Mets Merized Online » Buffalo Bisons Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:16:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wilfredo Tovar, Dustin Martin Lead End-Of Season Hot List! Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:15:39 +0000

The regular season is over for all three upper minors teams. That means no more baseball for the Bisons and B-Mets, and a best-of-three divisional series for the St. Lucie team. Let’s take a look at who finished up the season strong, and who didn’t.

Who’s Hot!!!

  • Wilfredo Tovar 2B, Binghamton- Tovar had a strong first half with St. Lucie, but had a tough time adjusting in Double-A Binghamton. However, he was able to finish the season very strong. He hit .417 over his last ten games, driving in six runs and hitting four extra-base hits.
  • Dustin Martin OF, Binghamton- Martin is heating up once again with Binghamton. He is hitting .359 over his last ten games to go along with three home runs and six RBI. He has a total of seven extra-base hits over that span.
  • Wilmer Flores INF, Binghamton- Flores finished up the season very strong, hitting .359 over his last ten games and hitting .377 over the month of August. He hit five home runs last month, driving in 13 runs.

Honorable Mention: Logan Verrett SP, St. Lucie- Verrett has put together a dominant string of starts since being called up to St. Lucie from Savannah. In six starts in the FSL, he has a 2.09 ERA in 38.2 innings pitches. He has also struck out 26 batters and walked only four over that span.

Who’s Not!!!

  •  Brad Emaus 2B, Buffalo- Brad Emaus struggled in Buffalo this season, hitting just .212 in 73 games. However, he finished up the season with a really tough stretch. Over his final ten games, he hit just .156 with a .229 on-base percentage and .219 slugging.
  • Adam Loewen OF, Buffalo- Loewen is another guy who has struggled in less than half a season with the Bisons. Loewen is hitting .227 on the season with Buffalo, including a .148 average in his last ten games. He drove in just one run over that span and also struck out in nine of his 27 at-bats.
  • Daniel Muno SS, St. Lucie- Muno caught fire after returning from a PED suspension earlier this season, but has struggled recently. He ended the season with a ten-game in which he .167. The good news for Muno is he drew ten walks during that span, making his on-base percentage .395.

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Mejia Roughed Up In Bisons 6-0 Loss Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:00:33 +0000

Jenrry Mejia had a rough outing last night against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, leading to a Bisons 6-0 loss.

Mejia, making his final Triple-A start of the season, was looking to bounce back off a rough start on August 27, when he gave up five runs in six innings against Rochester. Well, he didn’t bounce back so well. It all got started for Mejia in the first inning, when he really got roughed up. He allowed three RBI-singles and a total of four runs. In total, he allowed five hits in the inning.

Mejia would get hit again in the fifth when Cory Overbeck hit another RBI single, his second in the game, to drive in four runs and give the IronPigs a 6-0 lead. Mejia left the game after allowing six runs on 11 hits over six innings. One positive that can be taken from this outing is it wasn’t the control that was giving Mejia problems. He threw 66 of 99 pitches for strikes and didn’t walk a batter. This is not the way he wanted to head into his September callup, but this isn’t a huge deal.

On the other side, the offense was struggling badly. They were only able to scratch out three hits against Lehigh Valley pitching and weren’t able to put together any kind of rally. Before last night, they had scored 24 runs over their past four games, but didn’t even come close to scoring last night. In the end, the IronPigs closed the Bisons out easily with a final score of 6-0.

Herd Rumblings: Mejia had given up a total of five earned runs over his first five starts after returning to the rotation, a total of 24.1 innings. Over his last two starts, however, he has allowed 11 runs in 12 innings. This can probably be attributed to his injury last year and he’s just been fatigued.He will probably still be called up to the Mets in the coming days to help out in the bullpen. There wasn’t much action with the offense last night. Brad Emaus went 1-for-3 with a walk. Matt den Dekker was 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Val Pascucci went 0-for-4 and struck out three times. The Bisons finish off their 2012 season with a 1:35 game against Lehigh Valley this afternoon. Jeurys Familia will get the start.

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Wheeler Solid In Final 2012 Start, Bisons Hold On For 6-3 Win Sun, 02 Sep 2012 12:30:11 +0000

Last night, in his final start of 2012, Zack Wheeler was solid, closing out a fantastic minor league season, leading the Bisons to a 6-3 win against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Wheeler rolled, especially early on. Lehigh Valley couldn’t touch him. Although he did struggle with control, he only surrendered two hits. The only “big” hit he gave up was a solo home run in the second after the Bisons scored a run earlier. From then on, Buffalo was in control.

Wheeler was taken out of the game after just five innings of work. The Metss capped his innings, so he finished the season at 149. He gave up just one run on two hits over five innings, striking out five. The only downide was his struggle with command. He thre only 46 of 81 pitches for strikes and walked four batters.

The Bisons had their big inning in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs off Lehigh Valley’s starting pitcher. Thanks to a wild pitch and some timely hitting, Buffalo was able to put together a big rally. The wild pitch scored a run, making it 2-1. Than, Fred Lewis drove in two with an RBI-single that gave Buffalo a 4-1 lead. Jordany Valdespin would cap off the four-run inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Adam Loewen. Buffalo would extend their lead in the eighth when Val Pascucci walked to bring home a run, making it 6-2.

Lehigh Valley tried to fight back, scoring runs off relievers Garrett Olson and Jeff Stevens, but Justin Hampson came in and slammed the door to pick up his fourth save of the season and clinch the 6-3 win for Buffalo. Nice win for the Herd.

Herd Rumblings: Wheeler was solid, but not fantastic. This start can still be considered a positive one. Wheeler finished up this season with a 12-8 record and a 3.27 ERA between Binghamton and Buffalo. He led the organization in strikeouts with 148 and took a big step towards becoming a major league pitcher. What a season for him, he’s just been fantastic. The biggest producer on offense last night was Fred Lewis, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Matt den Dekker was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Jenrry Mejia will make his final start of the season at 5:35 later today against Lehigh Valley.

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Buffalo Holds Off Late Rochester Rally For 8-5 Win Sat, 01 Sep 2012 12:45:45 +0000

Last night was all about Chris Schwinden… well, for a while. Schwinden struggled in the sixth inning, but the Bisons held on to beat the Rochester Red Wings 8-5.

Schwinden took the mound and dominated early. He held Rochester hitless inning after inning. In fact, the only early baserunner he gave up was a walk in the fourth, which was immediately erased by a double play.He took a no-hitter two outs into the bottom of the sixth inning. Then, Schwinden suddenly began to struggle. He walked a couple of batters and gave up four hits, allowing the Red Wings to score three runs in the inning. That would be all for Schwinden on the night.

Meanwhile, the Bisons offense was surging ahead. They scored two in the third and five in the fourth, thanks to some timely hitting as well as an error by the Red Wings on defense.They had a firm control of the game early on.

The Red Wings gave Buffalo a real scare however in the seventh. Elvin Ramirez lost his control and walked home a runner, making it 7-4 Buffalo. With the bases loaded, Andrew Carpenter was brought in from the bullpen to save the day. He slammed the door on the inning and the possible rally by Rochester.

After the Bisons extended their lead in the eighth on an RBI-single from Zach Lutz, Fernando Cabrera came in for the save. He gave up a solo home run, making it 8-5, but that would be all he would give up. Cabrera shut down Rochester, closing out a victory.

Herd Rumblings: Schwinden had a really rough sixth inning after losing the no-no. Luckily for the Bisons, Wally Backman made the decision to take him out even though he had thrown just 93 pitches. The offense was pretty solid all around. Jordany Valdespin, Josh Satin, and Mike Nickeas all had two hits. Valdespin had a team-high two-RBI. Fred Lewis also had a productive day, going 1-for-2 with three walks. The Bisons begin their final series of the year today with a 6:35 game against Lehigh Valley. Zack Wheeler will start for Buffalo.

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Wheeler Tosses Gem As Bisons Split Doubleheader Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:03:55 +0000 Zack Wheeler spun a gem for the Herd in Game 1 of the Sunday doubleheader.

The Bisons played two yesterday in Buffalo. In the first, Zack Wheeler tossed a gem, with the Bisons coming away with a 1-0 win. In the second, it was a sloppy slugfest that the Bisons lost 11-9.

Game 1: Bisons 1, Red Wings 0

Zack Wheeler was on in yesterday’s ballgame. It was certainly a pitching duel. Esmerling Vasquez allowed only one run, so it was up to Wheeler to keep the Red Wings scoreless, which he did. Being a doubleheader, the teams played two seven-inning games. Wheeler pitched the entire game and was absolutely dominating the Rochester lineup. He held them scoreless, allowing only three hits and two walks. He struck out nine and threw 65 of 98 pitches for strikes.

The lone run for Buffalo came in the fourth off Vasquez. With Adam Loewen on third with one out, Matt den Dekker hit a fly ball to right. It was caught, but Loewen tagged up and scored on the play, giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the only run of the game.

Game 2: Red Wings 11, Bisons 9

The second game was a much different story for both teams. Unlike the first, where each team’s pitcher was dominant, this one was a slugfest. Each team was using their longman as a starter, so the bullpens would be in use pretty quickly. That’s exactly what happened.

The Bisons started Dlan Owen, who didn’t allow a hit but struggled with his control and allowed three runs. However, thanks to some sloppy defense by Rochester, Buffalo still had a 4-3 lead when Owen left the game after an inning and a third. In the bottom of the third, Valentino Pascucci homered to extend the lead to 5-3. From then on, though, it was all Red Wings.

C.J. Nitkowski entered to start the fourth and got rocked. He allowed three runs in that inning and was then sent back out again. In the fifth, he was knocked around again, allowing four more runs. Eventually, Nitkowski was taken out after allowing seven runs on seven hits while recording just four outs. With a big lead, the Bisons couldn’t come back despite two-run homers by Fred Lewis and Zach Lutz.

Herd Rumblings: The good start from Wheeler in the first game was certainly a good sign. He had struggled his previous two starts, allowing eight earned runs in 10.1 total innings. The high points on offense included Matt Tuiasosopo, who was 3-for-7 in the two games, driving in two runs. Valentino Pascucci was in the middle of everything, scoring three runs and hitting a home run. Zach Lutz also had a good day at the plate,  going 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Bisons take on the Red Wings again tonight at 7:05. The game will be televised on SNY.

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Schwinden Solid As Bisons Come Away With 5-3 Victory Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:30:07 +0000 Last night, the Bisons beat the Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo by a score of 5-3 behind a solid pitching performance by Chris Schwinden.

Schwinden took the mound looking for his eighth Triple-A win this season and looked to improve off his last start, when he allowed four runs in five innings. Last night was definitely an improvement for him. He allowed one run in the second on an RBI-single, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. The next inning, he allowed two more RBI-singles, making it 3-0. That’s all that Schwinden would give up on the night, however. He held Rochester scoreless until he exited the game with two outs in the seventh inning.

Luckily for Schwinden, the Bisons had no trouble coming back in the game. Buffalo scored four runs in the bottom of the third. Fred Lewis and Zach Lutz both had run-scoring doubles. Then, Valentino Pascucci had an RBI-groundout. Matt Tuiasosopo capped off the four-run inning with a run-scoring hit of his own. That gave the Bisons a 4-3 lead.Then it was up to the bullpen to hold off Rochester.

After Andrew Carpenter finished off the seventh inning for Chris Schwinden, Valentino Pascucci gave the Bisons a little more breathing room, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, etending the lead to 5-3. Then, Garrett Olson took the mound in the eighth, looking to hold the Red Wings scoreless and keep the lead. He tossed a perfect eighth inning, giving the ball to Fernando Cabrera, who once again closed out the game, and earned another save.

Herd Rumblings: Schwinden was solid. He threw 69 of his 102 pitches for strikes and only walked one batter. He was pretty shaky on the big league level for the Mets, but has been fantastic for Buffalo this year. Lucas Duda didn’t play last night. He is going to join the team later today. Zach Lutz had two hits on the night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Matt den Dekker was also 2-for-4. He also scored a run. Mike Nickeas had two hits as well, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice. The Bisons play two today against Rochester, starting at 1:05. Zack Wheeler should start one of the games. He had a rough time in his last start and will look to bounce back later today.

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Danny Muno and Collin McHugh Head This Week’s Who’s Hot List! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:32:26 +0000

Welcome to Who’s Hot, Who’s Not! Every Tuesday, we take a look at the hottest and coldest players from St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Buffalo. Here we go…

Who’s Hot

  • Collin McHugh P, Buffalo – McHugh had a rough first couple of starts for Buffalo, but has bounced back and been tremendous for the Bisons since. Over his last ten starts, he has a 2.59 ERA. On top of that, he was named International League Pitcher of the Week for his two performances against Pawtucket. In his first, he hallowed just one run on three hits over 5.2 innings. Then on Saturday night, he shut down the PawSox at Fenway, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits.
  • Danny Muno SS, St. Lucie – After hitting just .229 in the month of July, Danny Muno has come roaring back for St. Lucie. Over his last ten games, he is hitting a stellar .417 with one home run and six RBI. Over that span, he has also stolen three bases.
  • Richard Lucas 3B, St. Lucie – Lucas, after hitting under .200 in July, had a decent July, but is having an amazing August. He is hitting .379 this month, including .382 over his last ten games with six RBI. He has also stolen five bases this month, a higher total than any other month this season for Lucas.

Honorable Mention: Wilmer Flores INF, Binghamton- Flores is on another one of his big hotstreaks. He hit just .245 in July, but is hitting over .300 this month and .366 over his last ten games.

Who’s Not

  • Josh Satin INF, Buffalo – Satin has had another great season for the Bisons, showing some power and a knack for getting on base. However, the last week or so has been really rough for him. Over his last ten games, Satin is batting .103 and has a .256 on-base percentage.
  • Jefry Marte INF, Binghamton – Marte has been very streaky this season, and is in another slump right now. This month, he has a .183 average. His on-base percentage this month is just .243. Hopefully Marte will be able to turn it around and earn a spot on the Buffalo roster next April.
  • Dylan Owen P, Buffalo – The Mets’ 20th round pick in 2007, Dylen Owen is having one of the roughest stretches of his career so far. Over his last ten outings, Owen has a 9.53 ERA, allowing 18 earned runs over just 17 innings.Over that span, Owen has struck out just eight and walked 14.
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McHugh Goes Seven Strong As Bisons Defeat PawSox 2-0 At Fenway Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:00:08 +0000

Behind a dominant performance by Collin McHugh, the Bisons squeaked by the Pawtucket Red Sox last night by a score of 2-0.

This game was a pitching duel all around. Playing at Fenway Park, each team sent two up-and-comers to the mound to start. And it was quite a duel. Buffalo got their first run of the game in the top of the second, when Brad Emaus drove in a run with a groundout, scoring Josh Satin on the play. That’s really all Collin McHugh and the Buffalo pitching staff would need.

McHugh shut down Pawtucket, scattering just five hits on the night over seven innings. He was throwing with great control, tossing 66% of his pitches for strikes. On top of that, he didn’t walk a single battle all night.

McHugh was solid all night long, but got an insurance run in the sixth when Josh Rodriguez homered, making it 2-0 Buffalo. But playing in a hitter-friendly ballpark like Fenway, even teams with dominant bullpens would be worried. Luckily for the Bisons, when Collin McHugh handed the ball over to the bullpen, they put in a stellar performance stellar.

Robert Carson entered to start the eighth. He walked a batter, but didn’t allow a hit. After he got two outs, Elvin Ramirez was called upon to record the final out of the inning. Then in the ninth, it was left up to closer Fernando Cabrera to seal it for the Bisons. He did just that, earning his 21st save of the season.

Herd Rumblings: Collin McHugh had a few bad starts when he first came up to Triple-A earlier this season, but has since been excellent. Over his last ten starts, he has a 2.59 ERA. In his last 12.2 innings, he has allowed just one earned run. On offense, it was a very unspectacular night for Buffalo, getting only six hits. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4. Matt den Dekker went 1-for-4. Josh Satin was 0-for-2, but walked twice and scored a run. Jeurys Familia will get the start this afternoon at 1:05 against Pawtucket, looking to build on his great performance on Tuesday, when he tossed seven shutout frames.

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Mejia Dominates As Bisons Bullpen Holds Off Iron Pigs 4-2 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:45:54 +0000 The Bisons defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4-2, thanks to a wonderful performance by Jenrry Mejia last night.

Mejia was coming off a strong start his last time out, in which he held Pawtucket two just two runs over five innings. This time out against Lehigh Valley, he was even better.

Mejia gave up the first run of the game in the top of the third on a run-scoring groundout. However, he was backed up by his offense in the next half inning. The Bisons responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third, taking a 3-1 lead. First, Lucas Duda hit a home run, a solo shot, to tie up the game. A few batters later it was the struggling Matt den Dekker who came through with an RBI-single to give Buffalo a lead.

Those three runs are all Mejia would need. He held the IronPigs scoreless the next three innings until he was removed from the game. Overall, Mejia allowed just one run on five hits in six innings. He didn’t walk a batter and threw 68% of his pitches for strikes. It was definitely a satisfying outing from Mejia, who has been nothing but impressive since being put back into the Buffalo rotation.

Now, all that was left to do was hold off Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs scored a run in the seventh off Elvin Ramirez, giving up a solo home run to cut the lead to 3-2. However, that’s all Ramriez and the bullpen would give up. Ramirez threw 1.2 innings, C.J. Nitkowski recorded an out, and Fernando Cabrera closed out the victory for the Bisons.

Herd Rumblings: Mejia has allowed just four runs as a starter in 17.1 innings since becoming a starter again. He has also walked just one batter over his last ten innings pitched. On offense, Matt den Dekker had a huge game. After driving in two in the third, he drove in another run in the seventh, giving the Bisons a bit of insurance. Den Dekker finished the game 2-for-4, bumping his average up to .214.Lucas Duda went 2-for-4, including that solo home run. Adam Loewen also had two hits and scored two runs. The Bisons take on the IronPigs again later today at 4:30. Collin McHugh will get the start.

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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:59:06 +0000

Mark Cohoon

Welcome to the second edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors. Today we take a look once again at the hottest and coldest players from St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Buffalo.

Who’s Hot

  • Alonzo Harris LFSt. Lucie – Harris is making a name for himself with an incredible stretch for St. Lucie. Harris is hitting .419 over his last ten games with two home runs and seven runs batted in. He also has a .457 on-base percentage and .674 slugging percentage.
  • Wilmer Flores INF, Binghamton – Flores is catching fire once again. His adjustment period to Double-A seems to be over,  as he is catching fire once again. He is batting .359 over his last ten games to go along with a .405 on-base percentage and .513 slugging percentage. Flores, 21, is on track to be in Buffalo sooner rather than later with the way he’s been hitting.
  • Mark Cohoon P, Binghamton – Cohoon hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves for the way he’s been pitching in Binghamton this season. On the year, he has a 3.44 ERA in 120.1 innings with the B-Mets, and had his best outing of the season on Friday, throwing a two-hit shutout against Harrisbugh. He was recognized this week by the Eastern League as the pitcher of the week.

Who’s Not 

  • Pedro Beato P, Buffalo – After pitching very well earlier in the season for Buffalo, Beato has struggled recently. Over his last three outings, he has allowed ten runs in five innings.
  • Jefry Marte 3B, Binghamton – Marte was having a good season with the B-Mets up until a few weeks ago, when he started slumping. Over his last ten games, he has just a .194 batting average and has only walked once during that span. Hopefully, Marte can turn it around and earn himself a Triple-A roster spot for next season.
  • Eric Campbell 3B, Binghamton – After a fantastic first half, in which he hit well over .300 and earned himself All-Star honors, Eric Cambell has cooled down lately. Campbell is batting .219 over his last ten games and .211 in the month of August.
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Mejia Pitches Well, Bisons Come Away With 9-3 Victory Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:30:38 +0000

Jenrry Mejia pitched five solid innings on Sunday.

Jenrry Mejia is starting to settle back into the Buffalo rotation, and continued to do so quite nicely with a 9-3 victory Sunday over the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Mejia took the mound in the top of the first for just his third start since being plugged back into the Buffalo rotation. As a reliever this season, Mejia had a 5.48 ERA in 21.1 innings for Buffalo, prompting the Mets front office to make him a starter again.On Sunday, he made the Mets front office with a very solid performance.

The action got started, however in the bottom of the second, when the Bisons led off the scoring with two runs. The first one came on a failed pickoff attempt by Red Sox starter Zach Stewart, who threw the ball away and allowed Adam Loewen to score. A few batters later, Fred Lewis hit an RBI-single that plated Josh Satin and gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead. The next inning, it continued when Zach Steward once again had trouble, this time throwing a wild pitch and allowing Lucas Duda to go from second to third. Then, Zach Lutzcapitalized with a sacrifice fly, making it 3-0.

The only real trouble for the Bisons came in the top of the fifth, when Pawtucket scored two unearned runs off Jenrry Mejia, cutting the lead to just one run. Matt Tuiasosopo both made throwing errors in the inning. That would be all for Mejia on the night. He was very solid though and made it all the way through five innings, despite only throwing 70 pitches. He was charged with two unearned runs on six hits over five innings. He only walked one and struck out two.

In the next few innings, the Bisons capitalized on some huge mistakes by Pawtucket and opened up a huge lead. Thanks to a balk and a missed catch, Buffalo scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth, opening up an 8-2 advantage. From then on, it was up to the relief core to close the door. The only run the Bisons allowed in the late-game was charged to Robert Carson, who also gave up two hits. In the end, the Bisons went away with a 9-3 win.

Herd Rumblings: Mejia now has a 0.95 ERA in six starts with the Bisons this season, compared to his 5.48 ERA as a relief pitcher. In 12.1 innings since returning to the rotation, he has allowed only one earned run. On offense, the production was very spread out. Six Bisons had RBI, and six had base-hits. Lucas Duda was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Josh Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with a home run. Jeurys Familia takes the mound at 7:05 tonight, looking to bounce back from  few bad starts against Pawtucket.

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Beato, Bisons Mauled In 10-4 Yankees Smackdown! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:45:58 +0000

Pedro Beato had a rough game last night for Buffalo.

On a night when Wally Backman had only relief pitchers available, he had a tough task available. As expected from a team with a reliever starting a game, things didn’t go so well with the Bisons losing 10-4 to the SWB Yankees.

It was Pedro Beato who got the “start” for Buffalo. The majority of Beato’s appearances this season have lasted two innings or more, often taking upwards of 40 pitches, but not much more than that. He was really the closest thing the Bisonss have to a long man, especially with Garrett Olson and others on the big league club. However, despite dominating Triple-A this season, Beato struggled against the Yankees. Beato gave up a leadoff home run to Chris Dickerson, immediately giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Bisons would fight back in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead on a two-run home run by Josh Satin.

In the bottom of the second, Mike Nickeas knocked in a run with an RBI-single to extend Buffalo’s lead to 3-1 after Beato had pitched a scoreless second. However, when he stepped back onto the mound the next inning, it got ugly.

The Yankees staged a rally with no outs in the inning. Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs with an RBI-single, tying the game at three and knocking Pedro Beato out of the game. In came Elvin Ramirez, who would allow a run to score on a ground ball, handing a lead to the Yankees that they wouldn’t relinquish.

From that point on, the Yankees simply overmatched the Buffalo bullpen, scoring six more runs. On the other side, despite a few early runs, the Bisons only scored one more run against Ramon Ortiz. For the Busons, Elvin Ramirez, Robert arson, Scott Patterson, and Justin Hampson all gave up runs, leading to an eventual rout and a 10-4 final score.

Herd Rumblings: A few notes significant to the big league bullpen came out of this game. C.J. Nitkowski made his third appearance with the Bisons, tossing 1.1 scoreless frames. He has allowed one run in 8.1 innings between Binghamton and Buffalo. Scott Patterson, another recent signee,allowed two runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. On offense, Josh Satin had the home run and was 1-for-3 with a walk. Matt den Dekker was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Zach Lutz and Mike Nickeas each drove in a run. Jenrry Mejia will get the start today against the Yankees. First pitch is at 7:05.

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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:00:17 +0000

Zach Lutz is one of the Mets farmhands heating up.

Welcome to the first edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors! Today, we will look at the hottest (and coldest) players from St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Buffalo.


  •  Dustin Martin- Martin has been one of the best, if not the best, hitters in the Mets organization over the past few weeks. Martin is hitting an astounding .452 over his last ten games, and also has two homers and ten RBI.
  • T.J. Rivera- Rivera had a fantastic first half in Savannah, earning him a mid-season promotion to St. Lucie. After a brief adjustment period, Rivera has caught fire. Over his last ten games, Rivera is hitting .386 with nine RBI and three stolen bases.
  • Zach Lutz- Zach Lutz has also been hitting very well lately. Lutz is batting .406 over his last ten games. He has also hit three home runs and driven in nine. On top of that, Lutz has been drawing quite a few walks. His on-base percentage over his last ten games is .500, bringing his overall mark on the season to an impressive .416.
  • Honorable Mention: Collin McHugh- After an adjustment period going from Binghamton to Buffalo, McHugh ahs turned it around in a big way in Triple-A. His last three starts have been terrific. He has pitched a total  of 18.2 innings, and allowed only five runs on 12 hits over that span.


  • Matt den Dekker- After having a fantastic first half with the B-Mets, Matt den Dekker has struggled in his stint with the Bisons. Over his first 50 games, he is hitting just under .200 and over this past week, things got worse for him. Den Dekker is batting just .136 over his last ten games, and has struck out seven times in 29 at-bats. The strikeouts are a big concern. Den Dekker’s strikeout percentage has been steadily climbed as he moves up through the minor league system.
  • Jeurys Familia- A few weeks back, Familia had a stellar stretch of games and looked like he was finally getting over his early-season struggles on the mound. Over his last three starts, however, Familia has not been great. Over that span, he has allowed 15 earned runs in only 10.1 innings pitched. He has also walked eight batters over that span and only struck out six.
  • Reese Havens- Havens struggled the first half of the season, but had a big breakout stretch in which he seemed to get his rhythm back. However, he is slumping once again with Binghamton. He is batting just .162 over his last ten games and has struck out 12 times in 37 at-bats.
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Schwinden Tosses Six Shutout Frames In Bisons 1-0 Win Sun, 05 Aug 2012 12:00:08 +0000 In last night’s pitching duel in Buffalo between the Bisons and Syracuse Chiefs, the Bisons prevailed 1-0.

Chris Schwinden got the start for Buffalo, looking to build off his dominant performance on Wednesday night, when he tossed seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits. Schwinden didn’t dominate last night, but he scattered hits very well. He got into trouble on quite a few occasions, including a bases-loaded jam with one out in the sixth, which he got out of unharmed. Schwinden exited the game after throwing six shutout innings, allowing eight hits and striking out six.

On the other side, the Bisons were also getting shut down. However, they scratched out a run in the sixth inning that ended up being the difference in the game. With one out and Josh Rodriguez on second, Lucas Duda doubled to right field, driving the run in and giving the Bisons a narrow advantage.

It was a battle of the bullpens as the game continued on. Robert Carson came up big with a dominant two-inning performance. Carson allowed only two hits and held the Chiefs scoreless through the eighth. Finally, it was Fernando Cabrera who closed out the ninth with a save for the Bisons, tossing a perfect ninth inning.

Herd Rumblings: The Bisons were actually out-hit last night ten to six, but thanks to timely hitting by Duda, came out of it with a win. Schwinden earned his sixth win of the season, and has been pitching very well lately. Over his last 17.2 innings, he has allowed only two runs. since being called up from Binghamton just over a week ago, Carson has allowed only one earned run over 7.1 innings. Offensive notables last night included Matt den Dekker, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, and Josh Satin, who was 1-for-2 with a walk. Zack Wheeler makes his Triple-A debut tomorrow night for the Bisons. First pitch is at 1:05.

Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight…

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Satin, Lutz, Power Bisons To 13-7 Victory Sat, 04 Aug 2012 03:12:52 +0000

Jeurys Familia struggled again last night for the Bisons.

On a night when Jeurys Familia was struggling, the Bisons offense overcame an early deficit and powered past the Syracuse Chiefs last night by a score of 13-7.

It seemed as though Familia had started to turn it around last month, pitching three stellar games in a row towards the middle of the month. However, in his last two starts before last night, Familia had allowed a total of ten earned runs in 7.2 innings pitched. He continued to struggle last night as well.

The night started off pretty well for Familia, as he tossed a perfect first inning. However, it proved to only be the calm before the storm. After the Bisons took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Lucas Duda, the Chiefs struck in the top of the second. Familia allowed two hits, two walks, and a sacrifice bunt in the inning, allowing the Chiefs to jump ahead 3-2. That wasn’t the end for Familia’s struggles. He allowed two solo home runs in the top of the third before finally being taken out of the game. He left after throwing just 2.2 innings and allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. When he exited, the Chiefs were leading 5-2, and it would only get crazier from there.

In the bottom of the third, the Bisons tried re-take the lead with a huge rally of their own. Fred Lewis singled up the middle to lead off the inning. A few batter later with Lucas Duda and Lewis on base, Lutz drove Duda in with an RBI-single, cutting the Syracuse lead to 5-3. The next batter, Josh Satin, rocked a three-run home run to cap off a huge inning for the Bisons, grabbing a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Bisons pulled away, extending their lead with three more runs. Zach Lutz and Josh Satin both came up big again, this time with doubles.

With a big lead in hand, it was smooth sailing for Buffalo the rest of the way. They tacked on two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings, including one on a two-run homer from Mike Nickeas. That sealed the deal for the Bisons, who would win 13-7.

Herd Rumblings: A big story in last night’s game was the injury to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. He reportedly tore the plantar fascia in his foot and will be examined by team doctors on Saturday. He has not been placed on the disabled list yet, however. R.A. Dickey suffered a partially torn plantar fascia last May, but didn’t miss a start… Jeurys Familia has gone a total of 10.1 innings over his past three starts, allowing a total of 15 earned runs. He has also struck out only six batter over his last three starts after striking out nine in a brilliant start on July 18, when he tossed eight innings of one-run baseball against Toledo. While Familia struggled, the offense had quite a day. Zach Lutz was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Josh Satin was 4-for-5 with four RBI. Lucas Duda and Mike Nickeas also had two-RBI nights. Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 3.57 ERA) will make the start for Buffalo tomorrow against the Chiefs. First pitch is at 7:05.

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A Night To Remember For Mets and Matt Harvey Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:47:31 +0000  

MATT HARVEY: Getting comfortable in his new Mets attire. He’ll be wearing uniform No. 33 tonight.

As the Mets continue sinking faster than the Titanic, all eyes will be on Matt Harvey tonight in Arizona as he makes his highly anticipated Major League debut.

The 23-year-old is likely feeling tons of pressure to be the savior of the franchise based on how the team has gone through its annual post All-Star break collapse.

But Harvey has to just take a deep breath and take it one step at a time.

We as fans certainly want a change, and seeing Harvey will be a nice change of pace. Terry Collins and the organization also want change.

However, no one is asking Harvey to save the franchise right from his first pitch. There will guaranteed be struggles along the way, but it will be good to see how he handles them at the big league level.

I’ve always been a proponent of giving the prospects a chance, especially if the big league club is falling apart. Harvey is 23 years old and has 46 starts in the minors, in which he’s 20-10.

How much more “seasoning” could the guy have needed? He’s excelled at every level so far and earned his chance to start tonight. It’s not like this is his first start coming out of college.

Harvey isn’t exactly Stephen Strasburg, who only needed a few tune-up starts before making his big league debut. But he’s still got plenty of talent on the mound.

Growing pains are what make big league players better. Sure, it stinks to get sent back to the minors after being called up (like we just saw with Lucas Duda), but hopefully it further ignites a fire under that player to get back to the bigs.

Who knows? Maybe Harvey will impress so much that he remains in the rotation the rest of the season and begins next year as one of the five Mets’ starters.

But it’s way too early to be thinking about that. Let’s see how he does tonight.

What I’m hoping doesn’t happen is that once Johan Santana is eligible to return from the disabled list, Harvey gets immediately sent down. A handful of starts is not enough to see what the kid is made of.

Jeremy Hefner’s been just OK, so I would much rather see Harvey work through his problems as a starter and Hefner in the bullpen or the minors.

Much luck to Harvey as he begins his big league career. Let’s not give up hope just yet, Mets fans. Remember what happened last year with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Some Notes On Matt Havey

MATT HARVEY: Will make his major league debut tonight. Harvey, 23,was 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA (45 earned runs/110.0 innings) and ranks third in the International League with 112 strikeouts in 20 starts for Buffalo this year. He was named to the International League All-Star team and tossed two scoreless and hitless innings with two strikeouts in the Triple-A All-Star Game, earning Top Star honors for his performance.

FIRST-ROUND STARTS: Matt Harvey, who was the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft will become the 10th pitcher selected in the first-round by the Mets to start a game for the club. The others and the year they were drafted are: Les Rohr (1965), Jon Matlack (1967), Randy Sterling (1969), Tim Leary (1979), Dwight Gooden (1982), Paul Wilson (1994), Aaron Heilman (2001), Philip Humber (2004) and Mike Pelfrey (2005). Two other Mets’ first-round picks, Billy Traber (2000) and Scott Kazmir (2002), started games in the majors, but not for New York.

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2011 Minor League Awards: Buffalo Bisons Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:21:35 +0000

The Buffalo Bisons announced their 2011 Season award winners last week.


It’s been a big week for Buffalo 1st baseman, Valentino Pascucci. After being named the Bisons’ 2011 M.V.P., he received his first big league call-up since 2004, when he played 32 games for the Montreal Expos. Pascucci, a fan favorite in Buffalo, led the team in Games 130, Runs 58, Hits 117, 2B’s 29, HR’s 21, RBI’s 91, Walks 76, TB’s 211 and Strikeouts 149, this year.


Chris Schwinden was named 2011 Bisons Most Valuable Pitcher and was likewise called up to the big club to make his big league debut in the Mets double-header with Atlanta this Thursday. Schwinnie led the Herd in GS 26, IP 145.2 and K’s 134, and tied for the club lead in victories with 8 wins. Overall, he went 8-8 with a 3.95 ERA, and the league hit .250 off him.


Bison LHP Justin Hampson was the Comeback Player of the Year for Buffalo. After undergoing two seasons marred by injury, Hampson is once again 100% healthy, and was one of the Herd’s best relievers all season. He was second on the club in appearances with 51, 1st in Holds with 8, 1st batter out proficiency: 71%, 21 out of 27 Inherited Runners stranded, for a success rate of: 78%. For the year left-handed hitters batted only .211 against Hampson, with a total of 6 extra base hits. Overall he went 3-3 with a 3.47 ERA as a workhorse for Buffalo. In addition to the Comeback Player award, Justin also won the Frank J. “Fremo” Vallone Community Service Award, for his work in the community. Hampson’s major league totals are: 5 games with Colorado in 2006 where he picked up his first big league win. Then 2007 and 2008 with the San Diego Padres where he was: 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA, 53/26 K/BB ratio, in 84 IP combined.


Went to catcher Raul Chavez, for his inspiring play, and love of the game. Chavez batted .199 with 1 HR and 22 RBI’s in 241 AB’s.


The Hometown Hero Award goes to infielder Luis Figueroa. He was outstanding in front of the home fans at Coca-Cola Field all year long, going .304 in 48 games. Overall the switch-hitting SS batted .294 in 347 AB’s, 109 Hits, 54 Runs, 21 2B’s, 2 3B’s, 1 HR, 27 RBI’s and a .348 OBP.

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Bisons Lose In Lopsided Game, 15-1 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:43:23 +0000 Mets Minors 4.12.2011

PAWTUCKET 15, BUFFALO 1: The Buffalo Bisons fell to 2-3 on the season after getting beat 15-1 by the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.

Dylan Owen, recently promoted from Double-A, gave up a three-run home run in the fifth inning. The PawSox went on the score six more runs in the sixth inning.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis broke up the shutout in the seventh inning with a double and run scored.

Lucas Duda, recently sent down from the Mets via the option Sunday night, went 0-for-4 at the plate and reached on a fielding error.

For a box score of the game, click here.

For more minor league notes, read Adam Rubin’s Around the Minors blog.



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Tim Teufel Expected To Be Promoted To Buffalo Bisons Manager Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:25:28 +0000

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Tim Teufel is expected to be promoted to manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

With Ken Oberkfell expected to be named the bench coach for Terry Collins on the major league staff, Oberkfell’s former position as Triple-A Buffalo manager is expected to go to ’86 Met Tim Teufel.

Teufel managed Double-A Binghamton last season who finished with a 66-76 record in the Eastern League last season.

It is not yet clear whether Wally Backman would jump all the way to Binghamton, Rubin says, or if he will be assigned to Class A St. Lucie, but the Double-A assignment would be logical.

Some good moves by the Mets in my opinion with the earlier reported promotion of Oberkfell to bench coach, and the promotion of Tim Teufel.

Original Post 9:30 AM

Yesterday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell is likely to be the Mets next bench coach.

It had been known for some time that the bench coach position would be filled internally as Terry Collins said he believed in promoting from within when asked about who is bench coach would be.

Oberkfell is a mild mannered type, who kind of blends in and prefers to stay out of the limelight. He has an excellent reputation of working well with younger players and is a big stickler for fundamentals.

It’s very likely that the Mets too will announce that Tim Teufel could be promoted to manage the Buffalo Bisons to replace Oberkfell. Teufel managed for the Class-AA Binghamton Mets last season.

There is also a good chance that the Mets will name their complete staff by today.

Mookie Wilson is the leading candidate to take over as first base coach, and the Mets will probably choose a hitting coach from among Don Long, Andy Van Slyke and Dave Hudgens, with Van Slyke having a slight edge.

Yesterday, Moises Alou declined the Mets offer to be on the coaching staff, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

It looks like after today, the Mets will have nothing left to do but fill in the rest of their roster with what ever remaining budget they have left. I expect we’ll see some more minor league deals with Spring Training invites, and I still do expect them to acquire a middle of the rotation starter either through free agency (Young, Garcia, Francis) or trade.

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Dillon Gee: Phenom Or Just More Mets Hype? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 23:56:53 +0000 Some of you may have caught Monday night’s telecast of the Buffalo Bisons game on SNY.

I wish they would broadcast minor league games more often, even if meant not broadcasting it live because of similar start times with the Mets.

I’d rather watch a pre-recorded Bisons, B-Mets or Cyclones game over Beer Money and Daily News Live re-runs anytime.

For those lucky enough to tune in and watch the Bisons destroy the Pawtucket Red Sox 12-4, it was also the first time many of us got to see the much heralded pitching prospect Dillon Gee take the mound. He was about as exciting and electric as a Manny Acosta fastball. In fact, the 24-year old righthander barely topped the 90 mph threshold twice and didn’t really look up to speed as a Major Leaguer based on what I could see. Pun intended.

Gee gave up three home runs in the game and so far this season he has allowed an astounding 22 homers in 152 innings pitched. Yikes!

Even though this is his second year pitching at Triple-A, his ERA is now nearing 5.00 and stands at 4.87 for the season.

The one area that Gee has improved in this season is in his 8.9 strikeout rate which is more than a strikeout better than the 7.8 rate he posted in 2009.

If I had to take a guess, I would say that his improved control and his propensity to throw more strikes might be the reason for his inflated homerun rate. Because his fastball isn’t as explosive or electric as let’s say Jenrry Mejia, when they do make contact a good hitter can easily park it over the wall… and they have.

Ironically, on August 19th, Dillon Gee broke the Buffalo Bisons modern era single-season mark for strikeouts when he notched his 138th strikeout of the season.

However, despite the high strikeout totals, I don’t really see anything to indicate that Gee is close to being major league ready.

Some of those 2011 rotation projections penciling Gee in as a number 4 or 5 starter, may want to go back to the drawing board and rethink their conclusions.

I read this morning on MetsBlog, that Citi Field is buzzing with news that Dillon Gee will be among the September call-ups. Can somebody please tell me why?

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More on Gee…

Here is a video of Gee getting his record breaking strikeout. The announcer makes a valiant attempt at making the ovation by the home-field crowd a lot bigger than what you can see from the video. I count two people standing.

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