As the sports world is focusing on an all-time World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, the New York Mets now face a problem with the end of their bullpen. Closer Jeurys Familia was arrested for a domestic violence altercation in Fort Lee, New Jersey this past week.
The New York Mets closer notched his 52nd consecutive save during the MLB second, ranking him third best all-time. The Mets found lightning in a bottle with Familia last season, as the pitcher has had 94 saves in his two seasons as the Mets closer. Familia led all of Major League Baseball with 51 saves last season.
MLB has laid down the foundation for what to expect when it comes to discipline with a domestic violence suspension. The league suspended Jose Reyes 51 games and Aroldis Chapman 30 games last season due to their domestic violence cases. The Mets should expect a suspension higher than Chapman’s, since Chapman was never arrested like Familia was. With Mets tickets being the more preferred ticket in New York recently, the Mets will have to put together a plan for a closer for a good part of the beginning of the season due to a horrible incident. Possible choices for a short-term closer include Addison Reed and Rafael Montero.
Author Update: As of Mid-December, Familia is likely to receive a 30-game suspension.