The Binghamton Mets had their 7-game winning streak snapped by the Altoona Curve by the score of 5-4. Altoona center-fielder Starling Marte launched an opposite field homerun to lead off the top of the ninth off of B-Mets reliever Josh Stinson, to break the 4-4 tie.
Jeurys Familia pitched five erratic innings, but showed flashes of dominance at times. He gave up four runs on seven hits. Familia also walked two, tossed two wild pitches, hit a batter, and struck out four. I spoke with Familia following the game, and he told me he is completely healthy after missing nearly a month in July.
I will have more detailed information on Familia, but he worked his fastball at 94-96 mph with life in the zone. An AL scout in attendance told me because of Familia’s inconsistencies, he sees Familia as a very good late inning ML reliever. I will have a breakdown of Familia with some video sometime next week.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Reese Havens can flat out hit. He is very quiet at the plate, but has some juice in that bat. Havens singled, homered, and worked a walk on the night. His homer was a two-run shot in the top of the first, a no doubter to right centerfield. He worked himself into good hitting counts, and shows good pitch recognition. Nothing surprising out of Havens as he showed is a very good player, when he is healthy and on the field.
- Brad Holt worked two scoreless innings of relief. He showed a solid repeatable delivery with clean arm action. He stays on top and gets good extension creating good downhill plane to the plate. His fastball worked at 90-91 with good command. A scout told me that Holt has a big league arm. The scout believes the velocity that was once there (93-95 in ’08) is still in there somewhere. With a clean delivery and no past arm injuries, one can believe Holt can regain his past form. Even with the lack of plus velocity, Holt showed a solid three pitch repertoire.
- Josh Stinson showed a plus fastball and solid slider combination. He gave up the homerun on a belt high center cut 94 mph fastball, but punched out two hitters in his inning of work. His fastball sat at 94-96 mph while his slider was 88-90. Stinson has the stuff to be an effective late inning big league reliever with swing and miss stuff, but his results have not backed that up this season:
AA- (25 app. 2 starts)- 43 2/3 IP, 44 hits, 15 bb, 34 k.
He clearly has been better as a reliever in AA, so this is encouraging. The 23-year old Stinson is on the 40-man roster, so look for him to get a call up to New York in September.