The Binghamton Buzz: Wheeler Pitches Another Gem

An article by posted on May 29, 2012

Ramblings From Henry and Fayette Streets 

The Week That Was: May 21st – May 27th

The Binghamton Mets ended this past week with a record of two wins and five losses.  The B-Mets dropped three of four in their first visit of 2012 to New Britain, Connecticut, and upon returning home have dropped two of three so far to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats with the rubber match being played as we speak (and will be included in next week’s ‘The Week That Was’).  Binghamton’s one win in New Britain was a gem thrown by New York Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler.  In eight innings worth of work, Wheeler earned his fourth win of the season by allowing only one run on two hits while striking out seven along the way.  Jenrry Mejia pitched his second rehab start in a Binghamton uniform – which would prove his last in Double A with his callup to Buffalo at the end of the week – on Thursday morning in the rubber match against New Britain.  Mejia pitched five innings, allowing four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks in the game.  Matt den Dekker’s hitting streak ended at 17 games on Wednesday.  Den Dekker still holds the team lead in HR’s (6), RBI’s (22), and slugging (.513).  The current batting average leader for the B-Mets is Eric Campbell at .315.  Zack Wheeler still leads the team in ERA (1.97), WHIP (1.05), and strikeouts (52), and is tied with Collin McHugh for wins at 4.  McHugh is second in ERA (2.15), WHIP (1.14), and strikeouts (45).  Josh Edgin, who has not appeared on the B-Mets roster since April 20th, still leads the team in saves with two, a number that will certainly be challenged by Adrian Rosario. 

Standings

TEAM

W

L

PCT

GB

New Britain

28

21

.571

-

Reading

27

21

.563

0.5

Trenton

25

22

.532

2.0

Binghamton

23

25

.479

4.5

New Hampshire

20

28

.417

7.5

Portland

20

29

.408

8.0

All Star Voting

In lieu of this week’s ‘player profile’ section, the Minor League Staff at MMO would like to encourage all Mets fans to vote on your favorite Binghamton Mets batter and pitcher to attend the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game.  The game will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at First Energy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania.  To vote, follow the link here:

Eastern League All-Star Voting

For a complete Binghamton Mets roster, follow this link:

Binghamton Mets 2012 Roster

Weekly Stat Snapshot

Here’s where the Binghamton Mets stack up against the rest of the Eastern League

Batters

Eric Campbell – 2nd in the league with a .430 OBP; 8th in the league with a .315 BA

Matt den Dekker – 1st in AB’s with 193; T-1st in runs with 35; 1st in doubles with 16

Pitchers

Zack Wheeler – 4th in ERA at 1.97; 3rd with 52 K’s; 3rd in WHIP at 1.05

Collin McHugh – 5th in ERA at 2.15; 6th in strikeouts with 45; 5th in WHIP at 1.14

Did You Know?

The Eastern League, the AA level league the B-Mets currently play in, was formed on March 23, 1923 at the Arlington Hotel in Binghamton.  The site where the hotel was located in downtown Binghamton was exactly one block west of where NYSEG Stadium is today.  As part of an urban renewal boon that reimagined downtown Binghamton in the 60′s and 70′s, the Arlington Hotel was demolished.  Today, it serves as a parking lot for the adjacent United States Post Office. 

The Kilmer Building, on the extreme right, is the only one of these three buildings still standing today. The Arlington Hotel is the red brick building on the left.

Quote of the Week

Certainly one of the aces of the Binghamton Mets staff this season, Collin McHugh makes a repeat performance in our ‘Quote of the Week’ section.  In the ‘its always good to have a fallback career’ catagory, @Collin_McHugh tweeted this on May 24th:

‏In my professional freelance meteorology opinion, it could rain today. Or it might not.”

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