Starting lineups for Friday’s Eastern League game between the Binghamton Mets and the Erie SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park:
Binghamton Mets (33-37): 1. Juan Lagares CF, 2. Reese Havens 2B, 3. Jefry Marte 3B, 4. Eric Campbell 1B, 5. Wilmer Flores DH, 6. Dustin Martin RF, 7. Wilfredo Tovar SS, 8. Juan Centeno C, 9. Pedro Zapata LF.
Starting pitcher: Darin Gorski LH (4-4, 4.50 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves: 1. Niuman Romero SS, 2. Brandon Douglas 2B, 3. Nick Castellanos 3B, 4. Jordan Lennerton 1B, 5. Rawley Bishop LF, 6. James McCann C, 7. Tony Plagman RF, 8. Bryan Pounds DH, 9. Michael Rockett CF.
Starting pitcher: Kelvin De La Cruz (4-6, 3.45 ERA).
– Mike Copper
The SeaWolves resume their seven-game homestand with a wraparound series against the Mets, who make their second and final appearance at Uht Park for 2012. The teams played there April 27-29, with Binghamton taking two of three.
Erie is coming off a losing home series against Bowie. The SeaWolves and Richmond Flying Squirrels were tied for third place in the league’s Western Division going into Friday, but were only one-half game behind Harrisburg for second place.
Binghamton is coming off a four-game split at Akron. However, its two wins in the back half ended a four-game losing streak.
Matt Den Dekker is still listed as the league’s top hitter with a .340 batting average. However, the parent New York Mets promoted the outfielder from Binghamton to Triple-A Buffalo June 12.
That left infielder Eric Campbell as Binghamton’s top offensive threat. Campbell goes into Friday with a .324 average and his .434 on-base percentage leads the league.
Monday’s series finale will draw attention. Erie is projected to start right-hander James Avery, whose eight victories currently make him the league’s active leader, while the Mets should counter with right-hander Zack Wheeler and his 1.88 earned-run average.
Wheeler, rated the New York Mets’ top minor league prospect by Baseball America, was selected to play in the July 8 Futures Game in Kansas City.
The series has 7:05 p.m. first pitches scheduled Friday, Saturday and Monday. Sunday’s start is listed at 1:35.
Probable starters for the series are: Binghamton LH Darin Gorski (4-4, 4.50 ERA) vs. Erie LH Kelvin De La Cruz (4-6, 3.45 ERA) Friday; RH Greg Peavey (3-3, 5.22) vs. RH Patrick Cooper (1-0, 4.61) Saturday; LH Mark Cohoon (3-7, 4.11) vs. LH Jared Wesson (4-4, 6.97) Sunday; and RH Zack Wheeler (6-3, 1.88) vs. RH James Avery (8-5, 3.36).
Relief pitcher Austin Wood announced his retirement Thursday. Wood, who was officially with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens at the time, became the third former or current member of the 2012 SeaWolves to voluntarily end his career since this season started.
Wood, 25, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 2009 amateur draft. The left-hander last pitched for Erie June 14, when he appeared in the eighth inning of the team’s 5-4 victory at Harrisburg.
In four professional seasons, Wood’s career record was 7-5 with a 3.29 ERA. Included were 6-5 and 3.08 numbers in 59 games for Erie over two seasons.
Erie outfielder Brent Wyatt announced his retirement April 27, as did pitcher Mark Sorensen June 6.
A reminder that Sunday is the last day for fans to vote online for the players to appear in the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game. Some of the league’s best will be at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium for the July 11 contest.