So we start with injuries. Fernando Martinez couldn't go in game two Sunday with a right knee injury while 2B Justin Turner left game one after two pitches and according to Bisons.com "could miss significant time."
According to his post-game comments, Manager Ken Oberkfell first noticed that Martinez was hobbling running out a ground ball and then saw that he wasn't moving well in the outfield. After game one, when asked, Martinez told the coaching staff that indeed his knee was bothering him. The 21-year old Martinez is dangerously close to making 2010 a lost year. In 71 games in AAA he's hitting .253/.317/.455 with 16 doubles and 12 home runs and 17 walks against 65 strikeouts. He was 3-18 (.167) in his seven MLB games.
The Turner injury comes in a different context, as he's been one of the Bisons' most valuable players, and has been making a bid for big league consideration. The Mets picked up the 25-year old Turner after the Orioles DFA'd him to make room for Scott Moore on May 21. Adding his 23 games with Norfolk to his 69 with the Bisons, he's hit a nice .311/.374/.462 with 27 doubles and nine home runs in 92 games in his second year in AAA. Plugging those numbers into minorleaguesplits.com MLE calculator yields an MLB line with the Mets of .263/.319/.382. (I did not park-adjust his AAA line because I used the stats from both his time with Buffalo and Norfolk.) Lest you forget, Mets 2B have hit a combined .220/.298/.272 this year. So Turner's production exceed what the Mets were regularly receiving from their second basemen.
No Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who was home for his sister's wedding.
Josh Stinson made his AAA debut in game one Sunday and gave up five runs, three earned on seven hits, two home runs and two walks.
LF Lucas Duda (.317/.386/.639), who was 2-4 with a double in game two Sunday, just keeps humming along with six extra-base hits in his last ten games.
Saturday, Chris Schwinden was a late scratch (he has a strained oblique), so Eddie Kunz started on a bullpen day and gave the B-Mets three shutout innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Things unraveled from there: when Carlos Muniz gave up four runs in 1.1 innings and Edgar Ramirez outdid him with six runs in 2.1 IP.
Sunday, Dylan Owen was hit pretty hard: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.
After an 0-5 on Sunday, Jordany Valdespin (.267/.283/.333) had a little five-game hitting streak snapped.
Josh Satin homered Saturday and doubled Sunday. At .325/.411/.506 in 62 games in AA, he's another guy who just keeps producing. With Valdespin stationed at second in AA, if Turner needs to miss a bunch of time, it would be nice to see Satin get a chance in AAA.
Despite a home run on Saturday, Zach Lutz (.277/.387/.585) had a tough weekend going 2-15 with seven strikeouts in his last three games.
After this weekend, the B-Mets have the second-highest ERA in the Eastern League at 4.97 and have issued the most walks (479) in the league.