Jeurys Familia said he was having trouble expressing how much he is enjoying his job these days, but no matter. That came through loud and clear.
"I don't have a word to say how special it feels, how fun, how I enjoy every moment being out there and just thank God for it," he said Saturday night after recording his third save of the postseason as the Mets defeated the Cubs, 4-2, in NLCS Game 1 at Citi Field.
Familia allowed one hit and one walk and recorded four outs to become the first National League reliever with two consecutive postseason saves covering more than one inning since the Cardinals' Jason Motte in 2011.
Entering Game 1, Familia had retired all 16 batters he faced this postseason. Now he is 20-for-22. Still not too shabby.
"Like I say always: Every time I have the opportunity to be in the game, my confidence is growing," he said. "I trust my stuff and just going out there and throwing strikes and believing in my pitches: my slider, my sinker, my splitter."
When Matt Harvey went out for the eighth, Familia knew he would be the next man up, and so he was after Kyle Schwarber's mammoth two-out homer off Harvey. "I'm ready for every position, for every decision he makes, just ready in the bullpen, trying to watch the game, watch the hitters, and when I have the opportunity to go out there, do what I'm supposed to do," he said.
He said he feels as strong now as he did in April. "Every day I am working hard, trying to stay healthy to help my team win," he said. And if that means getting four outs or six, it's all the same. "For me it doesn't matter," he said. "My mind is prepared whatever inning they put me, whatever situation. I just go out there and enjoy it."
Was he aware of the end of his 16-for-16 streak when he walked his first batter? Yes, he was. "I mean, I don't want to walk anybody," he said, "but if they walk, I just try to forget that and move forward."