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JML update, July 31, 2018 (Games of July 30)

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for ian kinsler, boston red soxWell, the big news is that Ian Kinsler will be joining the first-place Boston Red Sox. He was acquired in a trade yesterday with the LA Angels for whom he appeared in 91 games, hitting 13 home runs with 32 RBI and a slash line of .239/.304/.406. His has 247 home runs over his 13 seasons, putting him fourth on the all-time list behind Hank Greenberg, Shawn Green, and Ryan Braun.

From MLB.com:

“We’re very happy to get Ian,” said Dombrowski. “We also got cash considerations in the deal. Very happy. We were looking at trying to upgrade our club anyway we possibly can. He’s been playing extremely well for an extended time period. He’s been hitting well. He’s a winning-type player. He’s a very good defensive player, still has good instincts.

“We think he makes us a better ballclub, because he goes into second base and is in a spot where he can play basically every day. He’s a good offensive player and a good defensive player, so we think he makes us a better club.”

As I mentioned in a previously entry, I am still reading Keith Law’s book, Smart BaseballKinsler is adjudged among the best second basemen, which is all about the use and misuse of statistics. Seems the worst offender are the traditional numbers when it comes to measuring defensive prowess. But by using the newer metrics, in the game.

Last night, the Red Sox handed Gabe Kaplers Philadelphia Phillies their fourth loss in a row by a score of 2-1. Boston has the best record in the Majors at 75-33.

Alex Bregman had one of the suddenly struggling Houston Astros’ four hits in their 2-0 loss to the host Seattle Mariners. The ‘Stros (67-41) have lost seven of their last 10 games.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Milwaukee Brewers (62-47) beat the host LA Dodgers (59-48), 5-2. Joc Pederson was 1-for-3 as the Dodgers’ starting left fielder and came out of the game for a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

Robert Stock did not appear for the San Diego Padres (42-67) in the 5-3, 12-inning loss to the visiting San Francisco Giants.

No game for Danny Valencia and the Baltimore Orioles (32-74).

Toronto Blue Jays (48-57) outfielder non-nonpareil  Kevin Pillar is making progress as he tries to come back from the DL.

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