Though he holds the franchise record for most saves in a single-season, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia said he doesn't mind pitching in any inning late in the game.
"It doesn't matter to me," Familia told the New York Post's Kevin Kernan about if he cares if he comes in the game in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings. "I'm just trying to win the game."
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway used a closer by committee when he served as Indians pitching coach, a strategy that saw him bring in Andrew Miller as early as the sixth inning seven times last season. Miller was only used in the ninth inning eight times, while Bryan Shaw made 13 such appearances and Cody Allen recorded 30 saves for Cleveland.
Familia understands Callaway may deploy a similar tactic with New York's bullpen, which also features AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins and Anthony Swarzak. And Familia said he is on board with Callaway.
"He came from Cleveland and that worked,'' Familia said. "For me, I always say, 'He's the manager, and I am going to do my job when I get the ball and try to win the game and enjoy the game.'
"I talked to Mickey in the offseason, he called everybody to try to be on the same page and I think not every manager does that. That's a good start. This year I am going to try to attack the hitter more and get ahead in the count.''
Ramos, whom the Mets acquired at the deadline from the Marlins last year, has recorded at least 27 saves in each of the past three seasons, also said he can be a closer or enter the game in the sixth or seventh innings.
"For me," Ramos told SNY's Mets Hot Stove in December, "I just want to win. And, whatever I can do to help the team win is what I want to do."
A year after he recorded a franchise-record 51 games, Familia only recorded six saves in just 26 appearances in 2017, his season starting late because of a suspension under the MLB's domestic violence policy and put on hold for 95 games due to undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder. Despite that, he said he feels good entering the 2018 season.
"This year I am training hard," he said. "My body feels good, and my arm, after having that surgery, feels good. I know what I can do this year. ... For me this is a special group, if we have those [starters] healthy, I think we can win the whole thing."