The Salt Lake Bees have been a tale of two teams this season. On one hand, they have hit quite well (.289/.362/.453) as a team, but their pitching (5.94 ERA) has struggled.
Albuquerque, especially when it is windy, is not exactly the place for a team to get out of its funk on the mound. Still, the Bees (9-15) do have one advantage over the Isotopes (13-10) in that they will throw three left-handed starters in a row to start the series, and lefties have been Albuquerque's Kryptonite this season.
A recent string of injuries with the Angels has robbed Salt Lake of several of its opening-day players, but for the most part it is the same team that the Isotopes split four games with in Utah last week. Top prospects C.J. Cron and Taylor Lindsey are still around, along with longtime Bees like Roberto Lopez and Efren Navarro.
If Salt Lake is going to get back into the division race, however, the Bees have to start pitching better. That will be their task as they open a four-game series with the Isotopes on Monday at 6:35 p.m.
Click on the slideshow for more info on Salt Lake's pitching staff, lineup and the prospect to watch. The series wraps up Thursday at 11:05 a.m.