Like Colon, Mejia & Familia nearly flawless

Bartolo Colon was flawless for much of the afternoon on Wednesday. Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia have both been nearly as flawless for about the last month.

The much-improved back end of the Mets bullpen got the last five outs in Wednesday’s win.

Familia benefited from a replay review on Willie Bloomquist's grounder to short to get through the eighth. Mejia skated through a ninth inning that got a tad dicey, but earned another save.

Familia has allowed one earned run in 19 1/3 innings over 19 games dating back to June 12. He has three holds and a win over a stretch of seven straight scoreless appearances.

Mejia has allowed one earned run over 13 innings with six saves in seven chances in a 12-game span dating back to June 21. Three of his last four save conversions have come in one-run wins.

Jeurys Familia- 2014 Season

What has been the biggest key for each of them?

Familia’s miss-rate and hard-hit contact rate don’t necessarily suggest that he’s pitching better. But the results have been good.

One thing Familia has done a better job of is keeping the ball down, resulting in more groundballs. And of the last 37 hitters to hit a groundball against Familia, the Mets have gotten at least one out on 30 of them.

Mejia is succeeding on the strength of a nasty breaking ball, one he struck James Jones and Logan Morrison out in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

In this dozen-appearance run, Mejia has thrown 21 two-strike curves and sliders. They’ve resulted in 12 outs, 11 of which were strikeouts, and no baserunners.

That’s in contrast to the first 31 breaking balls Mejia threw as a reliever, which netted five strikeouts, but also three hits, including a double and home run.

This run of Mejia's success coincided with an overall run of bullpen success. Since June 12, the Mets bullpen has a 2.40 ERA, third-best in the major leagues.