Mets Merized Online » Rhyne Hughes Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 B-Mets Eliminated In A Game Marred By Critical Blown Calls From Umpires Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:30:32 +0000 It was the only game of the year with a four man umpiring crew the entire season in Binghamton. By the end of the night, Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez and his B-Met baseball team and some 4,000 Binghamton fans pined for the return of a three-man crew, or perhaps the two-man officiating teams used to arbitrate a college game, or even the one-man in blue who called a game in yesteryear. As much as the players on either team, the men in blue played a huge role in the outcome of Trenton’s 3-0 victory eliminating the home team from the Eastern League play-offs.

Three umpire decisions, all going against Binghamton, weighed heavily on the outcome of Friday’s game and stirred passions to an almost riotous pitch. The pivotal Eastern League contest rolled along through four innings as a classic pitching duel.

Binghamton’s Logan Verrett and Trenton’s Shane Greene matched zeroes without a baserunner from either team reaching third base during that span. As the zeroes mounted the importance of scoring the game’s first run for each team multiplied.

The controversy began during Trenton’s at bat in the fifth, and as they have all series, it was the bottom of the Thunder batting order kicking up the dust. The inning started innocently with Verrett fanning Mason Williams and getting Reggie Corona on a fly out to right field. It was Ali Castillo, the Thunder shortstop and number nine batter of the line-up card who would stir up a hornet’s nest. Corona laced a double off the left-field wall setting the stage for some baseball madness that would help cut the B-Met season short.

Ramon Flores, Trenton’s designated hitter, followed with a four pitch base-on-balls bringing left-fielder, Zolio Almonte, to the plate. Almonte, a left-handed batter slapped line drive just a whisker over a leaping B-Met shortstop Wilfredo Tovar’s glove into left field. Travis Taijeron charged, played the ball cleanly, and against what seemed like impossible odds, uncorked a remarkable throw toward home plate. It was a breath-stopping race between man and ball with the Trenton runner getting a huge head start. As Taijeron fielded the ball, the Binghamton outfielder may have been the only person in the park thinking he had a chance to throw out Castillo at the plate. But Taijeron rocketed the ball home, almost skimming the Trenton runner’s helmet and arriving in B-Met catcher Xorge Carrillo’s mitt a nanosecond before Castillo arrived.

Castillo, without sliding, bowled over Carrilo, crashing his upper body high into the Binghamton backstop. The pair tumbled in a heap on the plate with Carrilo somehow holding tight to the ball and the Binghamton crowd erupting in glee believing Flores was out at home plate. Not so. The home plate umpire called Castillo safe.

I wish I had an opportunity to hear the umpires explanation of his call. Logic dictates that when a ball and baserunner arrive at home plate simultaneously, but the ball arrives a slit second ahead of the runner, and the runner does not slide but runs over the catcher, the runner should be out. The only explanation I can conjure is the umpire ruled the B-Met catcher had not stepped forward on the third base side of home plate leaving a corner of the plate unprotected before the contact was made.

B-Met manager Pedro Lopez argued vociferously to no avail. Lost in all the drama at home plate was the fact that Flores moved to third and Almonte to second in the implosion at home plate. That setup the next umpiring decision that would help the Thunder take the series.

The score stood at 1-0 with runners on third and second and runs at a premium, making it crucial the B-Mets limit the damage to only Almonte’s run. Trenton second baseman Jose Pirela stepped in the box and grounded a slow roller toward the hole between third and second. Somehow, Binghamton shortstop Wilfredo Tovar got behind the ball then rifled a bullet to first with the ball whizzing slightly to the right field side of the bag. B-Met first baseman, Rhyne Hughes stretched in a full leg split snagging the throw ahead of the runner and once again the Binghamton faithful erupted in joy with the apparent end of the inning. Not so. The first base umpire ruled that Hughes’s foot had come off the bag as he stretched forward to field the throw.

This call was difficult to fathom, especially for an already irritated B-Met manager Pedro Lopez. Lopez argued long and loud, finally convincing the ‘blue crew’ to huddle to see if one of the four might have caught a clearer look at the stretch than the first base ump. The call stood and Trenton led, 2-0.

Trenton added their final run in the top of the seventh. Reggie Corona led off the inning slicing a double into the right-field corner. Verrett lost his concentration when Castillo chopped a soft tap on the infield grass off first base fielded by Hughes, but the B-Met pitcher failed to cover. Verrett, who pitched admirably, was replaced by Jim Fuller who got Flores on a 4U-3 double play with Corona scoring the final tally of the game. Call three came in Binghamton’s at bat in the seventh and precipitated a tumultuous baseball fracas. B-Met catcher Xorge Carrillo led off the inning with a broke bat infield single. Danny Muno sent a ground ball up the middle with Trenton second baseman Pirela diving and getting enough leather on the ball to keep it from going through for an infield single leaving men on second and first.

When Wilfredo Tovar followed tapping a soft ground ball toward second, the rumpus began. Muno had already passed Pirela when the Trenton second baseman fielded the ball, but Pirela spun and fired to second attempting to start a 4-6-3 double play. Muno went into second sliding hard, too hard in the eyes of the second base umpire who called Muno out for baserunner interference and Tovar out at first base because, in his judgment, Muno prevented the Trenton shortstop from making a throw to first to attempt the doubleplay.

Muno erupted. Lopez exploded. In fact, the third pivotal verdict against his team was simply too much to take for Lopez. The B-Met manager was tossed. I’m not sure what happened next, whether a Trenton infielder baited Lopez after he was ejected, but conditions turned unruly, both benches cleared and a gigantic skirmish ensued. It took some twenty minutes, with the usually even-tempered Binghamton crowd standing, booing and chanting the entire time, to restore order and sift out who would leave and who would remain in the game. For Binghamton Muno and Tovar joined Lopez in the clubhouse.

“That’s uncalled for,” Lopez said. “It was a really good series. It was a really good ballgame until that point. I felt like the benches were cleared because of the call at second base. That was a clean slide. Even (Trenton’s) first-base coach said that he blew that call. It’s just sad that this series had to end the way it did.”

After calm had finally been restored, things ignited again, when play resumed and Carrillo, who was on second base and had advanced to third on the double play attempt was ordered back to second when play resumed. Apparently, the interference call resulted in a dead ball with any lead runners required to return to their original bases, a nuance beyond comprehension to an already slighted Binghamton crowd. That decision proved decisive when Josh Rodriquez grounded a single into center field, with Carrillo holding up at third then stranded when Allan Dykstra watched a called strike three.

Flawed umpire decisions or not, give Trenton their due. The Thunder got the big hit, were daring on the base paths, made big pitches in pressure spots and made pivotal defensive plays all night long. And, the B-Mets had their chances. Binghamton left ten men on base without scoring a run from the sixth inning forward. Binghamton left the bases loaded in the sixth with Darrell Cecilani going down swinging for the third out, left first and third in the seventh with Dykstra caught looking, left the bases loaded in the eighth with Alonso Harris looking at a third strike and ended their season with runners on first and second on a Travis Taijeron called strike three. Binghamton outhit Trenton 11-10, but 12 B-Met batters fanned in the game.

The season ending loss marked the first time Binghamton has been swept in a series all season. But congratulations to the B-Mets regardless, for a truly dominating and historic season for the franchise.

Daniel Muno, 2 for 4
Josh Rodriguez, 2 for 5
Rhyne Hughes, 3 for 5
Xorge Carrillo, 2 for 3
Logan Verrett, 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, BB, 5 K’s
Jim Fuller, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s
Chasen Bradford, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Frank Francisco, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

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(Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Jenrry Mejia Likely To Make 2013 Debut Against Nationals Sun, 21 Jul 2013 16:46:29 +0000 jenrry mejiaAccording to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are considering Jenrry Mejia for a start next Saturday.

The Mets play a doubleheader on Friday in Washington, and will need an extra pitcher on Saturday.

Also being considered, but I view as extreme long-shots, are Chris Schwinden, Jacob deGrom, and Rafael Montero – neither of whom are on the 40-man roster.

MMO Prediction: Mejia will make his 2013 debut and have a solid performance after a long road back from rehab and TJS.

Read more about his start last night from my earlier post below.

Original Post 12:30 AM

The Binghamton Mets matched a season-high with 15 hits and Jenrry Mejia struck out eight over six innings in a 10-2 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats on Saturday night at New Britain Stadium. Cesar Puello doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead a B-Mets offensive attack that saw every player collect at least one hit.

Mejia had a two-run cushion before he even threw his first pitch. Danny Muno got the attack against Rock Cats starter Trevor May started immediately by leading off the game with a one-hop double off the right-field wall. Puello brought him home by skipping an RBI single past Eddie Rosario at second base. After swiping second, his 22nd stolen base of the year, Puello scored when Rhyne Hughes blistered a two-out RBI single up the middle.

Mejia set the tone in his second rehab appearance with the B-Mets by retiring the first eight batters he faced. The right-hander side-stepped a bunt single and a walk in a scoreless third and worked around a one-out single in a shutout fourth.

Nate Hanson put the only blemish on Mejia’s night by ripping a home run over the left-field wall to lead off the fifth inning. Mejia bounced back and retired six of seven to cap his night. Chase Huchingson took over in the seventh and allowed one on three hits over two innings of relief. Chasen Bradford closed the contest with a perfect ninth.

Mejia (2-0) surrendered just one run on three hits over six innings in the victory. His eight strikeouts were the most in one game since he fanned nine as a Buffalo Bison on 8/30/10 against the Syracuse Chiefs..

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Charting Syndergaard’s Double-A Debut At NYSEG Stadium Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:42:43 +0000

The storyline for the Binghamton Mets Sunday was a four home run barrage, solid pitching and a 7-2 victory over the Erie Seawolves to improve their record to 46-28 and win their ninth series in a row. For New York Met fans the news was all about Noah Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, a 6’4” flame throwing, right-handed pitcher was one of the pieces in the R.A. Dickey trade. After starting his Met career in Advanced-A St. Lucie, he was promoted to Double-A Binghamton over the weekend and was on the hill for his AA debut. The 20-year-old pitcher left no lingering doubts about why he was summoned to Binghamton..

Syndergaard’s first AA pitch was a 96 mph fastball for a strike. His 82nd pitch to start the sixth inning was a 96 mph fastball that Erie second baseman Hernan Perez chopped to first base for an unassisted out. Oddly, Syndergaard ran into limited trouble during the odd numbered innings he pitched (1, 3, 5), and logged three-up-and-three-down innings during the even numbered frames (2, 4, 6).

The two times things got sticky for Syndergaard came when he faced the bottom of Erie’s batting order. The number eight hitter, rightfielder Luis Castillo led off the third, golfing a low curveball just inside the right field line and into the corner for a triple. Marcus Lemon took an 87 mph change-up the opposite way for a single plating Castillo. That’s right, Syndergaard’s change-up at times crossed the plate moving as high as 89 miles per hour.

When Jamie Johnson doubled scoring Lemon to tie the game at 2-2, Syndergaard faced his first AA crisis. The B-Met pitcher only added to his challenge failing to look the speedy Johnson back to second from the stretch, allowing Johnson to pilfer third without a throw. The leading run now danced off third with nobody out.

Pitching coach Glenn Abbott paid his new pupil a visit. Syndergaard got Eugenio Suarez to ground out third to first with the runner holding, then induced Perez to loft a short, soft fly to left field. Joe Bonfe fielded the fly and gunned a perfect strike to home with B-Met catcher Blake Forsythe applying the tag on Johnson for the inning ending out.

Syndergaard walked Castillo with one out in the fifth, his only free pass of the day, and Lemon followed with a single, but Syndergaard worked out of the jam stranding Castillo at third.

The B-Met righthander uses a smooth, free and easy delivery maximizing the ‘tall and fall’ pitching style typical of many professional pitchers in the modern game. Unlike Matt Harvey who takes the ball behind his body and upward in the pitching motion, Syndergaard drops his arm from behind as he prepares to deliver. The end result is similar – high heat thrown effortlessly.

The highest velocity Syndergaard reached was 98 mph, and the B-Met starter reached that mark eight different times. Two Syndergaard pitches to the final batter he faced in the sixth topped out at 98 mph, his final pitch reaching that lofty mark and fanning DH Tyler Collins.

6.0 Innings, 5 Hits, 2 Earned Runs, 1 Walk, 7 Strikeouts


89 Total Pitches: 65 Strikes (73%) – 24 Balls (27%)

Strike Breakdown: Called 16 (25%), Fouled 15 (23%), Missed 17 (28%), In-Play 17 (28%)

Full Windup

Total Pitches: 48; Strikes 34 (71%), Balls 14 (29%)
FW Fastballs: 35; Strikes 26 (74%), Balls 9 (26%)
FW Curveballs: 5; Strikes 3 (60%), Balls 2 (40%)
FW Sliders: 1; Strikes 0, Balls 1 (100%)

From The Stretch

Total Pitches 41; Strikes 31 (76%), Balls 10 (24%)
STR Fastbals: 21; Strikes 16 (76%), Balls 5 (24%)
STR Curveballs: 9; Strikes 5 (55%), Balls 4 (45%)
STR Changeups: 4; Strikes 3 (75%), Balls 1 (25%)
STR Sliders: 7; Strikes 6 (86%), Balls 1 (14%)

Syndergaard benefited from some impressive B-Met long ball fireworks. The B-Mets used a power packed lineup of righthanded bats against Erie southpaw Matt Crouse. Centerfielder Cesar Puello hit a monstrous homerun in his first at bat in the opening inning, a moon ball, high and deep, estimated to have traveled 470 feet.

Richard Lucas led off the second with the first of a pair of HR’s giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Lucas would also crack a double in his last at bat setting up the B-Met’s final run in the home eighth. And, after tying the previous night’s game with a two out, 3 run, ninth inning blast, Rhyne Hughes continued his long ball power display. After the B-Mets used small ball with singles by Danny Muno, Puello, and Allan Dykstra to score two runs and retake the lead in the third, Hughes connected sending a shot over the 400 foot fence slightly to the right of straight away centerfield to open the home fourth. The B-Met first baseman bounced a ball off the wall at the same spot for a double in the sixth and drove a pitch to the warning track with Dykstra tagging to score the B-Mets final run in the eighth.

Adam Kolarek and John Church turned in brilliant relief in support of Syndergaard. Kolarek, a lefty, used only 19 pitches to retire all six of the batters he faced, striking out his final two hitters. Church pitched a perfect ninth, striking out the side, with the two relief specialists combining to fan the last five batters they faced.

Photos by MMO contributor Gordon Donovan who was also at NYSEG Stadium. Follow him on Twitter at @gordonovan.

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Syndergaard’s AA Debut Goes Smoothly With Six Sharp Innings Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:16:46 +0000 noah syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard took the mound today for his Binghamton debut — and this was a huge step forward for the 20-year old. He was taken out of the game with 88 pitches under his belt — and he still had a lot left in the tank. He was impressive over a solid six innings of work, allowing two earned runs off five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Syndergaard was incredibly efficient with his strike:ball ratio, with 62 of his 88 pitches going for strikes.

The only blemish on this outing was the third inning, where he allowed three straight hits to begin: a triple, a single, and a double. Two runs scored with none out, but Syndergaard induced a soft ground out and then Joe Bonfe gunned down Jamie Johnson, who was trying to score on a fly ball, to end the inning. It was relatively smooth sailing for the prospect after that, as he finished up his afternoon with his last out being a strikeout.

He might have been out there longer in a close game, but Richard Lucas, Cesar Puello, and Rhyne Hughes each drilled a home run to support their new teammate — with Lucas slamming a second one for good measure.

Needless to say, I believe this is a glimpse into the future of Syndergaard, who is perhaps in battle with Rafael Montero to be our top pitching prospect right now.

Syndergaard’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 7 K

Remember, we’ve got John Bernhardt and Gordon Donovan at the game — so expect pictures and some great notes via John’s charting later on.

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Mateo Struggles Before Injury, Juan Centeno Drives In Two In Binghamton Defeat Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:54:09 +0000 We want to welcome notable photographer Gordon Donovan to our team. Gordon’s work is featured mostly on CBS News and various political sites, but he is also a die-hard Mets fan who follows the Mets minor leagues very closely and will be doing photo shoots all season long for each affiliate throughout the season. His photography is absolutely spectacular as you can see, and we are proud to be featuring his stunning images at MMO this season. It’s an honor to showcase his images on this site.


Portland 7, Binghamton 4

The B-Mets were held hitless through 6.2 innings, and finished with four hits in a 7-4 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs Monday night at NYSEG Stadium.

Portland struck first in the top of the second inning against B-Met starter Luis Mateo. After Peter Hissey singled, moved to second on a balk, and stole third base, he was brought home on an RBI single by Alberto Rosario. In the third, Portland took a 3-0 lead when Tony Thomas hit a two-run home run to right-centerfield.

In his Double-A debut, Mateo’s night ended after throwing just three pitches in the fourth inning. With a 3-0 count to Alberto Rosario, Mateo was removed from the game with an apparent injury. He finished his night giving up three runs on six hits.

LHP Sean Teufel came in for relief, and made his B-Met debut. He gave up one run in the fourth on a RBI single by Michael Almanzar, but came back to throw a scoreless fifth. John Church came in next and threw a scoreless sixth and seventh, his best outing so far this season.

After the B-Mets were held hitless through 6.2 innings, Juan Centeno ended the no-hitter and shutout with a two-run double off of Pete Ruiz. With a 4-2 advantage in the top of the ninth, the Sea Dogs tacked on three more runs on four hits against Chase Hutchingson. Binghamton showed life in the ninth, scoring twice on RBI doubles from Rhyne Hughes and Cesar Puello, but could not complete the comeback. Anthony Ranaudo earned the win after striking out six in five hitless innings. Mateo was given the loss in his Double-A debut.

The B-Mets (6-5) continue their series with the Portland Sea Dogs (5-5) Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM as RHP Logan Verrett will pitch against LHP Drake Britton.

Key Stats

Luis Mateo: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 ER, 2 K

Juan Centeno: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Cesar Puello: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

(Team Report)

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Rafael Montero Goes Five Strong, Cory Vaughn Rips Three-Run Shot In Binghamton Victory Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:52:47 +0000 414Bing

Binghamton 6, New Hampshire 3

The B-Mets used the support of two home runs, including a three-run shot from Cory Vaughn, to beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6-3 at NYSEG Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Binghamton got the offense started right away against RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Allan Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Darrell Ceciliani.

Blake Forsythe tallied another run the second as he hit a solo home run, his first of the year, over the right field wall. New Hampshire got into the scoring column in the top of the third with an RBI single by Kevin Pillar, but the Binghamton offense was back at it in the bottom half. Cory Vaughn‘s three-run blast to left field put the B-Mets up 5-1. Both teams picked up single runs in the fifth inning; Brad Glenn hit a solo home run for New Hampshire, but Cesar Puello got the run back with an RBI single.

Rafael Montero finished his day after five innings of two-run baseball. The right-hander gave up three hits and struck out six, before handing the ball to Mark Cohoon. Cohoon threw a scoreless sixth and seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth inning. After giving up one run on two doubles, Jack Leathersich was called upon to end the threat. He retired the side without any further damage. In the ninth, Jeffrey Walters tossed a scoreless frame to record his second save of the season. Montero was awarded his second win in three starts.

The B-Mets (6-4) open up a three-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs at NYSEG Stadium on Monday. RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-0, 0.00) has the ball for Binghamton against RHP Anthony Ranaudo (0-0, 1.80) for Portland.

Key Stats

Rafael Montero: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 ER, 6 K

Cory Vaughn: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Rhyne Hughes: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB

Blake Forsythe: 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

(Team Report)

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Upper Minors: Wheeler Struggles With Command Again, Montero Hasn’t Allowed A Walk In Two Starts Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:35:18 +0000 LV_4_9

Las Vegas 1, Fresno 4

Mets’ top prospect Zack Wheeler picked up the loss in last night’s matchup against the Fresno Grizzlies. He pitched 5.1 innings, and struggled with his command on his fastball, walking three batters and giving up eight hits. On a positive note, he managed to strike out six batters and hold the opposing offense to one earned run. However, it wasn’t enough, as Fresno starter Yusmeiro Petit kept the Las Vegas offense in check all night.

Wheeler is now 0-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched with a 1.96 WHIP and it’s clear that he needs to work on his command issues before the Mets look his way. Both Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson have said that Wheeler would not get promoted unless he dominates in Triple-A this season.

The only run for Las Vegas came on a Josh Satin home run to the left field bleachers in the top of the second inning. It was his second home run of the year, and he raised his batting average to an even .500 on the night. Andrew Brown, Josh Satin and Juan Lagares all had multi-hit games in the loss.

Key Stats:

  • Josh Satin: 2 for 4, HR, R, RBI
  • Andrew Brown: 2 for 4
  • Juan Lagares: 2 for 4
  • Zack Wheeler: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K


Binghamton 1, Erie 2

The Binghamton Mets plated their only run in the first inning and were kept in check for the final eight innings in a 2-1 loss to the Erie Sea Wolves Tuesday night at Jerry Uht Park. The B-Mets went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, bounced into two double plays and had two runners nabbed on the bases.

Binghamton grabbed the lead with a two-out rally in the first against Erie starter Kyle Lobstein. Richard Lucas bounced a single up the middle and scored when Rhyne Hughes bounced a double off the top of the right field wall.

In his second start with the B-Mets, Rafael Montero cruised through his first five innings. The righty never faced more than four batters in any frame and allowed just one runner to reach second base.

Hughes’ RBI double was the only blemish in the game for Lobstein. The lefty settled in and finished his night with four scoreless innings, exiting in the top of the sixth for reliever Michael Morrison.

Montero’s smooth stretch came to an abrupt end in the sixth when the Sea Wolves plated their first run on a pair of doubles. Tyler Collins started the rally with a double to left and Ramon Cabrera tied the game by zipping a two-bagger to right.

Montero had to settle for the no-decision after the B-Mets failed to score in the seventh. The righty allowed one run on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks.

Erie grabbed the lead against reliever John Church in the seventh. James Robbins greeted the righty with a double to left, moved to third on a ground out and scored the go-ahead run on Marcus Lemon‘s sac fly.

Morrison returned for the eighth and worked around two singles to post a scoreless frame. Wilfredo Tovar led off with a single, but was picked off first by catcher James McCann. Alonzo Harris followed with a hit and stolen base, but was doubled off second to end the inning.

Justin Souza made quick work of the heart of the B-Mets order in the ninth, putting together a perfect inning to collect his second save. Morrison (1-0) allowed three hits over 2-1/3 innings for the victory. Church (0-1) suffered his first loss.

The B-Mets (4-2) wrap up their three-game series against the Sea Wolves Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 PM. RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-0, 0.00) gets the ball for Binghamton against RHP Patrick Cooper (0-1, 13.50).

Key Stats:

  • Richard Lucas: 3 for 4, 2B, R
  • Cesar Puello: 2 for 3,
  • Rhyne Hughes: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI
  • Rafael Montero: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 7 K
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Binghamton Mets Opening Day Game Notes Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:35:25 +0000 MiLB: JUL 12 - St. Lucie Mets at Tampa Yankees DBL Header (Game 2)

Binghamton Mets (0-0) at Akron Aeros (0-0)

RHP Rafael Montero vs. RHP Danny Salazar


In their 21st season, the 2012 B-Mets went 68-74 and finished 5th in the Eastern League Eastern Division, trailing first-place Trenton by 11.0 games. Four players who played in Binghamton last year made their Major League debuts with the New York Mets later in the season: LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Elvin Ramirez, and LHP Robert Carson.


RHP Rafael Montero gets the ball on opening day for the B-Mets. Last season he split time between the Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A) and the St. Lucie Mets (High-A). In Savannah, he allowed three earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 12 starts before being promoted in mid-June. He picked up 5 more wins in St. Lucie and finished the year with a combined 11-5 record and a 2.36 ERA. Montero also showed excellent control, finishing with 110 strikeouts and only 19 walks. Montero is ranked the #5 prospect in the Met’s system by Baseball America prior to the season. Rafael signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in January 2011.


RHP Danny Salazar starts his first full season in Double-A. He was promoted to Akron in early August last year after 16 starts with the Carolina Mudcats (High-A). In just one month in Akron, Salazar went 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA in six starts. After giving up four earned runs in his first start against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, he allowed only three earned runs in his last 29.1 innings pitched. Salazar was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2006.


This year’s B-Met squad brings back 9 players that saw time in Binghamton last season. 15 players will be making their AA debut this season, all of whom ended 2012 in St. Lucie. Rhyne Hughes, who was signed as a free agent in February, played with Bowie last season. Hughes and Josh Rodriguez are the only two players on the Opening Day roster with MLB experience.


B-Met manager Pedro Lopez led Criollos de Caguas to a 24-16 record and a Puerto Rico Winter League Championship during this past offseason. The championship allowed Lopez to manage Puerto Rico in the 2013 Caribbean Series in early February. The team finished 2-4 in the series.


2013 is the fourth consecutive season that the B-Mets face off against the Aeros on Opening Day. Akron has a 2-1 edge during that stretch, with Binghamton winning 1-0 in 2011. Last year, the B-Mets were defeated in a 4-0 shutout at NYSEG Stadium. In their 21-year history, Binghamton is 13-8 on Opening Day.


The B-Mets bullpen holds four left-handed pitchers. Mark Cohoon and Chase Huchingson have both converted from starting roles in 2012. Cohoon is starting his fourth year as a B-Met, going 8-11 with a 3.62 ERA last season. Huchingson tallied eight wins last year with the St. Lucie Mets in their rotation. Adam Kolarek made a brief appearance in Binghamton last year, but was primarily used in the back end of St. Lucie’s bullpen, converting on 18 save opportunities. Jack Leathersich combined for 38 games out of the pen for Savannah and St. Lucie last year.


The B-Mets went 5-9 against the Akron Aeros in 2012. All-time the B-Mets have gone 119-151 against Akron. In 1992 the B-Mets defeated the Canton-Akron Aeros in the Eastern League Championship to earn their first title. This season the B-Mets take on the Aeros 14 times over four series; in Akron from 4/4 to 4/7 and 8/22 to 8/25, and at NYSEG Stadium from 4/26 to 4/29 and 5/13 to 5/15.


The B-Mets continue this four-game series against the Akron Aeros tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-0, —-) will start for the B-Mets against LHP T.J. House (0-0, —-).

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Sandy Alderson’s Philosophy On Evaluating Terry Collins Sat, 02 Mar 2013 16:32:07 +0000 collins alderson springGeneral manager Sandy Alderson stopped short of saying manager Terry Collins’ job was secure, but in a conference call this week, left the impression he will be judged with a broad paintbrush.

As GM, Alderson’s job description entails building for the future, and while Collins has nothing guaranteed to him beyond this season, it doesn’t mean the two perspectives can’t co-exist.Collins’ extension will be assured if the Mets have a winning season, but even if they don’t – very possible considering their holes – he could be back in the dugout in 2014, when the spending is supposed to begin.

“Well I think there are two things upon which a manager is evaluated,’’ Alderson said. “One is wins and losses, and the other is the improvement of the players on the team. And regardless of whether you have a veteran-dominated team or a younger team, players have to improve.

“And more importantly, they have to be motivated to improve, and that’s really partly where the manager comes in. I think that Terry will be evaluated on both of those bases, with the understanding that the wins and losses are not an absolute – to some extent they are relative to the talent that we have.’’

And, that talent level is thin, with a patchwork bullpen, questions at all three outfield spots, a new catcher and questions throughout the rotation, including a heavy dependence on Matt Harvey, who has but ten starts in his career.

A lot has to happen for the Mets to surpass last year’s 74 victories. Several times Alderson has spoken on changing the Mets’ culture and it has evolved since the dark days of the Jerry Manuel-Omar Minaya era.

At one point last season the Mets were eight games over .500, but Alderson did nothing to upgrade the franchise at the trade deadline and the summer spiraled out of control as the offense collapsed in the second half.

Collins deserved some responsibility, but in fairness he had little to work with to turn the team around. Alderson takes some of the blame for that, and admits he waited too long.

Even so, Collins can’t afford to lose things this year. He has to maintain the teaching along with motivation.

“So part of this whole analysis is having a good feel for the talent level that we have and the success that we have and how those two correlate, as well as some of the other less tangible aspects of leading a team over 162 games,’’ Alderson said.

Those tangible aspects include keeping the Mets focused and motivated, regardless of how much they skid. If he does that, we’ll see Collins again next year.

On a side note, not too many GM’s are as open and forthcoming with the media as this one is. After our conference call, Joe D. said something to some of us who participated that nobody disagreed with.

“Say what you want about, Sandy,” Joe said. “But one thing I respect him for is that he always gives us a thoughtful, well-detailed and analytic response to our questions.”

Thinking back to the last three general managers the Mets have had before Alderson, Joe is right.

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Mets Sign Ryhne Hughes To Minors Deal, Backman Concerned About Sin City Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:59:33 +0000 mets news

February 23 – The Mets have announced they’ve signed first baseman Rhyne Hughes to a minor league contract and that he will report to minor league camp.

Hughes, 29, played 75 games for Double-A Bowie in the Baltimore Orioles system last season. The left-handed hitting Hughes batted .278/.370 OBP/.504 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 313 plate appearances. His only sip of coffee in the majors came in 2010 when he batted .213 in 14 games with the O’s.

Initially drafted in the 50th round of the 2003 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Hughes declined to sign with them and was drafted the following year in the 8th round by the Tampa Bay Rays.

He has played some right field in the minors, 73 games, and that could be why the  Mets were interested  But it would take a parting of the Red Sea for him to be anything more than just minor league filler at this point.

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February 22 – The Mets announced that they’ve signed right-hander Andy Wells and outfielder James Roche to minor league deals on Wednesday. Both played in the independent Atlantic League last season and will report to minor league camp. Wells went to Staten Island’s Wagner College os it’s a good bet that he knows what a knish is. Other than that, I know absolutely nothing about these two, and I’ll try and dig something up later today.

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February 22 – In more significant news, the Mets have agreed to a minor-league deal with left-handed reliever Justin Hampson who I’m personally glad to see back. The 32-year-old had a solid campaign with Triple-A Buffalo last season, tossing 65 innings in 51 appearances, while posting a 2.33 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and an 8.1 strikeout rate. In a brief appearance with the Mets, Hampson posted a 1.80 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 15 appearances out of the pen. He’s going to be useful working with our youngsters in the minors and will provide some quality depth for the Mets bullpen once fatigue and injuries set in – and you know they always do. Welcome back, Justin.

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February 22Wally Backman is always thinking ahead. Yesterday he told Jared Diamond of The Journal that he’s concerned about keeping his players on the straight-and-narrow while playing in Sin City. “Guys are going to go out, go to the casinos and lose their money,” Backman said. Their money might not be the only thing they lose in Vegas. (I know, bad joke, so shoot me.)

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