Schedule (Best of Five)
Game 1- Wednesday, September 4th, 7:05 PM
Trenton RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0, 1.93) vs. Binghamton RHP Noah Syndergaard (6-1, 3.00)
Game 2- Thursday, September 5th, 7:05 PM
Trenton RHP Mikey O'Brien (7-8, 4.12) vs. Binghamton LHP Darin Gorski (6-1, 1.83)
Game 3: Friday, September 6, 7:05 PM at Binghamton
Trenton RHP Shane Greene (8-4, 3.18) vs. Binghamton RHP Logan Verrett (12-6, 4.25)
Game 4*: Saturday, September 7, 7:05 PM at Binghamton
Trenton LHP Nik Turley (11-8, 3.88) vs. Binghamton TBA
Game 5*: Sunday, September 8, 7:05 PM at Binghamton
Trenton RHP Scottie Allen (2-0, 1.59) vs. Binghamton TBA
* - If necessary
Five Players to watch
Trenton OF Tyler Austin: After missing 47 games with a wrist injury, Austin was a lightning rod for the Thunder lineup during the final series of the regular season. He provides a power-hitting compliment between Gary Sanchez and Kyle Roller in the lineup, and will be looking to turn a hot playoff run into a strong fall season performance.
Trenton RHP Bryan Mitchell: The last time Mitchell pitched at home, he turned in the best performance by a Thunder pitcher in 2013, striking out ten hitters in 7 1/3 innings pitched while touching 97 MPH on the radar gun. For Trenton to win this series, Mitchell will need to pitch them to a win in Game 1 – a difficult task against Syndergaard. If Mitchell is able to turn in another strong outing, the Thunder would have a chance to gain some momentum with a victory to start the series.
Trenton OF Ramon Flores: He doesn’t get the hype of Austin, Mason Williams, or Slade Heathcott, but Ramon Flores has been the catalyst for the Thunder offense this season. Trenton’s hits leader has played in 136 of the team’s 141 games this season, and ranks second on the team in doubles, triples, and stolen bases, while he finished the regular season third in runs batted in. Trenton’s success could be dependent on Flores having a solid series from the top of the lineup.
Binghamton 1B/DH Allan Dykstra: The Eastern League MVP has been a force at the plate this year, slugging 21 home runs and 82 RBI. Pitchers often proceed with caution with Dykstra at the plate, which has resulted in 102 walks this season. Dykstra has been kept in check by Thunder pitching so far this year, but seems primed for a postseason breakout.
Binghamton RHP Jeff Walters: Though Walters blew a save against the Thunder earlier this season, converting 38 of 42 has him pegged as a near-lock to succeed when the ninth inning comes around. If Trenton wants to win this series, they will have to get to Binghamton’s pitchers before the final inning, as Walters is highly unlikely to give them a chance to win.
Projected Thunder Lineup
Mason Williams CF
Ramon Flores LF
Jose Pirela 2B
Gary Sanchez C
Tyler Austin RF
Kyle Roller 1B
Casey Stevenson 3B
Ben Gamel DH
Reegie Corona SS
Binghamton over Trenton in four games
Series MVP: Allan Dykstra