Binghamton Mets (27-28) vs
Reading Fightin Phils (30-25)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies)
RHP Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.82) vs. LHP Tom Windle (1-3, 4.44)
• Game #56 • Home Game #30
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 1:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets were shutout for the second time in their last three games, losing 3-0 against Reading night at NYSEG Stadium. Three Reading pitchers combined to hold the B-Mets to four hits, while Cameron Perkins drove in all three runs. Perkins hit his eighth home run, while also registering his 10th outfield assist by cutting down a B-Met at the plate in the second inning. Robert Gsellman fell to 0-2 in his first two Binghamton starts, while the B-Mets have failed to win back-to-back games in two weeks.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Seth Lugo is making his eighth start of the year and the first of his career against Reading. It’s been a tale of two halves for Lugo this year, having allowed just three total earned runs in his four starts combined. However, the righty has since allowed three earned runs or more in three of his last four starts. In his last outing, he surrendered three runs in six innings in Altoona. The B-Mets are 1-3 in his last four starts.
READING STARTER: LHP Tom Windle is making his 11th start of the year and the first of his career against Binghamton. The lefty has allowed two runs in each of his last three starts. Windle currently ranks second in the EL with 30 walks. He has pitched to a 9.00 ERA in three home starts, compared to a 3.03 ERA in seven road starts. He has a 1.59 ERA in three day starts. The portsider has not made it through the sixth inning in any of his last seven starts, and only twice this year. He was acquired in the offseason from the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with fellow starter Zach Eflin, for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
HIT OR MISS: Binghamton has been shutout twice in their last three games for the first time since August 17-19, 2014. Binghamton had six totals hits in the two losses, going a combined 0-for-3 with men in scoring position. In between the two shutouts, Binghamton scored eight runs in a win.
FOLLOWING A SHUTOUT: Binghamton is 2-0 following a shutout this season, scoring seven or more runs in both games. All three times the B-Mets have been shutout this season have been at NYSEG Stadium.
ON THE LINE: A victory today would give Binghamton their first series win since taking two of three in Akron, . Since then, the B-Mets are 0-5-2 in their series.
SERIES FINALES: Binghamton is 7-9 in series finales this year, winning two of their last three.
STARTING ROTATION: The B-Mets starting rotation is 1-9 in their last 18 starts and own a 14-17 record overall this year.
K’s: Dustin Lawley has struck out in seven of his last eight at-bats. He has three strikeouts in each of his last two starts.
ERRORS: Reading has committed the fewest errors in the league (46), but had two miscues in each of the first two games of the series. Reading did not commit multiple errors in any of their previous nine games.
GRAND THEFT: Binghamton is 5-for-12 in stolen base attempts over their last 19 games, while Reading is 7-for-9 in their last 10. Reading has been successful in their last four attempts.
VS. NL: Binghamton is 6-9 vs. NL affiliates, while Reading has gone 11-8.
PITCH-HITTING: Binghamton pitchers are 5-for-30 (.167) at the plate this year. Reading pitchers are 6-for-32 (.188) this season.