Binghamton Mets (26-27) vs
Reading Fightin Phils (29-24)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies)
RHP Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.63) vs. LHP Jesse Biddle (4-1, 4.50)
• Game #54 • Home Game #28
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY •
LAST GAME: The B-Mets were held to a season-low two hits in their 2-0 loss to the Trenton Thunder night at NYSEG Stadium. It was the first time Binghamton has been swept in a three-game series this year. Luis Cessa tossed 7.2 innings, allowing one run while striking out eight. It was the longest outing for a B-Met starter this year, as Cessa matched a season-high with the eight strikeouts. Michael Conforto had both Binghamton hits, while the rest of the lineup went 0-for-26. Binghamton had just one at-bat with a man in scoring position.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Michael Fulmer is making his fifth start of the year with Binghamton and the first of his career against Reading. The righty is coming off a no-decision, having allowed two unearned runs in 5.1 innings against Akron. He walked a season-high three, while matching a season-high with four strikeouts in the start. Four of his five starts with Binghamton have come at NYSEG Stadium, including his last three. His lone win came in the road start. Lefties are batting .313 against Fulmer this year.
READING STARTER: LHP Jesse Biddle is making his 10th start of the year and the fifth of his career against Binghamton. The southpaw allowed three runs in 5.2 innings against Richmond in his last start, earning a no-decision. All five of his decisions have come on the road, where he has pitched to a 3.42 ERA, compared to 5.95 at home. This is his third year with Reading and his third start at NYSEG Stadium. Biddle is 0-3 with a 12.18 ERA (18 ER in 13.1 IP) in his career vs. the B-Mets.
STRUGGLES BY THE DOZEN: Binghamton has not scored in their last 12 innings, registering four hits in their last 41 at-bats (.098), striking out 12 times. It’s the second scoreless stretch of 11 or more innings for Binghamton in the past week.
STARTING ROTATION: The B-Mets starting rotation is 1-8 in their last 16 starts with a 5.11 ERA during that time. Luis Cessa’s 7.2 innings were the longest for a B-Met pitcher this year, but the righty still suffered the loss. Overall, Binghamton’s rotation has a 14-17 record this year.
ROUGH STRETCH: Binghamton is 8-15 in their last 23 games. It’s their worse stretch since going 8-16 from May 19 - June 9, 2014. They then went 51-23 in their next 74 games. The B-Mets are 1-7 in their last seven home games.
IT TAKES TWO: The B-Mets last four games have all been decided by two runs. Binghamton has brought the tying run to the plate after the seventh inning in all three losses.
VS. READING: Binghamton is 9-3 against Reading over the past two season, winning their last four games at NYSEG Stadium against the Fightin Phils. This is Reading’s only visit to Binghamton this season.
LOSING SERIES: The B-Mets have gone winless in their last seven series (0-5-2). Binghamton hasn’t won a series since taking two of three in Akron, 5-8/5-10.
.500: Binghamton is under .500 for the first time since beginning the season 0-1. The B-Mets were never under .500 after starting 1-2 in 2014. It’s the latest the B-Mets are under .500 in a season since the end of the 2012 season.
SOUTHPAWS: is Binghamton’s fifth consecutive game against a lefty starting pitcher. The B-Mets are 6-8 against lefty starters this year, losing their last three. Overall, Binghamton is hitting .246 against LHP, fourth worse in the EL, while batting .262 vs. RHP.