Familia in an unfamiliar role

July, 8, 2014
Jul 8
5:59
PM ET
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have a new closer, for one night anyway.

Jeurys Familia will fill that role Tuesday, if necessary, Mets manager Terry Collins revealed before the game.

"We're gonna back off Jenrry [Mejia] a little bit," Collins said. "He's had two fairly long outings, so we're gonna back him down today, and we'll go with Jeurys at the end."

Mejia has pitched the past two days, and went 1 1/3 innings on Monday -- he blew his second save of the season, but the Mets went on to win 4-3 in 11 innings.

Since being moved to the bullpen in mid-May, Mejia is 2-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 24 appearances (25 innings), with 24 strikeouts and a 1.35 WHIP.

Familia is tied for sixth in the National League with 42 appearances (45 1/3 innings). He is 1-3 with a 2.18 ERA, with 39 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP.

Collins rested Familia on Monday because of a drop in velocity during his appearance on Sunday. But after a day off, he is ready to go.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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