After being suspended 15 games on a domestic violence issue from last fall, New York Mets incumbent closer Jeurys Familia returns tonight.
We have activated Jeurys Familia from the Restricted List, recalled Kevin Plawecki and optioned Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin to Vegas.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 20, 2017
Manager Terry Collins stated earlier in the week that he plans on getting Familia an inning of work tonight.
The Mets hope he’ll make his season debut in the bottom of the ninth, with a lead. But Collins implied Famila would get the green light, even in a non-save situation during tonight’s game against the Phillies.
A few other corresponding roster moves were made as well, as catcher Kevin Plawecki was recalled to the majors, and relievers Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin were sent to Triple-A.
While fill-in closer Addison Reed held down the fort in Familia’s stead, going 4-4 in save opportunities, the Mets clearly missed the Dominican-born closer.
With the addition of Familia back on the 25-man roster, the Mets bullpen will receive a much-needed boost.
The 1-2 punch of Reed and Familia for the last couple innings of games is a lethal combination, and one of the best in baseball.
Reed stepping back into the role of set-up man will allow the more reliable arms of the Mets’ bullpen to pitch to their strengths. Southpaw Jerry Blevins has been nearly lights out stranding inherited base-runners thus far this season.
Now, Collins will be able to call his number to get out of a jam, not to start an inning due to lack of available arms.
The Mets’ starters have also been locked in as of late.
If Collins can begin to let the boys loose, all of the starters are more than capable of pitching seven innings every night. Having an ace on the mound go seven, Reed pitch the eighth, and Familia locking down the final frame has been the winning formula for the Mets in recent years.
Of course, minus getting “Bumgarner’d” in last year’s Wild Card game, but let’s not get back into that.