Friday 9/6 games

AA: Trenton Thunder @ Binghamton Mets Listen Alternate Audio
Game Three 7:05 ET – RHP Shane Greene (8-4, 3.18) vs. RHP Logan Verrett (12-6, 4.25)

GreeneLike most of the Trenton roster Shane Greene began his year in Tampa (4-6, 3.60) making 13 starts (75 IP, 69K, 10BB, .279 BAA) before being promoted. Unlike his teammates Greene does not walk a lot, allowing just 20 free passes in 79.1 IP at the AA level. He picked up a win in Binghamton on June 29th (6 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K) in which Danny Muno and Josh Rodriguez took him deep. Travis Taijron has gone 3-for-6 with a double and a walk against him over two contests, one of which was in the FSL in April.

VerrettLogan Verrett is another Mets farm hand up against a work limit. As he is already 40 IP over last year he has not been allowed to finish a 6th inning in his last six starts of the regular season. Logan has been inconsistent all year, from allowing 3 hits or less five times to allowing 9 hits or more four times, from striking out 8 or more seven times to striking out 3 or less eight times, on his way to leading the team in wins. He was consistent at being a strike thrower, walking just 31 (5.3%) on the year, and often working deep into games on low pitch counts.
Against Trenton, he had an early season gem 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K on May 8th in Trenton, lost to them at home on June 29th (6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 5 K) and picked up his final loss of the year against them on July 28th (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K) In all he has totaled 20.1 IP, 14 H, 1 BB, 21 K, and a 2.66 ERA against the Thunder.
The B-Mets have stranded 21 runners in losing the first two games by 1 run.  Hansel Robles was added to the Binghamton roster, Hamilton Bennett is going to LasVegas.

 

A: Augusta GreenJackets @ Savannah Sand Gnats Listen
Game Two 7:05 ET – RHP Kendry Flores (10-6, 2.73) vs. LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 2.62)

FloresKendry Flores finished his first year of full season ball 5th in the SAL in ERA, 3rd in strikeouts, and 2nd in IP. The Gnats have faced him twice and it has not gone well for them either time. On May 16th Flores (and Rainy Lara) took a shutout into the 9th (8.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K) and on July 10th he allowed just an unearned run (7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K) Pitching deep into games was something Flores made a habit of this year, averaging more than 6 and a third IP, and completing the 8th four times. This is due in part to nullifying the free passes, as he walked just 17 and hit 4 batters while striking out 137 over 141.2 IP.
We’ve seen Ynoa and Cessa have magical years in the K:BB department, and Flores topped them both. Four times this year he has struck out 10 or more, and walked 1 total in those starts, including a 15K/0BB gem on August 21st.

MatzSteven Matz faced Augusta just once as part of a double header on August 18th. In 4 IP he allowed 5 R (3 ER) on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 8. Striking out 2 an inning should work out a bit better than that. On the year Matz struck out 121 and walked 38 over 106.1 IP. After making just 6 starts last year for Kingsport and having his year end early due to injury, its fair to question how many quality innings Matz could have left in his arm this year this deep in the year.

 

AAA: Salt Lake Bees @ Las Vegas 51s Listen
Game Three 10:05 ET – RHP Jarrett Grube (7-5, 4.47) vs. HP Name (0-0, 0.00)

GrubeJarrett Grube made two starts in Las Vegas in the first half of the year. On May 24th he allowed 10 hits (1BB/1K) over 4 IP, and on June 24th he allowed 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 over 5.1 IP. He would make a home start against the 51s on July 9th allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks over 4 IP, and then make a 2.1 IP hittless relief appearance against them in mid August in which he struck out 4 and walked 2. Against the 51s he’s totaled 15.2 IP, 19 H, 7 BB, 17 K and a 5.17 ERA.

AlvaradoGiancarlo Alvarado seemingly came out of nowhere (he was pitching in the Mexican League) to help the 51s, starting out with 4 wins in his first five starts.  The start he did not win took place in Salt Lake, a game in which he hurt himself in the 2nd inning on a fielding play and had to leave after allowing the next two batters to reach.  In his last seven starts he would only record one more win, four times he would allow 4 runs or more.  This included a 2 IP 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 K start in Salt Lake against the Bees.  In total he has allowed the Bees 8 hits and 5 walks over 3.2 IP, while striking out just 1.
Roster management: the Mets called up Sean Henn (who pitched the last two nights) to replace Scott Rice.  Henn had faced 6 batters in the postseason and retired just 2 of them.  Hamilton Bennett, who hasn’t pitched since Labor day, is joining the 51s.  Another move will be needed to active Alvarado from the DL.  Jake deGrom is likely done for the year.