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B-Mets in the midst of magical season

Cesar Puello was the B-Mets best hitter this season, but has accepted a 50-game suspension, ending his season.
Cesar Puello was the B-Mets best hitter this season, but has accepted a 50-game suspension, ending his season.
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The Binghamton Mets rolled to their 70th win of the season Sunday with a 6-0 win over the Harrisburg Senators. It is the quickest that any Binghamton team has reached the 70 win mark in their 20+ year history.

The win completed a sweep of the Senators, the fifth sweep of the season for Binghamton. The series win was the 20th overall for the B-Mets.

With Sunday’s win, Binghamton’s record improved to 70-43, the best record in the Eastern League. The impressive mark has put Binghamton well out in front in the Eastern League’s Eastern division, with an 11.5 game lead over second place Trenton.

It has been a magical season for Binghamton, who is looking to be part of playoff baseball for the first time since 2004.

It truly has been a team effort for these guys in 2013, with the pitching staff ranking second in the league in ERA with a 3.53 ERA. The only team in front of them is Harrisburg, with a 3.46.

Logan Verrett leads the starters with 10 wins in 20 starts. He has an ERA of 4.13. Erik Goeddel is the only other pitcher on the staff with 20 starts. He has a record of 9-4 with a 3.75 ERA.

In the bullpen, it is the Jeff Walters show. Walters has already surpassed the single season save mark for Binghamton with 32 saves in 34 chances. The previous record was held by Jerrod Riggan, who recorded 28 saves in the 2000.

Walters needs five saves to record the most saves in Binghamton franchise history. The current record is 36, held by Tim Lavigne. The record will likely not last long, considering Binghamton has 30 games left in the regular season.

Offensively, Binghamton has struggled as of late. Going into Sunday’s game, the B-Mets were hitting just .191 in their last 10 games, but were able to hold their heads above water going 5-5 during that stretch.

Even with the recent struggles, Binghamton is hitting .260 as a team, putting them third in the league. Only Bowie (.271) and Akron (.269) are ahead of Binghamton.

Cesar Puello has led the hit parade for Binghamton, batting .328 with 16 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 90 games. Allan Dykstra has played in 99 games and is hitting .292.

Unfortunately, the B-Mets offense will be without Puello for the rest of the season. He just accepted a 50-game suspension Monday and will not appeal.

Puello was one of 12 players linked to the Biogenesis performance enhancing drug scandal. Jordany Valdespin, who was recently demoted from NY to Triple-A Vegas was the other name on the list that is familiar to Binghamton fans. He is not expected to appeal his suspension either.

The B-Mets were off today, but start a series against the Altoona Curve on Tuesday, with a doubleheader at NYSEG Stadium. Game time is 5:05 p.m. Both games will be seven inning affairs.

Some statistical information provided by Binghamton Mets media relations department.

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