Series Preview: B-Mets vs. Senators

The Binghamton Mets take on the Harrisburgh Senators as they make s charge for first place in the Eastern Division.

The winning streak is over, but the B-Mets continue to play well. Binghamton remains 2.5 games out of first in the Eastern Division. The Harrisburg Senators come to Binghamton for a four-game series.

Tuesday: Matthew Spaan (1-0, 1.99 ERA) vs. Luis Cessa (6-4, 2.34 ERA)

<p>Southpaw Matthew Spaan gets the start for the opener on Tuesday night. The Columbia, Tenn. Native was hit hard the last time he toed the slab, lasting only three innings thanks to six hits and three earned runs. Spann doesn’t feature a very high-velocity fastball (topping out in the low-90’s), but it does have some late bite to it.

Luis Cessa is finally coming into his own for the B-Mets this season. He picked up the win in his last start against Portland, where he sprinkled five hits and only one earned run. Cessa is a strikeout pitcher, through and through. He puts fear into the hitter, as evidenced by his strikeout-to-walk ratio. As hard as he throws, it’s his deceptive changeup that slows the pace.

Wednesday: Richard Bleier (4-2, 3.34 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (2-0, 3.14 ERA)

Richard Bleier was tagged with a no-decision in his last effort against Altoona. The Florida Gulf Coast product went more than seven innings and only gave up two earned runs—despite 11 hits. Bleier won’t hand out many free passes; he’s only walked six batters the entire season. The Texas Rangers took him in Round Six of the 2008 Draft, before his rights were traded to the Nationals.

Michael Fulmer turned in a solid outing on June 18 in a win over Portland. Fulmer’s improving his pitching arsenal, adding more than just a good fastball. His line read six strikeouts, one earned run, and seven hits. The B-Mets will look for more performances such as this as they get deeper into the season.

Thursday: Dakota Bacus (3-1, 3.50 ERA) vs. Robert Gsellman (1-3, 4.70 ERA)

Dakota Bacus has been a steady arm in the rotation for the Senators this season. He pitched a complete game (shortened) in seven innings on June 20 in a victory against Altoona. The sparkling performance included zero earned runs and only six hits allowed. Scout John Sickels cites Bacus’ “exceptional command of a low-90’s fastball, slider, and changeup” as strengths.

Robert Gsellman took one on the chin in a June 19 loss to New Hampshire. The 21-year-old went seven, only to give up three earned runs and walk three in a mediocre outing. Still, his height affords him the ability to pile up strikeouts. Gsellman’s had a rough go of things lately, but he can still get better.

Friday: Austin Voth (3-5, 3.62 ERA) vs. Seth Lugo (2-4, 4.15 ERA)</h6>

It’s safe to say June 21 was not one of Austin Voth’s more memorable outings. The University of Washington alumnus only managed to put in four innings of work before being rocked for five earned runs and seven hits.

Seth Lugo went five innings and five earned runs in a June 20 loss to New Hampshire. For Lugo to be successful in the rotation as the season wears on, he’ll need to work on inducing more ground balls and fly balls, rather than just relying on the strikeout.

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