Familia pitched a perfect ninth inning Tuesday in Baltimore, striking out one en route to his first save with the A's. Blake Treinen pitched in three straight games Friday through Sunday, and received a second night off in a row in this one. Assuming Treinen is not dealing with an unreported injury, this should be seen as a one-off save opportunity for Familia. Not only has Treinen logged nine straight scoreless innings, but he hadn't allowed a hit and had walked just one over that span. Familia now has 18 saves on the season and should be an appealing option on the free agent market this offseason.
Familia (8-5) was hit with the loss Wednesday against the Astros, allowing a walkoff homer after recording just one out. Familia got Carlos Correa to pop out before Tyler White took him deep to end things. The right-hander had registered six scoreless appearances before Wednesday's loss. He still owns a shiny 2.84 ERA and 24:7 K:BB in 19 innings since joining the A's, so he should remain in a top setup role in front of closer Blake Treinen.
Familia (3-0) got the win Wednesday, working a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and one hit allowed against the Tigers. Familia was called upon to pitch the top of the eighth in a tie ballgame, and after working around a one-out single and passed ball that moved a runner into scoring position, he was rewarded with the win after Oakland's bats produced a run in the home half of the frame. The 28-year-old is now 3-0 with 12:2 K:BB over 10 scoreless innings since joining the Athletics, though he remains firmly entrenched behind Blake Treinen for the closer role.
Familia (2-0) fired two scoreless frames in an extra-inning win over the Rangers on Tuesday, recording a pair of strikeouts. The veteran reliever has been sharp in his first two Oakland appearances, allowing just one hit over four scoreless innings while ringing up those 12 outs on an efficient 46 pitches. Tuesday's usage was one of manager Bob Melvin's ideal scenarios, as he was able to deploy Familia in a tie game and then utilize Blake Treinen for an inning to slam the door after the Athletics had taken the lead. Melvin is already on record as stating that Familia will pitch in the eighth inning on the majority of nights.
Familia (1-0) fired two scoreless frames in an extra-inning win over the Giants on Sunday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout. Familia was brought on to preserve a 5-5 tie in the ninth, and he held down the fort in dominating fashion on 22 pitches through his pair of frames. The right-hander then ended up as the pitcher of record when Matt Chapman delivered a game-winning single in the 10th inning, making Familia's Athletics debut a highly successful one. Blake Treinen remains the team's primary closer, but as he demonstrated Sunday, manager Bob Melvin is willing to trust Familia in high-leverage situations as necessary. However, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that under ideal circumstances, Melvin will deploy Familia in an eighth-inning role.