Familia’s absence hurting the Mets

The Mets are feeling the pain of the absence of their All-Star closer Jeurys Familia. Familia has been suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season due to a domestic issue in the offseason.

The team has been using a wide range of pitchers out of the bullpen in order to fill the temporary void left by Familia. It has not helped that the starters have yet to go deep into games along with three extra inning games already. Even though the starters have not pitched deeper in the games, they have been dominant. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey combined for a 1 .89 ERA over 19 innings. The bullpen blew all three of their starts in the late innings against the Marlins: Josh Edgin on Friday, Fernando Salas on Saturday and Addison Reed on Sunday.

The bullpen has been mismanaged and overused already in this young season. Salas, Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles have already appeared in eight games with Reed appearing in 7. With Familia returning tomorrow, the Mets and their fans can be nothing but relieved.




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