Las Vegas 51s
The 51s clinched the PCL Southern division title with an 81-63 record, the second-best mark in the league. However, they couldn’t get out of the first round of the playoffs, and their season is over. They lost to the Salt Lake Bees in four games, winning their only game in the series at home. It was still a successful season for Wally Backman‘s club, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The season ended much sooner than the B-Mets were expecting it to. Trenton Thunder swept them in a best-of-five Eastern League Division Series. The final game was played at NYSEG Park, and Binghamton got shut out despite recording 11 hits. It was not the result Pedro Lopez was looking for in Binghamton’s first playoff appearance since 2004, but it was still a record-breaking season for the 86-win ball club.
St. Lucie Mets
St. Lucie was one of the few Mets affiliates that didn’t qualify for postseason action, although they came pretty close. They finished the second half with a 34-30 record, 3.5 games behind the second half champion Charlotte Stone Crabs. They did finish their season on a high note, with a 16-0 blowout win against the Jupiter Hammerheads last Sunday.
Savannah Sand Gnats
The Gnats are the only Mets affiliate to move on from the first round of the playoffs. They finished 10.5 games behind Augusta with a 34-35 second half record, but they rode strong pitching performances from Gabriel Ynoa and Steven Matz to sweep them and move on to the championship series against Hagerstown. The series between the two remaining teams is set to start tonight.
The Cyclones bid to reach the postseason fell short in the last week of the season. They lost five of their last six games, all of which came in a row before they won their season finale. It was their longest losing streak of the season, and it came at the worst time. However, their season-ending win clinched their 13th straight season having a record of .500 or better. They are one of only four affiliated teams to do so in the minors.
Kingsport was one out away from winning the three-game set against Greeneville and moving on to the Appy Championship series, but the bullpen blew the lead, and the K-Mets watched their season end in heartbreaking fashion. After a slow start to 2013, Kingsport ended up having a great season, culminating in their first playoff appearance since 1996.
The only affiliate to finish 2013 under .500, the GCL Mets finished their season with the worst record in the league. They were 30.5 games out of first place, and the next closest team to them was the Braves, at 26-34.
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