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JML, League Championship Series Edition (October 12, 2018)

Posted on: October 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Here we go, kiddies.

Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers host Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers in the NCLS which begins tonight.

Braun has had pretty spectacular post-season success. Lifetime against the Dodgers: 64 games, 11 home runs, 36 RBI, .279 BA.

Postseason Batting
Year Series Opp G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 NLDS PHI 4 17 16 0 5 2 0 0 2 0 4 .313 .294 .438 .732
2011 NLDS ARI 5 21 18 5 9 4 0 1 4 3 3 .500 .571 .889 1.460
2011 NLCS STL 6 26 24 2 8 3 0 1 6 1 6 .333 .385 .583 .968
2018 NLDS COL 3 13 13 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 .385 .385 .385 .769
3 Yr 3 Yr Combined 18 77 71 8 27 9 0 2 12 4 17 .380 .416 .592 1.007
3 NL 3 NLDS 12 51 47 6 19 6 0 1 6 3 11 .404 .431 .596 1.027
1 NL 1 NLCS 6 26 24 2 8 3 0 1 6 1 6 .333 .385 .583 .968
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2018.

Pederson, of course, had a great World Series against the Houston Astros last year. Lifetime against Brewers: 19 games, six home runs, 12 RBI, .281 BA.

Postseason Batting
Year Series Opp G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2015 NLDS NYM 5 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 .000 .500 .000 .500
2016 NLDS WSN 5 18 15 2 5 1 0 1 3 2 6 .333 .444 .600 1.044
2016 NLCS CHC 6 22 21 3 4 1 0 0 1 1 8 .190 .227 .238 .465
2017 NLCS CHC 5 6 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400 .600
2017 WS HOU 6 20 18 6 6 2 0 3 5 2 8 .333 .400 .944 1.344
2018 NLDS ATL 4 15 14 3 4 1 0 1 1 0 4 .286 .333 .571 .905
4 Yr 4 Yr Combined 4 Yr 31 89 77 15 20 6 0 5 10 9 29 .260 .352 .532 .885
3 NL 3 NLDS 3 NL 14 41 33 5 9 2 0 2 4 6 11 .273 .415 .515 .930
2 NL 2 NLCS 2 NL 11 28 26 4 5 2 0 0 1 1 10 .192 .222 .269 .491
1 WS 1 WS 1 WS 6 20 18 6 6 2 0 3 5 2 8 .333 .400 .944 1.344
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2018.

The ALCS begins tomorrow with Alex Bregman and the Astros visiting famed Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and mid-season acquisition Ian Kinsler.

Bregman’s post-season experience was more limited than his fellow JMLs, but he wasn’t cowed by the pressure. Nor is he shy about expressing his opinion that the networks should be showing his team in prime time, and not just going to the default setting of Yankees-Red Sox. To be fair, the New York-Boston rivalry goes back generations, so it’s understandable that that would be the go-to move. Lifetime against Red Sox: 13 games, four home runs, 10 RBI, .245 BA.

Postseason Batting
Year Series Opp G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2017 ALDS BOS 4 18 18 3 4 1 0 2 2 0 3 .222 .222 .611 .833
2017 ALCS NYY 7 27 24 2 4 1 0 0 3 3 3 .167 .259 .208 .468
2017 WS LAD 7 33 30 6 7 1 0 2 5 2 4 .233 .273 .467 .739
2018 ALDS CLE 3 14 9 5 5 1 0 2 4 4 1 .556 .714 1.333 2.048
2 Yr 2 Yr Combined 2 Yr 21 92 81 16 20 4 0 6 14 9 11 .247 .326 .519 .845
2 AL 2 ALDS 2 AL 7 32 27 8 9 2 0 4 6 4 4 .333 .438 .852 1.289
1 AL 1 ALCS 1 AL 7 27 24 2 4 1 0 0 3 3 3 .167 .259 .208 .468
1 WS 1 WS 1 WS 7 33 30 6 7 1 0 2 5 2 4 .233 .273 .467 .739
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2018.

Kinsler — being the senior-most MOT — has the largest post-season resume. Lifetime against Astros: 94 games, 14 home runs, 43 RBI, .289 BA.

Postseason Batting
Year Tm Series G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 TEX ALDS 5 20 18 5 8 0 0 3 6 2 2 .444 .500 .944 1.444
2010 TEX ALCS 6 25 20 1 5 1 1 0 3 3 3 .250 .333 .400 .733
2010 TEX WS 5 19 16 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 2 .188 .316 .250 .566
2011 TEX ALDS 4 19 16 2 4 2 0 1 3 3 3 .250 .368 .563 .931
2011 TEX ALCS 6 29 24 6 7 2 0 0 6 4 2 .292 .414 .375 .789
2011 TEX WS 7 32 25 2 9 1 0 0 2 7 4 .360 .500 .400 .900
2012 TEX ALWC 1 4 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
2014 DET ALDS 3 13 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .083 .154 .083 .237
2018 BOS ALDS 4 14 13 3 4 2 0 0 2 1 7 .308 .357 .462 .819
5 Yr 5 Yr 5 Yr Combined 41 175 147 21 43 9 1 4 22 25 26 .293 .397 .449 .846
1 AL 1 AL 1 ALWC 1 4 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
4 AL 4 AL 4 ALDS 16 66 59 10 17 4 0 4 11 7 15 .288 .364 .559 .923
2 AL 2 AL 2 ALCS 12 54 44 7 12 3 1 0 9 7 5 .273 .377 .386 .764
2 WS 2 WS 2 WS 12 51 41 3 12 2 0 0 2 10 6 .293 .431 .341 .773
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2018.

Author Dan Schlossberg contributed this piece to Forbes on the surprising (to some) number of Jews in the 2018 post-season.

JTA covered the same topic.

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