Series Preview: B-Mets vs. Thunder

The Binghamton Mets return home for a three-game set against the Trenton Thunder.

The All-Star break is over, and for the B-Mets, that means a return home—and hopefully, a return to their winning ways. Binghamton is currently riding a three-game winning streak and sits third in the Eastern Division. The team hosts the Trenton Thunder, owners of the league’s second-best record.

Thursday: Kyle Haynes (1-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. Michael Fulmer (4-1, 2.06 ERA)

As the saying goes, the iron was not kind to Kyle Haynes in his last start for the Thunder. The Virginia Commonwealth alumnus heard bats ping his pitches on numerous occasions, as he lasted only six innings giving up nine hits and two earned runs (seven unearned) to New Hampshire. Originally drafted by the Pirates in 2012, Haynes was taken in Round 20.

Michael Fulmer is quickly becoming the most reliable arm for the B-Mets. Though his most recent start didn’t replicate his gem on Independence Day, it was still outstanding. Fulmer helped Binghamton to a 2-1 win over New Britain. He threw seven innings, allowed six hits, zero earned runs, and seven strikeouts. Fulmer is starting to understand how to locate his breaking ball.

Friday: Jaron Long (0-1, 1.50 ERA) vs. John Gant (3-4, 4.13 ERA)

Jaron Long wasn’t high on the draft list in 2013 of the New York Yankees, Trenton’s parent team. The Yanks signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State University. This year, he’s split time between AA-Trenton and AAA-Scranton. In his sole start, he took the loss in six innings, giving up six hits, one earned run, and a home run. He’s not going to overwhelm you: Long throws down in the zone in hopes of inducing ground balls, according to SB Nation.

John Gant is a pitcher who has divided his time between Binghamton and St. Lucie. The 22-year-old out of Savannah, GA didn’t play collegiate baseball and was drafted straight out of high school by the Mets in 2011. Grant was credited with the win on July 10 against Portland. He pitched a mixed bag of sorts, but got the job done: six innings, five hits, and two earned runs. He struck out four and walked three. notes he throws “in the low-90s and offers a fine split-changeup, but other righties in the Mets’ system have higher ceilings.”

Saturday: Matt Tracy (0-2, 2.89 ERA) vs. Robert Gsellman (3-5, 4.31 ERA)

Matt Tracy still has some growing to do to solidify himself for the Thunder. The St. Louis who played collegiately at Ole Miss was drafted by the Yankees in 2011. Tracy pitched a no-decision in a Trenton win back on July 12. Six innings, four hits, one run, and three strikeouts—not shocking, but not terrible either. SB Nation projects Tracy to be a “two-pitch pitcher out of the bullpen down the road.”

Robert Gsellman continues his upward climb for the B-Mets rotation this season. Gsellman notched his latest win on July 11; he went seven, ceding six hits, and one earned run. Gsellman is finally coming into his own.

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