Posts Tagged ‘Alex Bregman’


JML Update: World Series, Game One

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

He’s beginning to talk like a man. On the other hand, what kind of a match would that be with a poor tailor?

On the other hand, he is an honest, hard worker.

But on the other hand, he has absolutely nothing.

On the other hand, things could never get worse for him, only better.

Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof regarding a marriage proposal for one of his many daughters.

This is what I thought of when I learned that the LA Dodgers had beaten the Houston Astros, 3-1. On the one hand, the Houston Astros lost to the LA Dodgers. On the other hand, Alex Bregman was the standout player for his team, relatively speaking. Not surprised that Clayton Kershaw was on his game, striking out 12 in seven innings while holding the opposition to the lone run on just three hits. But one of those hits — and the run — came courtesy of  Bregman, who parked one over the fence in the fourth inning to temporarily tie the game at 1-1.


Bregman also started this double play in the fifth inning…

And Sandy Koufax was in the house!

Joc Pederson did not appear in the game for the Dodgers.

Fun facts: Bregman became the youngest player since 1995 to hit a home run in the fall classic. Let’s hope this pronouncement by Dayn Perry doesn’t turn out to be a curse of the Astros’ third baseman. The last Jew to hit a home run in the World Series was pitcher Ken Holtzman as a member of the 1974 Oakland As. His blast came in the fourth of the five-game series, won by the As over the LA Dodgers. He hit only two in the regular season in his 15-year career. According to my quick research, the only other MOT to homer in the World Series was Hank Greenberg, who hit five: one each in 1934, 1935, and 1940, and two in 1945.

JML Update: The rest of the story

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Still haven’t found the time for a comprehensive recap of the 2017 season, but here’s the latest about the JMLs:

JML Update, World Series Edition

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Twice as nice. Now that the Houston Astros have advanced to the fall classic, we have two, two, two MOTs in one (World Series).

The Astros beat the Yankees on Saturday, 4-0. Although Alex Bregman did not perform as well as he and we would have liked (1-for-4 in the clincher, .167 batting average overall), he did make this outstanding play in the field with runners on first and third and one out in the fifth:

The LA Dodgers kept Joc Pederson on the roster for the Series, cutting one of my favorites, Curtis Granderson, to make room for him. I wonder how much playing time Pederson will get?

The showdown begins tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST. This is noteworthy because the games will be played out of the eastern time zone. So while viewers like me will still be subjected to games that will probably end after midnight, those in LA will have to contend with late afternoon traffic, not to mention the players in late afternoon sunshine.

At some point, if I can find the time, I’ll post more about Jews in the World Series over the years.

JML Update: One down, one to go

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have some tough work ahead of them if they want to have Jew vs. Jew in the World Series. The LA Dodgers clinched the NL pennant last night by crushing the hist Chicago Cubs, 11-1, thanks mostly to three home runs and seven RBIs by Enrique Hernandez. The Astros host the NY  Yankees tonight, down three games to two with Bregman batting just .118 (2-for-17) in the five games. His ADLS was much more productive: 4-for-18 with two home runs and a double.

Andrew Steinberg, the Dodgers’ director of baseball operations who led the Tampa Bay Rays to an improbable pennant in 2008, also weighs in. Rachmones for Theo Epstein, Steinberg’s counterpart with the Cubs.

Joc Pederson struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He had a double in five at-bats in the NCLS after being left off the roster for the Divisional Series.

JML Update, postseason edition

Posted on: October 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Well, the NY Yankees have come back, beating the Houston Astros three straight at Yankee Stadium to force a Game Six in Texas for the American League pennant. Alex Bregman is hitless over the last two games and is batting just .118 (2-for-15) for the ALCS.

Meanwhile the Chicago Cubs won last night at home, preventing a sweep by the LA Dodgers. Joc Pederson had a double in three at-bats on Wednesday as a starter and grounded into a force play last night as a pinch-hitter.

Personally, I would love to see a Yankees-Cubs World Series. It’s been so long: 1934, the one where Babe Ruth supposedly called his home run. Then there’s the Big Apple vs. the Second City. All sorts of cool story lines. Yankees-Dodgers? Meh. Been there, done that.

JML Update, Playoff edition

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Once again, the NY Yankees find themselves in a 2-0 deficit following losses in Houston to start the American league Championship Series. Alex Bregman, batting eighth in the lineup, got one of the Astros’ six hits on Friday in their 2-1 win. The next day he was 0-for-2 with a walk as Houston won by the same score, this time snatching the victory in the bottom of the ninth behind the outstanding pitching of Justin Verlander, who went old school tossing a complete game five-hitter (Houston also manged just five hits) and striking out 13.

The venue changes to the Big Apple beginning tonight.

Meanwhile, the LA Dodgers added Joc Pederson to their roster following the sidelining of Cory Seeger. Pederson, who missed the NLDS, appeared as a defensive replacement in Saturday as the Dodgers beat the visiting Chicago Cubs, 5-2. Same thing the next day, only he had a chance to come to bat and produced a sacrifice in a 4-1 win thanks to a walk-off home run by Justin Turner. That series now moves to the Windy City.

In non-playoff news:

Round ’em up

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

For the sake of time, I’m combining a few sports in this round up, including baseball, hockey, and basketball.


Well, so much for the possibility of Craig Breslow being added to the roster of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series; his team was eliminated by the visiting NY Yankees on Wednesday, 5-2.

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros host on the Yankees in Game One of the ALCS beginning tonight. No one could blame him if he’s still kvelling from his home run in the clincher.

So far, Joc Pederson is not on the roster for the LA Dodgers, who host the Chicago Cubs beginning Saturday. The Cubs won a corker over the hiost Washington Nationals last night, 9-8, overcoming a 4-1 deficit.


Jason Zucker scored his second goal and second assist of the year as the Minnesota Wild (1-1-1) scored four times in the third period to beat the host Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2, for their first win of the a season. Zucker was on the ice for 19:52, taking five shots on goal.

Jason Demers spent the second-most time on ice for the Arizona Coyotes (23:37) in their 4-2 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. he took two SOG. The Coyotes have yet to put a win on the board with a record of 0-3-1.


Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors last played on Oct. 8. Their next game is Oct. 15. I don’t know how you can get any kind of continuity playing one a week. How much of an impact will Casspi have on the team?

Maccabi lost to the Indiana Pacers, 108-89 on Tuesday. They next face the Trail Blazers in Portland tonight. At this writing there are still 500 tickets available for as low as $2!!




JML Update, Post-season edition (Oct. 10, 2017)

Posted on: October 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Excelsior, Astros!

(“Onward and upward” for those of you who never too Latin…or read a comic book.)

Alex Bregman hit his second home run of the ALDS to help Houston beat the Boston Red Sox, three games to one. Bregman’s shot in the top of the eighth of Chris Sale tied the score at 3-3 in what was an eventual 5-4 win.

He also made two nice plays in the field: this one to double up a runner in the third

And this one to get the first out in the bottom of the ninth after Raphael Devers led off the inning with an inside-the-park home run to bring the Sox within one.

Bregman batted just .222 for the ALDS, but two of his four hits (in 18 at-bats) went yard, or as Red Sox Nation might say, “yaaaad.”

Houston now awaits the winner of the series between the NY Yankees and Cleveland Indians, which is knotted at two after the Yankees tied things up last night. The Indians — who left reliever Craig Breslow off their post-season roster — won the first two games at home but couldn’t put the Yankees once the venue moved to the Bronx.

Meanwhile, the LA Dodgers — operating without the services of Joc Pederson — won their NLDS set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, three games to one. he was a member of the teams “taxi squad,” kept nearby just in case of emergency.

JML Update, Divisional Series Edition (Games of Oct. 5 and 6)

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Alex Bregman homered in his first at-bat of the ALDS  — his post-season debut — against the visiting Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale to get the ball rolling, so to speak. The Houston Astros took Game One, 8-2, thanks mostly to Jose Altuve’s three home runs. Bregman also singled hard back to the box, the ball ricocheting off of Sale’s glove.

PHOTOS: Astros 8, Red Sox 2Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman celebrates his first inning home run during Game 1 of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Houston. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )Browse through the photos to see action from the Astros' Game 1 win over the Red Sox. Photo: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle

In Game Two –just completed — Bregman doubled in five at-bats and scored run in the bottom of the third as the Astros once again put up an 8-2 win to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series).

Craig Breslow was not included on the Cleveland Indians’ post-season roster. They beat the visiting NY Yankees, 4-0. Same for Joc Pederson for the LA Dodgers, who take on the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks tonight. That could change, however, in the days and weeks ahead. Doubt it, though.


JML Update, Weekend Edition (September 29-October 1, 2017)

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Note: This entry covers just the last weekend of the 2017 season. I’ll be spouting off on the entire JML season in greater detail in the days ahead.

Well, this was a letdown. Only three JMLs participated in their teams’ final games on Sunday: Max Fried, Joc Pederson, and Alex Bregman.

Fried started the game for the Atlanta Braves. He pitched — mixed. On the one hand, he struck out seven batters in just 4.1 innings. On the other hand, he pitched just 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. But just two of those were earned and the Braves (72-90, third in the NL East) beat the host Miami Marlins, 8-4. But Because Fried threw just 4.1 innings, he did not qualify for the win. He was 0-for-2 at the plate. P.S. Giancarlo Stanton did not homer in the finale, so he ended the season with 59. Kudos just the same.

Pederson entered the game for the LA Dodgers (104-58, first in the NL West) in their 6-3 win over the host Colorado Rockies as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the third. He had pair of RBI doubles in three-at bats.

Bregman was a pinch-runner in a 4-3 Houston Astros (101-61, first in the AL West) win over the host Boston Red Sox. He was 0-for-2 as he stayed in the game for the DH, Carlos Beltran. On Thursday, Bregman singled, doubled, and homered (#19 to tie Ian Kinsler for most among MOTs), driving in all three of the Astros’ runs in their 3-2 win. He was o-for-4 in a 6-3 loss but in his last seven games, Bregman was 12-for-31 (.387) with three home runs and 11 RBI. Fun fact: These two teams ended the regular campaign with a four-game series and will now play each other in the first round of the post-season, setting up the possibility for nine straight games. I’m guessing that’s never happened before in pro-sports.

As for those who did not appear:

  • Ian Kinsler did not appear for the Detroit Tigers (64-98, last in the AL Central and tied for the worst record in MLB; the worst team gets the first pick in the following year’s amateur draft, so it will probably be a coin flip) in their 6-4 loss to the host Minnesota Twins. That’s because outgoing skipper Brad Ausmus named him “manager for a day,” a practice sometimes given as a show of respect for veterans. Kinsler’s last game as a player came in Friday’s 6-3 loss in which he was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a walk. Also worth noting: Kinsler reached 600 plate appearances, so his option for 2018 kicks in. Don’t know what that means as far as where he’ll actually be playing . (Bonus Fun Fact: on Saturday, Andy Romine became the fifth Major Leaguer to play all nine positions in a single game. Makes for an interesting line in the box score.)
  • Kevin Pillar had a great reason for missing the last three games for the Toronto Blue Jays (76-86, fourth in the AL East): the birth of his child. The Jays dropped two of three to the host NY Yankees.
  • Ryan Braun, as the Milwaukee Brewers (86-76) beat the host St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1. He doubled twice in five at-bats the previous night in a 7-6 loss, driving in a run. On Thursday, Braun was hitless in four trips to the plate, grounding into two double plays in a 5-3 win. The Brewers just missed a wild card slot, finishing second in the NL Central.
  • Ryan Sherriff appeared for the Cardinals (83-79, third in the NL Central) in that one. He picked up his second win of the year, tossing one scoreless inning, giving up a hit, and striking out one. Sherriff did not pitch on Thursday.
  • Richard Bleier threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief on Friday in the Baltimore Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays. Bleier gave up a hit and struck out one for the O’s, who finished last in the AL East with a record of 75-87. That outing was enough to push his ERA to 1.99.
  • Danny Valencia missed the Seattle Mariners’ 6-2 loss to the host LA Angels. He was 0-for-3 with a walk in their 6-5 loss on Friday and did not not appear in Saturday’s 6-4 win. The Mariners finished 78-84, tied for third in the AL West.
  • Craig Breslow did not appear for the Cleveland Indians (102-60, first in the AL Central) in their 3-1 in over the visiting Chicago White Sox. In fact. he did not pitch in any of the three final games. One has to wonder if he has a place on the post-season roster.
  • Ausmus got his fair share of criticism, but could he end up as the Mets manager next year? Stay tuned.



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