Game #42 - B-Mets (17-24) vs. Flying Squirrels (12-30) - 6:35 PM


(17-24), 5th EL Eastern, 11.0 GB
(New York Mets)
(12-30), 6th EL Western, 19.0 GB
(San Francisco Giants)

Monday, May 23, 2016  6:35 PM
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY
RHP Mickey Jannis (1-3, 6.43) vs. RHP Kyle Crick (1-2, 4.80)
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LAST TIME OUT:  The B-Mets were held to one run on five hits and were defeated by the Akron RubberDucks, 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Casey Delgado allowed four runs on four hits and struck out seven in 4.2 innings. Binghamton was swept for the third time this season and the second time by the RubberDucks in Akron. The B-Mets finish their season series with the RubberDucks having gone 1-8.

BINGHAMTON STARTERRHP Mickey Jannis gets the start for the B-Mets, the first time in his career that he has faced the Flying Squirrels. Jannis is coming off of his two roughest starts of the season. He allowed a season-high seven earned runs in five innings on 5/11 at Reading and five earned runs on a season-high seven hits in 4.1 innings his last time out Tuesday against Altoona. Jannis’ ERA has risen from 4.56 to 6.43 in his last two starts.

RICHMOND STARTER:  RHP Kyle Crick will take the ball for the Flying Squirrels, his seventh start of the season. Crick has allowed at least two runs in every start and has not lasted more than 5.2 innings. He is making his third career start against Binghamton and his sixth appearance. Crick is 0-1 with a 2.38 ERA lifetime against the B-Mets. He also pitched an inning in relief in game one of the 2014 Eastern League Championship and allowed two runs on two hits with a walk three strikeouts. Binghamton won the game 5-2 and swept the series in three games.

HOME SWEET HOME: The B-Mets begin an eight-game homestand tonight after playing 17 of their past 23 games on the road. Binghamton is 8-9 at home and 9-15 on the road. The B-Mets are batting .244 as a team in home games against a .253 clip on the road. Dominic Smith (.338) is the only Binghamton batter hitting over .300 at NYSEG Stadium.

FRESH BLOOD: Binghamton faces Richmond for the first time in 2016 on Monday. The B-Mets went 4-5 and 1-1 at home against the Flying Squirrels in 2015. The four-game series is followed by a four-game set with Trenton, another team Binghamton has yet to face this year.

SOUR SIXTEEN: Binghamton’s 7-1 loss at Akron on Sunday represented its third straight loss and the 13th in the past 16 games. The stretch includes a season-high eight game losing streak and the B-Mets have been outscored 93-52 in the 16 games. They have been shut out twice and held to one run five times. Richmond is 2-14 in its past 16 and has won two-straight after a 14-game losing streak.

WILD THING: Tonight’s starter Mickey Jannis leads the B-Mets in walks (23) and hit batsmen (5).

AT THE HOT CORNER: Matt Oberste is making his seventh consecutive start at third base tonight. Before this stretch, Oberste had not played third since two games with Savannah (Low-A) in 2014.

Mack’s Morning Report – 5-23-16 – Yoenes Cespedes, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Stud Muffins


Good morning.

Let’s face it…

We’ve had four basic things to be happy about this season… Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, the league leading bullpen, and our genuine most valuable player candidate, Yoenes Cespedes.

For those of you that are stat dead… Yo is tied for first in the National League in home runs, leads the league in runs batted in, leads the league in slugging percentage, and leads the league in OPS.

Everybody’s coming up with their theories regarding what’s wrong with Matt Harvey these days. Here’s 
Eno Sarris/ Fangraphs with his thoughts –

He is down in velocity, but maybe not as much as Harper was reporting. Down more than a mile per hour (94.0 from 95.2), and a little bit further down in yesterday’s disasterpiece against the Nationals (93.5). We’ve got it. High fives all around. Velocity loss! Except. He’s had four games this year that were within a half mile per hour of last year’s pace, and his game against the Padres on May 8th featured a 94.9 mph velocity that was nearly flush with 2015’s numbers. Except. His loss in velocity is not too far off the normal loss a starter would see from the ages of 26-27 years old. After yesterday’s game, he’s probably two-tenths or three-tenths worse than average, and it seems crazy to blame all of this on that much velocity loss. Except. Mike Fast once told us how much a tick on the gun is worth! A loss of a mile per hour on the gun should be worth about 0.26 runs allowed per nine innings.

          Mack – There’s much more in the article… check it out.

The  Hardball Times on Bartolo Colon -

        On that Wednesday, July 18, 2007, Colón faced the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, for that was still their name. And in the fourth inning, Bartolo walked two batters in a row. First B.J. (now Melvin Jr.) Upton worked a full count before drawing ball four. Then Carlos Peña walked on four pitches. The next batter was Delmon Young, who singled on a 3-1 count.

Since that moment, Colón has thrown over 1,070 innings. He’s vanished from the league and returned again. Mad Men and Breaking Bad have started and finished. And in all that time, in literally the entire major-league career of Evan Longoria, Colón did not issue two walks in a row again until May 18, 2016.

Let that sink in for a moment. The last time Bartolo Colón had issued back-to-back walks, current Mets ace was 14 years old.

Mack – This is also the first year Mack’s Mets existed on this platform. Wow.

About Binghamton’s upcoming name change - 

                   “I don’t have a problem with the name change, but the names are absurd,” said Dave Scull, 68, a retired software engineer who has been a season-ticket holder since the team came to town.
Scull said that among the fans he had talked to, the reaction was “100 percent negative.” Though he does not like any of the names, Scull said that, if pressed, he would go with Bullheads. But he complained that the bullhead fish and the turkey that inspired Gobblers are prevalent throughout the Northeast, not just in the Binghamton region.

“The choices seem really odd,” said Andy Papaleo, the 34-year-old owner of a D.J. company who has followed the team since boyhood. “They say they are a part of Binghamton history; I’ve lived there all my life, and I’ve never heard any of these terms.”

          Mack – The Binghamton Stud Muffins? Really?

St. Lucie 2 - Daytona 0


The St. Lucie Mets snapped a three-game losing streak by shutting out the Daytona Tortugas 2-0 on Sunday evening at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Corey Oswalt scattered three singles over six impressive innings to get the win and improve to 3-1. He walked one, struck out five and helped his cause by picking off two base runners.

Kevin McGowan tossed a perfect seventh and eighth. Corey Taylor recorded his fourth save when he induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Mets scored their two runs in the third inning on a two-out single by Luis Guillorme that scored Jonathan Johnson and Champ Stuart. Johnson started the rally with a two-out infield single. Stuart reached first on an error by Tortugas short stop Blake Trahan.

Both teams only had three hits apiece.

Tortugas starter Seth Varner held the Mets to two hits in six innings. Both runs against him were unearned.

With the win the Mets picked up a game on first place Fort Myers. St. Lucie, Bradenton and Jupiter are tied for second and one game behind Fort Myers in the South Division.

Press Release

Charleston 4 - Columbia 3


Columbia catcher Pat Mazeika tallied two more hits in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Charleston at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The lefty was activated off of the Disabled List on May 18, and in five starts, has posted a .471 batting average with four walks. Mazeika’s on-base percentage sits at .591.

Columbia (21-22) fell behind in the bottom of the second inning when Jhalan Jackson homered against Chase Ingram (L, 3-3). The Fireflies starter was then handed a lead in the following half inning. Tyler Moore and Vinny Siena both reached base and Mazeika drove them home with a single. Those were the only runs the visitors  would score off of Charleston (27-15) starter Daris Vargas (W, 4-0).

Ingram was dealing on the mound until the fifth inning. With two outs, the RiverDogs strung together three straight run-scoring singles to take a 4-2 lead. Ingram finished with seven strikeouts in five innings of work.

In the eighth, J.C. Rodriguez drew a walk and Mazeika reached as well right afterword when he was hit by a pitch. A Willie Gabay wild pitch enabled the runners to advance and Milton Ramos’ groundout plated Rodriguez. The Fireflies were back within a run, but that was the closest they’d get.

Not to be forgotten, Craig Missigman and Alex Palsha combined for three scoreless innings of work out of the Columbia bullpen.

Press Release

Akron 7 - Binghamton 1


The Binghamton Mets collected just five hits, all singles and none after the fourth inning, in a 7-1 loss to the Akron RubberDucks on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Akron catcher Eric Haase drove in four runs to hand the B-Mets their third sweep of the season. Binghamton closed the game 0-for-16 at the plate and suffered their 13th loss in 16 games.
B-Met starter Casey Delgado fanned Akron cleanup hitter Nellie Rodriguez with the bases loaded in the third, one of his season-best seven strikeouts, but failed to escape the inning unharmed. Xorge Carrillo muffed the righty’s next pitch, enabling Todd Hankins to come home with Akron’s second run. Haase doubled the lead by depositing a two-out, two-run double into the right-field alley.
Akron starter Michael Peoples limited the B-Mets to five singles over six innings in his first victory in three chances against Binghamton. LJ Mazzilli provided Binghamton’s only run off the righty by poking a two-out RBI single into right in the fourth, the B-Mets’ last hit of the game. Peoples bounced back from the hit and closed his day by retiring the last seven batters he faced.
Akron tacked on three runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run homer by Haase. Cole Sulser struck out two over two perfect innings of relief and Justin Brantley worked a blank ninth to seal Akron’s 15th consecutive home victory.
Delgado (1-2) allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over 4-2/3 innings in the loss. Peoples (4-1) struck out three over six innings in his second victory in as many starts.
Press Release 


Fireflies Game Notes: May 22 @ Charleston (Game 43)


Columbia Fireflies (21-21) @ Charleston RiverDogs (26-15)

RHP Chase Ingram (3-2, 3.00) vs. RHP Daris Vargas (3-0, 2.05)

Sunday, May 22, 2016 — Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (Charleston, SC) — First Pitch 5:05 p.m.— Game 43

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ABOUT LAST GAME: Columbia bounced back on Saturday for an 8-4 win over Charleston. The Fireflies had lost back-to-back one-run games in the series. Columbia jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings and never looked back. Joe Shaw tossed seven innings and allowed just two runs. The starter struck out a career-high 10 batters - which is also the most for any Fireflies starter in 2016 in one game.

J-ROD STRIKES AGAIN: Manager Jose Leger has placed J.C. Rodriguez in the three-hole in recent games. The move has paid off in a big way - Rodriguez had a marvelous night at the plate on Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Rodriguez became the fourth Firefly this season to record a four-hit night.

FOUR HORSEMEN: Rodriguez’s four-hit night is the fifth this season registered by a Columbia hitter.
· Sat., May 21 @ CSC: J.C. Rodriguez (4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
· Wed., May 4 @ GBO: David Thompson (4-5, HR, 4 RBI)
· Wed., May 4 @ GBO: Dash Winningham (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI)
· Thurs., April 21 @ GVL: Vinny Siena (4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
· Thurs., April 21 @ GVL: David Thompson (4-5, 3 RBI)  

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE: The first five hitters in the Fireflies order on Saturday registered multi-hit nights.Kevin Kaczmarski, Vinny Siena, Rodriguez, Pat Mazeika and Milton Ramos combined to go 14-for-23 at the plate (.609).

THE O IS BACK: Columbia piled up eight runs and 15 hits on Saturday. The Fireflies had scored just 15 runs in the previous nine games.

ROSTER MOVEDavid Thompson was placed on the disabled list and Luis Ortega was added to Columbia’s roster.

Mack’s Sunday Report – 5-22-16 – Players On The Move, New Mocks


Good morning.

Please find below for your perusal the latest ten mocks, which includes a few players that have been moving up the charts as we get closer to the June draft.

Some are –

LHP Joey Wentz – The Shawnee Mission East (KS) High School senior blasted on the mock scene about nine mocks ago and is now projected as a solid first round pick. How did he work his way on to the mock drafts? Well, he threw the first 26 innings this season without giving up a hit.

OF Brandon Marsh – The Buford (GA) High School outfielder has had his name mentioned in the past two mocks after the Houston Astros featured him as one of the players they are tracking for toe 2016 draft.

LHP Braxton Garrett – The Florence (AL) High School senior has been on all mock drafts throughout the mock season, but he has consistently moved into a top 15 pick in the draft. In fact, two of the last five mock drafts had him in the top 10. MaxPreps lists a 2016 stat line of 62.1-IP, 125-K, 0.56-ERA.

Jason Groome on Draft Day

"I can't wait until Draft day, because it's going to start the next mile marker in my career. Once I get there, I just hope to stay there as long as I can, [give] my brothers a great foundation, send them to school. I want to put my parents up in a new house, because they've busted their tails to get me where I am. To me, it'll mean the world to me, because I'll know all the hard work paid off."

          Mack – No chance this kid’s going to college.

D1 Baseball draft guru,  Frankie Piliere had some thoughts on the draft during a rare non-subscriber Q and A –

                  Q - Who’s going #1

                  F.P. - I still say it’s Puk and that’s what scouts continue to tell me. Braves will have a lot of good choices around with Groome, Pint, Ray all in the mix

                  Q - Let’s say Puk goes 1. How locked in do you think the Reds are on Kyle Lewis?

                  F.P. - They’ve kicked the tires on Delvin Perez but I think Lewis is their guy.

                  Q - Austin Bergner winds up at UNC, right? Not looking like he’ll get drafted high enough to forgo college?

                  F.P. - If I were putting money on it, that would be my bet, that he ends up at school.

                  Q - What are your thoughts on FAU’s 6’4 shortstop CJ Chatham? What round do you think he could go in?

                  F.P. - Big fan of Chatham. And scouts have told me to place him around the 2nd round for my list purposes. I think there are a couple teams who like him in the comp round though. Rangy, athletic SS and the bat has really improved.

                                                  (BTW... David Hood's mock draft on 5-19 is the first time C.J. was mentioned this year, projected as the 96th pick in the draft)    


  1.     LHP           Jason Groome              Suspended From H.S,
  2.     LHP           A.J. Puk                        Florida                                  
  3.     OF              Kyle Lewis                    Mercer                                  
  4.     RHP           Riley Pint                     St.Thomas Aquinas (KS)    
  5.     SS              Delvin Perez                Intl Baseball Academy (PR)
  6.     IF               Nick Senzel                  Tennessee                              
  7.     OF              Corey Ray                    Louisville                              
  8.     OF              Blake Rutherford        Charminate HS (CA)  
  9.     OF              Mickey Moniak            La Costa Canyon (CA)
  10.  RHP          Dakota Hudson            Mississippi State
  11.  OF             Buddy Reed                 Florida                                  
  12.  RHP          Ian Anderson               Shenendohowa HS (NY)            
  13.  LHP          Braxton Garrett          Florence HS (AL)                 
  14.  RHP          Connor Jones               Virginia                                 
  15.  IF-P          Josh Lowe                     Pope HS (GA)                      
  16.  IF              Nolan Jones                  Holy Ghost Prep (PA)         
  17.  LHP          Joey Wentz                   Shawnee Mission East HS  
  18.  C               Zack Collins                 Miami
  19.  RHP          Matt Manning              Sheldon HS (CA)                  
  20.  1B              Alex Kirloff                  Plum HS (PA)                      
  21.  OF-1B       Will Benson                  Westminster Schools (GA) 
  22.  RHP          Cal Quatrill                 Stanford                                
  23.  RHP          Forrest Whitley           Alamo Hiehgt HS (TX)        
  24.  RHP          Jordan Sheffield          Vanderbilt                            
  25.  OF             Brian Reynolds            Vanderbilt                            
  26.  RHP          Kevin Gowdy               Barbara HS (CA)
  27.  RHP          Robert Tyler                Georgia                                 
  28.  IF              Will Craig                    Wake Forrest                        
  29.  SS             Drew Mendoza            Lake Minneola HS (FL)                
  30.  RHP          Daulton Jeffries          Cal                                         
  31.  RHP          Alex Speas                    Mceachen HS (GA)              
  32.  RHP          Logan Shore                 Florida                                  
  33.  RHP          Alec Hansen                 Oklahoma                             
  34.  C               Chris Okey                   Clemson                                
  35.  RHP          Cody Sedlock               Illinois                                             
  36.  LHP          Anthony Kay                Connecticut                          
  37.  LHP          Jesus Luzardo              Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)
  38.  OF             Jake Frahey                 LSU                                       
  39.  3B              Carter Kieboom          Walton HS (GA)                   
  40.  LHP          Eric Lauer                    Kent State                             
  41.  LHP          Matt Krook                  Oregon                                  
  42.  RHP          Jared Horn                   Vintage HS (CA)                  
  43.  OF             Taylor Trammell        Mt. Paran Christian (GA)  
  44.  RHP          Reggie Lawson             Victor Valley HS (CA)         
  45.  OF             Nick Banks                   Texas A and M                     
  46.  LHP          Matt Crohan                Winthrop                              
  47.  RHP          Zach Burdi                   Louisville                              
  48.  IF              Bo Bichette                  Lakewood HS (FL)               
  49.  RHP          Joe Duplantier             Rice                                       
  50.  RHP          Zach Jackson               Arkansas                               
  51.  OF             Ryan Boldt                   Nebraska                               
  52.  OF             Avery Tuck                  Steele Canyon HS (CA)       
  53.  3B              Joe Rizzo                      Oakton HS (VA)                   
  54.  C               Sean Murphy               Wright State                         
  55.  RHP          Corbin Burnes             St. Mary’s                             
  56.  RHP          Austin Bergner            Windermere Prep (FL)        
  57.  SS             Gavin Lux                    Indian Train Academy (WI)
  58.  3B              Bobby Dalbec              Arizona                                 
  59.  RHP          Mike Shawaryn           Maryland                              
  60.  RHP          Zack Brown                  Kentucky                               
  61.  OF             Penny Grier                 Auburn                                  
  62.  OF             Heath Quinn                Samford                                
  63.  LHP          Kyle Muller                  Jesuit College Prep              

  64.  IF              Bryson Brigman                   San Diego                               
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