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JML update, July 3, 2018 (Games of July 2)

Posted on: July 3rd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Joc Pederson collected his first home run of July and 16th overall as the LA Dodgers (45-39) crushed the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 17-1. It was Pederson’s only hit in five at-bats an came to lead off the fourth inning. He also made this nice catch in the

Ryan Braun was 1-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers (49-35) beat the visiting Minnesota Twins, 6-5, in 10 innings.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (39-45) lost to the visiting Detroit Tigers, 3-2 in 10 innings. I missed one of the great plays in Pillar’s bag of trips on Sunday against the Tigers. Think that will help him win a Gold Glove at last?

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Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (49-34) in their 5-3 win over the host NY Yankees.

So with the lousy season the NY Mets are having, and considering he was selected for the AAA All-Star Game, how about Zach Borenstin already?

 

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 29, 2018 (Games of June 28)

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Sorry, kids, no home runs for the boys last night.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (55-28) beat the host Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 as the LA Angels (41-41) fell to the host Boston Red Sox, 4-2.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 as the Baltimore Orioles (23-57) lost to the visiting Seattle Mariners, 4-2.

Ryan Braun was hitless in four at-bats as the Milwaukee Brewers (47-33) beat the host Cincinnati Reds, 6-4.

Joc Pederson entered the game for the LA Dodgers (43-37) as a defensive replacement was was hitless in his only at bat in an 11-5 loss to the visiting Chicago Cubs.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (43-36) beat the visiting Washington Nationals, 4-3.

No game for Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays.

No word yet on if or when the Atlanta Braves will recall pitcher Max Fried for the weekend.

Look at that: not a single event that warrants a highlight.

 

JML Update, June 28, 2018 (Games of June 27)

Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

What in the name of Hank Greenberg is going on lately?

Wowza! He done did it again! Not only did Alex Bregman hit his MOT-leading 14th home run last night, but it was the walk-off variety, a two-run, no-doubt blast with one out that won the game for the Houston Astros (54-28) over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (37-43), 7-6. He also had a pair of two-baggers, which means that over his last two games, Bregman had two homers — nine for the month — and five (!) doubles, adding up to 18 total bases.

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Jays. Is it possible they will trade him in the near future?

Meanwhile, Joc Pederson hit his tenth dinger of June (11th overall), also a two-run job that was the difference as the LA Dodgers (43-36) held off the visiting Chicago Cubs, 7-5. This one came in the second inning and was his only hit in three at-bats; he also walked twice.

Ian Kinsler joined the hit parade with his 11th long-gone as the LA Angels (41-40) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 9-6. He hit the first pitch he saw to lead off the fifth inning and put the Angels on the board. It was his only hit in five trips to the plate.

Then there was Danny Valencia who hit #8 with one on and two out in the first inning. But the Baltimore Orioles (23-56) lost to the visiting Seattle Mariners in 11, 8-7. Valencia also had a single in his four at-bats before coming out of the game for a defensive replacement in the ninth. His stock is really going up as the O’s continue to struggle.

Ryan Braun was 2-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers (46-33) lost to the visiting KC Royals, 5-4.

Robert Stock did not appear for the San Diego Padres (36-47) in their 5-2 loss to the host Texas Rangers.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (42-36) shut out the visiting NY Yankees, 3-0.

And according to CSSports.com, Max Fried could rejoin the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, a call-up to take the spot of Brandon McCarthy, who went on the disabled list today. Fried is 0-2 in five games for the Braves in 2018.

 

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

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Not quite as impactful as a couple of weeks back but anther homer-happy day for some of the fellas.

Alex Bregman hit his 13th, second in two games, and eighth in June to lead the Houston Astros (53-28) in their 7-0 whitewash over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (37-42). He also had three doubles, adding up to a tidy 10 total bases for the event. His long-gone came with two out in the seventh and drove in two of the five Houston tallied to put the game away. According to Scott Barancik of JewishBaseballNews.com, Bregman is the second Major Leaguer to have one homer and three doubles in the dame game; Mike Trout of the LA Angels is the other.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 for the Jays.

Ryan Braun hit his ninth of the year and fourth in June as the Milwaukee Brewers (46-32) beat the visiting KC Royals, 5-1. His shot came with one on and no out in the ninth. Braun also doubled and walked.

Danny Valencia hit his seventh homer to lead off the second inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles (23-55) a 1-0 lead over the visiting Seattle Mariners. He also singled and walked, but the M-Men scored twice in the eighth for a 3-2 win.

Slugger Joc Pederson did not join the festivities. Perhaps he could have if the LA Dodgers (42-36) didn’t use him only as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of their 9-4 loss to the visiting Chicago Cubs. Pederson struck out as the Dodgers’ winning streak came to an end after four games.

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-4, accounting for 40 percent of the Angels’ (41-39) total in their 9-1 loss to the host Boston Red Sox.

Robert Stock did not pitch for the San Diego Padres (36-46) in their 3-2 win over the host Texas Rangers.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (41-36) were shut out by the visiting NY Yankees, 6-0.

 

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

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman hit his 12th homer (seventh in June) — a solo shot in the third inning — but the Houston Astros (52-28) lost to the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (37-41), 6-3. The home run tied the game at 2-2. Bregman, who also stoled his seventh base, added an RBI single the next inning to give the Astros a 3-2 lead but came back for the victory.

Kevin Pillar came on in the ninth for the Jays as a defensive replacement in right field. (Here’s something you don’t see every day from that game.)

Danny Valencia grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and remained in the game at third as the Baltimore Orioles (23-52) lost to the visiting Seattle Mariners, 5-3.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 as the LA Angels (41-38) were shut out by the host KC Royals, 2-0.

Robert Stock‘s second outing for the San Diego Padres (35-46) wasn’t as good as his debut the precious day: .2 innings, one run on three hits with one strikeout. The Padres lost to the host Texas Rangers, 7-4.

Joc Pederson was hitless in four at-bats, striking out twice, as the LA Dodgers (42-35) held off the visiting Chicago Cubs, 2-1.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (41-35) lost to the visiting NY Yankees, 4-2.

Finally…I don’t usually follow former JMLs but I was saddened to hear that Craig Breslow, who’s down in AA with the Blue Jays’ New Hampshire Fisher Cats, has been on the disabled list for most of the season, only being recently reactivated on the 23rd. I fear the end may be near for the 37-year-old Yalie.

 

 

JML update, Weekend Edition (Games of June 22-24)

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Down and dirty here because of the lateness of the hour:

Image result for robert stock, padresWelcome your newest JML: Robert Stock (as opposed to Robert Stack) of the San Diego Padres. The 28-year-old righty pitcher was called up yesterday and made his debut a good one: He came on in the 10th inning of a 2-2 tie between the Pods and the host San Francisco Giants. He tossed a scoreless inning of yielding in which he yielded a lead-off double to Joe Panik. He then struck out Alen Hansen swinging. Austen Slater hit one off Stock’s glove but it found its way to the shortstop for a 1-6-3 out. He then fanned Gorkys Hernandez for the final out. The Giants won in 11. 3-2. Scott Barancik, editor of JewishBaseballNews.com posted this article about the newest arrival, the second MOT to make his MLB this season; Zach Weiss appeared very briefly for the Cincinnati Red).

As for the “veterans”…

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (45-32, first in the NL Central)

  • June 22:Did not play (DNP) in a 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
  • June 23: Entered the game as a defensive replacement, going 1-for-2 in a 3-2 loss.
  • June 24: 1-for-4 with his 12th double and a run scored in an 8-2 loss.

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays (36-41, fourth in the AL East)

  • June 22: 1-for-4 with his 23rd double and a run in a 2-1 loss to the host LA Angels
  • June 23: 1-for-4 with his 24th double in a 4-1 win.
  • June 24: 0-for-5 in a 10-inning, 7-6 win.

Ian Kinsler, LA Angels (41-38, third in the AL West)

  • June 22: 0-for-4.
  • June 23: hit into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the seventh; remained in the game at second base but did not come to bat again.
  • June 24: 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Danny Valencia, Baltimore Orioles (23-53, last in the AL East)

  • June 22: 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 10-7 win over the host Atlanta Braves.
  • June 23: 0-for-4 in a 7-5 win.
  • June 24: 1-for-4 win a 7-3 loss.

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (52-27, first in the AL West)

  • June 22: 0-for-4 in a 1-0 loss to the visiting KC Royals.
  • June 23: 1-for-5 with a walk in a 12-inning, 4-3 win.
  • June 24: 0-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI, and a 2alk in an 11-3 win. He also made his 11th error of the season.

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers (41-35, second in the NL West)

  • June 22: 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored  (leadoff) in a 5-2 win over the host NY Mets.
  • June 23: 1-for-4 with a walk in an 8-3 win (leadoff).
  • June 24: 1-for-4 with a two-out solo home run in the seventh plus walk in an 8-7, 11-inning win. The moonshot — which gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead — came within a few rows of leaving Citi Field. It was Pederson’s 10th of the year and ninth in June and gives him a chance to tie Hank Greenberg’s “Jewish mark” for home runs in a month with 11.

Given how poorly the Mets are playing of late, and how many players they’re calling up from the minor league system, I can’t help but wonder when Zach Borenstien‘s time will come.

Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (41-34, second in the NL East) took two of three from the host Washington Nationals.

 

JML update, June 22, 2018 (Games of June 21)

Posted on: June 22nd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

On a typically quiet Thursday…

Ryan Braun received treatment for his chronically sore thumb and did not participate in the Milwaukee Brews’ 11-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, the Brewers (44-30) sent him to Los Angeles for the treatment on Wednesday when their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out.

Danny Valencia struck out as a pinch-hitter with a runner on base to end the seventh inning as the Baltimore Orioles (21-52) lost to the host Washington Nationals, 4-2. Reliever Richard Bleier was moved to the 60-day disabled list which confirms he will not be back this season.

Neither Ian Kinsler nor Kevin Pillar managed a hit for the host LA Angels (40-35) and Toronto Blue Jays (34-40), respectively, as the home team beat their visitors, 8-5. Kinsler was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts while Pillar was 0-for-4 with one K.

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros had the night off, as did Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers. Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies took a break as well. Bregman spent his time at a kids’ camp.

The JTA and LA Jewish Journal each ran stories about The Catcher Was a Spy, the upcoming bio-pic on Moe Berg. Although I will certainly see it, I just can’t connect with Paul Rudd playing the much larger and swarthier catcher.

Paul Rudd

 

 

You’ll never guess who picked up that JTA story…

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

On the five Jews who hit home runs on the same Friday

Breitbart!

To which I have to say,

 

JML update, June 21, 2018 (Games of June 20)

Posted on: June 21st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman hit home run #11 as the Houston Astros beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-1. His solo shot came in the middle of back-to-back-to-back run in the sixth preceded by George Springer and followed by Jose Altuve.

Danny Valencia had a single and his seventh double in three at-bats out of the cleanup spot as the Baltimore Orioles (21-51) shut out the host Washington Nationals, 3-0. His sacrifice fly in the six accounted for the Os’ final run.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-39) beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 5-4.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (38-35) in their 4-0 loss to the host Chicago Cubs.

Ryan Braun‘s Milwaukee Brewers were rained out of their game with the host Pittsburgh Pirates.

No game for Ian Kinsler and the LA Angels or Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies.

 

 
 
   
 

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