Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Win six more games, it's what Binghamton Mets manager Pedro Lopez told his team this week is the goal for the season. It isn't winning six more regular season games, because last year's team was record-setting, but Lopez has his eyes on the playoffs.
On Tuesday afternoon, Binghamton took its first step towards that by taking NYSEG Stadium for the first time as a team. There are several new faces, but also plenty of returning B-Mets veterans.
The guys that had a taste of the playoffs last year say being swept out of the playoffs stuck with them for a while.
"My goal this year is to win six more games than we won last year, and that doesn't mean our regular season record," said Lopez at media day on Tuesday. "I think we were six games shy from giving the front office, the owners here and the city of Binghamton what they really deserved. "
"At Spring Training, we had a little ceremony for the teams that won in our organization and we were happy for them but it kind of sucked 'cause we got that feeling we were so close last year, to getting that ring," said Cory Vaughn, a returning outfielder. "This year, hopefully it will be a good one."
One of the new faces in the clubhouse may not have felt the season slip away at Trenton, but catcher Kevin Plawecki has other pressures to deal with.
He's about to begin his first year in Double-A, and entering the year he was ranked the fifth best prospect in the Mets system by Baseball America. Plawecki was also named one of the Sterling Co-Players of the Year for the organization last season.
With it being his first year at a new level, he's not sure what to expect, but he says he's ready.
"I'm probably just going to learn as I go, I'm just going to try and keep the game simple, and just work hard, and hopefully it's not to big of an adjustment," said Plawecki. "I know there's going to have to be some adjustments that have to be made, but just keep playing hard, stay healthy, and hopefully win some games with these guys"
He'll be the opening day catcher, and is expected to see the majority of the time behind the plate this season. Xorge Carrillo, in his second season with the B-Mets, will back-up Plawecki to start the year, according to manager Pedro Lopez.
On the mound, it's Darin Gorski getting the start on opening day on Thursday. Gorski split time between Las Vegas (AAA) and Binghamton last season. With the B-Mets he was 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 13 starts.
The B-Mets open the year against Akron on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at NYSEG Stadium.