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A+: St. Lucie Mets (23-14) @ Brevard County Manatees (20-18) ListenThursday 6:35 ET – RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.61) vs. RHP Brooks Hall (2-3, 2.75)

Noah Syndergaard has gone at least 6 IP in his last 4 starts, allowing just 4 runs (2 ER) striking out 23 and walking 6 over those 26 IP.

Brooks Hall last pitched in May 7th, throwing 5 IP and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, after which he went on the DL, and is expected to be activated for tonight's game.


A: Savannah Sand Gnats (21-16) @ Augusta GreenJackets [SF] (23-15) ListenThursday 7:05 ET - RHP Rainy Lara (4-1, 1.42) vs. HP Kendry Flores (2-2, 2.65)

Rainy Lara has lasted at least 7 innings in his last three starts, in which he has allowed 3 runs (1 ER) on 14 hits (.213) while walking 1 and striking out 23. Savannah pitching has walked the least in the SAL with 56 and hit just 3 batters, the next best teams have walked 115 and hit 12.

Kendry Flores has let in 2 runs in each of his home starts. In those 18.1 IP at home he's allowed 13 hits and 2 walks while striking out 12. SS Matt Duffy is hitting .299/.417/.440 with 27 BB and 19 K.

Augusta's offense is next to last in the SAL in OPS with a .238/.321/.318 slash line, but they are in first place on the strength of their pitching which has struck out the second most in the SAL, while allowing the second fewest home runs. The just swept three games from Rome to stay 1 game ahead of Charleston who swept the Gnats who fell to fourth, 1.5 games back.


AAA: Las Vegas 51s (18-19) @ Omaha Storm Chasers [KC] (19-18) ListenThursday 7:35 ET – RHP D J Mitchell (1-0, 6.62) vs. LHP Justin Marks (0-2, 6.00)

D J Mitchell has walked 10 and struck out 9 with Las Vegas after walking 7 in his lone start for Tacoma.  Josh Edgin has joined the team, taking Greg Burke's spot in the bullpen.

Justin Marks made two starts in AA before earning the jump to the PCL where he's allowed 13 hits in 9 IP, walking 6 and striking out 3. He was the A's 3rd round pick in 2009 and was included in the David DeJesus trade.

Omaha's Werner Park is one of the most neutral parks in the PCL, allowing 2% less runs and hits than average for the league, while allowing 9.3% more home runs. Old friend Xavier Nady is hitting .336/.391/.528 and has had three multi-hit games in his last four games.


AA: Binghamton Mets (22-18) off

Logan Verrett leads the EL in innings pitched with 54.1 while Rafael Montero is 6th with 46.2 IP and they are two of five EL starting pitchers with a whip under 1.00, Montero leads the EL in strikeouts with 54.

Binghamton heads to Portland Maine to take on the first place PawSox (22-15)  The B-Mets have gone 2-4 against Portland this year, including losing two out of three in Portland in mid-April, in a series plagued by sloppy play, played in freezing temps.

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