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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.

JML update, weekend edition (Games of July 27-29)

Posted on: July 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Another down-and-dirty wrap, due to the lateness of the hour.

Ian Kinsler had the weekend honors as top MOT thanks to his 3-for-3 performance that included a double, a walk, three runs scored, and two RBIs for the LA Angels in their 11-5 Saturday win over the visiting Seattle Mariners. He had one other hit in six at-bats in the other two games.

A close second was Ryan Braun, whose two RBIs made the difference for the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday in their 3-1 win over the host San Francisco Giants. He hit is 11th home run yesterday in an 8-5 loss.

Alex Bregman had just one hit in nine at-bats for the Houston Astros during their three-game sweep at the hands of the Texas Rangers, but it was his 21st home run, good for two RBI in Saturday’s 7-3 loss. He had one more ribbie and walked three times.

Danny Valencia was 4-for-8 for the Baltimore Orioles in the Friday (15-5) and Saturday (11-2) wins over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays with two runs scored and an RBI. He did not appear in yesterday’s 11-5 win. It was the first three-game winning streak since time immemorial.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-7 in one start and two other appearances for the LA Dodgers who took two of three from the Atlanta Braves (after winning the Thursday series opener). Atlanta pitcher Max Fried pitched well on Saturday, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven. Unfortunately, that run came at a bad time and he wound up taking the loss in the 5-1 outcome, dropping his record to 1-4 but with an excellent ERA of 3.51.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies lost three in a row to the host Cincinnati Reds, but they remain in first place by 1.5 games over the Braves

Kevin Pillar remains on the DL for the Tpronto Blue Jays. Same for Richard Bleier on the Orioles.

JML update, July 27, 2018 (Games of July 26)

Posted on: July 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler was a triple shy of a cycle as he helped the LA Angels (52-52) beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 12-8. He drove in two runs, scored three, and walked. The home run was #14 and broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth. The double was his 19th of the year.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-3 with a walk as the Baltimore Orioles (28-74) dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Joc Pederson was 2-for-5 with his 21st double, a run scored, and an RBI as the LA Dodgers (57-46) beat the host Atlanta Braves, 8-2.

Ryan Braun‘s pinch-hot single drove in the run that gave the Milwaukee Brewers (59-46) a 3-2 lead over the host San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning. The Brewers went on to win, 7-5. Braun remained in the game in left and was hitless in a subsequent at-bat.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (58-44) beat the host Cincinnati Reds, 9-4.

No game for Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros (67-37). Bregman was the subject of a segment on Thursday’s Pardon the Interruption which highlighted his reaction to being called out when a fan interfered with his fly ball in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. After the game, Bregman went into a profanity-laced tirade against the review officials.

JML update, July 26, 2018 (Games of July 25)

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Joc Pederson singled and doubled in four at-bats out of the lead-off spot as the visiting LA Dodgers (56-46) fell to Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (57-44), 7-3.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Houston Astros (67-37) lost to the host Colorado Rockies, 3-2.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers in their 7-3 loss to the visiting Washington Nationals.

Ian Kinsler did not appear for the LA Angels (51-52), who clobbered the visiting Chicago White Sox, 11-3.

Robert Stock did not appear for the San Diego Padres (42-63) in their 6-3 loss to the host NY Mets, who had designated Ty Kelly for assignment the day before.

Kevin Pillar remains on the disabled list for the Toronto Blue Jays (46-55), who lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 12-6. What lies in the future for the defensive wizard?

The game between Danny Valencia‘s Baltimore Orioles and the visiting Boston Red Sox was rained out.

And from Talkingchop.com, an Atlanta Braves-centric site, “Max Fried was dominant in his latest minor league rehab start and could very well be on his way back into the Braves rotation as soon as the team feels he’s 100%.”

JML update, July 25, 2018 (Games of July 24)

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Lots of extra time and good performances yesterday…

Robert Stock had the best game of his young major league career by tossing three scoreless innings for the San Diego Padres (42-62) in their 6-3 loss to the host NY Mets (41-57). Stock struck out five and allowed just one hit, a double to opposing pitcher Zack Wheeler. Considering that Stock allowed four runs in just two-thirds of an inning in his previous appearance, this is Cy Young territory. Ty Kelly did not appear for the Mets.

Alex Bregman got the festivities started with his 21st home run, a two-run job in the first inning to give the Houston Astros (67-36) an early lead over the host Colorado Rockies. He added a single and a walk in his five trips to the plate as the Astros won in 8-2, in 10 innings which means they scored six times in the top of the frame. And all this after an hour rain delay.

Joc Pederson had four hits, including two doubles, in seven at-bats as the LA Dodgers (56-45) fell to Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (56-44), 7-4, in 16 innings thanks to a walk-home three-run homer by Trevor Plouffe. Pederson scored one run and drove in another.

Danny Valencia had two singles in four at-bats for the Baltimore Orioles (29-73) in their 7-6 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Ian Kinsler had a single and double and scored a run in four at-bats but the LA Angels (50-52) lost to the visiting Chicago White Sox, 4-2.

Ryan Braun doubled and scored a run as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning as the Milwaukee Brewers (58-45) beat the visiting Washington Nationals, 5-4, in 10 innings.

Max Fried, on the DL, will make a rehab start for the Atlanta Braves’ AA affiliate on Monday.

Jeremy Bleich did not appear for the Oakland A’s (59-43) in their 13-inning, 13-10 win over the host Texas Rangers.

 

JML Update, July 24, 2018 (Games of July 23)

Posted on: July 24th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Apologies for no weekend update.

In last night’s action…

Joc Pederson hit his 14th home run of the year to help the visiting LA Dodgers (56-44) withstand Gabe Kapler‘s  Philadelphia Phillies (55-44), 7-6. The blast — his first since July 3 — came in the fourth inning with the bases empty. As the saying goes, it got out of there in a hurry. Pederson also had a single and a walk and scored another run.

Ty Kelly failed to get a sacrifice bunt down — popping out to the catcher — in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on first as the NY Mets (40-57) lost to the visiting San Diego Padres, 3-2.

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

The Padres brought back pitcher Robert Stock from AAA on Friday but he might be going right back down. He allowed four runs on six hits and a struck out one in just two-thirds of an inning in the Padres’ 11-5 loss to the Phillies that night.

The Milwaukee Brewers (57-45) activated Ryan Braun from the DL on July 21. He was 0-for-4 batting out of the cleanup spot and playing first base in last night’s 6-1 win over the visiting Washington Nationals. Braun has just one hit in 11 at-bats since his return.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-3 with a walk as the host LA Angels (50-51) lost to the Chicago White Sox, 5-3.

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (28-73) in their 5-3 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. Bear in mind he might not be with them much longer as the trading deadline looms. Reliever Richard Bleier remains out for the year following lat surgery.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (54-43) in their 12-1 win over the host Miami Marlins. He was supposed to start tonight’s game, but recent rain has shuffled the rotation.

No game for Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros yesterday.

Kevin Pillar remains on the DL for the Toronto Blue Jays (46-53), who lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 8-3.

The Oakland As sent pitcher Jeremy Bleich back to the AAA Nashville Sounds on Sunday.

 

JML Update: All-Star Break

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Hi-ho, boys and girls. Back from vacation in New Mexico. As you might know, I have a small hat collection, but the caveat is that a) I have to be in the city that hosts the teams or b) if it’s a gift, same thing for the giftor (not that I’m hinting or anything). In other words, I can’t just stop into a Lids at the mall or buy it online. So thanks to multiple plane changes and locations, we made found ourselves in four major and minor league towns: El Paso, Albuquerque, Houston, and Denver, but the only one I got was for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres, purchased at the airport. “Technically,” since we were in the other locales, I could buy those caps anywhere, but at my age, this is starting to seem a bit silly to me.

Had a chance to catch the All-Star Game but wouldn’t you know, I was in another room when Alex Bregman hit the game-winning home run. Drat my timing. He had entered the game in the sixth, hitting into a fielder’s choice and beating the throw to first to avoid a double play. He also struck out in the eighth. But in the 10th…

Bregman became only the second JML to hit an All-Star home run, joining Al Rosen who hit both of his in a single game to help the AL beat the NL 11-9 in 1954.

Here are some more pertinent clips from Tuesday’s 8-6 AL victory, the sixth straight for the junior circuit.

And leave us not forget his performance in the previous evening’s Home Run Derby:

Having seen what’s happened to past HRD participants, let’s hope Bregman doesn’t break down in the second half.

All in all , it was a great time for the first-time All-Star:

During the first “half” — never really a half since the teams have all played more than 81 games — here’s Bregman’s line (all stats courtesy Baseball-Reference.com). By the way, the Houston Astros have the second-best record in the American League at 64-35, leading the Western Division by five games over the Seattle Mariners.

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
96 434 371 67 107 31 1 20 64 8 4 56 53 .288 .389 .539 .928 159 200

Time doesn’t permit me to go into great detail on the rest of the JMLs, but here are their records with just a comment or two…

Gabe Kapler started out slowly as the new skipper for the Philadelphia Phillies. His unorthodox (no halacha intended) manner had some calling for his ouster after just a couple of weeks. But now he’s got the Phils in first place in the NL East at 53-42, a half game ahead of the Braves.

Jeremy BleichJeremy Bleich, Oakland A’s (55-42, third in AL West). The latest JML, the 31-year-old lefty pitcher made his debut on July 13 and it did not go well.  He entered the game against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run double then hit the next batter. Bleich was then relieved and his two responsibilities came around, leaving him with no innings, one hit, one HBP, and an ERA of infinity. (By the way, during my vacation I was reading Keith Law’s fascinating book, Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball. It’s given me a whole new perspective on evaluating players. Highly recommended.)

Richard Bleier, Baltimore Orioles (28-39, fifth in AL East). Bleier was probably the best pitcher on the woeful O’s. He hit a bit of a snag shortly before an injury put him on the disabled list for the rest of the year.

 
W L W-L% ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP
3 0 1.000 1.93 31 0 32.2 36 7 7 0 4 1 15 1 133 215 2.68 1.224

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (55-43, second in NL Central). We can all agree this has been a disappointing half-season for the Hebrew Hammer, who has appeared in just 71 of the team’s 98 games, suffering through a bunch of nagging injuries and currently on the DL (20 days missed).

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
71 255 234 31 55 13 1 10 35 7 3 17 55 .235 .283 .427 .711 87 100

Max Fried, Atlanta Braves (52-42, second in NL East). The second year hurler has been up and down with the Braves. He  had one brilliant game then went on the DL with blister issues on July 6 and is yet to return (14 days lost).

 
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO BF ERA+ FIP WHIP
1 3 .250 3.92 7 3 3 0 20.2 17 10 9 3 13 25 87 101 4.64 1.452

Ty Kelly, NY Mets (39-55, tied for last in NL East). Kelly — who played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and has been deemed “kosher” by the powers that be — rejoined the Mets as a free agent in January. They brought him up on July 9.

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
7 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200 -44 1

Ian Kinsler, LA Angels (49-48, fourth in AL West) also spent some time (13 days) on the DL with an ab muscle problem. Some teams offer “mid-season report cards.” Here’s his (and it’s pretty harsh).

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
82 354 324 37 71 15 0 11 26 8 4 24 34 .219 .280 .367 .647 79 119

Speaking of Kinsler, on this date in 2009:

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (53-43, first in NL West). A slow start — when he did actually start as opposed to coming in as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement — didn’t prevent Pederson from having a great June in which he hit 10 of his 13 home runs.

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
88 265 231 35 57 17 3 13 36 1 4 28 40 .247 .333 .515 .848 128 119

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (43-52, fourth in AL East) is the latest JML to go on the DL after jamming his shoulder just before the break. Of course it came making one of his fine defensive plays. Looks like he’s going to be out a considerable amount of time. A shande.

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
93 366 344 42 85 27 2 8 37 11 1 14 66 .247 .279 .407 .686 86 140

Ryan Sherriff, St. Louis Cardinals (48-46, third in NL Central) is also out for the year, having appeared in just five games.

 
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP
0 0 6.35 5 0 0 0 0 0 5.2 8 4 4 1 2 0 3 66 5.97 1.765

Richard Stock, San Diego Padres (40-59, fifth in NL West) made his debut on June 24, striking out two and allowing one hit against the host San Frsancisco Giants. he was sent down after three more appearances.

 
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP
0 0 3.00 4 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 5 1 1 0 0 5 150 1.81 1.667

Danny Valencia, Orioles, has had a pretty good season considering.

 
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
68 240 215 25 54 7 1 9 27 1 1 20 45 .251 .308 .419 .727 101 90

Zach Weiss, Cincinnati Reds (43-53, fifth in NL Central). Like Bleich, Weiss had an inauspicious debut in 2018. He gave up back-to-back home runs to the first two batters he faced against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 12 then walked two more before departing. ERA: Infinity. That was his only outing in the bigs.

 
W L W-L% ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP
0 0 inf 1 0 0 0.0 2 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 4

JML update, July 13,2018 (Games of July 12)

Posted on: July 13th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Joc Pederson drove in what ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>proved to be the game-winning run for the LA Dodgers (51-42) on a single in the seventh in their 3-2 win over the host San Diego Padres. He also had a double (#16) — which broke up a no-hit bid by the Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross — in three at-bats plus a walk. The Dodgers are now in first place in the NL West.

Ian Kinsler was 3-for-5 and drove in three runs for the host LA Angels (48-46) in the9r 11-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Alex Bregman hit his 30th double and drove in half of the Houston Astros’ (62-34) runs but is wasn’t enough to prevent them from losing 6-4 to the visiting Oakland A’s. It was Bregman’s only hit in four at-bats. The hit gave the Astros a 2-0 lead in the third.

https://www.mlb.com/video/bregmans-2-run-double/c-2260766583?tid=6479266\

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 6-4. It wa the q0th win in a row fore the Sox and gave them 66 wins, the record for most Ws prior to the All-Star break.

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (26-68) in their 5-4 loss to Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (52-40).

JML update, July 12, 2018 (Games of July 11)

Posted on: July 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Danny Valencia struck out twice in three at-bats as the Baltimore Orioles (26-67) were skunked by the visiting NY Yankees, 9-0.

Ty Kelly did not appear for the NY Mets (37-53)  in their 3-0, 10-inning walk-off win — courtesy of a pinch-hit home run by Brandon Nimmo — over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies (51-40), managed by Gabe Kapler.

Fun fact: this was the first time in five years that the Yankees and Mets both won shutouts on the same day.

Kevin Pillar grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and remained in the game in center as the Toronto Blue Jays (42-49) lost to the host Atlanta Braves (51-40), 9-2.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch as the LA Angels (47-46) lost to the visiting Seattle Mariners, 3-0.

Joc Pederson appeared only as a defensive replacement for the LA Dodgers (50-42) in their 4-2 win over the host San Diego Padres.

Alex Bregman was 2-for-4 with a run scored but the Houston Astros (62-33) lost to the visiting Oakland A’s, 8-2. Bregman has been named as one of the contestants in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Let’s hope he doesn’t have  HR fatigue, as has happened to numerous hitters before. Although he does have some experience in events like this:

On the DL: Richard Bleier, (Orioles), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers), Ryan Sherriff (St. Louis Cardinals), Max Fried (Braves).

Just remembered: Robert Stock was demoted by the Padres, but I did a story about him and his brother when they were both members of the NJ Jackals a couple of years ago.

 

JML update, July 11, 2018 (Games of July 10)

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman hit two solo homers to raise his season total to 19, but the main story is how he was involved in the bizarre way the Houston Astros (62-32) beat the visiting Oakland A’s, 6-5, in 11 innings. Bregman was 2-for-5 with a walk.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (42-48) beat the host Atlanta Braves (50-40), 6-2. Max Fried did not appear for the Braves.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 with an RBI as the LA Angels (47-45) beat the visiting Seattle Mariners, 9-3.

Ty Kelly was 0-for-4 as the starting left fielder for the NY Mets (36-53) in their 7-3 loss to Gabe Kapler’s visiting Philadelphia Phillies (51-39).

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles in their 6-5 walk-off win over the visiting NY Yankees.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (49-42) in their 4-1 loss to the host San Diego Padres.

   
 

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