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Terry Collins should have seen the warning signs from his closer and pulled plug on Jeurys Familia

The Mets will likely be without their closer for the foreseeable future, but the Amazin's training staff and skipper should have sensed something was wrong with Jeurys Familia.

The tale of two New York teams paints a completely different story for each organization. For the New York Yankees, it seems that nothing can go wrong and despite having multiple injuries to key players, they keep on rolling, earning one of the top two records in the American League. The New York Mets, on the other hand, are deeply struggling. 

After a weekend filled with Matt Harvey drama, the Mets continued their rough stretch and continue to lose confidence in closer Jeurys Familia after another blown save against the bottom of the league San Francisco Giants. In a similar situation against the Nationals last month, manager Terry Collins was questioned for pulling Familia in a pressure-filled save opportunity after the Mets lost 6 straight games.

 

This time, Collins instilled faith in his closer and the results were disappointing. Familia gave up 4 runs (3 earned runs) in the ninth inning, as the Giants defeated the Mets 6-5. This was a tough one because the Mets should have pulled away with a win. Trust in Familia seemed doubtful despite his optimistic remarks after the game.

"I feel great. My arm feels good. I just don't have it today," he said. 

It was later revealed that Familia, who was suspended for a domestic violence incident earlier this season, is battling an arterial clot in his throwing shoulder. Perhaps this was the reason for Familia's collapse but nonetheless, the Mets will be without their closer for an extended period of time this year with the potential to miss the rest of the season. 


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