A+: St. Lucie Mets (23-14) @ Brevard County Manatees (20-18) Listen
Thursday 6:35 ET – RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.61) vs. RHP Brooks Hall (2-3, 2.75)
Noah Syndergaard has gone at least 6 IP in his last 4 starts, allowing just 4 runs (2 ER) striking out 23 and walking 6 over those 26 IP.
Brooks Hall last pitched in May 7th, throwing 5 IP and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, after which he went on the DL, and is expected to be activated for tonight’s game.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats (21-16) @ Augusta GreenJackets [SF] (23-15) Listen
Thursday 7:05 ET – RHP Rainy Lara (4-1, 1.42) vs. HP Kendry Flores (2-2, 2.65)
Rainy Lara has lasted at least 7 innings in his last three starts, in which he has allowed 3 runs (1 ER) on 14 hits (.213) while walking 1 and striking out 23. Savannah pitching has walked the least in the SAL with 56 and hit just 3 batters, the next best teams have walked 115 and hit 12.
Kendry Flores has let in 2 runs in each of his home starts. In those 18.1 IP at home he’s allowed 13 hits and 2 walks while striking out 12. SS Matt Duffy is hitting .299/.417/.440 with 27 BB and 19 K.
Augusta’s offense is next to last in the SAL in OPS with a .238/.321/.318 slash line, but they are in first place on the strength of their pitching which has struck out the second most in the SAL, while allowing the second fewest home runs. The just swept three games from Rome to stay 1 game ahead of Charleston who swept the Gnats who fell to fourth, 1.5 games back.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s (18-19) @ Omaha Storm Chasers [KC] (19-18) Listen
Thursday 7:35 ET – RHP D J Mitchell (1-0, 6.62) vs. LHP Justin Marks (0-2, 6.00)
D J Mitchell has walked 10 and struck out 9 with Las Vegas after walking 7 in his lone start for Tacoma. Josh Edgin has joined the team, taking Greg Burke’s spot in the bullpen.
Justin Marks made two starts in AA before earning the jump to the PCL where he’s allowed 13 hits in 9 IP, walking 6 and striking out 3. He was the A’s 3rd round pick in 2009 and was included in the David DeJesus trade.
Omaha’s Werner Park is one of the most neutral parks in the PCL, allowing 2% less runs and hits than average for the league, while allowing 9.3% more home runs. Old friend Xavier Nady is hitting .336/.391/.528 and has had three multi-hit games in his last four games.
AA: Binghamton Mets (22-18) off
Logan Verrett leads the EL in innings pitched with 54.1 while Rafael Montero is 6th with 46.2 IP and they are two of five EL starting pitchers with a whip under 1.00, Montero leads the EL in strikeouts with 54.
Binghamton heads to Portland Maine to take on the first place PawSox (22-15) The B-Mets have gone 2-4 against Portland this year, including losing two out of three in Portland in mid-April, in a series plagued by sloppy play, played in freezing temps.
AA: Akron Aeros (19-20) @ Binghamton Mets (21-18) Listen
Wednesday 6:35 ET – RHP Jordan Cooper (1-0, 1.93) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 5.10)
Jordan Cooper made four starts in Advanced A (1-2, 2.19) with 17 K and 7 BB before being promoted to AA. In his last start he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 BB with 5 K at Reading.
Jacob deGrom has not has as easy an adjustment to AA striking out 14.6% and walking 6.9% at the level. His 9 walks in 5 AA starts are nearly halfway to his total of 22 walks over 21 starts at the A and Advanced A levels.
A+: St. Lucie Mets (23-13) @ Brevard County Manatees [MIL] (19-18) Listen
Wednesday 6:35 ET – LHP Alex Panteliodis (0-0, 2.70) vs. HP David Goforth (2-4, 3.41)
This series shifts a few miles north to Viera. Alex Panteliodis will make his third start of the year tonight. He allowed 6 hits including 2 homers and 2 BB over 10 IP while striking out 7.
David Goforth has alternated between starts in which he has allowed no earned runs, and starts that he has allowed 5 runs or more. In his last start he went 7 shutout IP on 1 hit and 4 BB/1 K.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats (21-15) @ Charleston RiverDogs (20-15) Listen
Wednesday 7:05 ET – LHP Steven Matz (2-0, 1.85) vs. RHP Cesar Vargas (1-1, 4.28)
Steven Matz allowed 1 run on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 4 over 6 IP in his last start. On the year he has struck out 29 and walked 8 over 27.1 IP in 6 starts.
Cesar Vargas struck out 4 and walked none over 2.2 IP in his last start. On the year Vargas has struck out 26 and walked 9 in 27.1 IP and limited RH batters to a .164 average.
AAA: Las Vegas 51s (18-19) off
The 51s are in last place in the PCL Southern but just 3 games out of first. They will spend the next eight days on the road, going first to Omaha (19-18) and then Iowa. They will start this stretch without their two best starters as Zack Wheeler is resting his sore
shoulder clavicle for a turn after seeing doctors in New York and Collin McHugh has joined the Mets in St. Louis to give the overworked pen a long reliever. This would be a good time for Wilmer Flores to go on a tear…
Travis d’Arnaud and Matt den Dekker could be getting close to rehab appearances with St. Lucie. Players names link to articles from Metsblog about their progress.
Collin McHugh has been sent to St Louis to take the roster spot of Scott Atchison who went on the DL, meanwhile Matt Fox was signed to a minor league deal to start games for the 51s. And Josh Edgin is reportedly on the way to join the 51s in Omaha.
AA: Akron Aeros (19-19) @ Binghamton Mets (20-18) Listen
Tuesday 6:35 ET – RHP Paolo Espino (1-0, 4.46) vs. RHP Logan Verrett (5-1, 3.04)
Paolo Espino has faced the B-Mets twice this year, combined he’s allowed 6 runs on 11 hits 5 BB amd 9 K over 9 IP. He has struck out 8 in each of his last two starts.
Logan Verrett nearly threw a complete game in his last start, getting lifted with one out to go after he had allowed 1 run on 5 hits and a walk with 9 strike outs. It was a season high in K’s and the first start of 2013 in which he didn’t allow a home run. The last time Verrett faced Akron at home he went 8 IP allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, 1 BB and 8 K. He’s had three starts with 6 or more strike outs, and four starts with 3 or less.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats (21-14) @ Charleston RiverDogs (19-15) Listen
Tuesday 7:05 ET – RHP Gabriel Ynoa (4-2, 4.32) vs. LHP Dan Camarena (0-2, 8.14)
Gabriel Ynoa last pitched 7 days ago in Hickory where he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits including 4 homers over 5 IP. He struck out 4 and walked none. 13 of the 17 runs Ynoa has allowed this year have come in his three road starts, in which he is getting hit at a .333 clip as compared to just .156 at home.
Cesar Vargas struck out 4 and walked none over 2.2 IP in his last start. He was relieved by Dan Camarena who allowed a run on 3 hits over 3.1 IP, walking none and striking out four. The two pitchers shared the start after a rain out and an off day, and both remain on turn today. On the year Vargas has struck out 26 and walked 9 in 27.1 IP and limited RH batters to a .164 average, while Camarena has struck out 20 and walked 6 overall, but is being hit at a .324 mark.
A couple of 10:30 AM local starts in today’s action.
A+: Brevard County Manatees (19-17) @ St. Lucie Mets (22-13) Listen
Tuesday 10:30 AM – RHP Drew Gagnon (3-2, 5.29) vs. RHP Matt Bowman (1-0, 4.50)
Drew Gagnon was the Brewers 3rd round pick in 2011. He spent half of 2012 in the FSL putting up a 2.83 ERA with 49 K and 18 BB over 67 IP in 11 starts. This year he’s struck out 38 and walked 13 over 34 IP in 7 starts.
Matt Bowman made his FSL debut a week ago going 6 IP allowing 3 runs on 6 hits (including his first homer allowed of 2013) 1 BB and 7 K. Combined with his 5 starts for Savannah Bowman has struck out 33 and walked 5 this year.
AAA: Albuquerque Isotopes (19-19) @ Las Vegas 51s (18-18) Listen
Tuesday 1:35 ET – RHP Angel Castro (2-2, 3.97) vs. RHP Chris Schwinden (2-3, 5.40)
Angel Castro is scheduled to make his 5th start after beginning the year in the pen. In his first two starts he allowed 1 run on 9 hits over 13 IP, but in his last two starts he’s been much more hittable 9 IP, 20 H, 11 runs (8 ER).
Chris Schwinden pitched into the 7th in his last start, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk. He left the game with a 4-1 lead and two runners on, which wouldn’t hold up. Schwinden struck out none that day, and has 22 K/14 BB on the year.
Three Mets affiliates are opening a new series tonight.
Andrew Brown is on his way to Las Vegas because Rick Ankiel is a Met. (Yes you read that correctly)
AA: Akron Aeros [CLE] (19-18) @ Binghamton Mets (19-18) Listen
Monday 6:35 ET – LHP Matt Packer (1-4, 3.72) vs. RHP Rafael Montero (3-3, 3.54)
Matt Packer‘s last start was his longest of the year. 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER) 2 BB, 2 K. He’s struck out 18 and walked 16 while allowing 47 hits (.318) in 36.1 IP. He has lost to the B-Mets twice, over 9 IP he has allowed 19 hits with 3 BB and 3 K in those two contests.
Akron has won four of their last five games, and both teams are 4 games out in their respective divisions.
Rafael Montero comes into this contest with 48 K and 6 BB in 40.2 IP this year. In his last start he threw 6.1 IP allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. It was the third time this year he has struck out 8, and the sixth time he has struck out 6 or more. Two of those 8 K outings have come against Akron, along with 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 10.2 IP in those two starts against the Aeros.
A+: Brevard County Manatees [MIL] (18-17) @ St. Lucie Mets (22-12) Listen
Monday 6:30 ET – LHP Jed Bradley (3-1, 3.04) vs. RHP Hansel Robles (3-1, 2.36)
Jed Bradley threw 6 shutout inning in his last start, 6 H, 4 BB, 7 K. He’s walked 17 and struck out 25 on the year and has put up a 4.91 ERA in 4 road starts.
Brevard Co. batters are last in the FSL in hitting with a .230/.291/.359 slash, lead the league in strike outs (306) and are tied for last in walks with 84. Their pitching is middle of the pack overall in the FSL, but they allow the second most walks while being second to the bottom in hits allowed. St. Lucie’s more patient hitters should do well in this series.
Hansel Robles makes his second start since returning from the DL. Seven days ago he threw 6 innings allowing a run on 2 hits 0 BB/5 K pushing his season total to 6 BB/21 K. Travis Taijeron leads the Mets with 18 walks and a .385 OBP.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats (21-13) @ Charleston RiverDogs [NYY] (18-15) Listen
Monday 7:05 ET – RHP Luis Cessa (2-2, 3.81) vs. LHP Dan Camarena (0-2, 8.14)
Luis Cessa has allowed 5 ER in each of his last two starts, raising his ERA from 1.01 to 3.81. He didn’t walk a batter in either of those starts and has totaled 26 K to 2 BB on the year. Right handed batters are hitting .337 against Cessa.
After struggling through five starts Dan Camarena‘s last appearance came out of the pen where he allowed a run on 3 hits over 3.1 IP, walking none and striking out four. He’s struck out 20 and walked 6 overall, but is being hit at a .324 mark.
Charleston is 2.5 games behind Savannah in the tightly bunched SAL Southern. They come in on a three game win streak.
AAA: Albuquerque Isotopes (18-19) @ Las Vegas 51s (18-17) Listen
Monday 10:05 ET – RHP Matt Palmer (0-1, 7.43) vs. RHP Carlos Torres (1-3, 7.39)
Matt Palmer allowed 7 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk over 4.1 IP in his last start in Tucson. He’s struck out 11 and walked 3 on the year, and had allowed 2 runs in each of his prior two starts.
Carlos Torres is allowing righties to hit .436 against him and while he has struck out 27 in 28 IP 10 of those K’s came in one game. His home ERA is 10.59 … go Montero?
After losing Greg Burke to the Mets the current Vegas relief group has pitched to an ERA of 6.23 and a whip of 1.84. Choose wisely Wally… Josh Edgin has allowed multiple runs three times out of five appearances for Binghamton, so he would fit in well here.
Binghamton plays two to make up for yesterdays rain out.
AA: Harrisburg Senators (16-19) @ Binghamton Mets (18-17) Listen
Sunday 12:05 ET – RHP Taylor Jordan (2-1, 1.24 in Adv A) vs. LHP Mark Cohoon (3-0, 2.93)
Sunday Game Two – RHP Nate Karns (3-1, 3.03) vs. RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-1, 2.25)
Taylor Jordan makes his AA debut after just 6 starts for Advanced A Potomac in the Carolina League in which he struck out 29 and walked 6 while allowing batters a .228 average. The 24 year old had stalled in low A ball, spending the last three years between the NYPL and the SAL, before putting it together this year.
Nate Karns last start was a win in which he went 5 IP, allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks with 8 K. It was the third time he has struck out 8 or more, totaling 40 K (30%) and 14 BB (10.5%) in 32.2 IP. One of the Nationals top prospects, he struck out 32% and walked 10% of the batters he faced last year.
Mark Cohoon earned another start with 9 combined shutout innings in his first two starts of the year. He’s struck out 17 and walked 4 in 15.1 IP on the year, and 5 of the 7 runs counted against him came in one early relief appearance.
Cory Mazzoni returned from the DL six days ago and allowed 5 runs (2 ER) in 3 IP on 7 hits and 1 BB while striking out 2.
Darrell Ceciliani hit his third triple of the season Friday night.
A: Rome Braves (19-13) @ Savannah Sand Gnats (20-12) Listen
Sunday 2:05 ET – RHP Patrick Scroggin (2-3, 4.39) vs. RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 6.05)
Patrick Scroggin also faced Savannah twice to start the year. He allowed 6 runs (3 ER) on 9 hits and 3 walks over 7.2 IP while striking out 6. In his last start he allowed 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk over 5 IP.
Matt Koch has not faced Rome yet this year. Koch has put up a 3.56 ERA after his first start (6 ER in 1.2 IP) with a 1.02 whip on the strength of no walks and 13 strikeouts.
AAA: Albuquerque Isotopes (18-18) @ Las Vegas 51s (17-17) Listen
Sunday 3:05 ET – RHP Sean White (1-4, 4.80) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (2-2, 2.98)
Sean White has struck out 21 and walked 20 oveer 30 IP this year. In his last start he allowed 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits with 2 BB/2 K in 5.2 IP.
Collin McHugh threw 7 shutout IP in his last start, with 5 hits, 0 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The 1-0 lead would not hold that night, because 1 run leads for the 51s pen in never hold. The current group of relievers has combined for a 6.05 ERA and 1.83 whip through Friday night. If the Mets are looking for bullpen help, they won’t find any here.
A+: St. Lucie Mets (22-11) off
The Florida State League rests for Mothers Day.
Fort Myers was one of the few FSL teams to complete a game yesterday, and they lost to fall to 4.5 games ahead of St. Lucie.
AA: Harrisburg Senators (16-19) @ Binghamton Mets (18-17)
Saturday 1:05 ET – postponed by rain, they will play two tomorrow starting at 12:05
A+: Palm Beach Cardinals (15-20) @ St. Lucie Mets (22-12) Listen
Saturday 6:30 ET – LHP Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Hansel Robles (3-1, 2.36)
Ryan Sherriff made his first start of 2013 six days ago (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K) after spending all of 2012 in Palm Beach going 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 97 IP.
Hansel Robles makes his second start since returning from the DL. Five days ago he threw 6 innings allowing a run on 2 hits 0 BB/5 K pushing his season total to 6 BB/21 K.
A: Rome Braves (19-13) @ Savannah Sand Gnats (20-12) Listen
Saturday 6:05 ET – HP Williams Perez (3-2, 3.78) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (1-0, 5.40 FSL)
Williams Perez faced Savannah twice to open the year, picking up two wins while allowing 5 runs over 10 IP, walking 4 and striking out 7.
Robert Gsellman is expected to make his SAL debut tonight after two solid fill in outings in the FSL. He totaled 9 IP, allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 5 walks, and struck out 5. Last year with Kingsport he struck out 33 and walked 18 over 43.2 IP.
According to Toby Hyde Chad Zurcher will go on the DL. Zurcher did not play last night after leaving Thursday nights game after 5 innings.
AAA: Albuquerque Isotopes [LAD] (18-17) @ Las Vegas 51s (16-17) Listen
Saturday 10:05 ET – LHP Aaron Laffey (1-0, 6.75) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (2-1, 4.00)
Despite being signed as a AAA starter Aaron Laffey never found his way to Las Vegas for the Mets. Big league needs, and then a waiver claim intervened. Now Laffey finds himself there as the visitor’s starter after the Dodgers signed him as a minor league free agent.
Zack Wheeler is just one reason not to miss Aaron Laffey, as the Mets top pitching prospect has moved himself into the spot of most likely pitcher to be called on should the Mets need a SP. In his last three starts he has struck out 19 and walked 5. Wheeler has posted a 7.36 home ERA and allowed all of his homers (3) at Cashman, all of which came before some alterations to his mechanics designed to help keep his shoulders square. A couple of strong outings in the hitters haven that is Las Vegas could go a long way for Zack.
Due to the Dodgers revolving rotation the Isotopes have used 11 different starting pitchers in their first 34 games. If they can get the lead to RHPs Chris Withrow, Steve Ames and LHP Kelvin de la Cruz they are usually in good shape. The trio has allowed just 5 ER (with 7 unearned runs) over 36.1 IP while striking out 41. Their offense is going to miss Scott Van Slyck and Dee Gordon who were both recently promoted to LA. Van Slyck was hitting .397/.503/.733 …that’s right, a .503 OBP over almost 150 plate appearances, with 20 extra base hits. Dee Gordon is hitting .314/.397/.431 with 14 steals. Tim Fedorowicz who is currently with the Isotopes (he’s been up and down) has 7 homers in 49 ABs with the ridiculous .531/.561/1.082 slash line in his time in AAA. No wonder the Dodgers call him up whenever they need an extra bat for a couple days.
AA: Harrisburg Senators (16-18) @ Binghamton Mets (17-17) Listen
Friday 7:05 ET – HP Caleb Clay (3-1, 2.75) vs. RHP Erik Goeddel (2-2, 5.16)
Caleb Clay took a tough loss against Binghamton last Sunday allowing 4 runs on 6 hits 1 BB/2 K over 7 IP.
Erik Goeddel beat the Senators last Saturday when he threw one of his better outings of the year: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K. It was the first time he was able to complete the 6th since his first start of the year.
A+: Palm Beach Cardinals (14-20) @ St. Lucie Mets (22-11) Listen
Friday 6:30 ET – RHP Scott Gorgen (2-1, 5.68) vs.
RHP Domingo Tapia (2-3, 2.23)
Scott Gorgen‘s last start was his best outing of 2013 going 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K. He has spent parts of the last three years in AA, and last pitched in the FSL in 2009.
Domingo Tapia‘s has gone on the DL after burning his hand, and will miss his start tonight. Angel Cuan is making the start, Carlos Vasquez takes the roster spot. Cuan last appeared on Tuesday throwing 2 innings of relief. He has struck out 18 and walked 4 in 19 IP over 5 games (3 starts) working as a fill in starter for the various injuries to the St. Lucie rotation.
A: Rome Braves (18-13) @ Savannah Sand Gnats (20-11) Listen
Friday 7:05 ET – HP Mauricio Cabrera (1-2, 3.16) vs. RHP Rainy Lara (4-1, 1.45)
Mauricio Cabrera faced the Gnats in his first start of this year, going 2.2 IP and allowing 6 runs (3 ER) on 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 1. In his last start he walked 7(!) while striking out 4 and allowing 2 runs on 3 hits over 4.2 IP.
Rainy Lara faced Rome in his first two starts of the year, picking up a win and a loss despite only allowing 2 runs (1 ER) over 11.1 IP while striking out 13.
AAA: Round Rock Express (19-15) @ Las Vegas 51s (16-16) Listen
Friday 10:05 ET – RHP Brad Mills (4-0, 2.79) vs. RHP D J Mitchell (1-0, 4.73)
As we come to the end of this four game set Round Rock finally starts a pitcher who has been in their rotation all year in Brad Mills. He has struck out 27 and walked 5 while allowing a .220 BAA over 38.2 IP, having gone at least 6 innings in all six of his starts. Mills made 58 starts for Las Vegas, winning 21 games for them between 2009 and 2011.
D J Mitchell has had a 7 walk game and a 7 runs allowed game, but escaped without a loss both times. Gotta love the PCL.
AA: Harrisburg Senators [WAS] (15-18) @ Binghamton Mets (17-16) Listen
Thursday 6:35 ET – RHP Paul Demny (1-4, 5.90) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-3, 4.81)
Paul Demny lost to the B-Mets last Saturday when he allowed 5 rins (2 ER) over 4 IP on 6 hits, 3 BB, and 7 K. He has allowed 38 hits in 29 IP (.317) and struck out 31 while walking 10.
Jacob deGrom lost to Harrisburg last Friday when he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 IP with 2 BB and 1 K. The biggest change for deGrom in AA has been his Kswing% which was fallen off 5%. This is most likely on tempting pitches out of the zone that A ball hitters could not lay off, leading to a higher walk rate 7.7% and a 12.5% drop in strikeouts. After K:BB ratios of more than 4.5 strikeout per walk over lower levels, he has struck out 14 and walked 8 in 4 AA starts. Its only 4 starts, but he’ll need to use his stuff a little differently to find success at this level.
A+: Palm Beach Cardinals [STL] (14-19) @ St. Lucie Mets (21-11) Listen
Thursday 6:30 ET – LHP Kyle Hald (1-1, 4.99) vs. vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 2.90)
Noah Syndergaard‘s one previous home start was his one poor start this year, allowing 7 runs in 3 innings. His last three starts have been much better, all on the road, as he has allowed 3 runs (1 ER) over his last 19 IP, striking out 16 and walking 5.
The Palm Beach Cardinals are 6.5 games back of St. Lucie for second in the FSL South. |
In his last start Kyle Hald allowed 6 runs on 10 hits over 3.1 IP.
IF Steve Piscotty leads the PBC offense with a .319/.386/.527 slash and 5 homers. James Ramsey was hitting .361/.481/.557 and the Cardinals decided it was time for him to try AA, sending him to Springfield five days ago. Lefty reliever Lee Stoppelman has struck out 17 and walked 5 while putting up a 1.02 ERA and a .177 BAA over 17.2 IP.
A: Rome Braves [ATL] (18-12) @ Savannah Sand Gnats (19-11) Listen
Thursday 7:05 ET – RHP Rafael Briceno (2-3, 6.49) vs. LHP Steven Matz (1-0, 1.96)
Rafael Briceno has struck out 12 and walked 15 in 26.1 IP (6 starts) His last start was a typical one for him: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K.
Steven Matz was limited to 3 IP in his last start as the game was suspended by rain. Including that appearance he has struck out 25 and walked 7 in 21.1 IP. Matz faced Rome in his first two starts of the year totaling 9 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 13 K; putting up his two best strikeout performances with 6 and 7.
AAA: Round Rock Express (19-14) @ Las Vegas 51s (15-16) Listen
Thursday 10:05 ET – RHP Colby Lewis (NR) vs. RHP Chris Schwinden (2-3, 5.65)
After using two recent call ups from AA to start the last two nights, Round Rock borrows from the big league disabled list tonight as Colby Lewis begins a rehab assignment on his way back from flexor tendon surgery late last July. This is likely a short outing as he is not expected back in the big leagues until around June 1st. Richard Bleier (1-1, 4.02) is the likely long reliever.
In his last start Chris Schwinden limited Sacramento to 2 runs on 8 hits over 5 IP with 1 BB and 5 K. He has limited the opposition to 2 runs three times in his six starts, but only found one win to show for it.
AA: Binghamton Mets (16-16) @ Trenton Thunder (18-14) Listen
Wednesday 7:05 ET – RHP Logan Verrett (4-1, 3.49) vs. LHP Nik Turley (3-1, 4.91)
Logan Verrett picked up his first loss in his last start, getting charged for 6 runs on 8 hits. On the year he is striking out 14.0% and walking 6.7% of batters for a FIP of 4.91. He has allowed exactly one home run in each start. Can you guess which inning it will happen in tonight?
In his last start Nik Turley went 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K. In three home starts he has struck out 19 and gone 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA.
The Binghamton ‘offense’ has hit 5 for 58 in the two games against Trenton, with 8 walks and 23 Ks.
AAA: Round Rock Express (18-14) @ Las Vegas 51s (15-15) Listen
Wednesday 10:05 ET – LHP Ryan Feierabend (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Carlos Torres (1-2, 5.25)
Ryan Feierabend was promoted from AA Frisco after going 1-2, 3.86 ERA with 22 K and 5 BB in 28.0 IP. In his first start for Round Rock five days ago he allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 IP with 2 BB and 6 K. He is a veteran of the AAA level having made 80 starts for four different IL and PCL teams.
Carlos Torres prepared to start in Sacramento on Monday, but rain washed out the match in the top of the first. He’ll make the start tonight on a week of rest. His last start in Reno went like this: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER) 2 BB, 4 K, and was good for his first win of 2013.
A: Savannah Sand Gnats (19-11) off
The Gnats return home for a four game set with the Rome Braves (18-12), starting a stretch of 26 games in 25 days including the game against Kannapolis that is suspending in the 4th inning. The Gnats and Braves are the top two teams in the SAL Southern division. Savannah batters have walked 29 more times and struck out 40 less times than the Braves hitters, which has led to 39 more runs scored. Rome pitching has put up a 3.86 ERA and actually allowed 6 more runs than they have scored in spite of the winning record. Savannah pitching has allowed an absurd total of 43 walks, half as many as the next best team, and 65 less (!) than Rome pitching.
22 year old OF Josh Elander is hitting .325/.391/.579