SERIES PREVIEW: Bees vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

A look at the three-game series between the Burlington Bees and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

SERIES FACTS

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

Where: Community Field

Second-half records: Bees 15-29, Timber Rattlers 24-20

Overall records: Bees 54-60, Timber Rattlers 55-58

Season series: Tied, 4-4

TEAM COMPARISONS

Last 10: Bees 1-9, Timber Rattlers 5-5

Home vs. road: Bees 32-26 at home, Timber Rattlers 21-34 on the road.

Run differential: Bees minus-15, Timber Rattlers minus-16

Extra innings: Bees 7-4, Timber Rattlers 5-4

One-run games: Bees 22-22, Timber Rattlers 16-19

HEAD TO HEAD

Batting average: Bees .200, Timber Rattlers .252

ERA: Bees 4.76, Timber Rattlers 5.20

WHAT TO WATCH

Wisconsin is challenging in the second-half playoff race, just two games behind Clinton for the second Western Division spot.

The Bees have faded from contention. They have lost nine consecutive games, and are 11 games out of the second playoff spot with 26 games to play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

There aren’t a lot of Bees left who have faced the Timber Rattlers this season — only seven position players and four pitchers have played against Wisconsin.

Infielder Justin Jones has a .333 batting average and a 1.012 OPS in four games against Wisconsin. Pitcher Hector Yan, who will start Thursday’s game, has struck out 12 Timber Rattlers in nine innings.

Wisconsin infielder Connor McVey has a .313 batting average and a 1.030 OPS against the Bees.

— John Bohnenkamp

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