Bob Melvin said Jeurys Familia has been pivotal in the A’s stretch run, and that he adapted seamlessly to his new club after his midseason acquisition.
"It was really easy on me, for a guy that's been a closer, I felt like it might be a difficult conversation I would have to have with him, pitching in a non-closing role, and he made it easy on me,” Melvin said of the former Mets closer. “He says, ‘I'll pitch when you tell me when to pitch. I'll pitch two innings. I'll come in in the middle of an inning,’ and I think the first two appearances for us were both two-inning appearances."
Familia, who was traded to the A’s for prospects and international bonus pool money, is a free agent at the end of the season and was one of the more coveted relievers at the trade deadline. He’s 4-2 with the A’s, with a 3.45 ERA and likely is one of the 11 pitchers the team will carry into the wild-card game.
Big stage for A’s trio
Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Chad Pinder, who all came up through the A’s farm system around the same time, also will be together on the game’s biggest stage, though that fact hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
"It's pretty crazy,” Chapman said. “It's surreal. I don't even know if it's, like, hit us yet … Our eyes are so focused on what we need to do and what we want to accomplish that I feel like we haven't really had a second to take a step back and really think about it, but I'm sure at some point this offseaso, it'll hit us that it's pretty crazy what we were able to do.”