SERIES PREVIEW: Bees vs. Quad Cities River Bandits

Photo: Bees first baseman Connor Fitzsimons celebrates after a grand slam against the Quad Cities River Bandits earlier this season. (Steve Cirinna/Burlington Bees)

SERIES FACTS

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

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

Second-half records: Bees 15-21, River Bandits 19-17

Overall records: Bees 54-52, River Bandits 62-40

Season series: River Bandits lead, 6-5

TEAM COMPARISONS

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

Home vs. road: Bees are 32-24 at home, 22-28 on the road. River Bandits are 25-22 at home, 37-18 on the road.

Run differential: Bees plus-8, River Bandits plus-89

Extra innings: Bees 7-4, River Bandits 6-2

One-run games: Bees 22-18, River Bandits 15-11

HEAD TO HEAD

Batting average: Bees .187, River Bandits .243

ERA: Bees 4.40, River Bandits 3.73

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. Quad Cities went on to win the division title, while the Bees missed out on the tiebreaker for the second playoff spot in the division.

Quad Cities has the fifth-best record in the Western Division in the second half, but the No. 2 record overall in the league for the season. The Bees are eight games out of the second playoff spot with 34 games to play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bees catcher Harrison Wenson has hit well against Quad Cities, with a .304 batting average and a 1.060 OPS. Wenson and first baseman Connor Fitzsimons have each driven in six runs against the River Bandits. Infielder Livan Soto has a .273 average with a 1.060 OPS against Quad Cities.

Quad Cities outfielder Carlos Machado has a .500 average and a 1.250 OPS against the Bees in three games. Infielder David Hensley has driven in six runs against the Bees, as has infielder Michael Wielansky.

Only four pitchers on the current Quad Cities roster have made a start against the Bees.

— John Bohnenkamp

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