SERIES PREVIEW: Bees vs. Peoria Chiefs

Photo: Burlington’s Spencer Griffin has batted .378 with two home runs against Peoria this season. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

A look at the Burlington Bees’ three-game road series against the Peoria Chiefs.

SERIES FACTS

Game times: 6:35 p.m. Saturday and Monday, 5:05 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Dozer Park, Peoria, Ill.

Second-half records: Bees 14-19, Chiefs 8-25

Overall records: Bees 53-50, Chiefs 38-64

Season series: Bees lead, 9-3.

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Saturday: Robinson Pina (4-5, 4.42) vs. TBD

Sunday: Clayton Chatham (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD

Monday: Luis Alvarado (4-6, 3.08) vs. TBD

TEAM COMPARISONS

Last 10: Bees 5-5, Chiefs 4-6

Home vs. road: Bees 21-26 on the road, Chiefs 20-32 at home.

Run differential: Bees plus-3, Chiefs minus-104

Extra innings: Bees 7-4, Chiefs 2-5

One-run games: Bees 22-18, Chiefs 10-19

HEAD TO HEAD

Batting average: Bees .262, Chiefs .225

ERA: Bees 2.88, Chiefs 4.56

WHAT TO WATCH

The two teams will reach the halfway point of the second half on Sunday. The Bees, who lost out on a first-half playoff spot on a tiebreaker, need some work to get into contention in the second half. The Chiefs, with the second-worst overall record in the Midwest League, haven’t improved in the second half.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Several Bees have thrived against the Chiefs. Shortstop Livan Soto has a .500 average and a 1.238 OPS in three early-season games against Peoria. Outfielder Spencer Griffin has a .378 average and a 1.068 OPS. Outfielder Francisco Del Valle has a .364 average and a 1.033 OPS. Catcher Keinner Pina has played in two games against the Chiefs, but is 4-for-7 with the only home run of his pro career.

Robinson Pina has struggled against the Chiefs in two starts, with a 9.00 ERA. Chatham and Alvarado will be facing them for the first time.

Peoria catcher Ivan Herrera had a .318 average vs. Burlington this season. Outfielder Brandon Benson has two of the Chiefs’ three home runs against the Bees.

— John Bohnenkamp

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