SERIES PREVIEW: Burlington Bees vs. Peoria Chiefs

A look at this weekend’s series as the Burlington Bees continue a five-game stretch of commuter trips with a three-game series at Peoria.

SERIES FACTS

Game times: 6:35 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Where: Dozer Park, Peoria

Second-half records: Bees 2-6, Chiefs 2-6

Overall records: Bees 41-37, Chiefs 32-45

Season series: Bees lead, 4-2

TEAM COMPARISONS

Last 10: Bees 3-7, Chiefs 3-7

Home vs. road: Bees 16-20 on the road, Chiefs 18-23 at home.

Run differential: Bees -5, Chiefs -54

Extra innings: Bees 7-2, Chiefs 1-5

One-run games: Bees 20-11, Chiefs 8-13

HEAD TO HEAD

Batting average: Bees .247, Chiefs .220

ERA: Bees 3.46, Chiefs 4.53

WHAT TO WATCH

These are two teams that really need to get something going here in the second half.

The Bees are on a three-game losing streak, being outscored 24-9 in the final three games of a four-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits.

The Chiefs have lost five consecutive games. They were swept in a four-game series with Clinton, giving up 10 runs in the first inning of Friday’s 11-3 loss.

Peoria hurt the Bees’ playoff chances in the final weekend of the first half, taking two games in the three-game series. Burlington ended up losing the tiebreaker to Cedar Rapids for the second Western Division playoff spot.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bees catcher Harrison Wenson is hitting .308 in June with a .958 OPS. Three Burlington pitchers expected to throw in this series — Jose Soriano, Kyle Tyler and Hector Yan — are a combined 6-1 in June.

Bees outfielder Spencer Griffin in hitting .429 in five games against the Chiefs, with a 1.293 OPS. Infielder Justin Jones has a 1.080 OPS against the Chiefs. Outfielder Francisco Del Valle is batting .308 against Peoria.

Peoria catcher Alexis Wilson has played just two games against the Bees, but is hitting .571 against them. Infielder Josh Shaw has a .357 average against them in four games.

The Chiefs have just two home runs against the Bees in six games.

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