R: Greeneville Astros @ Kingsport Mets
Game Three 7:00 ET – RHP Frederick Tiburcio (3-2, 2.43) vs. RHP Robert Whalen (3-2, 1.87)
Frederick Tiburcio was a part of the Astros early season sweep of the Mets with a 7 strikeouts over 5 IP while allowing 2 hits and a walk. He hasn’t faced them since. On August 13th he got tagged by Johnson City, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits over 3 IP (2BB/2K) in his only start in which he allowed more than 2 runs. He rebounded with 12 K, 1 BB, and 10 hits over his last 2 starts against quality teams Elizabethtown and Bluefield. For the year he has struck out 51 and walked 19 over 55.2 IP, holding batters to .213
Robert Whalen was among the best pitchers in the APL this year. He finished second in ERA and whip (0.93) among qualifiers, led the league in IP as one of just two starters to average more than 6 IP/start (Flexen) and finished second in the league with 76 strikeouts. He faced Greeneville three times this year, and didn’t factor in the decision in any of them.
June 26th: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K
July 9th: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 UER, 2 BB, 6 K
Aug 9th: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K
In the first two he left with the lead only to see Greeneville rally for wins, in the last game he left trailing and his teammates would rally for the win. The last game was just the second time he struck out less than 6, and the second time he walked more than 2. As you can see the K/BB numbers in those starts are trending down. Has Greeneville seen him enough to stop swinging at his pitches out of the zone?
A four game losing streak in the seasons final week has eliminate the Cyclones, who now try to avoid having a losing season. John Gant had probably the best start a Mets farmhand has had this year, striking out 6 and facing the minimum over a complete game shutout. He walked 1 and allowed 1 hit, but both were erased on a double play and a caught stealing.
Evan Grills has struck out 46 and walked 12 over 56 IP working in a tandem starter role with RHP Kevin Comer (2-5, 4.80, 43K/17BB in 45 IP)