"I would like to be there," Familia said before notching his 23rd save in the Mets' 3-0 victory over the Giants on Monday. "Everything happens in my life for a reason. ... I'm not worried about it. I'm just going to keep trying to do my job and that's it."
Thrust into the closer's role in mid-April, Familia has performed well enough that he is now trying to join teammate Jacob deGrom on the All-Star Game roster. Rapidly developing into one of the game's best shutdown relievers, Familia ranks second among NL closers in ERA, trailing only Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals. He has converted 23 of his 25 save attempts.
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Given Familia's success in the ninth inning since taking over for suspended closer Jenrry Mejia, it was reasonable to think he might have made his first All-Star team without the Final Vote as an obstacle. But the players did not vote him in, and manager Bruce Bochy's selections were limited due to his need to pick someone from the Brewers and the Phillies; closers Francisco Rodriguez and Jonathan Papelbon were his choices there. Bochy then rounded out his pitching staff with a trio of starters: Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett, St. Louis' Michael Wacha and San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, a player from his own clubhouse.
"Oh, sure he was," Bochy said when asked if he gave Familia strong consideration for the team. "I know all about him. He has great stuff and of course had a great first half. That's why he's on the fan voting. You're not on that unless you get a lot of consideration. There were even some I had to leave off that. I hated having to do it, but that's how much I thought about him. I thought he certainly earned being on that."
The fact that Familia has only improved as the season has unfolded could help his case. Over his last 17 outings dating back to May 21, Familia owns a 0.44 ERA.
"I really hope he gets to go to the game," deGrom said. "He's had a great season. He's done a really good job for us. So I really hope he gets to go, too."
That much is now in voters' hands, though the Mets are trying to help with a ticket promotion this weekend against the D-backs at Citi Field, offering sets of three for $27; details are available at Mets.com/Vote. Familia laughed when asked if he planned to add to the push by voting for himself, knowing every ballot may matter with Kershaw, Cueto, Tulowitzki and Martinez as competition. One of his teammates, Jon Niese, even said after Monday's win that he already voted for Familia.
"If I have to do it, I'll do it," he said, clutching his smartphone in his hand.