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Jeurys Familia approaching Mets saves record

Familia has been fantastic all season. Now, he is on the verge of the Mets record for saves in a season.

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In 2014, Jeurys Familia completed his first full season in the big leagues with much success. This year, he was expected to continue his role as setup man to Jenrry Mejia until an injury followed by a suspension opened up the closer's role. Since then, Familia has pitched at an extremely high level, and now he is on the verge of tying the Mets record for most saves in a season.

With a dominant fastball, slider, and now splitter, Familia has a 1.61 ERA, a 2.72 FIP, and has struck out more than four times as many as he has walked. He has compiled 41 saves across 70 appearances and 72.2 innings thus far. That save total is tied for second with Armando Benitez, and only trails the record of 43, also set by Benitez in 2001. And with 15 games remaining, Familia should be able to take hold of the record for himself.

Familia has become just the third Mets closer to put up 40 saves in a season, joining Benitez and Billy Wagner. Benitez's two such seasons in which he accomplished the feat occurred in back-to-back years, with a 2.61 ERA in 2000 and a 3.77 ERA in 2001. Meanwhile, Wagner reached the 40-save mark during the 2006 season. That total was in conjunction with a 2.24 ERA for the season over 72.1 innings. The rest of the top 10 list for saves in a season by a Mets reliever is populated by John Franco and Francisco Rodriguez.