Last night, Ben Wagner tweeted a cool piece by our friend Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
Check out these Home/Road splits on Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia:
- Harvey Home: 2 starts, 0-0, 8.22 ERA, 7.2 IP, 9H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
- Harvey Away: 5 starts, 3-1, 2.86 ERA, 28.1 IP, 27H, 9 ER, 11 BB, 27K
- Familia Home: 4 starts, 1-1, 6.88 ERA, 17 IP, 17H, 13 ER, 19 BB, 17K
- Familia Away: 2 starts, 1-0, 1.86 ERA, 9.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 12K
Those are some pretty wild variances, but for those of you thinking the weather had something to do with it like I did, Mike says:
“It’s been cold in Buffalo at times, but not really much worse than any other Northeast city. The whole thing is hard to figure out, especially when you talk about a Buffalo team that’s 19-13 overall and 10-6 at home.”
Good stuff, Mike…
Speaking of Harvey and Familia, Adam Rubin of ESPN posted some quotes from Triple-A Buffalo pitching coach Mark Brewer who offered some keen insights on both Familia and Harvey as well as reliever Josh Edgin during a pre-game radio show. Regarding Harvey, Brewer said:
Matt did a good job last night without his best stuff, and without the use of his changeup that he’s going to have to throw a little more often. But he got through those six innings and put up six zeroes, and it was good to see for us and for him. But there’s some things that he needs to work on. And we’ve talked about it, and he’s capable of taking it to the next level, for sure. But he’s got to become more efficient and threw less pitches in six innings.
Check out Rubin’s post for more.
Zack Wheeler (1-2, 1.75 ERA) has officially been activated from the DL, and is scheduled to start tonight for Binghamton. We reported on Tuesday that Wheeler pronounced himself ready to take his regular turn in the rotation this week.
I was told that third baseman Wilmer Flores “will get promoted” to Binghamton once some logistics are worked out and they move some people around. Additionally, what has the Mets more excited about Flores than anything else, is “his contact rate” and that “the kid is striking out only once per eleven at-bats.”
That’s great, but I’m more excited about the fact Flores leads the team in batting, hits, total bases, RBI and that he is one of the keys to St. Lucie’s 26-7 record – the best mark in professional baseball.
Flores is currently in the top ten in over a dozen offensive categories in the FSL including home runs, total bases, batting, slugging, base hits and just about everything except OBP. At 20, Flores is also one of the youngest players in the FSL and is mixing it up with players that are 2-5 years older than him.
I want to thank Laura Murphy (@joychica) for sending in this picture she took of Brandon Nimmo signing autographs at St. Lucie. Yesterday, we heard that Brandon Nimmo had gotten off to a slow start swinging the bat at Extended Spring Training in St. Lucie, but that he has recently shown some signs that he is coming out of it and is now getting some good swings at the plate. Come on Brandon, we’re all pulling for you…
A couple of more cool pics Laura emailed us….