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Three Mets affiliates are opening a new series tonight.

Andrew Brown is on his way to Las Vegas because Rick Ankiel is a Met.  (Yes you read that correctly)

AA: Akron Aeros [CLE] (19-18) @ Binghamton Mets (19-18) ListenMonday 6:35 ET – LHP Matt Packer (1-4, 3.72) vs. RHP Rafael Montero (3-3, 3.54)

Matt Packer's last start was his longest of the year. 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER) 2 BB, 2 K. He's struck out 18 and walked 16 while allowing 47 hits (.318) in 36.1 IP.  He has lost to the B-Mets twice, over 9 IP he has allowed 19 hits with 3 BB and 3 K in those two contests.

Akron has won four of their last five games, and both teams are 4 games out in their respective divisions.

Rafael Montero comes into this contest with 48 K and 6 BB in 40.2 IP this year. In his last start he threw 6.1 IP allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8.  It was the third time this year he has struck out 8, and the sixth time he has struck out 6 or more.  Two of those 8 K outings have come against Akron, along with 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 10.2 IP in those two starts against the Aeros.


A+: Brevard County Manatees [MIL] (18-17) @ St. Lucie Mets (22-12) ListenMonday 6:30 ET – LHP Jed Bradley (3-1, 3.04) vs. RHP Hansel Robles (3-1, 2.36)

Jed Bradley threw 6 shutout inning in his last start, 6 H, 4 BB, 7 K.  He's walked 17 and struck out 25 on the year and has put up a 4.91 ERA in 4 road starts.

Brevard Co. batters are last in the FSL in hitting with a .230/.291/.359 slash, lead the league in strike outs (306) and are tied for last in walks with 84.  Their pitching is middle of the pack overall in the FSL, but they allow the second most walks while being second to the bottom in hits allowed. St. Lucie's more patient hitters should do well in this series.

Hansel Robles makes his second start since returning from the DL.  Seven days ago he threw 6 innings allowing a run on 2 hits 0 BB/5 K pushing his season total to 6 BB/21 K.  Travis Taijeron leads the Mets with 18 walks and a .385 OBP.


A: Savannah Sand Gnats (21-13) @ Charleston RiverDogs [NYY] (18-15) ListenMonday 7:05 ET - RHP Luis Cessa (2-2, 3.81) vs. LHP Dan Camarena (0-2, 8.14)

Luis Cessa has allowed 5 ER in each of his last two starts, raising his ERA from 1.01 to 3.81. He didn't walk a batter in either of those starts and has totaled 26 K to 2 BB on the year. Right handed batters are hitting .337 against Cessa.

After struggling through five starts Dan Camarena's last appearance came out of the pen where he allowed a run on 3 hits over 3.1 IP, walking none and striking out four. He's struck out 20 and walked 6 overall, but is being hit at a .324 mark.

Charleston is 2.5 games behind Savannah in the tightly bunched SAL Southern. They come in on a three game win streak.


AAA: Albuquerque Isotopes (18-19) @ Las Vegas 51s (18-17) ListenMonday 10:05 ET – RHP Matt Palmer (0-1, 7.43) vs. RHP Carlos Torres (1-3, 7.39)

Matt Palmer allowed 7 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk over 4.1 IP in his last start in Tucson. He's struck out 11 and walked 3 on the year, and had allowed 2 runs in each of his prior two starts.

Carlos Torres is allowing righties to hit .436 against him and while he has struck out 27 in 28 IP 10 of those K's came in one game. His home ERA is 10.59 ... go Montero?

After losing Greg Burke to the Mets the current Vegas relief group has pitched to an ERA of 6.23 and a whip of 1.84.  Choose wisely Wally... Josh Edgin has allowed multiple runs three times out of five appearances for Binghamton, so he would fit in well here.

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