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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After the Padres traded lefthander Brad Hand to Cleveland on Thursday, teams seeking to add or shed relievers expect that market to accelerate rapidly, in ways that will impact both New York teams.

Baltimore's Zach Britton, in whom the Yankees have shown interest, will be traded soon, according to major league sources. Scouts have determined that he is healthy, and the Orioles don't want to wait. As many as 8-10 teams are in on Britton.

Jeurys Familia has slightly less value, in the estimation of many scouts, but will be traded before long. Interested teams consider it unlikely that the Mets will get back a top-ten prospect, but there will be several teams bidding on Familia. Multiple teams will send scouts to Yankee Stadium Friday specifically to see Familia

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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Phillies and Giants are among teams involved in trade talks surrounding Mets RHP Jeurys Familia, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier in the week that Familia, along with RHP Zack Wheeler and 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, are most likely to be traded this month.

The Phillies might wait on a deal involving Familia until the Orioles decide what to do with Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to Olney.

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him. Wilmer Flores has less value, but could also go. The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Remember that talk a few weeks ago about the Mets were undecided about whether to be buyers or sellers this season?  

At the risk of reporting the obvious, that is no longer the case. The team is now ready to get serious about trading its free-agents-to-be, and I get the sense that closer Jeurys Familia in particular could go sooner than later. Asdrubal Cabrera is another candidate to be traded in the short term. 

No one around the Mets is talking about contending in 2018 anymore, and rightfully so. The team's three interim GMs, John Ricco, Omar Minaya, and J.P. Ricciardi, have been charged with thinking creatively and being aggressive. If they have ideas that Alderson wouldn't have endorsed, they'll be empowered to pursue those now.

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Gary and Ron on Mets bullpen 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the failure of the Mets bullpen to protect a ninth-inning lead in the loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Jeurys Familia did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning and the Pirates rallied for four runs to defeat the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Familia (3-4) surrendered hits to the first three batters and then walked the fourth before he was removed from the game. He was charged with four runs, two after he left in favor of Anthony Swarzak, who allowed a go-ahead two-run single on his first pitch. The Mets' bullpen leads the Majors with 21 losses.

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Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were three outs away from back-to-back wins over the Pirates. But shady pitching and questionable managerial calls resulted in a dreadful four-run ninth inning.

Jeurys Familia got the save opportunity to begin the inning, but what transpired was three straight hits that brought one run home. After a walk to Gregory Polanco, manager Mickey Callaway finally came out to the mound to take the ball from the struggling Familia, and Anthony Swarzak came in to clean up the mess. 

Callaway backed his decision to keep Familia in the game by suggesting a closer shouldn't be on a tight leash. 

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The benches and bullpens emptied for the Mets and Pirates on Tuesday night when Josh Harrison's slide in to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth inning broke up a would-be inning-ending double play.

From the mound, Jeurys Familia started screaming at Harrison, who jawed back. And as players rushed in from the dugouts and bullpens, Cabrera's first move was to ... hug Harrison.

Familia left the ballpark without addressing reporters, but Cabrera and Harrison both felt the slide was a good, clean baseball play. And they were right. 

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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Jeurys Familia is among the Mets expected to be dangled in advance of the trade deadline, but don't expect much back in return.

The recent Kelvin Herrera trade netted the Royals only one highly thought of prospect from the Nationals. That's a sign that the relief market isn't what is was a few years ago -- when the Yankees landed Gleyber Torres as part of a deal for a half season of Aroldis Chapman.

As Chris Cotillo of Mass Live notes, teams are far more reluctant to trade key prospects for relievers. And the relief market is also saturated...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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The Mets will be pitched by teams looking to acquire Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. However, despite all the buzz, I expect both pitchers will continue being Mets at least through the next two seasons.

Frankly, the only way I see either of these two pitchers being traded is if a new GM and front office takes the wheel. Otherwise, it's ride or die with deGrom and Syndergaard for Sandy Alderson. 

Similarly, while there will be interest in (and it's worth listening to offers for) Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, my hunch is Alderson would prefer to keep them as well -- especially given the delicate state of his rotation.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Familia gone before deadline? 00:04:31
Should the Mets consider trading Jeurys Familia before the trade deadline, and how would this benefit the team?

The Nationals acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals earlier this week for three prospects, though only one of them -- Blake Perkins at No. 8 -- was on ESPN's Nationals Top 10 Prospects list.

So, how does this impact the Mets and the potential that they could trade Jeurys Familia? Does it impact them at all?

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | If this deal impacts Familia's value, that's bad news for the Mets. But realistically, the team can't hope to get a top prospect for a closer with shoulder issues, who has not been consistently healthy or effective for nearly two years.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets activated RHP Jeurys Familia from the DL for Sunday's game against the D-Backs and RHP Jacob Rhame was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Familia had been on the disabled list since June 7 with soreness in his right shoulder.

The 28-year-old Familia has a 2.48 ERA with 14 saves and 33 strikeouts this season. His last save was on May 28 when he struck out three batters in two innings of work against the Braves.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets injuries 00:02:21
Andy Martino joins the show to discuss the Mets' injury woes this season and the hamstring injury Masahiro Tanaka suffered Friday night.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Opening night of the 2018 Subway Series began in Metsian fashion, with injury announcements regarding two key pitchers -- Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia.

By the middle of the evening, the plague had spread to the other team, when Masahiro Tanaka left after five innings with soreness in two hamstrings. Yes, you read that correctly. The hamstrings in both legs.

Before the night was over, the Yankees' trainer would visit Aroldis Chapman, and Jacob deGrom would have his heart broken yet again. It was not a good night to be a pitcher in New York.

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Jeurys Familia hits the DL 00:00:47
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reacts to the news that closer Jeurys Familia is going on the DL, and shares what he?s heard about the injury.

The Mets have lost their closer, with Jeurys Familia heading to the 10-day DL due to a sore right shoulder.

Familia started reporting the issue in his last outing," according to SNY's Andy Martino, who said the injury is not expected to be serious.

Familia's DL stint is backdated to June 7, meaning he is eligible to return on June 17.

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Led by Jacob deGrom and his 13 strikeouts, the Mets broke a franchise record with 24 strikeouts in their 7-1 loss to the Cubs on Saturday night.

The Mets broke the previous record of 20 strikeouts, which was set on August 1, 1999 in a 13-inning game against the Cubs.

DeGrom racked up six strikeouts in the first three innings and recorded back-to-back strikeouts in the sixth to help him avoid futher damage in the inning.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) looks away during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) looks away during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets played incredibly undermanned in the bullpen on Friday night and paid for it, when Paul Sewald -- one of only three relievers who was legitimately available -- imploded during his 1.2 innings of work in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cubs.

Sewald, who has struggled mightily lately and had a 5.29 ERA in May, had allowed runs in his last two appearances before Friday night. That the Mets had to turn to him to protect a 2-0 lead -- the night after going to Hansel Robles in a scoreless game -- was less than ideal. 

Sewald allowed both of the runners he inherited from Zack Wheeler to score in the seventh inning, and allowed a run of his own as the Cubs went ahead, 3-2. Sewald then allowed three runs in the eighth inning...

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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on seven hits in six-plus innings against the Cubs on Friday night at Citi Field before the bullpen gave up five runs in a 7-4 loss.

Wheeler had allowed baserunners in each of the four innings without allowing a run, but the Cubs' offense finally broke through in the seventh inning when he allowed back-to-back hits. After he was pulled, Wheeler's baserunners came around to score against Paul Sewald, tying the game at 2-2. 

Wheeler finished the night with four strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision. He has now reached six innings in seven of 10 starts this season and turned in his fifth quality start of the season...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets, Lugo 00:01:50
On GEICO SportsNite, Andy Martino breaks down if Seth Lugo has a chance to stay in the Mets' starting pitching rotation this season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo wants to be in the Mets' starting rotation, and he fired four scoreless innings Thursday night in his potentially-brief return to the rotation. But in the Mets' "ideal world," Lugo won't be staying in the rotation.

"I think [Lugo] can definitely start," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday night's game, before adding a caveat: "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen helping our bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

The "some of the other guys" Callaway is referring to are Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mickey Callaway's bullpen usage has been a topic of fascination all season, and that didn't stop on Wednesday night, when the manager called on Jeurys Familia to pitch the eighth inning, and Robert Gsellman to close.

This was in part a fulfilment of Callaway's offseason promise to be flexible with bullpen roles according to situations and matchups -- but it was also a hint about Gsellman's ascension and possible future as the team's closer. 

Remember, Familia is a free agent after this season. And his four blown saves this year have hardly inspired faith; even on Tuesday, Familia needed a spectacular play from shortstop Amed Rosario to escape a jam...

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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Though disarray has swept the Mets over this eight-game road trip, one positive light has certainly been the play of young SS Amed Rosario.

And his play was more than just great on Wednesday night. It was game-changing.

In the bottom of the eighth with a 3-1 lead, the Mets sent Jeurys Familia to the mound to face the Braves' heart of the lineup. After getting one out, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman had back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the season began that he wasn't going to use his bullpen conventionally, and he owned up to that on Wednesday night. 

Jeurys Familia was handed the ball in the eighth inning, and Robert Gsellman took over in the ninth for the Mets. Familia got himself into a jam with runners on the corners with one outs. However, Amed Rosario helped him out with a great diving play to start a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Gsellman recorded a perfect 1-2-3 inning to pick up his second save on the season.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeurys Familia entered the ninth inning Wednesday night with 1-0 lead. However, four hits and one intentional walk later put Mets behind and on their way to a 2-1 loss to the Marlins.

"Everything went good in the bullpen," Familia said after the game. "It's just one of those days." 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:02:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Jeurys Familia's blown save and the Mets wasting another great performance by Jacob deGrom.

Jeurys Familia could not protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth as the Mets dropped their second straight to the Marlins, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Familia (2-2) allowed four hits and two runs in the ninth inning to blow his fourth save in 17 opportunities. JT Realmuto tied the game with a single, but Michael Conforto temporarily kept it that way by throwing out Derek Dietrich at the plate for the second out. Following an intentional walk to Justin BourStarlin Castro singled to bring in Realmuto with the tie-breaking run.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:02:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Jeurys Familia's blown save and the Mets wasting another great performance by Jacob deGrom.

Jeurys Familia could not protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth as the Mets dropped their second straight to the Marlins, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Familia (2-2) allowed four hits and two runs in the ninth inning to blow his fourth save in 17 opportunities. JT Realmuto tied the game with a single, but Michael Conforto temporarily kept it that way by throwing out Derek Dietrich at the plate for the second out. Following an intentional walk to Justin BourStarlin Castro singled to bring in Realmuto with the tie-breaking run.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

During this weekend's sweep of the Diamondbacks, Jeurys Familia was one of the many Mets with standout performances. But there was little buzz over his two perfect innings. In fact, his entire resurgent season has largely flown under the radar.

After three straight seasons as one of the best relievers in baseball, Familia's brutal 2017 was an alarming blow to a struggling team. Between a suspension related to a domestic violence arrest and surgery for a blood clot, he threw only 24.2 innings with an ERA of 4.38 -- nearly two full runs higher than his career mark -- and had only six saves on the year.

Familia's most notable weakness has always been his walk rate, which in 2017 jumped to 5.5 batters per nine innings. Aside from a slight drop in his strikeout rate (which has never been elite in the current environment), Familia's other statistics largely held stable, suggesting a return to form wasn't out of reach. Looking back, it seems that rustiness from lost time and lingering effects of a short-term injury were to blame for his ineffectiveness, both of which have fully resolved...

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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia will miss the series finale vs. the Padres on Sunday (4:10 p.m. ET) as he will be attending a memorial service for his father-in-law, who passed away, according to MLB.com.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals was difficult to swallow, especially since the Mets are now 2-4 on this road trip -- 4-7 during their last 11 games -- and have dropped three consecutive series.

Closer Jeurys Familia has blown three of his last five save opportunities. The thing is, had Juan Lagares not lost Jose Martinez's fly ball in the sun, the Mets win the game, 3-2. Instead, Tommy Pham scored to tie the game, Paul Sewald ran out of gas in the 13th inning and the Mets eventually lose.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Paul Sewald, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | There was one out in the eighth inning Monday night, the Mets up 6-1 on the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, dominant from the second-inning on, was still on the mound. The Mets were about to be 13-2, and then they weren't. 

So, what the hell happened?

As painful as it is, I'm going to re-watch the bloodbath that took place after deGrom left the game, and then react to it. Yes, after watching last night's game, with my couch bearing the brunt of my anger as it all went to crap, I'm watching the eighth inning again. Here it goes...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets on bullpen blowing lead 00:06:05
Manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss the Mets blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning of their 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."

DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:44
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night in Miami.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard was dominant early before stumbling over his final two innings. The right-hander breezed through four scoreless frames, but was tagged for single runs in the fifth and sixth when he tossed 44 of his 90 pitches. Syndergaard (2-0) was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman with five strikeouts in six innings. 

2) Adrian Gonzalez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second. The Mets added another on Kevin Plawecki's double-play groundout. Jay Bruce chipped in with a run-scoring single in the third and Amed Rosario did the same in the seventh.

3) The Mets' bullpen continued to shine, tossing three scoreless innings in relief. Jeurys Familia allowed a pair of hits in the ninth but struck out three, including two straight with runners on second and third to end the game, to notch his Major League-leading fifth save.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard
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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia gave credit to manager Mickey Callaway after he earned a five-out save to close out the Mets' 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:58
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Steven Matz allowed just one unearned run over five innings with eight strikeouts. << Read more

2) That one unearned run scored because of a Todd Frazier error... Frazier immediately redeemed himself with the go-ahead RBI in the seventh inning.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz
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Los Mets: Familia's journey 00:06:55
SNY's Steve Gelbs travels down to the Dominican Republic to trace back Mets closer Jeurys Familia's journey to the Major Leagues.

SNY's Steve Gelbs travels down to the Dominican Republic to trace back Mets closer Jeurys Familia's journey to the Major Leagues.

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Familia on growing up in D.R. 00:00:21
Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic premieres this Thursday at 6:30 PM on SNY.

Tune in to SNY Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the premiere of Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, featuring Jeurys Familia, Amed Rosario, and a trip to the Mets' Academy in the D.R. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeurys Familia
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | After scoring nine runs on Opening Day without the benefit of a home run, Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes both went yard as the Mets topped the Cardinals, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Cit Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

DeGrom excelled despite not having his best stuff

Jacob deGrom allowed one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven in 5.2 innings. DeGrom looked pretty sharp in the first inning, but it was clear he didn't have his best stuff -- which Travis d'Arnaud and Mickey Callaway both alluded to after the game...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets scored nine runs (without the benefit of a homer!) while beating the Cardinals, 9-4, on Opening Day yesterday at Citi Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

Thor was electric, despite allowing four runs

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs on six hits, walking none and striking out 10 in six innings, while throwing 85 pitches (59 strikes). He probably had one more inning in him, but with the cold conditions and the game pretty much in hand, Mickey Callaway lifted him...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

After a solid outing by Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, the bullpen picked up right where he left off. 

Robert Gsellman took over in the seventh inning, and was lights out. He struck out the side on just 14 pitches. 

Newest Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak also tossed a hitless inning in the eighth, as he struck out one batter in his first appearance for the Blue and Orange.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

The Mets may want to bolster their pitching staff even more this season, as they have been discussing the addition of free-agent reliever Greg Holland, per NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt. 

However, it now appears a deal for Holland is unlikely, but the door isn't entirely shut on the idea.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets game 00:01:41
Michelle Yu breaks down Monday's intrasquad game for the Mets as the team gets set to leave Port St. Lucie and head north.

Michael Conforto hit a solo homer off teammate Paul Sewald during the Mets' intrasquad game on Monday in what was their final tuneup before Opening Day at Citi Field this Thursday >> CLICK HERE for the full boxscore

The game ended after 6 1/2 innings.

Conforto, who is ahead of schedule as he recovers from shoulder surgery, was a candidate to be on the team's Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter, but will remain in extended Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Along with Conforto, all of the Mets' everyday players participated in Monday's game -- with half playing for the 'Mets' and the other half playing for the 'Las Vegas 51s.'

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and catcher Kevin Plawecki said they were encouraged by RHP Jeurys Familia's latest Grapefruit League outing.

Familia, who had been dealing with tightness in his throwing shoulder, threw a perfect inning in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins.

"He was more Familia-like today than he had been," Callaway told reporters. "Way more arm speed. Better sink, better action on his two-seamer, which is what he does the best."

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Kevin Plawecki
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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:02:55
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-6 Spring Training loss to the Miami Marlins in Florida.

Matt Harvey worked through a rough third inning to turn in a solid start as the Mets lost to the Marlins, 7-6 on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey
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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As Spring Training wears on, the pieces of the Mets roster are beginning to fall into place. The bullpen -- a long time thorn in the team's side -- has a strong foundation emerging, and there are several relievers looking to snag a spot for Opening Day.

The back-end of the bullpen is set, and has the potential to be strong. Jeurys Familia is solid so far this spring, and looks to be fully recovered from last season's surgery. A.J. Ramos has also come out strong, and should bring a much-needed consistency that the Mets have often lacked. The newest acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, has seen limited action due to an early calf strain, but should be seeing action this weekend. And Jerry Blevins is looking to continue his stretch as one of the top lefty relievers in the game.

This core quartet leaves either three or four spots for a bevy of competitors to vie for, depending on how many bench players the Mets intend to carry. Paul Sewald, who pitched better last year than his final line indicated, is at the front of the pack currently, having given up only one run this spring over four appearances. He doesn't throw hard, but his sidearm delivery offers a nice complement to the other fireballers on the staff.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Thor, Mets 00:03:52
Michelle Yu, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata recap the Mets' 8-5 Spring Training loss to the Nationals and discuss Noah Syndergaard's potential.

The Mets lose to the Nationals 8-5 as Noah Syndergaard strikes out seven batters, Brandon Nimmo collects three hits and Jeurys Familia allows five runs.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard
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