AAA: Buffalo Bisons (56-72) @ Columbus Clippers (CLE) (80-50) – 7:05
RHP Miguel Batista (2-0, 3.92) vs. RHP Jeanmar Gomez (10-6, 2.39)
The Bisons have won the first 2 games of the series vs. the 1st place Clippers, outscoring them 25-5 in the process. The Bisons are now 8-3 in their last 11.
Valentino Pascucci leads the IL with 90 RBI. He is the first Bisons hitter to reach 90+ RBI since the 2004 season.
Veteran RHP Miguel Batista is coming off his best outing, 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB vs. Toledo on August 17th. Batista should be able to help the ailing bullpen in Queens once the rosters expand.
Former Mets-farmhand CF Ezequiel Carrera is currently 2nd in the IL in stolen bases with 35. The 24 year old speedster was traded to Seattle from the Mets as part of a 3- team, 12-player trade back in 2008. He was later traded to Cleveland.
AA: Binghamton Mets (56-71) vs. Erie Sea Wolves (DET) (62-65) – 6:35
RHP Matt Harvey (3-3, 5.04) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (3-1, 1.23)
We’re going streaking!: The B-Mets have won 4 straight and 7 of their last 8 to climb 3 games ahead of last place Portland.
Top Prospect Matt Harvey goes tonight and tries to stay on par for a strong finish. This will be Harvey’s 10th start for Binghamton. He’s struck out 54 in 44.2 innings while walking just 13. His total innings for the year is now at 120.2. He has struggled in his 3 starts at NYSEG Stadium (1-1, 8.31) so it would be nice to see him put forth a quality start tonight.
CF Matt Den Dekker, in his first full pro season, has 31 doubles, 11 triples, 14 home runs, and 22 stolen bases while splitting his time between St. Lucie and Binghamton. The alarming number though, is the 137 punch-outs in 125 games.
A+: St. Lucie Mets (66-58, 28-26) – off
St. Lucie is off Monday. They head to Fort Myers on Tuesday for a 3-game series vs. the Twins affiliate.
A-: Savannah Sand Gnats (74-51, 35-21) @ Rome Braves (ATL) (51-74, 26-29) – 7:00
RHP Erik Goeddel (2-3, 3.38) vs. RHP Dan Jurik (1-1, 3.54)
Goeddel looks to bounce back after a couple rough starts. The UCLA product makes his 4th start in August after coming off the DL. He’s yielded 8 earned runs and walked 5 in his last 2 starts (9 inn.).
Closer Hamilton Bennett has accumulated 13 saves for the Gnats this year since the departure of LHP Josh Edgin. Over his last 10 appearances, the lefty has piled up 20 strikeouts and just 4 walks while yielding only 3 earned runs over 18 innings of work.
Check out this quote from Gnats pitching coach Glenn Abbott a couple weeks ago:
“There’s a lot of guys in the big leagues, left-handers, who don’t have better stuff than he’s got,” said Abbott, a right-hander. “Lefties, they’re just a different breed.”
A- SS: Brooklyn Cyclones (34-25) vs. Tri-City ValleyCats (27-34) – 7:00*
RHP Marco Camarena (2-3, 3.27) vs. RHP Juri Perez (1-5, 4.32)
*The Cyclones trailed the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-2 in the top of the 4th before rain suspended action. The game will resume today at 6 pm. A seven inning game will follow.
The Cyclones come into play today 3.0 games behind division-leader Staten Island and 1.0 game behind Williamsport for the Wild Card.
Since July 15th, when SS Danny Muno scores a run, the Cyclones are 13-2.
20-year old Marco Camarena has given up just 2 earned runs over his past 4 starts, spanning 21.2 innings. He’s also struck out 26 and walked just 5 over that same span.
Rookie: Kingsport Mets (33-26) vs. Danville Braves (ATL) (34-25)– 7:00
RHP Jacob Lugo (4-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Rafael Briceno (0-0, 4.91)
RHP Lugo was selected by the Mets in the 34th round of the 2011 draft out of Centenary (La.) College. Opponents are hitting just .224 against him this year in 40 innings pitched.
19th round selection Dustin Lawley is hitting .304/.341/.527 in 50 games this season. He definitely has some pop with 8 home runs, 16 doubles and 3 triples to go along with his 38 RBI.