Familia needs a boost in Final Vote push
Mets closer 2-for-2 in save chances since voting started
SAN FRANCISCO -- Of course Jeurys Familia noticed when fellow Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote candidate Johnny Cueto fired a shutout for the Reds on Tuesday night, grabbing the voting lead the next day. But Familia, who insists he is happy just to be considered for his first All-Star appearance, isn't sweating it.
"It's OK, it's OK," Familia said with his usual grin before nailing down the final two outs of the Mets' 4-1 win over the Giants on Wednesday for his 24th save in 26 chances. "I'm not worried about it."
Perhaps that's good, because his uphill climb is real. In addition to trailing Cueto, Familia ranked behind Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw in Thursday's latest polling release.
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The Mets are trying to help Familia by teaming up with the Twins and their Final Vote candidate, infielder Brian Dozier, and by offering a three-for-$27 ticket promotion at mets.com/vote. So far, it hasn't been enough, even if Familia is doing his part with two saves in three games since being named to the Final Vote ballot.
"If I make it, I'll be fine," Familia said. "If not, I won't worry about it."