Binghamton Mets (25-22) at
Altoona Curve (26-19)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
RHP Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.95) vs. RHP Angel Sanchez (4-1, 3.02)
• Game #48 • Road Game #24
Peoples Natural Gas Field • Altoona, PA • 6:00 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets tossed their fourth shutout of the season, beating Portland, 2-0, morning at NYSEG Stadium to snap a four game losing streak. Aderlin Rodriguezdrove in the only runs with a two-run double in the sixth inning. Josh Rodriguez added two hits while Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-4. Luis Cessa earned the win, scattering three two-out hits over six innings. Paul Sewald stranded the tying runs on base to earn his eighth save. The game was played in front of the largest NYSEG Stadium crowd in nearly three years (6,216).
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Michael Fulmer makes his fifth start of the season with Binghamton and the first of his career against Altoona. Last time out, Fulmer allowed two unearned runs in 5.1 innings against Akron. He walked a season-high three, while matching a season-high with four strikeouts. This will be Fulmer’s second road start of the year with the B-Mets. His lone win came on the road against Akron. All of his earned runs allowed have come in either the first or fifth innings of his starts.
ALTOONA STARTER: RHP Angel Sanchez makes his 10th start of the year and the first of his career against Binghamton. The righty is coming off a win in his last start, allowing two runs over eight innings against New Hampshire. He has pitched to a 5.14 ERA in May after allowing an earned run in 22.2 April innings. Lefties are batting .291 against the starter, compared to .219 for righties.
VS. ALTOONA: Binghamton went 6-4 against Altoona in 2014, including 4-3 on the road. The B-Mets won their last three games at Peoples Natural Gas Field, scoring seven or more runs in all three games. Binghamton has won the season series each of the last two years.
WALK THIS WAY: Binghamton has drawn fewer than two times in three of their last four games. The B-Mets have walked nine total times in the four games.
NO DH: Binghamton is 4-6 against fellow NL teams, but not because of a lack of offense. The B-Mets are batting .274 in the 10 games, averaging 4.2 runs. Meanwhile, Binghamton is batting .262 in 37 games with a DH, averaging 4.1 runs.
SLUGGISH OFFENSE: Binghamton is averaging 2.6 runs over their last 11 games, going 4-7. Binghamton has scored fewer than three runs in five of those 10 games, including their last two. They have also been held to fewer than three runs in three of their last four road games.
WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND: Binghamton is 6-1 on Fridays this year, winning their last four.
STARTING ROTATION: The B-Mets starting rotation is 1-6 with a 5.47 ERA in Binghamton’s last 10 games. The rotation has one win in the last 11 games and is now 14-15 on the year.
SERIES OPENERS: The B-Mets are 8-6 in series openers this year, but 5-5 in their last 10.
ROAD WARRIORS: The road team has scored first in 31 of Binghamton’s 47 games this season.
ALLOWING HOME RUNS: The B-Mets pitching staff has allowed 11 home runs in their last 13 games.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Binghamton has hit into 20 double plays over their last 12 games. The B-Mets lead the league with 48 double plays, seven more than any other team.
RUNNING IN PLACE: The B-Mets are 2-for-7 in stolen base attempts over their last 11 games.