Collins 'real close' to making Familia closer

Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia

#27 RP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM15
  • W1

  • L2

  • BB8

  • K14

  • ERA3.12

NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia recorded five straight outs in extra innings Sunday before issuing a two-out walk in the 11th and departing. Afterward, Terry Collins suggested Familia is poised to overtake stopgap ninth-inning-man Kyle Farnsworth as closer very soon.

“He’s getting closer,” Collins said after the Mets' 5-4, 11-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies. “Three days in a row, pounding the strike zone, throwing his breaking ball for strikes, the confidence is really mounting on him. Yeah, he’s real close.”

In his past nine appearances, the 24-year-old Familia has now allowed only one earned run on four hits and three walks in 9 2/3 innings.