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JML Update: World Series, Game Two

Posted on: October 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Well, that was exciting: the visiting Houston Astros came back from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth inning to tie Game two at 3-3. They scored twice in the 10th, but so did the Dodgers, so 5-5. Then George Springer hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th and the Astros held off the hosts for a 7-6 win to tie the fall classic at one game apiece.

Home runs galore. The Astros hit two in the top of the 10th for a two-run lead. The Dodgers tied it up again on a lead-off homer by Yasiel Puig and a single by Enrique Hernandez before Springer’s capper in the final frame. History: the game set a record for most home runs in a WS game (eight) and it was the first WS win for the Astros; they were  swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

So we go 43 years without a home run by a Jew in the World Series, then we have them in back-to-back games? Wild. On Wednesday it was Alex Bregman going long. Last night it was Joc Pederson, crushing Justin Verlander to tie the game in the fifth inning after Bregman had given the Astros a 1-0 lead in the third.

Bregman — 2-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI — lined a single with men on in the third that bounced off the cap of the diving center-fielder Chris Taylor that took lucky a lucky careen right to Pederson, playing left, to prevent additional runs from scoring.

Two innings later with two down, Pederson ended Verlander’s no-hitter and shut out with one swing of the bat. Think he was a little pumped? He struck out in his other two trips to the plate and came out of the game on a defensive switch in the eighth.

With the Astros down 3-1 in the eighth, Bregman led off with a ground rule double which bounced off the glove of a diving Puig and into the stands. Bregman came around to score two batters later.

Bregman also made an error on a throw, but then there was this play for the second out in the bottom of the 11th.

Next game: tomorrow night in Houston.

JML Update: World Series, Game One

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

He’s beginning to talk like a man. On the other hand, what kind of a match would that be with a poor tailor?

On the other hand, he is an honest, hard worker.

But on the other hand, he has absolutely nothing.

On the other hand, things could never get worse for him, only better.

Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof regarding a marriage proposal for one of his many daughters.

This is what I thought of when I learned that the LA Dodgers had beaten the Houston Astros, 3-1. On the one hand, the Houston Astros lost to the LA Dodgers. On the other hand, Alex Bregman was the standout player for his team, relatively speaking. Not surprised that Clayton Kershaw was on his game, striking out 12 in seven innings while holding the opposition to the lone run on just three hits. But one of those hits — and the run — came courtesy of  Bregman, who parked one over the fence in the fourth inning to temporarily tie the game at 1-1.


Bregman also started this double play in the fifth inning…

And Sandy Koufax was in the house!

Joc Pederson did not appear in the game for the Dodgers.

Fun facts: Bregman became the youngest player since 1995 to hit a home run in the fall classic. Let’s hope this pronouncement by Dayn Perry doesn’t turn out to be a curse of the Astros’ third baseman. The last Jew to hit a home run in the World Series was pitcher Ken Holtzman as a member of the 1974 Oakland As. His blast came in the fourth of the five-game series, won by the As over the LA Dodgers. He hit only two in the regular season in his 15-year career. According to my quick research, the only other MOT to homer in the World Series was Hank Greenberg, who hit five: one each in 1934, 1935, and 1940, and two in 1945.

JFL Update, Week 7

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Nate Ebner appeared on 15 special teams plays (75 percent), assisting on one tackle as the New England Patriots (5-2, first in AFC East) beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 23-7. The two teams faced each other in the last Super Bowl, won by the Pats, 34-28, in overtime.

Mitchell Schwartz was in on all 62 offensive snaps at tackle plus another 6 (19 percent) on special teams as the KC Chiefs (5-2, first in the AFC West) lost a controversial one to the host Oakland Raiders, 31-30.

Ali Marpet was on the field for all 72 offensive plays at center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4, fourth (last) in the NFC South) in their 30-27 loss to the host Buffalo Bills.

UCLA QB Josh Rosen had a good game, piloting his team to a 31-14 win over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday. Rosen was 12-36, 266 yards, and two touchdowns. UCLA is 4-3, 2-2 in conference.

JML Update, World Series Edition

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Twice as nice. Now that the Houston Astros have advanced to the fall classic, we have two, two, two MOTs in one (World Series).

The Astros beat the Yankees on Saturday, 4-0. Although Alex Bregman did not perform as well as he and we would have liked (1-for-4 in the clincher, .167 batting average overall), he did make this outstanding play in the field with runners on first and third and one out in the fifth:

The LA Dodgers kept Joc Pederson on the roster for the Series, cutting one of my favorites, Curtis Granderson, to make room for him. I wonder how much playing time Pederson will get?

The showdown begins tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST. This is noteworthy because the games will be played out of the eastern time zone. So while viewers like me will still be subjected to games that will probably end after midnight, those in LA will have to contend with late afternoon traffic, not to mention the players in late afternoon sunshine.

At some point, if I can find the time, I’ll post more about Jews in the World Series over the years.

JML Update: One down, one to go

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have some tough work ahead of them if they want to have Jew vs. Jew in the World Series. The LA Dodgers clinched the NL pennant last night by crushing the hist Chicago Cubs, 11-1, thanks mostly to three home runs and seven RBIs by Enrique Hernandez. The Astros host the NY  Yankees tonight, down three games to two with Bregman batting just .118 (2-for-17) in the five games. His ADLS was much more productive: 4-for-18 with two home runs and a double.

Andrew Steinberg, the Dodgers’ director of baseball operations who led the Tampa Bay Rays to an improbable pennant in 2008, also weighs in. Rachmones for Theo Epstein, Steinberg’s counterpart with the Cubs.

Joc Pederson struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He had a double in five at-bats in the NCLS after being left off the roster for the Divisional Series.

JML Update, postseason edition

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Well, the NY Yankees have come back, beating the Houston Astros three straight at Yankee Stadium to force a Game Six in Texas for the American League pennant. Alex Bregman is hitless over the last two games and is batting just .118 (2-for-15) for the ALCS.

Meanwhile the Chicago Cubs won last night at home, preventing a sweep by the LA Dodgers. Joc Pederson had a double in three at-bats on Wednesday as a starter and grounded into a force play last night as a pinch-hitter.

Personally, I would love to see a Yankees-Cubs World Series. It’s been so long: 1934, the one where Babe Ruth supposedly called his home run. Then there’s the Big Apple vs. the Second City. All sorts of cool story lines. Yankees-Dodgers? Meh. Been there, done that.

JML Update, Playoff edition

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Once again, the NY Yankees find themselves in a 2-0 deficit following losses in Houston to start the American league Championship Series. Alex Bregman, batting eighth in the lineup, got one of the Astros’ six hits on Friday in their 2-1 win. The next day he was 0-for-2 with a walk as Houston won by the same score, this time snatching the victory in the bottom of the ninth behind the outstanding pitching of Justin Verlander, who went old school tossing a complete game five-hitter (Houston also manged just five hits) and striking out 13.

The venue changes to the Big Apple beginning tonight.

Meanwhile, the LA Dodgers added Joc Pederson to their roster following the sidelining of Cory Seeger. Pederson, who missed the NLDS, appeared as a defensive replacement in Saturday as the Dodgers beat the visiting Chicago Cubs, 5-2. Same thing the next day, only he had a chance to come to bat and produced a sacrifice in a 4-1 win thanks to a walk-off home run by Justin Turner. That series now moves to the Windy City.

In non-playoff news:

JFL Update, Week 6

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Ali Marpet played all 70 plays at center as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 2-3 (Last in the NCF South) following their 38-33 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals. The Bucs scored 27 points in a valiant comeback attempt, but they couldn’t overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit. Marpet made one tackle after his quarterback threw an interception. He had been listed as questionable for the game because of “illness,” which seems like a real catch-all category.

Nate Ebner appeared in 20 plays (80 percent) for special teams as the New England Patriots won a controversial game against the host NY Jets, 24-17, to take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback (187). From the ESPN story:

After Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-14 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, New York appeared to make it a one-score game again on its next possession as Austin Seferian-Jenkins took a short pass from McCown and reached over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown .

But officials reviewed the score and said the video replay showed that Seferian-Jenkins slightly lost control of the ball when Malcolm Butler nudged it loose as the tight end was crossing the plane of the goal line. Seferian-Jenkins didn’t regain control until after he had stepped out of bounds, resulting in a touchback — despite the ball never hitting the ground. That gave the Patriots back the ball, with the Jets’ sideline irate.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs blew a 23-7 halftime lead and took lost their first game of the season, 42-34 to the host Houston Texans. Schwartz played all 77 offensive plays and another eight (25 percent) on special teams.

In the college ranks, QB Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins (3-3) lost to host Arizona 47-30. From the ESPN story:

Rosen, the nation’s leader in passing yards and total offense entering the game, threw for 219 yards but was held without a TD pass for the first time since the 2015 season. His three interceptions hurt the Bruins, the first was picked off by Jace Whittaker in the end zone early in the second quarter and the second was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Whittaker, also in the second.

The Wildcats sacked Rosen five times in the second half, four for freshman Kylan Wilborn.

“I just didn’t play well at all,” Rosen said.

Suffice it to say, this game did not do Rosen’s Heisman Trophy chances much good.

Round ’em up

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

For the sake of time, I’m combining a few sports in this round up, including baseball, hockey, and basketball.


Well, so much for the possibility of Craig Breslow being added to the roster of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series; his team was eliminated by the visiting NY Yankees on Wednesday, 5-2.

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros host on the Yankees in Game One of the ALCS beginning tonight. No one could blame him if he’s still kvelling from his home run in the clincher.

So far, Joc Pederson is not on the roster for the LA Dodgers, who host the Chicago Cubs beginning Saturday. The Cubs won a corker over the hiost Washington Nationals last night, 9-8, overcoming a 4-1 deficit.


Jason Zucker scored his second goal and second assist of the year as the Minnesota Wild (1-1-1) scored four times in the third period to beat the host Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2, for their first win of the a season. Zucker was on the ice for 19:52, taking five shots on goal.

Jason Demers spent the second-most time on ice for the Arizona Coyotes (23:37) in their 4-2 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. he took two SOG. The Coyotes have yet to put a win on the board with a record of 0-3-1.


Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors last played on Oct. 8. Their next game is Oct. 15. I don’t know how you can get any kind of continuity playing one a week. How much of an impact will Casspi have on the team?

Maccabi lost to the Indiana Pacers, 108-89 on Tuesday. They next face the Trail Blazers in Portland tonight. At this writing there are still 500 tickets available for as low as $2!!




Jice/Jewps update, Oct. 10, 2017

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan


Josh Ho-Sang took one shot on goal in 13:41 of ice time as the NY Islanders (1-1-1) fell to the visiting St. Louis Blues, 3-2, in a shootout.

Zach Hyman took one SOG in 14:20 as the Toronto Maple Leafs (30-0-0) beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, in overtime. Hyman served a two-minute penalty for holding.


In a game played in China on Oct. 8, Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors beat the “visiting” Minnesota Timberwolves, 142-110. Omri Casspi scored four points in 12 minutes of the bench along with four assists (one offensive, three defensive), four assists, two steals, two blocked shots, three turnovers but four personal fouls.

Tonight, Maccabi Haifa is making their semi-regular visit to the U.S., taking on the Pacers in Indiana. Maccabi lost to the Utah Jazz on Oct. 4, 117-78.



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