SWB Yankees 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 1 (7 innings)
The Bisons, at 1-5 in their last six games, have now slipped into third place in the wild card hunt, 4.5 games out of a playoff spot with five games to play. That's too bad.
In game one, 2B Justin Turner (.315/.378/.482 - pictured) was 3-4 with a double and a home run, his second straight game with a two-bagger and a blast. He's two months younger than Joaquin Arias, has shown more pop at AAA and more patience. He deserves a chance in September. If Reyes doesn't make it back, there should be enough AB to go around. If not, well, it'll be an interesting look at organizational priorities.
CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 3-3 in game two. The 23-year old has struggled to a .214/.287/.327 line with 33 strikeouts in his first 25 games in AAA. Sure, guys can have bad months, but it's also a pretty good reminder that AAA really is a tougher level than AA. The strikeouts are the most alarming. I calculate his BABIP at .308 right now, so he hasn't been terribly unlucky, he just hasn't been putting the ball in play enough. I don't want to make too much of 98 at bats, but fans have to realize that at this point, he can't be part of the Mets plans for next year and despite his impressive .289/.337/.510 performance in AA, he still has things to work on in AAA.
Game 2, Josh Stinson: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. Bah.
AA: Binghamton Mets 6, Portland Sea Dogs 5After taking an 0-3 on Wednesday, 2B Jordany Valdespin is down to .225/.231/.292 in 22 games in AA with one walk and 19 strikeouts. The 22-year old is headed for the Arizona Fall League this year. As Adam Rubin noted in his weekly farm report at ESPNNY, "Mets officials hoped to send 2008 first-round pick Reese Havens to the Arizona Fall League, but the second baseman continues to see doctors for persistent oblique injuries and is not expected to be ready to participate." So, now it's Valdespin, who's struggling at AA.
1B Josh Satin, who the Mets moved to first to make room for Valdespin, homered Wednesday. Satin might not have Valdespin's speed or hops, but unlike Valdespin, the 25-year old Satin has shown he can hit AA pitching going .311/.399/.487 for Binghamton in 73 games.