The Binghamton Mets returned home to defeat the visiting New Hampshire Fisher Cats Thursday evening, in the first of a four game weekend series. The victory improved the BMets record to 8-4, which tied them with the Reading Fightin Phils for 1st place of the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
Feb 18, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jack Leathersich (81) during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Bowman climbed the hill for Binghamton, and pitched impressively in his second start of the season. In 7 full innings pitched, he yielded no runs on only four hits, issued one walk and fanned 11 batters. Matthew threw 80 pitches, with 55 (69%) going for strikes. He is now 2-0 on the young season. In 12 total innings so far, he has surrendered just one run on 7 hits and 2 walks, and has racked up 15 strikeouts.
Six Binghamton pitchers now have two starts apiece.
- Right-hander, Rainy Lara, 23, is likewise 2-0 this season, with a 2.19 ERA. In 12.1 innings, he has allowed 3 earned runs on 11 hits, walked one, and has 6 strikeouts.
- Right-hander, Hansel Robles, 23, is 1-0 with a no-decision. In 10 innings pitched, he is yet to allow a run. He has allowed only 6 hits, and 3 walks, and has 14 strikeouts, for a 12.6 K/9 average.
- Lefty, Darin Gorski, 26, is 1-1 with a 0.93 ERA. In 9.2 innings, he has allowed 3 runs, but only one earned. He has walked 5 and struck out 12 batters.
- Right-hander, Greg Peavey, 25, is 1-0 with a lofty 6.75 ERA. In 9.1 innings pitched, he has surrendered 7 earned runs on 6 hits, which includes 2 home runs. He has issued 5 walks, and has 10 strikeouts.
- Right-hander, Tyler Pill, 23, is off to a start I’m sure he’d rather forget. He is 0-2 with an unsightly 10.38 ERA. In 8.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 10 earned runs on 16 hits, and 4 walks. He has surrendered 2 home runs, with only 4 strikeouts.
Binghamton’s bullpen has endured early season struggles as well. Seven relievers have combined on 30 appearances, 39 innings pitched, and a 4.15 ERA. They have allowed 39 hits, walked 23, and struck out 55 batters.
- Sowthpaw Jack Leathersich, 23, remains amazing, yet erratic as ever. In 5 appearances and 6.2 innings pitched, Jack is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA. He has allowed 7 hits, 6 walks, to go along with 14 strikeouts, for an astonishing 18.9 K/9 average.
- Otherwise, right-hander, Cody Satterwhite, 27, has been the best of the rest. In 4 appearances and 6.2 innings pitched, he has yet to yield a run, allowed 3 hits, struck out 7, but walked 5 batters.
At the plate, first baseman Matt Clark, center fielder Darrell Ceciliani, and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar lead the Mets in hitting. While catcher Kevin Plawecki is still trying to settle in, outfielder Cory Vaughn has fallen on hard times.
- Back in the U.S. after a season playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan, Matt Clark, 27, is wielding a hot bat. He is batting .389 in 36 at-bats, with 4 doubles, 4 home runs, an .833 slugging average, leads the team with 11 RBI, and boasts a .489 OBP.
- Darrell Ceciliani, 23, is batting an even .400 with 4 doubles after 35 at-bats, and sports a .417 OBP.
- Wilfredo Tovar, 22, is batting .343 in 35 at-bats.
- Kevin Plawecki, 23, saw his batting average drop to .258 after Thursday night’s game, and only has one RBI so far this season in 31 at-bats.
- With regards to Cory Vaughn, 24, one can only ask, what happened to this once highly touted outfield prospect? He only has 3 hits in 36 at-bats, with a .190 OBP, and has struck out 10 times.