Posted by Mack Ade at 4:54 PM
Binghamton Mets (19-14) vs.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (16-17)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
RHP Luis Cessa (3-1, 2.67) vs. RHP Taylor Cole (0-3, 5.46)
• Game #34 • Home Game #14
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 6:35 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets dropped their rubber match with Richmond, 2-1, in 10 innings afternoon at The Diamond. Matt Koch took the loss, allowing the third walk-off this season by B-Mets pitching. Starter Gabriel Ynoa took a no-decision, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings. The offense continued to struggle for Binghamton, stranding a season-high 15 men on base and going hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. Albert Cordero broke out of a slump with two hits. T.J. Rivera added in two hits whileBrandon Nimmo went 3-for-4. Binghamton went 3-3 on the road trip.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Luis Cessa makes his sixth start of the season and third against New Hampshire. Cessa has won his last two starts, allowing three runs in six innings last time out against Akron. The righty has struck out eight while walking one in 11 innings over his last two outings. Cessa is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against New Hampshire this season. He allowed season-high’s 11 hits and four runs in a losing effort the first time around. Cessa then responded, at NYSEG Stadium, by holding the Fisher Cats to one run in five innings for the win. He lasted five innings in both starts. Lefties are hitting .400 against Cessa this season.
NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: RHP Taylor Cole is making his seventh start of the season and third against Binghamton. The righty allowed two runs in 5.1 innings against Trenton last time out. Cole had lost three consecutive starts prior to that, including two against Binghamton. Cole allowed combined five runs and 11 hits in 11 innings pitched against the B-Mets. Binghamton reached base in a third of their plate appearances against the starter. Cole is 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA in eight starts in the Eastern League. Opponents are hitting .303 against the starter, including .316 on the road.
VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE: The B-Mets are 3-4 against the Fisher Cats this season, including 2-1 at home. Binghamton lost the first three meetings, won the following three, and then dropped the last one, 12-11, in 11 innings. New Hampshire is hitting .296 in the seven games vs. Binghamton pitching, averaging 5.6 runs per contest. Binghamton’s pitching staff has worked to a 5.37 ERA against the Fisher Cats this season. New Hampshire is 5-for-9 in stolen bases in the season series, while Binghamton has committed 7 errors.
SE7EN: Aderlin Rodriguez is currently on a season-high seven-game hitting streak, batting .360 (9-for-25) with five RBI during the stretch. Rodriguez was two for his prior 17. A-Rod is batting .296 when hitting sixth or lower in the lineup.
HIGH FIVE: Binghamton hasn’t scored more than five runs in any of their last 11 nine-inning games, going 7-4. The last time they scored more than five runs was in an 11-inning loss against New Hampshire, 12-11. Binghamton is hitting .245 in the month of May, tied with Trenton for second worse in the EL. The B-Mets hit .279 in April, only bested by New Hampshire (.285).
RISP: The B-Mets are batting .150 (6-for-40) with men in scoring position over their last 38 innings. Binghamton has left 38 men on-base in those 38 frames. They’re averaging three runs a game over their last four.
CANT GET NO RELIEF: Binghamton has scored one run in their last 19 innings against opposing bullpens.
HOLD THE LINE: The B-Mets bullpen leads the league with 17 holds, despite owning a 5.52 ERA.