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The Mets are one step closer to placing their AAA baseball team in Las Vegas for at least the next two years.

Tuesday, the Houston Astros and the Oklahoma City Redhawks extended their PDC for two more years, while the Nashville Sounds and the Milwaukee Brewers did the same. ?The Marlins and New Orleans Zephyrs already extended their relationship through 2014.

There are only four AAA teams without a PDC for 2013: Buffalo, Las Vegas, Memphis and Tucson. Memphis is Cardinals' country and a lock to resign with St. Louis. Tucson is a Padres affiliate, and surely will resign. That leaves the Blue Jays and Mets on the Major League side and the Bisons and Las Vegas 51s on the AAA side. At least the 51s have a sweet new logo (pictured at right).

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Labor Day marks not just the end of summer, and a wonderful day for going to the beach, but the end of the minor league baseball regular season for the four full-season levels: AAA, AA, advanced-A and A. That leaves two Mets affiliates still playing baseball, the Brooklyn Cyclones and St. Lucie Mets.

The Brooklyn Cyclones are closing in on a wild-card berth, with a magic number of one to clinch a playoff spot with two games to play.

The St. Lucie Mets, who set a new franchise-high for wins in a season at 83-52, begin the best-of-three Division Series on the road in Jupiter Tuesday. The series shifts to St. Lucie for game two on Wednesday, and if necessary, game three on Thursday.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 8, @ Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 5?

3B Zach Lutz was 1-for-5 with an RBI in his final game of the year in AAA. The Mets recalled Lutz and C Mike Nickeas after the game. The 26-year old Lutz has hit .299/.410/.496 this year in AAA with 10 homers in 72 games. He's never been able to stay on the field, but when he's played in the minors, he's hit. He's played both third and first, but is a below average defender at third, his primary position. He might be a decent right-handed hitting bench bat.

2B Jordany Valdespin (.286/.335/.415 - 37 games) was 2-for-4 with a walk, his third straight game with a free pass.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Rochester Red Wings 3?

Maybe it's taken Jeurys Familia the better part of a AAA season to figure it out. His line Thursday: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 WP - 61% strikes. The nine strikeouts tied a season-high. After walking at least three batters in each of his first six starts of the year and eight of his first nine, Familia has walked one batter or fewer in three of his last four outings.

His combined line in his last four starts: 25 IP, 27 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 7 BB, 28 K. That's a 3.60 ERA, a 4 K/BB and an opponents' batting average of .270. It's not dominant, but it's much, much better than the early season version of Familia who had an ERA above five in April and July and right around 4.50 in May and June. Crucially, he's 22 making him younger still than many players in Savannah or St. Lucie.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 10, @ Buffalo Bisons 4?

Collin McHugh was ok in a start merely designed to keep him fresh for his next big league assignment, September 3rd in St. Louis.

This was not a pretty game: the Bisons committed three errors while the pitching staff issued eight walks.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1?

After rolling through the first two innings, Jenrry Mejia lost his command in the third inning when allowed three walks and four runs. The first scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the next three on a bases loaded triple.

His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. He threw 65% of his pitches (57 of 88) for strikes. He induced eight groundouts.

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Zack Wheeler was brilliant in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday in a 1-0 win. His line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. He threw 66% of his pitches (65 of 98) for strikes. It was far and away his best outing in his five tries in triple-A for the Bisons.

I caught a few pitches early in the game on Bisons.tv, but apparently, he held his mid-90s velocity into the seventh. His curveball was sharp early.

Wally Backman, his skipper was impressed:

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AAA: Scranton/WB Yankees 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 4

Jeurys Familia was bad early, but steadied himself and finished six innings. He allowed five runs in the first that started: single, homer, double, single, wild pitch, wild pitch, E6, single... Then, after a single and a double accounted for a run in teh second inning, he righted himself and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. Which is the real pitcher? Both, really. His final line: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. He's not really close to contributing in the big leagues, but his final five innings have to be an encouraging sign in a second half in which he has cut his walk rate from 14% in 18 starts before the All-Star Break to 9% after.

Once again, Lucas Duda, who was 1-for-5 with a double, played leftfield. I guess the Mets were not serious about having him reacclimate himself ?to firstbase.

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AAA: Scranton/WB Yankees 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 3?(11 innings)

The Bisons had a 3-1 lead in the seventh, but the bullpen could not hold a lead. Sound familiar?

RHP Armando Rodriguez made the spot start for the Bisons after working the vast majority of the year out of the Binghamton bullpen. His line: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Rodriguez has been on and off the Mets' 40-man roster in the last year and went unclaimed when he was exposed to waivers.

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I was trying to get away from daily recaps and focus on more big-picture stuff, but every time I do that, I'm reminded when I look at the box scores everyday, that the games really do matter. Everyday. We'll just have to do both.

For example, Wednesday's development at the upper levels was Jenrry Mejia's best start since his return to the Bisons rotation.

 

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RHP Zack Wheeler, the Mets top prospect made his fourth start for AAA Buffalo in the teams' 4-2 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday. Wheeler did not allow a hit until Eduardo Nunez fisted a single over the right side of the infield in the fourth inning. His line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. He threw 58% of his pitches (47 of 80) for strikes. Even though his pitch count was not particularly high, I thought he tired in the fifth and sixth innings (when he allowed three runs); his location was not as crisp.

Early in the game, he was doing a nice job keeping his fastball, which was mid-90s, down. He mixed in a solid changeup on his second pitch of the game, in a spot on the edge, to get a swing and miss. He went back to the pitch regularly enough to get weak contact and some groundballs with it early, but he relied really heavily on the gas. The slider was there, but not as dominating an offering as he has had at other times. Kosuke Fukudome lined his final pitch of the afternoon, a big loopy curveball, into leftfield. ?"I was throwing a lot of fastballs," he said after the game, "I felt confident with it today, down in the zone, in and out."

Bottom line: he's a great pitching prospect, but he's not big league ready as a starter, just at Matt Harvey was not big league ready in April, 2012. He must improve his command, and become more comfortable throwing his off-speed stuff early in counts and for strikes rather just as chase pitches late in counts. Wheeler's 1.9 K/BB ratio (19 K/10 BB) in 21 innings in AAA, indicate clearly that he must continue to refine his location. Wheeler threw 116 innings last year and is now sitting at 137 innings for the year. With two more starts in AAA, he should come near 150 innings.At that point, right after Labor Day, the Mets could call him up to the big leagues, or shut him down. He will need to be added to the team's 40-man roster over the winter to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

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Wally Backman, as quoted by the Buffalo News' Mike Harrington after the Bisons finished up with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday:

"It's a shame for us, really. Buffalo is a great city but I don't envision us coming back, from the things I've heard from the grapevine."
Again, after last Friday's news that the Rochester Red Wings will reupp with the Minnesota Twins, Buffalo is the only International League team with an expiring Player Development Contract. If the Mets cannot mend their relationship with the Bisons in the next few weeks, they will be Pacific Coast League bound.

There's a sense in which it is surprising to hear Wally Backman become the first Mets person to speak definitively on the topic. He was answering a question from Harrington honestly, but I wonder how that will play among his bosses.

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Friday, Jim Madelaro in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that the Twins and Red Wings will sign a new Player Development Contract that will cover the 2013 and 2014 baseball season.

In an accompanying opinion piece, Mandalaro writes that this was the logical move for Rochester, "But the ?best? club that figures to be available is the Mets, and they?re about to get kicked out of Buffalo after getting ejected from Norfolk and New Orleans. Wings officials are wary about hitching their wagon to the Mets, and I don?t blame them."? He's right on two of the three counts. The Mets were thrilled to leave New Orleans for Buffalo, but yes, the other two affiliations with International Leagues were ended by the affiliate and not the Mets.

That leaves one pair of Major League-International League team pairing without a contract for 2013: the New York Mets and the Buffalo Bisons. The Mets and Bisons could still each decide that they want to renew, but the decision has to be mutual. The Bisons must want the Mets in addition to the Mets wanting to stay in Buffalo.

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AAA: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 2?

Zack Wheeler's third AAA start: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He was in the strike zone all afternoon, but his fastball command, was spotty. Sure, some of the hits, including a two-run bloop over shortstop, and a double over Lucas Duda's head in rightfield might have been caught by more proficient defenders, but the 'Pigs were still able to put Wheeler's stuff in play. His velocity - at 94-95 mph - much of the game was fine, and there was still plenty of movement on his fastball. He was just hurt by location.

Bisons' manager Wally Backman told Bisons.com after the game,

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Lets play catch-up on important happenings affiliate by affiliate as the minor league season enters its home stretch.

Saturday: Scranton W/B Yankees 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 1Sunday: @ Buffalo Bisons 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 3?

The Bisons rolled out two good arms, Zack Wheeler Saturday and Jenrry Mejia Sunday and won once.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jenry Mejia, Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1 (7 innings)

The Bisons' offense took care of business early, scoring seven runs in the second and third innings before rain washed out the last two frames.

2B Josh Satin (.302/.406/.474 - 107 games; pictured) had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI.

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AAA: @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (PHI) 5, Buffalo Bisons 4?

Jeurys Familia: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. A SS Josh Rodriguez error made most of the damage in a four-run Lehigh third inning against Familia unearned. That's fine as far as it goes, but Familia still allowed three hits, a walk, committed an error of his own and threw a wild pitch in the inning so he was far from blameless. A pitcher is often fairly culpable in allowing unearned runs to score.

The winning run scored in the 12th on a Fernando Cabrera wild pitch.

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AAA: @ Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 4, Buffalo Bisons 3?

Collin McHugh: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. He's basically been an International League league-average pitcher. In 10 starts in AAA, he's run a 3.99 ERA with a 2.5 K/BB ratio (57 K/23 BB) in 56.1 IP. The International League averages a 3.94 ERA and a 2.2 K/BB ratio. Remember when some people were calling for him to start for the Mets over Matt Harvey? Yeah, that was funny.

LF Lucas Duda?(pictured)?was 2-for-4. He's now hit safely in five straight games for the Bisons.

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MondayGame 1: @ Syracuse Chiefs 5, Buffalo Bisons 4Game 2: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Syracuse Chiefs 3

Zack Wheeler, the Mets' top minor league pitching prospect made his triple-A debut: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP. He threw 60% of his pitches for strikes, and gave up five free passes, so obviously, he has work to do on his control. This should not be news after a walk rate of 3.3 BB/9 and 10.5% in double-A. I caught a few innings on the Syracuse feed on my computer, but it paused regularly, so I do not feel confident breaking down the start in very much detail. His fastball on the Syracuse gun was 93-95 mph but was completely explosive up in the zone with big-time hop.

After the game, Wheeler told MiLB.com: "I felt good with my curveball." Wheeler blamed his control on his mechanics, "It's just going out of the stretch, thinking I have to be faster. I'm fast to the plate, but it's just out of the stretch, I rush and have a problem staying back. Whenever I rush to the plate, the arm slot is high and that's what happens. It's easy to fix, but it's something you have to work and work on."

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The International League suspended Bisons' manager Wally Backman three games for an argument with Syracuse manager Tony Beasley Friday.

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Backman was angry because Syracuse was stealing signs. "Don't insult my intelligence," Backman said. "Tonight, I had to say something. ... Here we have some integrity and play fair."

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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 13, Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 7

We'll get to some big offensive performances, but instead, lets start on the two important down notes.

- After grounding out in his first at-bat, RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis?(pictured)?left the game and was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his foot. Gary Cohen, on the SNY broadcast described it as plantar fasciitis. It's really a matter of degree - plantar fasciitis is an inflamed condition, which includes minor tearing. Without knowing more about the severity of the tearing, it's impossible to say how much time Niuewenhuis will miss.

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AAA: Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 2, @ Buffalo Bisons 0?

Remember Yunesky Maya who had a 5.23 ERA and 15/10 K/BB ratio in the big leagues in 32.2 innings last year for the Nationals? Yeah, he's a pretty good triple-A pitcher who two-hit the Bisons through 7.2 innings Thursday.

The Bisons' outfield was hitless. RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 0-for-3 with a strikeout, LF Lucas Duda was 0-for-4 and CF Matt den Dekker was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. In 46 games, den Dekker is hitting .193/.224/.398 with 56 strikeouts against eight walks.

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Saturday: @ Indianapolis Indians 6, Buffalo Bisons 0?Sunday: Buffalo Bisons 3, @ Indianapolis Indians 2 ?

 

- Jeurys Familia on Saturday: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Familia now has allowed 108 hits and 61 walks in 103.1 innings. Both poor numbers stem from a similar place: inability to locate his pitches, particularly his fastball. He has walked 12.8% of the hitters he has faced and allowed hits to 22.7%. People of the internet, here is your challenge: find me a pitcher who became a good starter who walked over 11% of the hitters he faced and gave up hits to over 20% in either his age 22 season or AAA.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Louisville Bats (CIN) 7?

Lots of interesting things in this one.

1. Lucas Duda made his first start in AAA this year and was 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout while playing rightfield. If the plan was to send him to AAA to play leftfield and first base, putting him in right in his first game is a perplexing decision.

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AAA: @ Louisville Bats 5, Buffalo Bisons 4?

Collin McHugh was excellent: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He threw 71% of his pitches (65 of 91) for strikes.

The Bisons' bullpen gave up five runs in the final two innings to give away the game as Pedro Beato gave up the walk-off in the bottom of the ninth.

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AAA: Charlotte Knights 9, @ Buffalo Bisons 6

Last Friday, Jeurys Familia?(pictured) landed on Baseball America's prospect Hot Sheet for a pair of strong starts in which he pitched with "increased tempo." Monday, he had the same control issues that have plagued him all year: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K - 60% strikes.

Mike Baxter DHed in his first game with the Bisons and was 2-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts and an RBI.

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AAA: Charlotte Knights 10, @ Buffalo Bisons 8

Garrett Olson's return to the Bisons' rotation for his first start since July 7 was something far less than triumphant: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.

In slightly better pitching news, Jenrry Mejia tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen with two strikeouts and zero hits. Perhaps most encouraging, he threw 70% of his pitches for strikes (21 of 30).

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AAA: Charlotte Knights 11, Buffalo Bisons 0?

With a yawning chasm of a hole in the Mets rotation that Miguel Batista cannot fill, Matt Harvey is not making this an easy decision for the Mets. While Batista struggled with his command in the big leagues, Harvey did likewise in triple-A. Batista in the big leagues in an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Harvey in AAA: did not make this easy on the Mets: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP. Harvey's last two starts since Dillon Gee's blood clot: 11.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 BB, and 10 strikeouts.

If the Mets decided last week that Harvey was not ready, it's hard to argue that after Saturday's results he is now. And yet, calling Harvey up could still be the right play.

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If you missed it while you were out with friends, you missed an ugly Friday night in the Mets' world. It started at the top, where Johan Santana allowed six runs on seven hits, including a pair of homeruns, and walked three in the Mets' 7-6 loss to the Dodgers. Then, he was placed on the disabled list with a right ankle problem. I thought today should have been Matt Harvey time in the big leagues. Instead, Harvey is starting in AAA, and Miguel Batista is throwing in Queens. The Mets have added Jeremy Hefner to the roster as Batista insurance and potentially to make Santana's next start next Wednesday. Will the Mets turn to Harvey now? ? Don't ask me, I thought he should be starting for the Mets today.

 

AAA: Charlotte Knights 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 0

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AAA: Toledo Mud Hens 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 2?

I said most of what I needed to say about Matt Harvey in the previous post. He was hardly perfect Monday, walking four and hitting a batter in his 6.2 innings, but he also allowed just three singles and induced 11 ground ball outs against a light-hitting Mud Hens' lineup. I'll say it again, he's not ready to dominate, but he's ready to be better than Miguel Batista.

The 'Hens scored the winning runs in the top of the ninth against Jenrry Mejia who gave up four hits and a walk in his two innings. As a reliever in 13 games Mejia's cumulative line: 16 IP, 23 H, 15 R, 13 ER, 2 HR, 1 HBP, 9 BB, 8 K. He's throwing hard, 96 regularly, but his command of the offering did not look good.

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Despite rumors a year ago that the double-A Binghamton Mets would be sold, and moved to Ottowa, B-Mets team president Mike Urda told Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin that a new deal with the Mets, is "going to happen."

Meanwhile in Buffalo, Mike Harrington in the Buffalo News blames the Buffalo Bisons attendance drop in part on the Mets, and calls for the Bisons to dispatch the Mets and seek an affiliation agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays who would be thrilled to move their AAA affiliate from Las Vegas.

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AAA: @ Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Buffalo Bisons 4??(14 innings)

Jason Bay played nine innings in LF and was 2-for-4 with a walk at the plate. What happens when he's ready to return later this week? No sense in worrying about that yet, because things change so rapidly, but the Mets could either demote Jordany Valdespin (.260/.296/.506 - 77 AB) or DL Lucas Duda (.246/.341/.399 - 293 AB), who is headed back to NYC to have his balky hamstring examined.

Collin McHugh was hittable, but survived six innings: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 65% of his pitches for strikes (65 of 100).

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 1, Erie SeaWolves (DET) 0

Zack Wheeler fired the first complete game shutout of his career: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP. He threw 71% of his pitches (75 of 106) for strikes. Wheeler suffered through a rough stretch at the end of June, but has been completely untouchable over his two starts in July, separated of course by a Futures Game appearance: 0.55 ERa, 16.1 IP 12 H, 1 R, 1 HB, 1 BB, 13 K.

Wheeler struggled with his control early, throwing seven of his first 12 pitches for balls before figuring it out, as he explained to MiLB.com:

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 8, @ Pawtucket Red Sox 2?

Oh, look Jeurys Familia is an effective pitcher: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 70% strikes (62 strikes/88 pitches). I watched most of Familia's outing. His fastball was consistently in the mid-90s with movement, sinking and running armside. He still got into trouble when he could not command the offering, but on the whole, he was able to throw strikes better ?than in any of his other starts I've seen online. The hardest hit ball I saw came off the bat of Lars Anderson who ripped a 3-2 fastball down the gut for a double. Familia's breaking ball at 83-84 made Paw Sox hitters look silly repeatedly. It was an encouraging outing certainly, but he's not close to big league ready. The 6.1 innings matched a season-high set in his previous start.

His last two starts: 12.2 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 11 K

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 8, @ Pawtucket Red Sox 5?

The Bisons scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning thanks in large part to the largesse of PawSox reliever Garrett Mock, who walked all four batters he faced, and forced in three rus.

Zach Lutz, (pictured) who missed exactly two months, ?made his return to AAA from a broken hammate bone and was 1-for-5 with an RBI and a strikeout.

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AAA: PCL All-Stars 3, @ International League 0?

In Buffalo, the Bisons' players wore their throw-back jerseys for the 25th anniversary of Coca-Cola Field.

Matt Harvey pitched innings two and three and was sharp. He struck out two batters and allowed just one baserunner on a hit by pitch. He threw 17 of his 26 pitches for strikes. He topped out at 97 mph, which is harder than he usually throws as a starter when he paces himself when he sits 93-94 usually. His best pitch of the night? A nasty changeup for his second strikeout, seen here:

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ SWB Yankees 3?

The Bisons won four straight to head into the AAA All-Star Break on the strength of an offense that has scored 31 runs in those four games.

Sunday, CF Matt den Dekker led the way in a 3-for-5 effort with a homerun, 3 RBI and a strikeout. In 25 games with the Bisons, he has six homers, and 13 extra-base hits overall as part of a .211/.235/.459 line with four walks and 33 strikeouts.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 7, @ Scranton/WB Yankees 6

All he does is hit homeruns and strikeout. Well that and play a mean centerfield. CF Matt den Dekker: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 K. When you combine his strikeout rate (28.8%) and his HR rate (4.5%) in AAA, it runs to 33.3% of his plate appearances. He's hitting .192/.218/.423 with a .217 BABIP and 32 strikeouts in 24 games.

In case you were concerned, Justin Hampson cleared waivers and is savely back with the Bisons. (Note: savely was originally a typo, but I left it in because Hampson earned a save with a scoreless inning of work Saturday. We'll call Freudian-typo.)

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 5, @ Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 1?

Just like the Mets drew it up: Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia combined for 8.1 1-run innings in this one.

Familia: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8/3 groundouts/flyouts. He threw 64% of his pitches (61 of 96) for strikes. It was Familia's longest start of the year, and his most strikeouts in an outing with one or fewer walks. After the game, according to Bisons' broadcaster Ben Wagner, manager Wally Backman called it Familia's best start of the season.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 5, Richond Flying Squirrels (SF) 1?

Here's what you need to know: Zack Wheeler is back on track. After giving up a season-high seven runs on nine hits in his last start, he bounced back with 7.1 innings of one run ball. He struck out six and did not walk a batter while throwing 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes. It was third start in 15 tries without giving up a walk. Wheeler gave up two singles in the eighth inning and then Armando Rodriguez walked two batters to force in a Wheeler run.

And now for your evening in the B-Mets infield shuffle: 3B Jefry Marte (.263/.332/.388 - 77 games) was 0-for-4, 2B Reese Havens (.218/.340/.350 - 58 games) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and 1B Wilmer Flores (.364/.403/.509 - 15 games) was 2-for-4 with a double. Flores is the guy who is bouncing around the diamond. It was his second game at first, to go along with ?six games at third, three at second and two at first. Marte has played first just once, while Havens has played nothing but second.

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AAA: @ Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 5, Buffalo Bisons 0?

Matt Harvey is rolling. Wednesday: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. The homerun was a solo shot in the sixth by Jim Negrych. Harvey leads the International League in strikeouts (102) helped in part by his league-leading 18 starts. In terms of strikeout rate, he's fourth on the circuit (9.34 K/9).

Harvey's last five starts: 2.32 ERA, 31 IP, 22 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 38 K. That's a .195 opponents' average (22 H/113 AB) with a 4.2 K/BB. His early season walk issues have largely disappeared as he has not walked more than two batters in any start in a month.

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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 5, Durham Bulls (TB) 4

Weird ending as a the Bisons had the winning runs on base in the ninth before a roughly hour-long rain delay halted the action with a huge July 3rd crowd (15,930) waiting for fireworks. When play resumed, 2B Jordany Valdespin won the game with a tapper to second that did not reach the infield dirt. Valdespin also homered in the third inning and now is likely headed for the big league roster as Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits the disabled list.

Why was the game tied at 4-4? The Bulls scored two in the eighth against Jenrry Mejia on a two-out double. In nine innings as a reliever, Mejia has given up ?11 runs on 15 hits, walked five and fanned five.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Durham Bulls (TB) 3, @ Buffalo Bisons 2?

The Bisons were held to three hits as they lost their seventh in a row to Durham. 2B Jordany Valdespin picked up one of the hits in a 1-for-3 night, but the more remarkable part of his evening were his four stolen bases, tying a modern Bisons' record. The 24-year old is hitting .285/.326/.408 in 33 games in AAA this year.

CF Matt den Dekker was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to slip to .210/.241/.469 in 19 games with the Bisons. He's only had a few weeks in AAA, but his 24/4 K/BB ratio is ugly.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jordanny Valdespin, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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