The Mets brought back Jeurys Familia to be a key cog in their bullpen, but the right-handed reliever has not quite lived up to his end of the deal early in the season.
Familia struggled again on Monday night, allowing four baserunners to reach on three walks and a single in 2/3 of an inning, and allowing the Phillies to tie the game at 6.
Yet Mets manager Mickey Callaway remains optimistic about his setup man, who has allowed six runs in 8.1 innings this season and nine walks.
Mickey Callaway is confident that Jeurys Familia will sort out his issues: "He's one of the best relievers in baseball and that's why we got him this winter" pic.twitter.com/JqslpMDols- SNY (@SNYtv) April 16, 2019
"I'm not worried about him, he's going to figure it out," Callaway said before Tuesday's game against the Phillies. "He's one of the best relievers in baseball and that's why we got him this winter. We have faith he's going to turn it around."
The 29-year-old sinkerball pitcher has allowed at least one run in four of his nine appearances, but his most recent performance was particularly baffling because of the three walks he allowed.
Familia allowed a single and walk to start the inning, but got a double play that appeared to get him back on track. But with a runner on third and two outs, he walked the next two batters and Callaway called on Robert Gsellman in relief, who walked in the game-tying run.
"The walks last night were uncharacteristic," Callaway said. "I think [Familia] did execute some pitches dowin in the zone that they laid off of but we gotta be a little bit better than that."
Familia has struggled since his blown-save win against the Nationals on April 6, making just one appearance in which he did not allow a run since then.
He is likely unavailable on Tuesday after pitching in the last two games.