Mets Morning News: Could it be closing time for Familia?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

It's been a miserable May so far for the Mets and their fans, but on Sunday the team avoided a sweep by the Phillies in thrilling fashion. Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Daniel Murphy hit a two-run home run and Juan Lagares drove in a run on a ground out to tie the game. In the 11th, Ruben Tejada singled with the bases loaded to put one in the win column for New York.

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Tejada was only in the lineup today because new starting shortstop Wilmer Flores was too ill to even put his uniform on. Gonzalez Germen was also unavailable. Hopefully everyone feels better very soon.

With just one run allowed in his last nine appearances, Jeurys Familia is pitching well enough to be a legitimate option at closer. Terry Collins makes it sound like he'll eventually get a shot at the gig.

As of now, Jenrry Mejia remains in the rotation and not in the bullpen. He's scheduled to start on Wednesday at Citi Field against Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.

Around the NL East

After losing eight of nine games to the Marlins, Giants, and Cardinals, the Braves finished off a sweep of the Cubs on Sunday. Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward hit home runs in the 5-2 victory.

Meanwhile, the Nationals got swept by Oakland over the weekend. On Sunday, catcher Derek Norris hit a pair of three-run homers, Scott Kazmir shutout Washington for seven innings, and the A's won 9-1.

The Marlins finally saw their momentum slow and they lost three of four games in San Diego. Volatile relief pitcher Carlos Marmol was designated for assignment. Triple-A righty Henry Rodriguez will be taking his spot in the Miami bullpen.

Fresh off of his demotion from the Phillies to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Freddy Galvis broke his collarbone.

Around the Majors

Yankees starter CC Sabathia is being placed on the disabled list after injuring his knee during his Saturday start. Sabathia was scheduled to start on Thursday against our Mets, but now it looks as though Alfredo Aceves will be handed the ball.

Pitching in the majors for the first time since being drilled in the face by a line drive in spring training, Aroldis Chapman struck out three of the four batters he faced and touched 101 mph on the radar gun. He earned the save in Cincinnati's 4-1 win over Colorado.

Nick Bond looks into the chances that Troy Tulowitzki and Alexei Ramirez have of continuing to hit for stellar averages.

Steve Goldman wonders if and when America will be ready for a female MLB player.

Mariner Moose finally took a picture with his distant cousin, Mike Moustakas of Kansas City.

Yesterday at AA

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra! On this date in 2011, Carlos Beltran hit three home runs against the Rockies at Coors Field.

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