Bowie enters this series in a scrum for the Western division. They are in 4th place but just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot and 3.0 games out of first place. Binghamton's magic number to win their division over Trenton (and home field in the playoffs) is down to 3.
Darin Gorski allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5 over 6 IP in his last start. It was the first time he had allowed more than 2 runs in a AA game, and the first time in four starts that he failed to pitch 7 innings or more.
Seth Lugo tries to maintain his hot start in the SAL after allowing just 6 hits with no walks and 21 K over 13 IP. With 6 more strike outs he would match his NYPL total of 27 over 7 starts.
Wanel Mesa has worked mostly in a tandem starter role but has yet to go more than 3 IP. He has struck out 27 and walked 11 in 21 IP.
This makes up for the July 1st postponement of a game that was originally postponed on opening night.
The Yankees have been one of the weaker hitting teams in the NYPL with a .640 OPS (Cyclones .624) and are also near the bottom with a 3.39 ERA (3.24 is NYPL average) while the Cyclones are second best with a 2.67 team ERA. This 5 game set could be the jump start the Cyclones need for a winning streak and a move from .500
Akeel Morris has been dominant in a tandem starter role earning a starting role. Last year with Kingsport he was similar after moving out of a starting role, but that was after he allowed 32 runs in 22.1 IP as a starter.
R: Burlington Royals (26-30) @ Kingsport Mets (31-25) Monday 7:00 ET – RHP Andres Machado (0-7, 7.71) vs. LHP Yoan Gonzalez (3-4, 3.75)
Andres Machado has had a rough go in his first try at stateside ball, allowing batters to hit .373 against him while walking 11 against 16 strikeouts.
Yoan Gonzalez allowed 7 hits and a walk over 3 IP in his last start, striking out 3. His whip is up to 1.61 this year. The hold on a playoff spot is down to 1.5 games over both Elizabethtown and Johnson City. As Keith would say... 'Archie Bell and the Drells"
Matt Fox shut out New Orleans for 7 IP in his last start which was at home. On the road he has a 5.37 ERA and 1.40 whip in 10 starts.
Barry Enright has picked up 6 of his wins and posted a 5.73 ERA with a 1.47 whip in 11 home starts.
Sacramento has won 4 in a row and pulled 1.0 game ahead of LasVegas for the division lead.