The Mets' bullpen racked up two more losses in the span of about four hours on Friday.
After Edwin Diaz took the loss in Thursday's suspended game, it was Jeurys Familia who took the 'L' in Friday's scheduled game.
The Mets battled back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 5-4 lead through seven innings. Then, Mickey Callaway turned the ball over to Familia, who allowed four earned runs on three hits, including home runs by Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler.
Familia's ERA ballooned to 6.91 on the season.
"It's hard to diagnose [his struggles]," said Callaway after the game. "We have a plan. He's been working hard on the plan. He's committed to the things we're doing. Seemingly he turned the corner with a few good outings, and then he took a step back tonight, obviously, so we've got to keep working the plan.
"This guy's with us for three years, we're going to not give up on him and he's not going to give up. We're going to continue to work diligently every day to help him improve. That's what you have to do, that's what we'll do, and we're committed to that."
Callaway has used Familia in some lower-leverage situations to try to build the reliever's confidence, and while it looked like he may have turned a corner, Friday was a big step backwards.
"Confidence hasn't been the issue for me," Familia said after the game via a translator. "I have been frustrated at times when a teammate of mine does his job and then they turn it over the bullpen and I blow the game or the bullpen bows the game. That's what has me frustrated.
"Today, the hitters just did a tremendous job and they got to me."
The Mets bullpen has been a thorn in the team's side for most of the season. Callaway has tried to mix and match the late innings when Diaz and Familia have struggled, using pitchers like Drew Gagnon, Robert Gsellman, and others.
Nothing has seemed to click.
"Gsellman's done a good job at times, but he'd already pitched tonight," said Callaway. "Gagnon's had a couple chances, he didn't get the job done. [Tim] Peterson just got called up. Like I said, we've got to get [Familia] going. We got him a few good outings, it looked like he was on a roll. Tonight, he was the guy for that spot. There's just no ifs, ands, or buts about it. He's got to go out and get it done."
Things should get even more interesting for the Mets' bullpen in the immediate future. After the game, Callaway explained that Gsellman experienced some back tightness. Meanwhile, Hector Santiago was designated for assigning.
Tyler Bashlor, the 26th man for today's second game, will stay in the Mets bullpen, but the group overall must figure out a way to get back on track.
"Obviously, as a whole we haven't been very effective," said Callaway. "The goal is to get the guys going in the right direction."