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2009 Month-by-Month Review

AARecord: Binghamton Mets 3-6, sixth place, out of six, in the Eastern League Eastern Division

Quick Overview: The B-Mets are hitting an anemic .189/.261/.302.? They're last in the 12-team league in runs scored, batting average, 11th in OBP and 8th in slugging.? The team hit three home runs Sunday, and is now tied for second in the league in the category.? By the way, the Eastern League as a whole is hitting .238/.306/.350.

The pitching staff, led by Brad Holt and Mark Cohoon is third in the League in ERA (2.91) but 10th in strikeouts (60 in 77.1 IP), which isn't totally fair because the B-Mets have thrown the fewest innings of any team in the league.? The B-Mets have issued the fourth-fewest walks (25).

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I should have finished this series up last week, but the reason I do month-by-month analysis is to give myself a chance to break down the season into manageable chunks to tease out various story lines.

Despite a potent offense, the K-Mets struggled to a 9-17 record in July.? The offense hit .290/.368/.436 and scored 184 runs, 7.1 runs per game.? Meanwhile, the pitching owned a 5.25 ERA and allowed 6.6 runs per game, 172 overall.? Once again, a Mets affiliate with a positive run differential, had a losing record.? If this sounds familiar, St. Lucie pulled the same trick in July.? How to explain this?? I can?t.

Player of the Month2B Alonzo Harris (.306/.366/.541) led the K-Mets with seven and tied for the team lead as one of three players with eight stolen bases.? He?s just 19, and was a good enough athlete to attract attention as a defensive back at DI schools for football.? He?s a prospect.? One note of caution, as is common for young hitters, Harris is aggressive; he walked ten times and struck out 24 in 111 AB over 25 games.? He?ll need to be careful with that strikeout/walk rate as he moves up.? Also, as long as we?re talking about 19-year olds, remember that he?s the same age as Ruben Tejada but is playing four levels below him.

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So I'm bringin back the monthly reviews for each affiliate, starting in St. Lucie...

The New York media has, over the course of the summer of 2009, become fixated on the angle that the Buffalo Bisons and Binghamton Mets poor overall records reflect a weak New York Mets farm system storyline.? The link between actual farm system strength and affiliates' wins and losses is not strong.? However, St. Lucie, which struggled to an 8-19 July after playing .500 baseball for the rest of the season had as rough a month as any other Mets affiliate.

Yet, the team's July record, going 11 games under .500, looks fairly fluky.? The team hit .252/.334/.385 and scored 129 runs or 4.8 runs per game, a solid mark in the FSL and yielded 127 runs. So, St. Lucie had a positive run differential (+2) which would predict that the team would be at about .500, and yet they underperformed by 11 games.? Wow.

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The Gnats in May were largely similar to the Gnats in April, sporting an offense that relies very heavily on batting average (.255/.319/.376) and a strong pitching staff (3.11 ERA). However, the team was three-games over .500 in April and three games under (13-16) in May. The team finished May at an even 25-25, in fifth place, three and a half games behind first-place Rome in the tightly bunched Southern Division.

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The biggest story in May in St. Lucie was on the mound where Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia were simply dominant. Both earned their promotions to Binghamton earlier this week and will throw for the B-Mets this weekend.

On June 1, Mejia?s 2.06 ERA was fourth in the FSL, while Brad Holt?s 50 strikeouts were second. Ike Davis? 16 doubles was led teammate Carlos Guzman by one, for the top spot in the league. Guzman?s .503 SLG was fifth in the FSL.

On June 1, after a 13-12 May, the St. Lucie Mets were 23-22, 7.5 games behind the first-place Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) who were setting a blistering pace atop the FSL South. The Mets began May in streaky fashion, alternating three-game winning streaks with three game losing streaks, a run that was interrupted by the rain in the middle of the month, which rained out four of the five St. Lucie games from 5/17-5/19.

Tags: 2009 Month-by-Month Review, Brad Holt, Francisco Pena, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Reese Havens, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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The Binghamton Mets finished May 11-18, in last place in the Eastern League Northern Division, six games behind the Connecticut Defenders. The B-Mets allowed 5.6 runs per game in the month and scored but 4.2, easily explaining their mark at seven games under .500.

The thing that stands out in the month about the B-Mets pitching staff was the lousy K/BB ratio. The B-Mets pitchers walked 4.2 batters per nine while striking out just 5.8 for a k/BB ratio of 1.4.

On the first of June, Josh Thole led the Eastern League in batting average and OBP while DJ Wabick was 8th with his .327 average. The common knock on Thole is that he doesn?t hit for enough power, and yet, his 16 doubles were tied with DJ Wabick and two others for the league lead. Ryan Coultas?s 2.55 ERA was sixth on the circuit. Manny Garcia?s 14 stolen bases were fourth.

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Back-to-back Bisons posts!? That doesn't happen much.

The Buffalo Bisons improved from miserable in April to simply bad in May when the team went 12-18. Once again, the team?s offense was largely punchless, as the Bisons hit .251/.311/.375 as a team. As June dawns, the Bisons sit 17 games behind the first-place Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

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