Posted by Mack Ade at 4:26 PM
Binghamton Mets (38-36) at
Akron RubberDucks (40-36)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians)
RHP Michael Fulmer (2-0, 2.70) vs. RHP Mike Clevinger (4-3, 2.85)
• Game #75 • Road Game #38
Canal Park • Akron, OH • 7:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets snapped their four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Akron afternoon at Canal Park. Binghamton won Luis Cessa’s fourth straight start, as the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings for his seventh win. Paul Sewald notched his 14th save, allowing a run in an inning of work. Aderlin Rodriguez had two of Binghamton’s five hits, while Gavin Cecchini drove in all three runs, matching a season-high.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Michael Fulmer is making his 10th start with Binghamton this season and his third against Akron. The B-Mets won both of Fulmer’s starts against the RubberDucks, as the righty allowed one earned run in 10.1 innings pitched combined. Fulmer worked a season-high seven innings against Harrisburg in his last start, not allowing a single run in an eventual 4-1 B-Met loss. Fulmer matched a season-high with six strikeouts in the outing. Binghamton is 6-3 in his nine starts this year.
AKRON STARTER: RHP Mike Clevinger is making his 15th start and fourth against Binghamton. The righty is 1-2 against the B-Mets, with a 3.50 ERA (7 ER, 18 IP). He’s gone six innings in each outing against Binghamton. He earned a no-decision in his last start, throwing five shutout innings against Reading. It’s his second start at Canal Park since . He has allowed less than three earned runs in each of his last four starts. Binghamton is the only team to score more than three runs against Clevinger this season.
SEASON SERIES: Binghamton has now won the season series against Akron for the third straight season. The B-Mets have won eight of the first 13 meetings, including six of eight at Canal Park this season. Binghamton is 25-16 against Akron over the past three seasons.
OFFENSIVE SLUMP: Binghamton has eight runs and 25 hits in their last 47 innings played (5+ games). The B-Mets are batting .175 during that time, including 3-for-27 (.111) with men in scoring position.
START ME UP: The B-Mets have used five different players in the leadoff spot this season. They have combined to hit .211 with 5 home runs and 31 RBI, while scoring 38 runs. The leadoff hitters have struck out 56 times, while drawing 17 walks, and are 2-for-5 in stolen base attempts. The leadoff hitter is 2-for-25 with two walks in the first inning of Binghamton’s last 27 games. Current leadoff hitter Gavin Cecchini is batting .224 in that spot (31 games), compared to .351 (31 games) elsewhere in the lineup.
RUBBER MATCH: The B-Mets are 1-4 in rubber games, getting outscored 30-15 in the five games.
SERIES FINALES: The B-Mets are 11-11 in series finales this season, but have won four of their last five. Binghamton is 1-2 in finales against Akron, dropping the last two.
STARTING ROTATION: The B-Mets starters had a 1.60 ERA during the last turn through the rotation, yet got a win in just one of the five games.
MR. DEPENDABLE: Paul Sewald is 13-for-13 in save opportunities since . Sewald has the fourth most saves in the EL, converting 14 of 15 in total this season.
0-FOR: Brandon Nimmo is hitless in his last three games (0-for-10) since a career-high 14 game hitting streak, in which he hit .383.
RBI DROUGHT: LJ Mazzilli has not driven in a run in 24 games. It’s the longest drought of his career, surpassing a nine-game stretch from 2014. Mazzilli is 2-for-24 (.083) when batting with RISP this season.