Series Preview: B-Mets at New Britain

The Binghamton Mets take to the road and battle New Britain for a three-game series.

The Binghamton Mets are winners of nine of their last eleven games and to say they are on fire right now is an understatement. The current stretch puts their record at 50-43, good for only a half-game back of Trenton and Reading in the Eastern Division. The B-Mets hit the road today to start a three-game series with New Britain.

Monday: Seth Lugo (4-4, 3.63 ERA) vs. Shane Carle (9-5, 3.57 ERA)

Seth Lugo has improved mightily this season after a shaky start. The righty from Shreveport, LA collected win number four in his last outing. He pitched five innings of superb baseball, going five innings, no earned runs, four hits, and six strikeouts. He’s a strikeout pitcher, boasting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of an astronomical 73-20. Lugo’s outings usually lack run support, but this time, his bats came through for him.

Shane Carle is an imposing hurler at 6-4, 185 pounds. But that’s his M.O. His efforts helped the Rock Cats defeat the B-Mets back on July 8, one of the few pitchers to enjoy that distinction lately. Carle gave up seven hits and two earned runs in six innings of work, but his six strikeouts were enough to edge out the win. Carle is tied for second in the league lead with wins (9). The Mid-Season All-Star’s best pitch is his low, hard sinker ball.

Tuesday: Gabriel Ynoa (6-6, 3.87 ERA) vs. Ryan Carpenter (5-10, 3.94 ERA)

The Dominican Republic churns out some truly elite baseball players each year, and Gabriel Ynoa is no exception. After a tough start to the season, Ynoa has rounded into excellent form in his last few starts. On July 13, he turned in a sensational effort, striking out five and only allowing four hits in seven innings of work.

2015 has not been a smooth season for Ryan Carpenter. Carpenter is a tall, lanky lefty (6-5, 210) whose frame can sometimes hinder rather than help. The height and delivery makes him prone to leaving the ball up on occasion, and on July 17, Reading teed off. The Glendale, AZ native was hammered for four earned runs and six hits in six frames. He struck out six, but gave up his share of well-hit balls. likes the looseness in his motion.

Wednesday: Michael Fulmer (4-2, 2.16 ERA) vs. Bryan Evans (5-5, 3.63 ERA)

Michael Fulmer has yet to put it all together for the B-Mets this season. The 22-year-old out of Oklahoma City, OK tasted defeat in his last start, yielding five hits and two earned runs in five innings in a July 16 loss to Trenton, one of the few losses for the team lately. Fulmer has a tendency to not mix in enough breaking balls with his fastball.

Bryan Evans is a 6-2, 200 pound right-hander out of Mission Viejo, CA. He’s still feeling his way around this season. Evans was on the winning side of the ledger recently: eight strong innings complemented only two earned runs, five hits, and he forced seven Reading batters to swing and miss in a win on July 18.

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