Dangerously close to falling below .500 with players continually dropping like flies, the Mets have at least appeared to dodge another bullet with Jeurys Familia. After missing both weekend games with a tight inner thigh muscle in his left groin area, Familia will return to his familiar ninth-inning role once the Mets actually have a late lead to protect. The 25-year-old righty was available during Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but wasn't called upon with no save situation in sight.
Familia has surrendered five earned runs through 32.2 innings this year, recording 19 saves in 21 chances. Yet like everything else in Flushing these days, there's reason to worry. He has benefited from a .221 BABIP and 3.08 FIP while walking a tightrope all June, allowing six hits and four walks in 7.2 innings.
Following a fantastic start, the Mets' bullpen has a 3.66 ERA and MLB-worst 4.92 BB/9 rate over the last 30 days. As some of his overachieving bullpen mates fall down to earth, the Mets need a healthy and effective Familia extinguishing their late fires.