No matter what happened with the first two batters in the eighth, there was no question about which pitcher was going to face the third one, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. That assignment was all in the hands of Mets closer Jeurys Familia.
"I just thought, 'I'm going to face power against power and see what happens,' " manager Terry Collins said.
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As it turned out, Stanton was the potential go-ahead run in a 4-3 game, what with Martin Prado having hit a single against Carlos Torres. So Familia was coming in to a five-out save situation, which was fine with him.
"I had three days off. I had a lot of rest. I could do it," Familia said.
The fact that he entered to face Stanton, whose average is low (.228) but whose home run Saturday was launched toward the Whitestone Bridge, did not matter. "I just like to be in the game,'' Familia said. "I don't care who's going to hit. I just want to go out there and do my job."
That is to say, he has a closer's mentality. Familia struck out Stanton on a slider and, despite allowing two hits, got the five outs for his 15th save.
"I'm telling you, it's incredible," Collins said. "The adjustments he has made both mentally and physically . . . He now thinks he's the closer here, which he is."
Wright to visit team
David Wright is scheduled for another appointment with his back therapist in Los Angeles Monday and will meet the Mets in San Diego Tuesday. "I told him that our guys are really excited. If he can get down, it would be great for us and for him,'' Collins said after speaking to him Saturday. "I just told him his presence in the clubhouse, his ability to get guys to kick it in, we need it." . . . Collins repeated that there is nothing physically wrong with Jon Niese, who had another poor start Saturday. Pitching coach Dan Warthen will work with him this week, mostly on trying to get Niese to induce more grounders.