Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pitching Matchups; Game of the Day 8/16/11

New Britain Rock Cats (David Bromberg 1-2, 4.46)
vs. Binghamton Mets (Matt Harvey 2-3, 4.99)

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Dustin McGowan 0-0, 0.00)
vs. Altoona Curve (Michael Colla 5-8, 3.72)

Columbus Clippers (Corey Kluber 6-8, 5.91)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Felix Doubront 1-3, 3.14)

Portland Sea Dogs (Brock Huntzinger 5-10, 6.34)
vs. Reading Phillies (Tyler Cloyd 3-3, 3.26)

New York-Penn League All Star Game
at LeLacheur Field, Lowell, MA
National League Affiliates
vs. American League Affiliates

Game of the DayRock Cats vs. BMets – The New Britain Rock Cats (60-61) have new life in the playoff race as they sit one half game behind Trenton and Reading for the second playoff spot in the E.L. Eastern Division. After sinking so quickly under the .500 mark following a six game losing streak that started at the end of July, the Cats have slowly climbed back towards the light, winning four of their last five games. The time for them to capitalize is now as they open up shop in Binghamton against the BMets (51-70), owners of the worst record in the league. David Bromberg gets his seventh start of the season for the Rock Cats and fourth since returning from a broken forearm he received back in May when he got hit by a line drive. He came into the season as the 13th ranked prospect in the Twins system according to Baseball America, but the setback has thrown an obvious wrench in his development. Yet now he has a chance to step up here and back that pre-season praise. Bromberg has tossed four innings in each of his starts since coming back and could be ready to stretch things out a little longer, especially if he comes out hitting his spots. Speaking of hype, BMets starter Matt Harvey was the 4th ranked Mets prospect according to BA coming into the season. Only Jenrry Mejia stood above him on the pitching charts, yet he has stumbled since advancing to Double-A after he lit up the Florida State League with St. Lucie. Harvey, the 2010 1st round pick of the Mets, will get his ninth start with Binghamton and his first at home since July 6th. Despite his other numbers, Harvey has racked up the Ks, striking out 48 batters in 39 2/3 innings since joining the BMets and overall in 2011 he has whiffed 140 opponents in only 115 2/3 innings of work…Binghamton is the only team in the Eastern League that does not have a pitcher who has thrown a complete game this season…The Rock Cats have the worst team ERA in the league at 4.90 and their 1.49 team WHIP is tied with the BMets for worst.

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