ATLANTA -- The Mets may have caught a glimpse of their future late in Friday's game, when Jeurys Familia came on to close a two-run game in the 10th. With regular closer Bobby Parnell already out of the game, Familia dialed his fastball into the upper-90s while retiring the Braves in order.
"Whether he's a closer or whether he's an eighth-inning guy, he's got all the makings of it," manager Terry Collins said when asked if Familia has the chops to close games.
Still, Collins said he is not ready to move Familia up the bullpen totem pole just yet, with Brandon Lyon, Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins giving the manager a plethora of experienced late-inning options. There may never be an opportunity for Familia to close in New York, with Parnell pitching well and under team control through 2015.
But Collins likes the idea of the hard-throwing Parnell and Familia teaming at the back end of his bullpen, be it now or in future seasons.
"I thought the other night was a big step forward for him, coming into that game to get his first save," Collins said. "Certainly he's the future down the road. He's the guy that everybody looks at to be a back-end-of-the-bullpen kind of a guy. Has he moved up? I think we'll pick our spots for him."
Harvey feeling strong, dealing with long layoff
ATLANTA -- The day after throwing a career-high 121 pitches in his last outing against the Marlins, Matt Harvey felt no soreness in his right arm. Harvey, who once threw 157 pitches in a college game and routinely sat in the 120-130 range, felt characteristically strong.
"I don't get sore at all," Harvey said. "I know if I worked a little bit too hard, the next day might be different. But I was fine all week."
Harvey, in other words, did not need all the extra rest the schedule has afforded him. Due to two team off-days and Saturday's rainout, Harvey will take the mound Tuesday at Citi Field on seven full days of rest. He and manager Terry Collins both wish that wasn't the case.
"I don't like it," Collins said. "This game is about routines and repetitions. When you get these guys out of these routines and their reps, it's a problem."
Added Harvey: "You've got to deal with it. It's an adjustment, but it's definitely not the first time that I've gone seven or eight days without pitching."
In a more general sense, the Mets spent Saturday's rainout wondering which baseball gods are conspiring against them. Just as postponements in Minneapolis and Denver disturbed their momentum earlier this season, rain in Atlanta robbed them of a chance to build off the good vibes of two straight wins.
"Every time it seems like we get a little momentum, it's disrupted," Collins said. "We've just got to pick it up and get after it again today."
Harvey spent his off-day watching his beloved New York Rangers lose to the Capitals in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series Thursday in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He planned to throw a light bullpen session Sunday, then attend Game 3 of the Rangers' series Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Boasting that the Rangers are undefeated in the handful of games he has attended since moving to New York, Harvey fashions himself something of a good-luck charm. He is good friends with Rangers center Brian Boyle, and also befriended goalie Henrik Lundqvist this winter.
The Rangers' public relations staff messaged Harvey on Sunday asking if he wanted to take over their Twitter feed during Game 3, and Harvey almost immediately replied back to accept.
"They'll be all right," he said of the Rangers. "They'll be all right."
The Mets will make up Saturday's rainout as part of a doubleheader when they next visit Atlanta from June 17-20. The day of the doubleheader has yet to be officially announced. Because the Mets have already lost multiple off-days later this season to make up games in Minneapolis and Denver, they did not want to reschedule Saturday's game on a mutual off-day.