SERIES PREVIEW: Breaking down the Bees/River Bandits four-game series

The Burlington Bees and Quad Cities River Bandits begin a four-game home-and-home series on Tuesday. Breaking down the series between the two Midwest League Western Division teams.

SERIES FACTS

Game times: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 6:35 p.m. Thursday-Friday.

Where: Community Field for Tuesday-Wednesday, Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport for Thursday-Friday

Second-half records: Bees 1-3, River Bandits 2-1

Overall records: Bees 40-34, River Bandits 45-24

Season series: Bees lead, 4-3

TEAM COMPARISONS

Last 10: Bees 4-6, River Bandits 6-4

Home vs. road: Bees 24-16 at home, 16-18 on the road, River Bandits 18-13, 27-11

Run differential: Bees +1, River Bandits +87

Extra innings: Bees 7-2, River Bandits 5-0

One-run games: Bees 20-11, River Bandits 11-5

HEAD TO HEAD

Batting average: Bees .170, River Bandits .215

ERA: Bees 3.10, River Bandits 2.93

WHAT TO WATCH

The two teams were 1-2 in the Midwest League’s Western Division for most of the latter part of the first half. The Bees got to the River Bandits early, winning three of the first four games to start the season.

But Quad Cities, on the road for most of the first half because of Mississippi River flooding around their home ballpark, found a way to put things together despite all of the time away from home.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bees infielder Justin Jones, who hit a walk-off home run in Sunday’s 7-6 win over Kane County, is batting .300 against Quad Cities with a .417 on-base percentage. Outfielder Francisco Del Valle has a .294 batting average and a 1.074 OPS against the River Bandits, with two doubles, a triple and a home run. Outfielder Jordyn Adams is batting .292.

Pitcher Luis Alvarado has a 1.93 ERA against Quad Cities in two starts, striking out 14 in 9 ⅓ innings.

Quad Cities outfielder Carlos Machado has played just two games against the Bees, but has a .625 batting average against them with a 1.625 OPS. Outfielder Jonathan Lacroix had a .357 batting average against the Bees.

Pitcher R.J. Freure has made two starts against the Bees, with a 1.13 ERA. He has struck out 15 in eight innings. Reliever Brett Daniels had a save against the Bees, with a 1.69 ERA. He had struck out 10 in 5 ⅓ innings.

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