Familia's shaky spring doesn't worry Mets

New York's closer could have an early test in the opening series when he faces his arch-nemesis in Kansas City. .

When was the last time Jeurys Familia came up short for the New York Mets in a big spot?

The team blew three saves in their World Series in losing to the Kansas City Royals. With Familia being more the victim of rotten luck than poor performance,  a terrible start of the spring season in which he was touched up with three runs in one-third of an inning in a 5-5 tie with the Cardinals on Friday at the Tradition Field isn't an encouraging sign.

            The manager, Terry Collins, was wondering about family performance if he was still worn out from the postseason run. Familia said he felt “100 percent,” despite the outcome.

“It’s not an excuse, but this is the time of camp, especially when you are coming off the year we had last year, where sometimes arms just don’t bounce back from outing to outing,” Collins stated.

The Mets skipper thinks Familia is fatigued and will be giving him a couple days off to recuperate just a little bit. The Mets cannot afford any more trouble with their closer, not with many questions surrounding the bullpen. Their collection of young starters is the envy of most baseball players where the guys are penciled in to come after different story.

            Familia struggled this spring by pitching on back-to-back days – which there is no doubt that Mets fans are wary of seeing the work done by the rotation being wiped out. With the Antonio Bastardo has not improved or impressed since signing a two year, $12 million deal, the Mets are hoping that he doesn’t join the list of free agents like ,D.J. Carrasco Jon Rauch and the infamous @Frank Francisco. Bastardo has coughed up seven runs in nine innings as the pitching coach Dan Warthen has worked on altering his delivery. He pitched to a 5.00 ERA with Pittsburgh Pirates last season before turning in a decent campaign.

            “There’s only one guy struggling [in the pen] and that’s Bastardo,” Warthen said. “The rest of them are OK. I don’t worry about them being up and down this time of year. I just want to know how the ball is coming out of their hands.” Once the season starts and the roles are established, Collins is confident that the results will improve and that leaves Familia in having no problems this Friday.


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