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JML update, August 15, 2018 (Games of Aug. 14)

Posted on: August 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Unfortunately, these things are getting easier between the MOTs designated for assignment (Ty Kelly, Danny Valencia) and the disabled list (Ian Kinsler, Max Fried, Richard Bleier, Ryan Sherriff).

Braun bops! Ryan Braun hit two home runs in his first two at-bats to help the Milwaukee Brewers (68-54) beat the host Chicago Cubs, 7-0. The first blast came in the first with a runner on. The next — giving Braun 14 on the year and 35th at Wrigley over his career — came in the third, also with one on.

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning that gave the Toronto Blue Jays (54-65) the come-from-behind 6-5 win over the host Kansas City Royals. He also had a two- RBI single in the third.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (73-47) continue to sputter, losing to the visiting Colorado Rockies, 5-1.

Robert Stock gave up an unearned run on one hit, a walk, and a strikeout in two innings as the San Diego Padres (48-74) lost to the visiting LA Angels, 7-3.

Joc Pederson came on as a defensive replacement as was 0-for-1 one as the LA Dodgers (64-57) were edged, 2-1, by the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (65-53) lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 2-1.

JML update, August 8, 2018 (Games of Aug. 7)

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Are you kidding me?? Two innings into the first game of their doubleheader against the host Washington Nationals, Max Fried gets hit by a line drive off the bat of  Spencer Keiboom (Kaboom?) and winds up on the disabled list!

(Damn, he’s thin.) Fried allowed a hit, gave up a walk, and struck out two in his brief appearance. You may remember he just came off the DL but you could be forgiven if you didn’t because so many MOTs have been there this season. The Braves (61-49) lost that game, 8-3, but won the nightcap 3-1.

Too bad it couldn’t have been a five-run homer. Kevin Pillar (who came off the DL last week) launched a two-run job in the bottom of the 10th against the visiting Boston Red Sox (sans Ian Kinsler, who’s on the –shocker — DL). The Toronto Blue Jays (51-61) ended up losing 10-7 after Boston (80-34) put five across in the top of the frame. It was the only hit for Pillar in five at-bats.

By the way, Kinsler received the top nod for best defensive play of the year (so far, of course).

Ryan Braun (also on the DL in 2018) doubled in two official at-bats and walked as the Milwaukee Brewers (65-51) lost to the visiting San Diego Padres, 11-5. He came out of the game after the seventh in some pitching/defensive changes.

Robert Stock pitched a scoreless inning for the Padres (45-70), allowing a walk, a hit, and striking out one.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-5 batting out of the leadoff spot as the Houston Astros (73-42) beat the host San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Joc Pederson doubled as a pinch-hitter, stayed in the game, and struck out in a subsequent at-bat as the LA Dodgers (63-51) beat the host Oakland As, 4-2.

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (34-79) in their 4-3 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (64-49) beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2.

Dean Kremer — the first Israeli-born ballplayer to be signed by a Major League team — gets a nice write-up here. He was in the recent trade that sent him and four other prospects to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Manny Machado.

Could 37-year-old Craig Breslow — now in the Blue Jays’ minor league system — be on his way back to the bigs? Hope so. If not with Toronto, then somewhere else.

JML update, weekend edition: Games of Aug. 3-5, 2018

Posted on: August 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Well, that was quick: Ian Kinsler walked and scored a run on Friday as the host Boston Red Sox (79-34, first in AL East) started a four-game sweep of the NY Yankees with a 4-1 win, thanks to a one-hitter by Rick Porcello. Kinsler ended up on the 10-day disabled list, ironic since he was acquired to replace Dustin Pedroia, who spent most of the year ion the DL. By the way, is it kosher for a Jewish player to have a hamstring problem?

Bryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (65-50, second in NL Central): Flied out as a pinch-hitter in Friday’s 5-3 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies; 2-for-3 with his 12th home run (solo shot in the third) and an additional RBI and run scored in an 8-4 win on Saturday; and 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in a 5-4, 11-inning loss on Sunday.

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (71-42, first in AL West): Was 0-for-3 in a 2-1 win over the host LA Dodgers on Friday — a rematch of last fall’s World Series participants; 0-for-4 with a run scored and a walk in an 14-0 win on Saturday; and 1-for-2 (double) with a walk in a 3-2 loss on Sunday.

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (62-51, tied for first in NL West with Arizona Diamondbacks): Provided the only run for his team on Friday with his 17th home run — which led off the game — for his only hit in four at-bats; did not play on Saturday; and was 0-for-3 with a run scored on Sunday.

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (51-60, fourth in AL East): Returned from the DL on Friday, batting in the ninth spot and going 0-for-3 with a sac fly in a 7-2 win over the host Seattle Mariners; 2-for-4 with his 28th double and 12th stolen base in a 5-1 win on Saturday; and 1-for-3 in a 6-1 loss on Sunday.

Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles (34-78, fifth in AL East): Did not appear in Friday’s 11-3 loss to the host Texas Rangers; was 0-for-4 in a 3-1 loss on Saturday; and was 0-for-4 again in 9-6 win on Sunday.

080618_Phillies-Kapler_usatRobert Stock, San Diego Padres (44-70, fifth in NL West): Gave up one hit — a home run — and struck out one in two innings of work in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the host Chicago Cubs, his only appearance for the weekend.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (60-49, second in NL East) in their weekend series against the host NY Mets. He is expected to start one of the games in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies swept the visiting Miami Marlins to improve their first place NL East record to 63-48.

Yesterday, the Oakland A’s designated pitcher Jeremy Bleich for assignment. Bleich, 31, appeared in two games, giving up two runs in just 1/3 of an inning. He made his debut on July 13 (Friday the 13th, of course) and gave up two runs without retiring a batter. He was better his next time out, retiring one of the two batters he faced. At least that gave him an ERA. By the way, I had been mispronouncing the name: I thought it was Bleyech (as in chai), but it’s really Bleyesh.

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 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.

JML update, weekend edition (Games of June 29-July 1)

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Another down and dirty:

MOT of the weekend has to be Max Fried, whom the Atlanta Braves (48-34, first in the AL East) brought up on Saturday to make the start against the St. Louis Cardinals. He struck out 11 in 6.2 innings, giving up four singles and walking three. He got credit for the win as the Braves topped the Cards, 11-4. He also cracked his first big-league hit and scored a run. Mazel tov, Max!

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (55-31 , first in the AL West)

  • June 29: 1-for-3 with his 15th home run, good for the team’s only runs in a 3-2 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.
  • June 30: 1-for-4 with his 16th home run, good — once again — for all of the Astros’ scoring in the 5-2 loss. That made five in his last six games, eight in his last 15, and put him as the team leader.

  • July 1: 1-for-3 in a 3-2 loss .

Bregman’s 11 home runs in a month are the most by a MOT since Hank Greenberg hit 15 in July in 1938, the season he challenged Babe Ruth’s single-season mark of 60, which you can read about (shameless self-promotion) in my book.

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (48-35, first in the in NL Central)

  • June 29: 1-for-3 with a run scored in an 8-2 win over the host Cincinnati Reds
  • June 30: Did not play
  • July 1: 1-for-3 with his 10th home run. Like Bregman, his two-run shot (which came in the ninth inning to spoil a shutout) accounted for all of his team’s scoring in a loss, this one 8-2.

Ian Kinsler, LA Angels (43-42, fourth in the AL West)

  • June 29: 0-for-4 in a 7-1 win over the host Baltimore Orioles
  • June 30: 2-for-3 with his 15th double and a walk in a 5-2 win
  • July 1: 0-for-4 in an 8-2 loss.

Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles (24-59 , last in the AL East)

  • June 29: 0-for-3 in the loss to the Angels.
  • June 30: 0-for-3 in another loss
  • July 1: Did not play

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (39-44, fourth in the AL East)

  • June 29: 1-for-3  plus a walk in a 3-2 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers.
  • June 30: 1-for-3 with his 25th double in a 4-3 win.
  • July 1: 1-for-4 in a 9-1 loss.

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (44-39, second in the NL West)

  • June 29: Did not play
  • June 30: 0-for-4 win a 3-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies
  • July 1: 3-for-4 in a 6-1 win.

So Bregman and Pederson each had 10+ home runs in the same month. Any two JMLs  ever done that before?

Robert Stack, San Diego Padres (37-49, last in the NL West)

  • June 29: Struck out 2 in one perfect inning of relief in a 6-3 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • June 30: DNP
  • July 1: Gave up one hit and retired the other batter he faced in a 7-5 loss.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies took two of three from the visiting Washington Nationals. They stand at 45-37, second in the NL East.

 

 

JML update, June 20, 2018 (Games of June 19)

Posted on: June 20th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy Jewishbaseballnews.com

Joc Pederson got the LA Dodgers off on the right foot when he knocked the second pitch of their first game of a twinbill with the host Chicago Cubs out of the park for a home run, his ninth of the season and eighth this month. It was his only hit in three at-bats (plus a walk) before coming out for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. The Dodgers (38-34) took the opener, 4-3. He entered the nightcap as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning and was walked intentionally when he came to bat in the ninth. The Cubs won 2-1 in 10.

In a weird coincidence, Ian Kinsler also hit a lead-off home run (on the third pitch) for an LA franchise. No. 10 on the year and seventh in June (joining Alex Bregman as the only MOTs in double digits) was the 48th such opener of his career and was the margin of difference as the Angels (39-35) held off the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4. Like Pederson, the dinger was Kinsler’s only hit in three at-bats plus a walk, but he also had an additional run scored.

Alex Bregman drove in the only run for the Houston Astros (49-26) in their 2-1 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. His RBI in the third tied the game at 1-1 as he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Bregman was 1-for-2 with two walks. The ‘Stros’ 12-game winning streak came to an end.

Kevin Pillar poked double #22, his only hit in four at-bats (run scored), as the Toronto Blue Jays (33-39) were chopped by the Atlanta Braves, 11-4.

Ryan Braun grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers (43-40) beat the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2.

Danny Valencia was 0-f0r-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Baltimore Orioles (20-51) fell to the host Washington Nationals, 9-7. According to thesportsdaily.com, “Danny Valencia (119 wRC+), Adam Jones (108), and Mark Trumbo (103) join [Manny] Machado as the only players on the roster with an above-average wRC+ so far this season.” For the uninitiated among you, according the MLB.com’s glossary, “wRC+ takes the statistic Runs Created and adjusts that number to account for important external factors — like ballpark or era. It’s adjusted, so a wRC+ of 100 is league average and 150 would be 50 percent above league average.” Uh-huh. That clears that up, thanks.

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As was feared, Richard Bleier, who was having a fantastic season with a lousy team, is done for the year. He underwent “successful” surgery on Tuesday to repair an injured lat. Don’t mean to be a downer, but wouldn’t you have to wait until he tries throwing again to see if was truly successful?

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (38-33) lost to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 7-6.

JML update, Weekend Edition (Games of June 15-17, 2018)

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Not quite the fireworks we had last weekend

One of the very few bright spots for the Baltimore Orioles, Richard Bleier is probably done for the year, the victim of a lat strain he suffered June 13. Here’s wishing him well.

But the show must go one. The O’s — with the worst record in the Majors at 20-50 (fifth/last in the AL East) — lost two of three to the visiting Miami Marlins. Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 in Friday’s 2-0 loss; had two singles and an RBI in four at-bats in Saturday’s 5-4 loss; and did not appear in yesterday’s 10-4 win.

Kevin Pillar was hitless in the first two games as the Toronto Blue Jays (33-38, fourth in the AL East) hosted the Washington Nationals. But he had two hits, including his 23 double, plus a run scored, an RBI, and his 10th stolen base in yesterday’s 6-5 win over the former Montreal Expos to complete a three-game sweep.

Ryan Braun was 0-for-4 on Friday as the host Milwaukee Brewers (42-29, first in the NL Central) beat up on Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (37-32, third in the NL East), 13-5. He had two singles in four AB’s in Saturday’s 4-1 loss in which he also picked up the 200th stolen base of his career, making him a member of what I have to assume is one of those “elite clubs” with his 300 homers and 200 swipes, the third-highest in Brewers’ franchise history. Braun was o-for-2 yesterday as the Brewer’s dropped the rubber game, 10-9, coming up one run short when they scored four in the bottom of the ninth. Braun struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and struck out. He remained in the game and fanned the following inning. This article on MLB.com cites Braun as “the Brewers’ unluckiest hitter.”

Joc Pederson was 0-for-3 out of the leadoff spot for the LA Dodgers in a 4-1 loss to the visiting San Francisco Giants yesterday, their only loss in the three-game series. Pederson appeared in the other two games as a defensive replacement. The Dodgers have quietly moved into second place in the NL West with their record of 37-33.

Ian Kinsler hit home run #9 on Friday, a solo shot in the fourth to help the LA Angels (38-34, third in the AL West) beat the host Oakland As, 8-4. After going hitless in four at-bats in Saturday’s 6-4 loss, he had a single and his 13th double in a 6-5, 11-inning loss yesterday.

Alex Bregman gets MOT of the Weekend honors. He was 5-for-13 including a double and two home runs (a solo shot on Friday and a three-run blast in the ninth on Saturday), making him the first JML to reach double figures in that category. He collected fivr RBIs and scored five runs in the three games as the Houston Astros swept the host KC Royals, extending their winning streak to 11 games. The ‘Stros have the best record in the Majors with a mark of 48-25 and lead the AL West.

You can catch up on the doings of the minor league MOTs here.

JML Update, June 15, 2018 (Games of June 14)

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

In the only MOT player action yesterday, Alex Bregman, batting in the leadoff spot, was 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored as the Houston Astros (45-25) completed a three-game sweep of the host Oakland As with a 7-3 win. In fact, it was the eighth straight win for Houston.

Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier, who left Wednesday’s game with lat injury, is listed as “day-to-day” (aren’t we all?), but I’m willing to be he’ll go on the disabled list soon.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (35-31) beat the visiting Colorado Rockies, 9-3.

All the other boys had the day off. Here are a couple of articles about Joc Pederson‘s improvement over the last few weeks. But consistency is the key.

And finally, remember Nate Freiman?

 

JML update, June 4, 2018 (Games of June 1-3)

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

The Hebrews were homer happy over the last few days.

Mazel of the weekend goes to  Joc Pederson who went 4-for-5 on Sunday with two solo home runs (three on the year) and a double in the LA Dodgers’ 12-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, 12-4. He was unsuccessful as a pinch-hitter on Friday and 0-for-2 on Sunday as the starting leftfielder. The Dodgers swept the weekend to move to 29-20, third in the NL West.

The other LA Jew — Ian Kinsler of the Angels — also homered twice, but on successive days. The first one came with one on and two out in Friday’s 6-0 win over the visiting Texas Rangers (which ended on a weird note). The next came on Saturday to lead off the sixth, bouncing off the foul pole. He also had a single for three hits in 14 at-bats as the Angels (32-28, third in the AL West).

Alex Bregman was 3-for-13 for the Houston Astros (37-24, second in AL West) against the visiting Boston Red Sox, including his sixth home run (a two-run job in Saturday’s 5-4 loss). Houston lost two of three to the Sox.

Ryan Braun‘s only hit in 11 at-bats over the weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers (37-23, first in NL Central) against the host Chicago White Sox came in the first inning of Friday’s game, his sixth homer in an 8-3 loss.

The Baltimore Orioles (17-41, last in the AL East) were rained out of two of their four games with the visiting NY Yankees. Richard Bleier appeared in Friday’s game, giving up two hits but no runs in one inning in a 4-1 loss. Danny Valencia returned from the paternity list, cracking two doubles in four at-bats out of the eighth spot in the lineup on Saturday, with a run scored and an RBI in another loss, this time by a score of 8-5.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-13 over the weekend with one run scored, dropping his batting average to .259, as the Toronto Blue Jays (26-33, fourth in AL East) lost two of three to the host Detroit Tigers.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (31-26, third in the AL East) lost three in  row to the visiting San Francisco Giants.

According to CBSSports.com, the Chicago White Sox traded pitcher Brad Goldberg to the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash. Didn’t that use to be called a sale? Goldberg appeared in 12 games for the Sox last year to the tune of an 8.25 ERA.

 

   
 

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