Ramblings From Henry and Fayette Streets
The Week That Was: June 4th – June 10th
After Mother Nature postponed their first game of the week, the weather cleared in the northeast enough for the B-Mets to complete their schedule for the remainder of it. It started with a three game series in Harrisburg against the Double A Nats. The B-Mets dropped two of three games in the capital of Pennsylvania, the bright spot being Zack Wheeler winning a pitchers duel on Thursday night against Danny Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum and Wheeler are statistically two of the top pitchers currently in the Eastern League; the B-Mets took the rubber match in this duel by a 4-1 score.
From Harrisburg, it was a short trip east to another state capital, this time Trenton to face off against the Double A Yankees. The B-Mets took two of three from the Thunder, including an explosion of offense on Saturday night when they won by a score of 12-0, a game that saw the visitors rake up a season high 18 hits. Binghamton almost swept the series up until a walk off by the Thunder in the bottom of the tenth on Sunday.
In the standings, the B-Mets find themselves, well, in the same place as they have been for quite a few weeks now – looking up at Trenton, Reading, and New Britain, and looking back at Portland and New Hampshire. They currently sit four games behind the second playoff spot in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division.
The name Matt den Dekker is at the top of everyone’s list after this past week, and justifyably so. Den Dekker went 17/27 over the past week, including four doubles and a triple. He leads the B-Mets in BA (.340), HR (8), and SLG (.563). Jefry Marte holds the top spot on the team in RBI’s (33), and Eric Campbell is still number one in OBP (.437). On the pitchers side, not much has changed in that Zack Wheeler leads the team in ERA (1.66), WHIP (0.96), wins (6), and strikeouts (67). Collin McHugh is right behind Wheeler in all of those catagories, with a 2.48 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 5 wins, and 58 strikeouts.
Player Profile – LHP Darin Gorski
Darin Gorski quietly came to the Mets as a seventh round draft pick (224th overall) in the 2009 MLB Draft. He attended Kutztown University, a short drive from his home in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. In three seasons playing for the Golden Bears, Gorski compiled a 20-6 record, with an ERA of 2.37, striking out 218 while walking only 66 in 201 total innings. He also recorded two saves in his freshman season with KU.
After being drafted in June 2009, Gorski went right to work in the Mets system appearing in 13 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones that season. His end of the season record stood at 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA. In 2010, Gorski moved up the Mets affiliate ladder, this time landing in Savannah as a member of the Sand Gnats. He pitched in 25 games that season, starting 18 of them. His ERA improved from the previous season to 4.58, and his record was 6-8. He struck out 109 and walked 43 in 2010 as well.
In 2011, Gorski made a name for himself within the Mets system, and the accolades poured in after a great season playing for the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League. His 11-3 record was tops on the team, a team that made it all the way to the FSL Championship series, losing to the Daytona Cubs 3 games to none. Gorski led the FSL in ERA (2.08), WHIP (1.00), and winning percentage (.786). Statistically overall, he was the third best pitcher in the FSL in 2011. He was named the 2011 Sterling Award Winner as the Mets Organizational Pitcher of the Year. He was also named the Florida State League’s Most Valuable Pitcher, and mlb.com named him Class A Advanced Pitcher of the Year.
Gorski came to the Binghamton Mets at the beginning of the 2012 season. So far this season he has started 11 games for the B-Mets, and holds a 4-3 record. His 47 strikeouts are good enough for third amongst B-Mets pitchers (behind Wheeler and McHugh), and although May was a shaky month for him he is back on track now that June has hit, sporting a 2-0 record with a 1.88 ERA in the month so far, including a career high eight shutout innings thrown this past Saturday night in Trenton.
For an in depth interview by our own Petey Pete with Gorski from this past off season, click here.
Weekly Stat Snapshot
Here’s where the B-Mets rank individually against their Eastern League opponents
Matt den Dekker - League leader in batting average (.340), runs (47), hits (81), home runs (21), SLG (.563), and OPS (.960)
Eric Campbell - Leads the league leader in OBP (.437)
Zack Wheeler – T-1st in strikeouts (67), 2nd in the league in ERA (1.66), T-2nd in WHIP (0.96)
Collin McHugh – T-4th in strikeouts (58), 5th in ERA (2.48) and WHIP (1.09)
Did You Know?
Three players on the current Binghamton Mets roster were members of teams that participated in the College World Series. In 2010, the University of Florida Gators made it to the CWS with current B-Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker patrolling the same position for that team. In 2007, B-Mets pitcher Jeff Kaplan made it to Omaha as a member of the Cal State Fullerton Titans; and Josh Rodriguez was a member of the Rice University Owls in their 2006 appearance at the College World Series.
Dinner With A Binghamton Met
For the eighth year in a row, the Binghamton Mets in conjunction with Little Venice – a popular Binghamton eatery – are sponsoring the “Little Venice Celebrity Waiters Dinner” to benefit ‘A Room To Heal’. The event will be held this Thursday, June 14th. Not only will B-Mets players be on hand to serve patrons their meals (from the regular menu), but fans can bid to actually have dinner with their favorite B-Mets player. To see a list of players you can have dinner with, and current bid status, click this link. I’m in no way affiliated with this event, but thought it was a great idea, great function, and great opportunity to meet and eat with the B-Mets for what could be considered a reasonable cost (as of this writing, Zack Wheeler has the top bid at $60.00)