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TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in the final game of a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field (6:05 p.m.). The Herd needs a win tonight to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Chiefs. After this series, the Bisons will head to Rochester for a two-game set against the Red Wings before returning home to host the Louisville Bats for four games at Coca-Cola Field.
ROSTER MOVES: The Bisons have activated INF Mike Lamb to their roster today. Lamb has hit .277 with 69 homeruns and 345RBI over nine major league seasons. The Mets announced that they have selected the contract of LHP Ken Takahashi. He had posted a 0.77ERA in six outings for the Herd. New York also released OF Frank Diaz, who was 0-2 in 3 games with the Bisons.
HOT BAT: INF Jonathan Malo is heating up at the plate. The infielder has collected a hit in each the last three games against Syracuse with five hits in 11 at-bats (.455 average). Malo has also doubled in two straight games. So far this season, Malo is hitting .388 (7-18) against Syracuse.
SPEED LIMIT: The Bisons’ catchers lead the International League in both times caught stealing (10) and percentage (45%). The Herd has allowed just 12 stolen bases in 22 attempts by its opponents. As a team, the Bisons .982 fielding percentage is ranked 5th in the International League.
ON THE CHARTS: OF Fernando Martinez is tied with Indianapolis’ INF Garrett Jones with his eight doubles on the season. He is also tied for 4th in the IL in extra-base hits with 10 (8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homerun).
CASEY ON THE MOUND: The Mets have designated LHP Casey Fossum. The southpaw posted a 0.82ERA in two starts with the Bisons to begin the year. With New York, Fossum had a 2.25ERA in 3 games and 4.0 innings pitched.
OH NELLY: The New York Mets have also re-signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal. Figueroa posted a 3.00ERA in two starts for the Bisons this year before being promoted by the Mets on April 18. Figueroa was 0-1 with a 4.50ERA in one start with New York (6.0IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K).
The Buffalo, Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, today activated INF Mike Lamb to their roster. OF Frank Diaz was released by the Mets.
Lamb, 33, was signed to a minor league contract by the Mets on Saturday. He has hit .277 with 69 homeruns and 345RBI over nine major league seasons.
My guess is that Ken Takahashi didn’t need a translator to understand some variation of “You’re going to the Big Leagues” or “Welcome to the Mets.”
Mets.com is reporting the veteran reliever was added to the 40-man and the big leagues rosters an hour after the Mets’ 8-1 loss to the Nationals and after the club designated left-handed reliever Casey Fossum for assignment.
Takahashi has appeared in six games with the Mets’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate, producing a 0.77 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. He allowed 10 hits and six walks and struck out nine.
Fossum had appeared in three games with the Mets, including their loss on Sunday.
~ Ben Wagner
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The Bisons and Chiefs have met six times in the first 16 games of the season and unlike years past, Buffalo has had their struggles. On Sunday afternoon, Syracuse knocked off Buffalo 4-0 to make it six straight wins over the Thruway rival.
Freddie Bynum used a leadoff homer and 2-run base hit to drive home three of the four runs for the Nationals new affiliate.
Two staples were out of the Bisons lineup on Saturday afternoon and done so by design when manager Ken Oberkfell filled out his card. Nick Evans and Jose Coronado are going to be out of the lineup for “a few days” in the series against Syracuse.
“I think it’s good for them to get a couple days of mental (relaxation),” Oberkfell stated following Saturday’s game. “Just to relax and not press so much. So a couple days to rest mentally is going to help them.”
Combined the two players are 10-104 (.096) at the plate during the first 14 games. As a team the Bisons are hitting .202 and Coronado and Evans were the only two players left on the lineup not to receive a day off in the seasons’ first two weeks.