Collins 'real close' to making Familia closer

May, 11, 2014
May 11
6:49
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NEW YORK -- Jeurys Familia recorded five straight outs in extra innings Sunday before issuing a two-out walk in the 11th and departing. Afterward, Terry Collins suggested Familia is poised to overtake stopgap ninth-inning-man Kyle Farnsworth as closer very soon.

“He’s getting closer,” Collins said after the Mets' 5-4, 11-inning win against the Philadelphia Phillies. “Three days in a row, pounding the strike zone, throwing his breaking ball for strikes, the confidence is really mounting on him. Yeah, he’s real close.”

In his past nine appearances, the 24-year-old Familia has now allowed only one earned run on four hits and three walks in 9 2/3 innings.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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