball and that's why we got him this winter. We have faith he's going to turn it around."

    The 29-year-old sinkerball pitcher has allowed at least one run in four of his nine appearances, but his most recent performance was particularly baffling because of the three walks he allowed.

    Familia allowed a single and walk to start the inning, but got a double play that appeared to get him back on track. But with a runner on third and two outs, he walked the next two batters and Callaway called on Robert Gsellman in relief, who walked in the game-tying run.

    "The walks last night were uncharacteristic," Callaway said. "I think [Familia] did execute some pitches down in the zone that they laid off of but we gotta be a little bit better than that."

    Familia has struggled since his blown-save win against the Nationals on April 6, making just one appearance in which he did not allow a run since then.

    He is likely unavailable on Tuesday after pitching in the last two games.

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    The Mets have a Jeurys Familia Problem, but Here's Why It's Not Dire

    Familia will likely work through his issues while still being used in high-leverage spots

    1 May 2019; 12:00 PM ET

    Most Mets fans groaned before Tuesday night's game when manager Mickey Callaway said Jeurys Familia could be relied on for a two-inning save because Edwin Diaz (who had pitched three games in a row) was unavailable.

    But then Familia entered the game in the eighth inning with the Mets leading by a run and looked as nasty as he has in quite some time -- firing sinkers with great depth while his slider dropped off the table.

    After a long time in the dugout between innings as the Mets rallied for an insurance run, Familia looked similarly nasty to open the ninth inning as he struck out the first two batters and had the Mets one out away from victory while holding a 3-1 lead. Then the roof caved in.

    Here's how things went for Familia after there were two outs and nobody on:
    • Four-pitch walk to Jesse Winker
    • Line drive single by Jose Iglesias
    • Flared single just over Pete Alonso's glove by Kyle Farmer to drive in a run
    • Ground ball single up the middle by Jose Peraza to tie the game

    The biggest issue with Familia's ninth inning was the walk to Winker. It wasn't only a four-pitch walk to a batter who couldn't tie the game with one swing -- it was the fact that none of the pitches were particularly close.

    After the hard-hit single by Iglesias, Familia was dinked and dunked on the two run-scoring hits, but he was still unable to miss bats at the rate he had done earlier during his appearance.

    Still, with some calling for the Mets to turn away from Familia in high-leverage spots for now (Callaway says they won't), the advanced numbers suggest that if he can fix one thing, everything else will fall into place. That one thing? The walks.

    Familia has walked a ridiculous 13(!) batters in 14.1 innings (14 appearances) this season. He has always been slightly wild, but his career walk rate of 3.8 per 9 is similar to many other high-end relievers, such as Adam Ottavino (3.9).

    And about those aforementioned advanced stats that tell a better story...
    • Familia's expected slugging percentage against is one of the best in the league
    • Familia is inducing lower exit velocity than the league average
    • The expected batting average against Familia is better than the league average
    • The hard hit rate against Familia this season is around league average

    Along with the above numbers is the fact that the stuff is still there for Familia, as evidenced by the nasty sinkers and sliders he threw on Tuesday night and his 9.42 K/9 rate, which happens to be identical to his career rate.

    So again, it seemingly all pretty much comes back to Familia's control, which he absolutely has to get a handle on. Once he does that, he should be just fine.

    The problem for the Mets right now is that with the Edwin Diaz Rules in effect, Justin Wilson still out, and Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman already being heavily used, it seems that Familia will be working things out while continuing to pitch in high-leverage situations.

    Familia shutting the opposition down in a high-leverage spot worked for five of the necessary six outs on Tuesday night, which is arguably more important than what the outcome was. Now, it's time for him to limit the walks and start to close the door.

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          What We Know About When Jeurys Familia Will Return to Mets

          It should be about the full 10 days on the IL for the reliever

          1 May 2019; 6:13 PM ET

          Mets manager Mickey Callaway told the world that RHP Jeurys Familia hit the IL on Wednesday with what was revealed to be a Bennett lesion, or bone spur, in his throwing shoulder. Familia received an injection today to relieve the pain, and the team will take things day-to-day.

          So how long should the team expect Familia to be out? SNY's Andy Martino went on "Loud Mouths" to give his tip on the matter.

          "I don't think he's going to be out very long," Martino said. "The word from the Mets and people who are familiar with this injury is that it will hopefully be around that 10-day absence. You never know with a shoulder, but 10 days is about what they're looking at right now."

          Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen had an impromptu media scrum before the game against the Reds, where he said he isn't that concerned about the injury.

          "Don't have real long-term concern," he said. "I mean, every time you put a player on the IL you have to hold your breath to a degree. But I think the report we got from the doctors today gives us every bit of confidence that this shouldn't be a long-term issue."

          Van Wagenen went on to say that this isn't the first time Familia has dealt with this type of injury. Last year, Familia came to the Mets with the same problem.

          "It's something that he experienced last year, so when he felt that today, he brought it to our attention," Van Wagenen explained. "We obviously got him to Dr. [David] Altchek and they went through a similar protocol."

          This announcement of the injury comes one day after Familia blew his save opportunity last night, allowing two runs in the top of the ninth. The Mets would go on to win to let him off the hook, but Familia has been struggling early on this season with a 6.28 ERA over 14.1 innings out of the bullpen. The shoulder injury could be the reason why he has struggled, but Van Wagenen noted he just came to the team today about feeling pain.

          With Familia struggling and now on the IL, the intrigue of adding free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel to the bullpen becomes a hotter topic. But Martino doesn't believe the team will be making any big move to fill Familia's absence considering he should only be out for a little while.

          "They're having continued dialogue with Craig Kimbrel," Martino said. "This is a guy that a lot of people in the organization sees a fit more than Dallas Keuchel. Is it likely they sign him? I wouldn't say likely, but they're one of the teams talking to him."

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