Jeurys Familia, Mr. Plan A, will, by all accounts, be suspended for 30 games, more for less. We'll know soon. (Nice save in WBC yesterday against the US, by the way).
Plan B, Addison Reed, who was magnificent in 2016 for the Mets, is expected to step in.
Although still early in the spring 2017, it is kinda troubling that Mr. Reed has a 16.20 ERA after 5 innings of work, surrendering 12 hits and 9 runs.
Early spring rust, or a concern? Don't just sit there, people, is there a.....
Save that thought, you might say. I say forget that, THINK, MAN, THINK. I say, let an experienced saves man be considered.
The Mets did not even add him to the 40 man this off season (no respect, I tell ya), despite the fact that all he ever does is pitch well (excuse me, REALLY well):
7 innings of 1 hit ball this spring. Fluke? No.
After all, he is 16-8, 2.20 with 66 saves in 72 tries, 307 Ks in 258 innings, and a 1.03 WHIP in his career. Just 15 homers, too, or 1 every 18 innings, in his career.
I recently read that since being signed, during his lone period of struggle last year, it was suggested to him that he rely on his slider more.
It worked. In his last 24 innings in 2016, he allowed just 5 earned runs and 12 hits in the hitters' paradise known as the PCL, with 3 of the runs in 1 outing - he was what I would describe as "Sewald Dominant".
So PLAN C might sound crazy, but it might be successful. Because Paul Sewald had been incredibly successful since he turned pro. And you can't argue with success, can you?