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JML update, April 16, 2018 (Games of April 13-16)

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

It’s always a dilemma when a MOT plays against my Mets. On the one hand, I want him to do well. On the other hand, I want the Mets to win. I got the best of both worlds on Friday when Ryan Braun hit one out, but his Milwaukee Brewers (8-8, third in NL Central) lost to the host New Yorkers, 6-5. It was Braun’s only hit in four at-bats, good for two runs in the sixth inning off Steve Matz. It was also the 305h tater for Braun, putting him just 26 away from tying Hank Greenberg’s mark for tops among JMLs.

Braun was 1-for-3 with a stolen base on Saturday — a 5-1 Brewers’ won — but came out of the game with back stiffness. He did not play in yesterday’s 3-2 Mets win, played in raw, nasty weather.

Alex Bregman was 2-for-13 over the weekend as the Houston Astros (10-6, second in AL West) lost two of three to the host Texas Rangers. Both of the hits came in Saturday’s game.

Richard Bleier pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three hits and striking out a pair, in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to the host Boston Red Sox. It was his only appearance for the weekend.

Danny Valencia started at third base in the Friday and Saturday games, going a collective 0-for-6 with a walk and two strikeouts. The Orioles (5-11, fourth in the AL East) lost three games with today’s Patriot’s Day contest was postponed by rain.

Ian Kinsler has a good game on Friday, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases, and the sacrifice fly that drove in the deciding run in LA Angels’ 5-4 win over the host Kansas City Royals. He did not play on Saturday (and not because he’s shomer Shabbos) and yesterday’s game was postponed. The Angels are 13-3, tops in the AL West.

Kevin Pillar and a single and a double (#3) in four at-bats and drove in a run a the Toronto Blue Jays (9-5, second in the AL East) beat the host Cleveland Indians on Friday, 8-4. Both the Saturday and Sunday games were postponed.

Joc Pederson walked as a pinch-hitter for the LA Dodgers (5-9, fifth in NL West) on Friday in a 7-2 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. He started the Saturday game, going 1-for-4 and driving in the only run for LA in a 9-1 loss. Pederson entered the game on Sunday as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning and remained in the game, going 0-for-1 at the plate.

The Cincinnati Reds (2-13, fifth in NL Central) sent rookie pitcher Zack Weiss back to AAA Louisville.

Ryan Sherriff remains on the disabled list for the St. Louis Cardinals (9-7, second in NL Central).

And how do you like Gabe Kapler now? After a rocky start, the Philadelphia Phillies are 9-5, second in the NL East.

Here’s the Minor League Monday report from Jewish Baseball News.

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