SERIES PREVIEW: Bees vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps

A look at the three-game series between the Burlington Bees and the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

SERIES FACTS

Game times: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

Where: Community Field

Second-half records: Bees 7-11, TinCaps 6-12

Overall records: Bees 46-42, TinCaps 39-47

Season series: First meeting

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Wednesday: Luis Alvarado (Bees, 3-5, 2.77) vs. Ryan Weathers (TinCaps, 2-3, 3.38)

Thursday: Kyle Tyler (Bees, 4-0, 3.41) vs. Sam Keating (TinCaps, 3-5, 4.87)

Friday: Hector Yan (Bees, 3-2, 3.38) vs. Omar Cruz (0-0, 5.19)

TEAM COMPARISONS

Last 10: Bees 5-5, TinCaps 3-7

Home vs. road: Bees 28-19 at home, TinCaps 19-25 on the road

Run differential: Bees plus-6, TinCaps minus-40

Extra innings: Bees 7-3, TinCaps 0-4

One-run games: Bees 21-14, TinCaps 15-16

HEAD TO HEAD

Batting average: First meeting

ERA: First meeting

WHAT TO WATCH

It’s the beginning of the two-week second-half stretch of interdivisional play.

The Bees got back on track with a three-game sweep of the Peoria Chiefs. Fort Wayne took 2-of-3 from Great Lakes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

The Bees have their rotation lined up well for this series. Alvarado, Tyler and Yan are coming off solid outings.

The Bees won’t see Fort Wayne starter Joey Cantillo, who leads the Midwest League in earned run average (2.07), batting average against (.167) and WHIP (0.86).

Fort Wayne reliever Henry Henry leads the league with seven wins, and also has seven saves.

Fort Wayne infielder Xavier Edwards leads the league in average (.336) and hits (103). He is third in on-base percentage at .392 and fourth in stolen bases with 20.

Photo: Bees pitcher Kyle Tyler (4-0) will start Thursday’s game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees

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