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

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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.

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

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Ian Kinsler returned to action in style as the LA Angels defeated the host Kansas City Royals, 7-1. Kinsler — who had been on the disabled list with a pulled groin — launched the second pitch he saw into the stands for a lead-off home run, the 47th of his career (235 total). It was his only hit in five at-bats.

Image result for zack weiss, redsZach Weiss made his Major League debut for the Cincinnati Reds against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The word “inauspicious” immediately comes to mind: He gave up back-to-back home runs to the first batters he faced then walked the next two before coming out. This means he has an ERA of infinity, since he did not retire anyone.  Ryan Sherriff is still on the DL for the Cards.

Every other MOT had the day off.

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

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Alex Bregman had his breakout game of the young season, going 4-for-6 with a double, two runs, and an RBI, but the Houston Astros (9-4) nevertheless lost to the host Minnesota Twins, 9-8.

Richard Bleier earned his second hold with one shutout inning (one strikeout), lowering his ERA to under 1.oo, as the Baltimore Orioles (5-8) held off the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (8-5), 5-3. Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with a two-out RBI. Danny Valencia did not appear for the Os.

Joc Pederson started in left and batted second, doubling in five at-bats and scoring a run as the LA Dodgers were crushed by the host Oakland As, 16-6.

Ryan Braun was 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the Milwaukee Brewers (7-6) held off a late rally by the host St. Louis Cardinals for a 3-2 win. Ryan Sherriff is on the disabled list for the Cardinals (5-7).

The LA Angels (10-3) beat the host Texas Rangers, 7-2. Ian Kinsler is expected to return to action tonight as the Halos visit the Kansas City Royals.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (6-5) beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds in 12 innings, 4-3. Maybe I’m just paying attention because Kapler’s a MOT, but I don’t remember any rookie manager getting so much attention for such strange things.


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

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (8-4) beat the host Baltimore Orioles (4-8), 2-1, behind the strong pitching of Aaron Sanchez, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Neither Richard Bleier nor Danny Valencia appeared for the Os.

Alex Bregman singled in three at-bats and walked as the Houston Astros (9-3) fell to the host Minnesota Twins, 4-1. Bregman was also picked off first.

Joc Pederson struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning as the LA Dodgers (4-6) shut out the visiting Oakland Athletics, 4-0. Is a new position in the offing?

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (6-6) in their 5-3 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals (5-6). Ryan Sherriff is on the Disabled list for the Cards.

The LA Angels (9-3) beat up on the Texas Rangers, 11-1, without the services of Ian Kinsler, who now expects to make his return from the DL on Thursday.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies evened their record at 5-5 with a 6-1 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

JML update, April 10, 2018 (Games of April 9)

Posted on: April 10th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Ryan Braun was 1-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the host St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, in 10 innings. According to ShepherdExpress.com, “Braun needs five more runs batted in to become the 285th player in MLB history, the ninth active player and just the second Brewer with 1,000 in their careers (Robin Yount had 1,406).” Ryan Sherriff is on the DL for the Cards.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Toronto Blue Jays (7-4) defeated the host Baltimore Orioles, 7-1. Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 as the DH for the Orioles and came out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. Richard Bleier did not pitch for the O’s (4-7).

Alex Bregman was 0-for-2 with two walks for the Houston Astros (9-2) in their 2-0 blanking of the host Minnesota Twins.

Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers (3-6) were off.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) outlasted the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 6-5.

Ian Kinsler was eligible to come off the DL for the LA Angels (8-3) today, but that might not happen.



JML Update, April 9, 2018 (Games of April 6-8)

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Crazy weekend for the boys.

How about Alex Bregman‘s game-winning “hit” on Saturday for the Houston Astros (8-2)?

That gave the team the 1-0 win in 10 innings. Bregman had two of the Astros’ six hits but they were his only ones in 13 at-bats as Houston took two of three from the host San Diego Padres.

Richard Bleier picked up his second win of the year on Sunday as the Baltimore Orioles (4-6) overcame a first-inning 5-0 lead by the host New York Yankees to take the contest in 12, 8-7. Bleier three three shutout frames, giving up three hits, a walk, and striking out one. It was his longest outing since May 3, 2017. On Friday, Bleier earned his first hold of 2018 on the strength of 1.2 innings in which he allowed one hit and a walk in a 7-3 victory, giving the Os three out of the four games in the Bronx.

Danny Valencia — serving as DH — hit his first home run of the year in Sunday’s win, cutting the Yankees lead to 5-4. It was his only hit in four at bats (he also walked), scoring twice. He came out of the game for a pinch-hitter in the 12th. He was 0-for-4 in Friday’s contest.

Kevin Pillar broke up a no-hit bid by the Texas Rangers’ Mike Minor’s on Friday with a one-out triple in the fifth. It was one of two hits Pillar had in 12 at-bats in the series for the  Toronto Blue Jays (6-4) who  took two of three from the host Rangers.

Ryan Braun continues to struggle early on for the Milwaukee Brewers (5-5). He managed just one single in 12 at bats (one walk), striking out six times from Friday to Monday against the visiting Chicago Cubs. The Brewers lost two of three over the weekend, adding to a Thursday loss to the Cubbies. Overall, Braun is just 5-for-32 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Joc Pederson has had minimal opportunities for the LA Dodgers (3-6). He sat out the Friday game and had three plate appearances over the next two games: 0-for-2 plus a walk.

Ian Kinsler is scheduled to come off the disabled list tomorrow (April 10) for the Los Angeles Angels (7-3), but the St. Louis Cardinals (4-5) put pitcher Ryan Sherriff on the DL. Sherriff was hit in the right foot in Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks and x-rays revealed a fracture. He had appeared in three games (2.2 innings) with no won-loss record, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out one. No timetable on his return.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) walloped the visiting Florida Marlins 20-1 on Saturday. That shut up his detractors for about five minutes; they’re already clamoring for his ouster.

Missed this one, but Nate Freiman announced his retirement about a month ago. According to cbssports.com, the 6’7″ first baseman “appeared in 116 big-league games over the course of his career, all coming with Oakland from 2013-14, when he slashed .256/.309/.408 with nine home runs and 39 RBI. The 31-year-old stated that he will be returning to Duke University this fall to pursue an MBA.” Zei gezunt, Nate.

JML update, April 6, 2018 (games of April 5)

Posted on: April 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Ryan Braun had his first double and first stolen base of the season as the Milwaukee Brewers (4-3) lost to the visiting Chicago Cubs, 8-0. He basically walked to second against Jon Lester, who is notoriously bad at holding runners on. But Braun was caught almost immediately when he tried to steal at third.

Ryan Sherriff allowed one hit in .2 innings as the St. Louis Cardinals (3-4) lost to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1.

Neither Richard Bleier nor Danny Valencia appeared for the Baltimore Orioles (2-5) who ruined the Yankees home opener with a 5-2 win.

Maybe that will shut them up (for the moment): Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies won their home opener, shutting out the Miami Marlins, 5-0.

No games for the LA Dodgers (Joc Pederson); LA Angels (Ian Kinsler), Toronto Blue Jays (Kevin Pillar); or Houston Astros (Alex Bregman).

JML Update, April 5, 2018 (for games of April 4)

Posted on: April 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman gave the Houston Astros (6-1) the 3-2 win with his tie-breaking single in the seventh over the visiting Baltimore Orioles (1-5). It was his one hit in three at-bats (plus a walk). Danny Valencia got the start, playing left field and batting sixth. He was 0-for-2 with a walk and scored a run. Richard Bleier did not appear in the game for the Os.

Kevin Pillar was 0-=for-4 with two strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays (4-3) fell to the visiting Chicago White Sox, 4-3.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (2-5) in their 3-0 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ryan Braun did not appear for he Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) in their 6-0 shutout loss to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals (3-3). Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the Cards.

Ian Kinsler remains on the DL for the LA Angels (5-2), who beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in 13 innings.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (1-4) lost again to the host NY Mets, 4-2.

JML update, April 4, 2018 (for Games of April 3)

Posted on: April 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Mazel Tov of the day goes to Ryan Braun, whose solo home run provided a 5-4 walk-off win for the Milwaukee Brewers (4-1) over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals (2-3), who took a 4-0 lead going into the fifth. The blast — Braun’s second of the season — came with two out in the final frame. It was also his third home run in four career at-bats against Cardinals pitcher Dominic Leone and the fourth walk-off of the Hebrew Hammer’s career.

Ryan Sherriff earned his first hold of the year for the Cards, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, walking one and striking out one.

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-5 with his second double, two runs scored, and his second RBI to help the Toronto Blue Jays (4-2) wring out the visiting Chicago White Sox, 14-5.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with two walks to help the team beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 11-6. He also made a nice defensive play for the second night in a row. Neither Richard Bleier nor Danny Valencia appeared for the Os (1-4).

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (2-4) in their 6-1 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks. According to “sources,” he would have come in to pitch in the Dodgers’ 8-7 15-inning loss to the D’backs the night before.

Ian Kinsler remains on the DL for the LA Angels (4-2), who beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 13-2. Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani — who stars both as a pitcher and a batter — served as the Angels’ DH and homered in his first home at-bat. It was one of three hits he had in the game so looks like the hype was right, so far at least. Fun.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (1-3) were shut out by the host NY Mets, 2-0. Of course, Kapler’s early-season breaking-in period was a topic of discussion in the Mets’ broadcast booth, as it was in this lengthy profile in yesterday’s New York Times.

And finally, I don’t know about you — and it might just be me as a grumpy old man — but even though I’m obviously on Facebook, I’m not too thrilled that the only way to watch the Mets-Phillies game today is via FB.


JML update, April 3 (for games of April 2)

Posted on: April 3rd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman had a double in three at-bats, drove in a run, and walked twice to help the Houston Astros beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 6-1. Richard Bleier gave up a run on two hits and struck out one in one inning of relief. Danny Valencia did not appear in the game.

Batting in the leadoff spot and playing left, Joc Pederson was 2-for-7 with a double, and RBI, and a walk, but the LA Dodgers lost to the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-7, in 15 innings

Ryan Braun was o-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 8-4. Braun was in left field, batting third. Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the Cards.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 4-2. Toronto assigned pitcher Craig Breslow to their minor league affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Ian Kinsler remains on ther DL for the LA Angels, who were shut out, 6-0, by the visiting Cleveland Indians.


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