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JML Update, LCS Edition (Game of October 18, 2018)

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Congrats to the Boston Reds Sox. Their 4-1 win over the host Houston Astros puts them back into the World Series. Ian Kinsler  was 2-for-4 as the starting second baseman, including a double and a run scored. Ales Bregman, once again at the top of the Astros’ lineup, was once again hitless, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Between the two MOTs, Bregman giveth…

And Bregman taketh away…

Now Boston has to await the winner of the Milwaukee Brewers (Ryan Braun) – Los Angeles Dodgers (Joc Pederson) NLCS with the former trailing the latter three games to two. That could be over tonight.

JML Update, LCS Edition (Games of October 17, 2018)

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

It took a circus catch by Andrew Benintendi to prevent Alex Bregman from being a hero once again for the Houston Astros.

The home team had the bases load with two out in the ninth and trailing the visiting Boston Red Sox, 8-6. If the ball drops, two runs would have scored, and if it got by Benintendi, the game would have been over. As it was, the Sox took a three-games-one advantage with the victory.

Perhaps it’s because he’s been so selective at the plate (11 walks in the post-season), but the Astros moved Bergman into the lead-off spot where he went 0-for-5.

Ian Kinsler appeared as a defensive replacement for the Sox in the ninth.

The fifth game takes place tonight.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-2 win. Joc Pederson came on as a defensive replacement in the fourth inning and was 1-for-2 over the rest of the game.

Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 with a walk for the Brewers.

Game Six will have to wait for the teams to return to Miller Park tomorrow.

 

JML Update, LCS Edition (Games of Oct. 16, 2018)

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

It took 13 innings and five hours and fifteen minutes for the LA Dodgers to beat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1. Ryan Braun had three singles in six trips to the plate and stole a base with two out in the tenth.

Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning and was hitless in three at-bats.

Shawn Green, who ranks second on the all-time home run list for MOTs behind Hank Greenberg, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The NLCS is tied at 2-2.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

The Boston Red Sox beat the host Houston Astros, 8-2, thanks mostly to a grand slam by Jackie Bradley Jr. Ian Kinsler started the game and was 0-for-3, remaining hitless in the LCS. He came out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

Alex Bregman put on a defensive clinic, to paraphrase Ron Darling, making several excellent plays at third. Bregman tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth with a double to left, one of two hits he had in three official at-bats. He also walkedthe 11th time he’s received a free pass in the post-season — to boost his OPS to a mind-boggling 1.214. More here.

Boston leads the ALCS, 2-1.

JML Update, LCS Edition (October 16, 2018)

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

As the saying goes, Ryan Braun drove in the only run the Milwaukee Brewers would need in their 4-0 win over Joc Pederson and the host LA Dodgers last night.

Braun hammered a one-out RBI double down the left field line in the opening frame.

He could have had an eighth-inning single following Christian Yellich’s bunt hit, but Yasiel Puig deked the base runner into thinking he would catch the ball on a fly and threw to second for the force out.

In the multiverse, this actually happened.

Pederson got the starting assignment in left, going 0-for-3. Mazel tov to him and his wife, Kelsey, on the birth of their daughter, Poppy Jett, on Sunday.

The Brewers lead the series 2-1. Game Four tonight.

The ALCS returns tonight as well as Ian Kinsler and the Boston Red Sox visit Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros. That series is tied at a game apiece. Bregman’s star is evident in Texas, but the postseason — both this year and last — is getting him wider recognition.

JML Update, LCS Edition (October 15, 2018)

Posted on: October 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Can it be more even? Both series are tied at a game apiece as of this writing.

Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox

Game 1, Astros 7, @ Red Sox 2:

  • Alex Bregman was 0-for-1 but was on base four times: three walks and an HBP. He scored twice and was caught stealing. He also made an “unofficial error.” More on Bregman here, here, and here.

  • Ian Kinsler did not appear for the Sox. At all.

Game 2: Astros 2, @Red Sox 7

  • Bregman walked three more times and was 0-for-2. So while his batting average is .000, his on-base percentage is .700.
  • Kinsler was the starting second baseman and was 0-for-4.

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Game 1, Dodgers 5, @ Brewers 6

  • Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 with an RBI. More on Braun here, here, and here.
  • Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the seventh. He grounded into a force play and scores in the eighth and walked and scored in the ninth.

Game 2, Dodgers 4, @ Dodgers, 3

  • Braun eas o-for-4 and drove in a run.
  • Pederson singled as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. He remained in the game and singled again in the ninth.

 

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.

JML update, Playoff Edition (Oct. 10, 2018)

Posted on: October 10th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

I’m guessing this is a first: each of the four teams going into the League Championship Series have a MOT on the roster. That comes after the Boston Red Sox held off the host NY Yankees, 4-3 top move on.Ian Kinsler started at second base and gave the team a 2-0 lead with an RBI double in four at-bats, his second two-bagger of the series. He also scored a run.

The Sox will host Alex Bregman and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros beginning Saturday night.

Meanwhile, over in the NL, Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers visit Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers beginning Friday.

Of course this scenario guarantees that once again there will be opposing JMLs in the fall classic (Pederson v. Bregman last year).

JML Update, Playoff Edition: Breaking News — UPDATE

Posted on: October 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Congrats to Alex Bregman and the defending World Champion Houston Astros who move on the the ALCS following their three-game sweep over the Cleveland Indians. Bregman continued his excellent season by going 5-for-9 with home runs in the first two games. He also had a double, four walks, and four RBI.

Game One highlights:

Game Two highlights:

Also, congrats to Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers who move on to the NLCS following their three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Braun had five singles in 13 at-bats plus a stolen base.

UPDATE: The LA Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, to move on as well. Joc Pederson was 1-for-6 last night, 4-for-14 overall, including a double. His one home run led off the first game and gave the Dodgers the only run they would need in their 6-0 victory.

Max Fried appeared in all four games, including retiring the only batter he faced last night. He was perfect in the first two games, but gave up a homer in the third meeting. Totals: 2.1 innings, one run, one hit, one walk, one strikeout.

The means there’s only one series left. Last night the Boston Red Sox embarrassed the host NY Yankees, 16-1. Ian Kinsler did not start, but he came in as a defensive replacement in the seventh, going 1-for-1 with a walk and scoring twice. Overall, 3-for-9 with a double and an RBI.

 

Oh, the places you’ll go

Posted on: October 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Had a great time in Old London Town last week. Tried to get some baseball stuff going over there, but it was a fool’s errand. The British Baseball Federation website had an address that was years-old. I found that out the hard way, making a trip out there in hopes of exchanging a copy of 501 Baseball Books for a team cap. Alas, ’twas not to be.

But I did give a the book to the Kennsington Hotel library, so I was able to accomplish at least part of my “mission.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While at the Kennsington, my wife and I thought we might try to go to a local synagogue. As we used the hotel computer to search for something suitable (we neglected to bring along clothing appropriate to going to shul), we also made the acquaintance of Ken and Lynn Tepper, a lovely couple from Toronto who overheard out conversation. Landsmen! Ken asked if I happened to be the Ron Kaplan who wrote Hank Greenberg in 1938, which he had read. In addition, his son — who participated and coached in several Maccabiah Games for Team Canada — had read my book on the history of that institution. Small world.

Our encounter reminded me of a scene from one of my favorite movies, That Thing You Do, when Guy Patterson, the group’s drummer meets his idol, legendary jazz man Del Paxton who’s playing at an LA club. The cocktail waitress, brings him over to Paxton and some cronies, saying, “This kid has actually heard of you.”

Playing catch-up

Posted on: October 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Had a great time in London, but the timing meant that I missed quite a bit in the world of sports. So very quickly…

I’ll be doing a full JML season recap in the days to come. For now, know that of the eight teams in the Division Series, five have Jews on their roster including:

  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox
  • Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
  • Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

Pederson —  who set a franchise record for most lead-off home runs in the regular season — gave the Dodgers the only run they would need in a 6-0 whitewash over the visiting Atlanta Braves with a two-strike, lead-off home run.

Fried walked one and struck out one in 1.1 innings of relief.

Braun was 2-for-5 as the Brewers took Game One in their NLDS match-up with the visiting Colorado Rockies, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Kinsler and the Sox host the Yankees in Game One tonight. As I post this, Bregman and the Astros are hosting the Cleveland Indians.

Onward…

Hard to believe, but the NHL Season began this week. Here are the Jice-men:

Brandon Leipsic scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0) in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Flames on Wednesday. The decider can 2:20 into the third period. Leipsic played just 8:27.

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-0), played 14:55 in a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-1-0), played 23:39 in a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars last night.

Jakob Chychrun, also on the Coyotes, has a bad knee and has not been cleared for contact.

Jason Zucker played 19:38 for the Minnesota Wild (0-1-0) in their 4-1 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche last night.

Andre Burakovsky played 14:04 in the Washington Capital’s opener, a 7-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, on Wednesday. The next day, the Caps (1-0-1) lost a wild one to the host Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-6, in overtime. He played 10:16 in that one.

Veteran Michael Cammalleri — the leader in goals scored among Jewish NHLers — is currently inactive.

Onward…

Over in the NBA, Omri Casspi has found a home: he is a member, once again, of the Memphis Grizzlies. Their season begins October 17 against the host Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, the fragile Israeli is hurt again, although it doesn’t look too serious.

Finally…

Over in the NFL…

Week Five began last night as the New England Patriots (3-2, second in the AFC East) beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24.  Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 24 special teams plays (77 percent).

Tackle Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all 78 offensive plays a plus another five (18 percent) for the Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, first in AFC West) in their 27-23 win over the host Denver Broncos.

Tackle Ali Marpet appeared on all 63 offensive plays plus two more (7 percent) on special teams as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, third in the NFC South) in their 48-10 loss to the host Chicago Bears.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 21 special teams plays (72 percent) for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1, T-3 AFC North) in their 26-14 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

Kicker Greg Joseph was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (25 and 28 yards) for the Cleveland Browns (1-2-1, T-3, AFC North) in their 45-42 overtime loss to the host Oakland Raiders. He also made two PATs.

Rookie QB Josh Rosen made his first NFL start as the Arizona Cardinals dropped to 0-4 (fourth in NFC West) with their 20-17 loss to the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Rosen completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 180 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions). He also rushed for five yards on one rush.

 

   
 

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