Maybe it's taken Jeurys Familia the better part of a AAA season to figure it out. His line Thursday: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 WP - 61% strikes. The nine strikeouts tied a season-high. After walking at least three batters in each of his first six starts of the year and eight of his first nine, Familia has walked one batter or fewer in three of his last four outings.
His combined line in his last four starts: 25 IP, 27 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 7 BB, 28 K. That's a 3.60 ERA, a 4 K/BB and an opponents' batting average of .270. It's not dominant, but it's much, much better than the early season version of Familia who had an ERA above five in April and July and right around 4.50 in May and June. Crucially, he's 22 making him younger still than many players in Savannah or St. Lucie.
Familia's late-season progress is very, very encouraging. Whether or not the Mets call up Familia for a look in September this year, I hope the team stays patient with him and returns him to AAA (wherever) to begin 2013 where he can continue to work as a starter.
2B Jordany Valdespin was 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. That's two games in a row with a walk.
Deolis Guerra, part of the package the Mets sent Minnesota for Johan Santana, threw two innings in relief for Rochester, giving up a run, as the 23-year old's ERA hovers at 4.95.
AA: @ Reading Phillies 7, Binghamton Mets 2
Ah, come on. On the day I put up some links to some nice articles about Darin Gorski he did this: 2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP. The homer he allowed was the 38th of the year for 26-year old Darin Ruf, breaking Ryan Howar's REading team record. That's a rare case of Darin on Darin violence. Ruf, a first baseman, is hitting .321/.412/.634 in 135 games in the Eastern League this year.
After Jefry Marte (.255/.326/.374 - 125 games) started at third base, going 1-for-3, Wilmer Flores (.323/.374/.506 - 62 games) came in for the game's final innings, picking up a single and a walk.