R: Kingsport Mets @ Greeneville Astros
Game One 6:00 ET – RHP Chris Flexen (8-1, 2.09) vs. RHP Jandel Gustave (2-3, 2.68)
After last nights rain out the entire series is shifted back a day.
Chris Flexen beat Greeneville on July 7th when he held them to 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks over 6 IP, striking out 2. His only start against the Astros. That began a stretch in which Flexen has gone 8-0 with a 1.62 ERA over his last nine starts. He led the APL in wins, and finished 4th in ERA (there are a bunch of quality starting pitchers with sub 2 ERA who failed to reach the innings to quality) He finished tied for second in the league in innings pitched, despite being in a six man rotation all year, struck out 62 and walked 14 over 69 IP, hitting 6 batters and allowing 6 home runs.
Jandel Gustave turned in one of the best performances against Kingsport this year when he no hit them for 6 IP on June 27th. He walked 3 and struck out 7. On August 10th he struck out 5 and walked none while allowing 1 run on 4 hits over 4 IP against the K-Mets. Both of those starts took place in Greeneville.
He struck out 49 and walked 23 over 43.2 IP this year while holding batters to a .235 batting average against him.
After last nights rain out the Astros will keep Gustave on his planned day and move Chris Lee back to game two.
In the regular season action Brooklyn continues their fight for a playoff spot, while LasVegas and Binghamton get tune up games.
Hunter Harvey struck out 18 and walked 2, allowing 10 hits in 13.1 IP in the GCL earning a shot at a few NYPL starts to wrap up the year. For Aberdeen he has struck out 10, walked 3, and allowed 10 hits in 7.2 IP.
Dario Alvarez has allowed just 2 runs on 11 hits over his last 16 IP. He has struck out 14 but had to work around 11 walks in those last 3 games. Brooklyn now trails Aberdeen by half a game.
Travis Taijeron is hitting .258 /.333 /.539 in August with 7 doubles, 6 homers, and 10 walks. Danny Muno has walked each of the last two games pushing his season total to 91 BB. With 94 K he has an outside chance to walk more strikeout. Yesterday’s rain out will not be made up, which is just as well for the B-Mets because Logan Verrett is on an innings limit today and Noah Syndergaard is being held back for playoff starts. He last pitched on Monday and would be on 8 days of rest for game one.
You might remember Jason Lane as the RF for the Astros who racked up 109 OPS+ in 2005. 51s fans will remember him playing over 200 games for LasVegas between 2009 and 2011. He pitched once for them in 2009 and 4 times in 2010 mainly finishing up blowouts to save the bullpen. In 2011 he pitched 13 IP over 6 games with mixed results, but he decided to try pitching full time at the age of 35. That went poorly with Reno (7.59 ERA) to start 2012 so he moved on to Indy Sugar Land and started for them the rest of the year. This year he went back to Sugar Land for 16 more starts before Tucson picked him up. For a guy who hasn’t been in the big leagues since 2007 you have to admire his persistence.