Why is one of the game’s premier closers, Jeurys Familia, with the hardest sinker in baseball and a devastating split-fingered fastball to compliment a rising hard fastball using a quick pitch as part of his pitching arsenal?
We were witnessing “Rivera” type closer dominance from Jeurys Familia with 9 2/3 scoreless innings of postseason dominance and he was an automatic save from July 30th through September giving up only 1 home run over that span.
The infamous quick pitch came on a 1-1 count with one out in the bottom of the 9th of Game 1 of the World Series and then it went out just as quickly. A 97 MPH sinker, that didn’t sink on a “quick pitch” that travelled 438 feet off Alex Gordon’s bat.
We found out later Gordon was waiting on the quick pitch and crushed the ball.
Jeurys Familia’s 2015 Stats:
In my opinion, the World Series winner was determined on that Quick Pitch. You could actually see the Mets tighten up on the field as Gordon was rounding the bases. Terry Collins later said they were “shocked”. The shock was understandable because up until that pitch, Familia was an absolute stud during the regular season. He was arguably the team’s MVP for the season after stepping into the closers role ahead of schedule and he handled the role with poise and maturity that every Mets fan admired. By all reports Jeurys is a great teammate, carries himself with a quiet maturity and respectful presence.
Familia is one of my favorite Mets, and as a die-hard fan, that’s why I am making a plea for Familia to drop the quick pitch and trust his stuff. Familia’s arsenal includes the nastiest sinker in baseball (95 – 97 MPH), a hard rising fastball and through most of the late summer run Jeurys began throwing with regularity a split fingered fastball that had hitters dumbfounded at the plate.
Anyone who watched the Mets on a daily basis knows the Quick pitch was part of Familia’s arsenal. What was puzzling to me is why? His stuff is so good, why did he rely on that gimmick pitch so much. As SNY Announcer Ron Darling would constantly point out, Familia relies on that pitch a lot and usually throws a straight fastball right down the middle.
This is a plea for Familia to drop the quick pitch from his arsenal and trust his best in baseball sinker, new splitter and rising fastball. With the Mets Billion dollar rotation for the ages in their prime, the improved bullpen and the solidified lineup ready to go for the Mets in 2016, the Mets need to ensure the back-end of the pen is solidified, and Familia is over the blown saves in the World Series.
Let’s start with dropping the quick pitch and trust your stuff.