A year after blowing three saves in the World Series, Jeurys Familia's postseason struggles continued as he allowed the go-ahead three-run home run to Conor Gillaspie in Wednesday's 3-0 loss in the wild card game to the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.
"In any circumstances like that, your first thought is you let your teammates down when all you did all year long was picked them up," manager Terry Collins said. "But in the postseason when you give up and you lose games, it really can be hard on you."
Entering in a scoreless game in the ninth inning, Familia allowed a leadoff double to Brandon Crawford and a one-out walk to Joe Panik to bring up Gillaspie, who hit Familia's 1-1 sinker deep over the right-center field fence to give the Giants a 3-0 lead that Madison Bumgarner would not relinquish.
Last year, Familia blew three saves in the World Series to the Kansas City Royals. He allowed a game-tying home run in Game 1 and allowed inherited runners to score in Games 4 and 5. But despite the history, Collins said he would still trust his closer in that same situation.
"I told Jeurys just a little bit ago, you're going to tell me you're going to be on the mound in any playoff game, I'll take it," Collins said. "He's got 51 saves and over 90 saves in two years? I'll take that. He's really down, but we wouldn't be here without him."
Familia, who led the majors with 51 saves, struggled in non-save situations in 2016, recording a 4.09 ERA and allowing 12 runs (10 earned) in 22 such games. By contrast, he had a 1.94 ERA in 56 save situations in 2016.
"He was the guy I wanted out there in the ninth inning," Collins said, "and we'll try to do a better job to make sure he's a little more rested going into the postseason."