Ramblings from Henry and Fayette Streets
The Week That Was June 25th – July 1st
If not for a win in Erie on Monday, the Binghamton Mets would have gone 0-for-the week. After their 11-5 victory at Jerry Uht Park against the SeaWolves, the B-Mets were swept at home in a four game series against the Bowie BaySox, and started off their four game set against the Altoona Curve with two more losses over the weekend. At week’s end, they had their longest losing streak of the season at six games and counting. In the series against the BaySox, the B-Mets were outscored by their opponent from Maryland by a 33-15 margin. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler pitched twice in the past week, compiling a 1-1 record, allowing seventeen hits and eleven earned runs over those two games, while striking out nine. Wilmer Flores hit his first homerun as a B-Met on Wednesday night against Bowie, the start of a three game span against the BaySox in which he went 6-for-10 with three RBI’s and three runs scored. Statistical team leaders for the B-Mets show Eric Campbell at the top in AVG/OBP/SLG at .327/.438/.493. Jefry Marte leads the team in RBI’s with 38, and is tied with Reese Havens for the team lead in homeruns with six. On the pitching side, it’s a clean sweep by Zack Wheeler in every catagory save one, and that would be saves. Wheeler is tops in ERA (2.74), WHIP (1.11), wins (7), and strikeouts (82). Robert Carson still leads all relievers with six saves on the season.Flores hit his first homerun in a B-Mets uniform this past week
Weekly Stats Snapshot
Where do the Binghamton Mets stack up against the rest of the Eastern League? Have a look.
Eric Campbell – 1st in OBP (.438), 3rd in batting average (.327), 5th in OPS (.930)
Pedro Zapata – 3rd in triples (5)
Zack Wheeler – 4th in ERA (2.74), 4th in WHIP (1.11), 3rd in strikeouts (82)
Robert Carson – 5th in saves (5)
Did You Know?
In 2012, the Binghamton Mets will be sending two players to the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Festivities. Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores are the latest players to represent the Mets organization at this annual game which began in 1999. Over the years, there have been some memorable, and not so memorable, players selected to play in the game from the Binghamton Mets. The list includes: Jorge Toca (1999), Alex Escobar (2000), Jae Seo (2001), Royce Ring and Justin Huber (2003), Ken Oberkfell (as part of the coaching staff)(2004), Yusmeiro Petit (2005), Matt Lindstrom (2006), Mako Oliveras (as part of the coaching staff), Kevin Mulvey, and Fernando Martinez (2007), Fernando Martinez again (2008), Mako Oliveras (again as part of the coaching staff) and Jenrry Mejia (2009), and Matt Harvey (2011).
When last reported on, the attendance numbers for Binghamton were down 13% this season compared to the 2011 campaign. At the somewhat midpoint in the season, we see that difference narrowing just a bit with an 11% drop at the gate between 2011 and 2012. Through 38 games in 2012, the B-Mets are averaging 2,615 fans a game, whereas after the same numbers of openings in 2011 they were averaging 2,951.
The B-Mets are ahead of the Erie Seawolves in average attendance in the Eastern League, and rank above not only Erie (DET), but Jackson (SEA), Mobile (ARI), and Huntsville (MIL) as well across all of Double A baseball.