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JML update, Games of July 31, 2017

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

So despite all the rumors, none of the MOTs moved prior to the non-waiver trade deadline yesterday at 4 p.m.

Brad Goldberg had the best outing of his young major league career, getting his ERA under 10 thanks to two innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one. The Chicago White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (49-57), 7-6. In fact, the Pale Hose scored all their runs over the last three frames to overcome the six-run deficit. Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Busy night for Alex Bregman. He singled twice, walked once, scored three runs, and drove in two, one coming on a sacrifice fly, as the Houston Astros (69-36) beat the visiting Tamp Bay Rays, 14-7.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 as the Detroit Tigers (47-57) lost to the host NY Yankees, 8-3.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI as the Seattle Mariners (54-43) beat the host Texas Rangers, 6-4.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (51-54) in their 2-1 win over the visiting KC Royals. yan Lavarnway did not appear for the Oakland As (47-59) in their 8-5 win over the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, and Scott Feldman‘s teams had the day off.

Finally, here’s the latest “Minor-League Monday” report from Jewish Baseball News.

JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of July 28-30)

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar hit his 12th home run on Sunday in one of the great comebacks in memory as the Toronto Blue Jays scored seven times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the visiting LA Angels, 11-10. Pillar’s long knock came with one man on base and decreased the deficit to 10-6. The Jays (49-56) pulled of the accomplishment with a walk-off grand slam by Steve Pearce, his second walk-off grand salami in four days. It was Toronto’s only win in three games. Pillar had one other hit in the game and the pair accounted for his weekend total in seven at bats (he appeared as a defensive substitute in Saturday’s meeting).

Alex Bregman‘s solo shot (#11) accounted for the only run for the Houston Astros (68-36) in their 13-1 loss to the host Detroit Tigers. He was 2-11 for the three games, two of which were won by the Tigers (46-56). Bregman is recouping from a recent hamstring injury but managed to avoid going on the DL.

Ian Kinsler was 2-9, missing yesterday’s finale, including his 17th double, 29th RBI, and eighth stolen base.

Ryan Braun just missed a two-run homer in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2-1 win over the visiting Chicago Cubs on Friday. He singled, doubled (#14), walked twice, and drove in the Brewers’ only run the next day in a 2-1 loss and was 0-for-4 yesterday in another defeat. The Brewers  (55-52) have lost seven of their last ten games and are 14-15 since Braun returned from the disabled list on June 27, falling out of first place and trailing the Cubs by two and a half.

Ryan Lavarnway got the start on Friday and responded by going 2-for-3 including a two-run double in the Oakland As’ 6-3 loss to the visiting Minnesota Twins. He appeared in the other two games as well, hitless in two at-bats with a walk. The As — 46-59 — took two of the three games.

The Twins made it official, releasing veteran lefty reliever Craig Breslow after designating him for assignment recently. Here’s hoping someone picks him up.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-11 with an RBI as the Seattle Mariners ( ) took two of three from the visiting NY Mets.

Joc Pederson was 2-for-6 with a double (#16) as the LA Dodgers (74-31) swept the visiting San Francisco Giants. And here’s another example of why Pederson is a mensch.

Richard Bleier struck out three batters and gave up a hit in two scoreless innings of work on Friday as the Baltimore Orioles (50-56) lost to the host Texas Rangers, 8-2. They took the series two games to one but the big news was Rangers’ third baseman Andre Beltre becoming the 31st player to get 3,000 hits. Mazel tov, Andre.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (40-62) who lost two of three to the visiting Cleveland Indians.

According to this report, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Feldman is coming along nicely and may not need any rehab games.

 

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JML Update, Games of July 26, 2017

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

A bleak day except for one brief shining moment.

Joc Pederson hit his 11th home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning to put the LA Dodgers on the board in a game that they would eventually win, 6-5, over the visiting Minnesota Twins to put them 40 games over .500 at 71-31. It was the only hit for Pederson in three at bats (he came out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth).

In fact it was the only hit for a MOT, period.

  • Ryan Braun, 0-for-4 in an 8-5 loss by the Milwaukee Brewers (54-49) to the host Washington Nationals.
  • Ian Kinsler, 0-for-2 in a 16-2 blowout for the Detroit Tigers (45-55) to the visiting KC Royals. He came out for a defensive replacement after the Royals scored nine runs in the top of the seventh.
  • Kevin Pillar, 0-for-3 in the Toronto Blue Jays (47-54) come-from-behind 3-2 win over the visiting Oakland A’s, scoring all their runs ion a two-run homer and a solo blast in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Danny Valencia, 0-for-4 in a 4-0 shutout loss by the Seattle Mariners (51-52) to the visiting Boston Red Sox.
  • The bad performances weren’t limited to just the hitters. Brad Goldberg gave up a run on three hits and a walk (one strikeout) in 1.2 innings of the Chicago White Sox’s 8-3 loss to the visiting Cubs. Given all those men on base, it’s surprising he gave up only one run. His ERA is now 14.73 and you wonder how much longer he’ll remain with the team. Then again, with the Pale Hose 20 games under .500 (39-59), might as well let him get this out of his system.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles  (48-53) in their 5-1 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Bregman missed last night’s 9-0 loss by his Houston Astros (67-34) to the host Philadelphia Phillies. He’s listed as day-to-day and might be back on Friday. According to a UPI report (who knew there’s still a UPI?), “Reds RHP Scott Feldman (right knee) is making progress with his throwing program. Manager Bryan Price said Feldman would join the team this weekend in Miami to continue his rehab.”

And here’s a bizarre incident, non-JML related, but entertaining nonetheless. You know, the announcers complained, but if you’re gonna show up the umpires — who traditionally have little sense in the humor department — you have to expect something like this. And get off my lawn.

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JML Update, Games of July 26, 2017

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

No home runs last night. In fact, Jewish batters went just 4-for-21.

Alex Bregman had been relatively unscathed this year but that ended when he injured his hamstring running out a triple (#2) in his only at bat as the Houston Astros (67-33) shut out the host Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0. That came as the Astros’ first hit of the game in the top of the third. Bregman came around to score on a sacrifice fly but did not return to the field for the bottom of the third. According to Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch, “He got back to the dugout and complained a little bit of some tightness…. Nowadays that’s an immediate removal the way the situation is and our depth. He’s day to day.”

Joc Pederson had a double (#15) and a walk in four plate appearances for the LA Dodgers (70-31) in their 6-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins. Pederson scored two runs and drove the game-tying run so he accounted for half of the team’s production. He was also a hand in the field, too.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers  (54-48) shut out the Washington Nationals, 8-0. He also scored and had an RBI.

Danny Valencia was  1-5 with three strikeouts as the Seattle Mariners (51-51) scored two in the bottom of the 13th to beat the visiting Boston Red Sox, 6-5. He came out of the game for a pinch-runner in the 10th.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 for the Toronto Blue Jays (46-54) in their 4-1 win over the visiting Oakland A’s.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Detroit Tigers (45-54) lost to the visiting KC Royals, 3-1. This is what gets me this time of year: the sports pundits keep harping about the trade deadline. They started even earlier this year, trying to generate excitement. Not really interested in all the rumors, tho I can see where some find it fun. But don’t tell me so-and-so tried to make a deal. Thy didn’t. case closed.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (48-52) in their 5-4 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox in their 7-2 loss to the host and cross-town rivals, the Cubs. No word on the status of Craig Breslow, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Twins. With the trading deadline coming up, I’m sure he’ll end up somewhere, despite his recent struggles.

Scott Feldman remains on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds, who lost to the host NY Yankees, 4-2. When you allow a run to score on a triple play, you almost deserve to lose.

JML Update, Games of July 24, 2017

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

The home run parade continues. Joc Pederson and Alex Bregman joined the double-digit club last night.

Bregman hit #10 — a solo job — along with two doubles in five at-bats as the Houston Astros (66-33) 13-4 over the host Philadelphia Phillies. Pederson cracked his tenth — similarly good for one run — to tie the game at 2-2 and help the LA Dodgers (49-31) beat the visiting Minnesota Twins, 6-4. It was his only hit in three trips to the plate.

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-6 in six at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (45-53) lost to the visiting KC Royals in 12 innings, 5-3. Still subject of trade rumors.

Danny Valencia drove in his 50th run of the year with a double (#16)  in the fourth inning to finish the scoring for the Seattle Mariners (50-51) in their 4-0 shutout over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 but the Toronto Blue Jays (45-54) beat the visiting Oakland A’s, 4-2.

Richard Bleier tossed one inning of scoreless relief for the Baltimore Orioles (48-51) in their 5-0 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (39-57) in their 3-1 win over the host Chicago Cubs. Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers had the day off. Scott Feldman remains on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds. No one has picked up Craig Breslow yet. He was designated for assignment yesterday by the Twins.

Here’s the “Minor-League Monday” entry from JewishBaseballNews.com.

JML Update, Weekend Edition (July 21-23, 2017)

Posted on: July 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Alex Bregman hit his ninth home run of the year. The solo blast came in the Houston Astros (65-33) 8-4 win on Friday over the host Baltimore Orioles (47-51). It was one of his two hits in 11 at bats (plus a walk) as the Astros took two of the three games. Richard Bleier appeared for the Birds that night and was roughed up a bit: two earned runs on six hits (including a home run, although not by Bregman) in 2.2 innings. Maybe they’re pushing him a bit to see how he might do as a starter.

Ryan Braun did not start for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday but more than made up for his absence the next day with a 3-for-3 performance against the host Philadelphia Phillies that include his 12th double, good for two runs; his 12th homer (a two-run shot in the fifth); a single; a walk; a stolen base (#6); and four RBI. He came out of the game in the seventh with the Milwaukee Brewers up 8-1, but the Phillies fought back, pushing over four in the seventh and three in the eighth to tie the score. The Brewers (53-48) won in their finals ups, 9-8. Braun was 1-3 on Sunday with a run-scoring double (#13) in a 6-3 loss as the Phils took two of the three matches.

Kevin Pillar joined the home run festivities, hitting #11 for the only run in yesterday’s 8-1 loss by the Toronto Blue Jays (44-54) to the host Cleveland Indians. In total, Pillar had two hits in 11 at-bats as the Jays lost all three games.

So that’s three MOTS with double-digit home runs already (including Danny Valencia) with three more (including Bregman) sitting on nine. Barring a catastrophe, that means all six “regulars” will have 10 or more, which has to be a record. I’ll do the research (unless someone else volunteers). I’m also guessing it will be a new high-mark for total Jewish home runs in a season, and that includes Hank Greenberg’s 58 in 1938. Hey, someone should write a book about that.

As for the rest of the gang…

Ian Kinsler was 4-for-13 with a double (16) two runs scored, and two RBI as the Detroit Tigers (45-52) took two of three from the Minnesota Twins (49-48). Might he join Braun on the Brewers (assuming Milwaukee doesn’t trade their Jewish slugger)? Craig Breslow appeared and not very well. On Friday he gave up two hits and a run in one inning in a 6-3 loss and yesterday he walked one and gave up a hit and allowed to inherited runners to score in 2/3 of an inning in a 9-6 loss. So the Twins designated the veteran lefty for assignment.

Chicago White Sox (38-57) reliever Brad Goldberg also had a tough time of it. He gave up a home run in his only appearance, the eighth inning of a 9-2 loss to the host KC Royals on Saturday. On the positive side, he did fan Alex Gordon to end the frame, his first strikeout as a Major Leaguer.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-12 with a run, an RBI, and six strikeouts as the Seattle Mariners (49-51) lost two of the final three games in their four-game set to the visiting NY Yankees.

Joc Pederson was 1-for-7 (he did not start the first game) as the LA Dodgers (68-31) took two of three after the visiting Atlanta Braves broke their 11-game winning streak on Friday.

Scott Feldman remains on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds.

 

JML Update, Games of July 19, 2017

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Baby steps: Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA from 108.00 to a mere 36.00 by tossing scoreless relief for 2/3 of an inning as the Chicago White Sox (3854) lost to the LA Dodgers (66-29), 9-1, in a game that ended in the eighth because of rain. Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement was hitless in one trip to the plate — against Brad Goldberg.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Seattle Mariners (48-48) continue their hot play (relatively speaking) with a 4-1 win over the host Houston Astros (63-32). Alex Bregman was 2-for-3 with a walk and his ninth stolen base for the ‘Stros.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (43-51) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 5-1. Sorry, no defensive highlights to see here.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 with a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (43-50) lost to the host KC Royals, 4-3.

Ryan Braun — dealing with wrist and calf issues — had the game off as the Milwaukee Brewers (52-45) lost to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, in 10 innings.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (48-46) in their 6-1 win over the visiting NY Yankees. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (10-2) in their 10-2 win over the visiting Texas Rangers. Scott Feldman is on the DL for the Cincinnati Reds (40-54). They beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, in 11.

And this is a few days late, but here’s the Minor-League Monday entry from Jewish Baseball News.

JML update, Games of July 17, 2017

Posted on: July 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

A pretty good night overall as every batter notched at least one hit. Scott Feldman doesn’t count because he never had a chance to come to the plate. He allowed five runs in one inning as the Cincinnati Reds (39-53) lost to the host Washington Nationals, 6-1. He gave up five hits including a two-run homer and a solo shot, walked one, and struck out none. It was later revealed that Feldman (7-7) has been dealing with a knee issue all season so guess what? He was placed on the disabled list. So much for the opportunity to be picked up by a contending team as the trading deadline approaches.

Now the good news. Richard Bleier earned his second win as the Baltimore Orioles (43-49) beat the visiting Texas Rangers, 3-1. Bleier pitched one prefect inning but it came at the right time. HT to Jack Wiener and Scott Barancik of the JewishBaseballNews site who point out that Bleier leads all AL pitchers with 30 or more innings in ERA (1.34) this season.

Ian Kinsler was the star hitter of the MOTs. He had two triples (3) and a double (14) to help the Detroit Tigers (42-49) crush the host KC Royals, 10-2. He also drove in his 24th run. You gotta love the rumor mill: could it be that Kinsler will be returning to the Texas Rangers? If memory serves, he didn’t leave on such good terms.

Or maybe the trophy should go to Danny Valencia, who continues to impress. He hit a double (15) and homer (11) in the Seattle Mariners’ (47-47) 9-7, 10-inning win over the host Houston Astros. Valencia’s solo blast accounted for his team’s final run. He also made a nice play on a hot shot at first.

Alex Bregman did not hit a double, but he did have two hits for the Astros (62-31).

Kevin Pillar hit his 24th double in four at-bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (43-49) held off the host Boston Red Sox, 4-3. He also had an assist to nab a runner at the plate, his sixth of the season.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers (52-43) lost to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2. Not to get too philosophical, but this headline caught my eye: “Brewers: Ryan Braun considered day-to-day for rest of season.” Aren’t we all really just day-to-day?

Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers had the day off.

Craig Breslow remains off the roster for the Minnesota Twins (47-45), who beat the visiting NY Yankees, 4-2.

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JML Weekend Update (Games of July 14-16)

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Welcome back. Hope you had a nice long All-Star Break. For me the actual ASG was kind of meh. Call me old-fashioned but what I didn’t like was the on-field interview (interviews? I only saw one) during the game (albeit in-between innings) and that business with the batter giving the catcher his cell phone to take a photo with the umpire. Yes, I know this is an exhibition game, but if I want to see that kind of stuff, I’ll watch the celebrity softball game.

Anyway, back to business…

Ryan Braun must have felt rested. He launched a grand slam on Friday to cap an eight-run inning in a 9-6 win for the Milwaukee Brewers over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. All told, Braun was 3-for-10 for the weekend. The home run — his sixth career grand salami — was his 11th of the year. He also stole his fifth base. The Brewers took two of three to move 10 games over .500 at 52-42.

Danny Valencia was 3-13 as the Seattle Mariners (46-47) swept the host Chicago White Sox. All three were extra bases hits: two doubles (14) and his 10th home run which was good for three RBIs to tie yesterday’s game in the fourth inning.

https://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/uploads/getty-images/2017/07/811515928-detroit-tigers-v-cleveland-indians.jpg-850x560.jpgIan Kinsler walked to lead of the game for the Detroit Tigers (41-49) vs. the visiting Toronto Blue Jays (42-49) yesterday. He then stole second and scored the team’s first run, en route to a 6-5, 11-inning contest. That was the highlight of the weekend for Kinsler, who was 1-for-8 with two walks in two games (he did not appear in Friday’s 7-2 loss). With the Tigers falling farther and farther, trade rumors have picked up but since he’s been slumping so much, who would be interested?

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-10 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Jays.

Scott Pederson was 4-for-10, including two doubles (14) as the LA Dodgers (64-29) swept the host Miami Marlins. Pederson entered Sunday’s game as a pinch hitter in the seventh and flied out. He had one subsequent at-bat.

Alex Bregman was 2-for-10 with his 22nd double as the Houston Astros (62-30) took two of three from the visiting Minnesota Twins (46-45). Bregman also walked twice, scored twice, and drove in his 28th run. Craig Breslow made another rehab appearance, striking out one of the two batters he faced yesterday for the Rochester Red Wings in a loss to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Richard Bleier gave up a hit and struck out one in 2.1 innings on Friday as the visiting Chicago Cubs chased starter Kevin Gausman after just three innings. Could the O’s — who lost all three games to fall to 42-27 — be considering making Bleier a starter? According to a story on MASN.com (HT to Bob Wechsler for this one)

[Manager Buck] Showalter confirmed that the Orioles have considered the idea of stretching out Richard Bleier as a starter. Bleier’s ERA is down to 1.38 in 32 2/3 innings.

“Certainly it crosses your mind because he can defend himself against right-handed hitters, but I don’t know for sure how that would play right now,” Showalter said. “He’s doing such a good job in that role, I’d hate to mess with it.”

Bleier is getting a decent amount of swings and misses on his cutter and he’s incorporating a changeup.

“He’s deceptive,” Showalter said. “If you watch his delivery, he’s one of the few guys who lands on his toes on the ball of his foot and doesn’t come off it. Most people go toe-heel. He goes toe and stays on it. That’s really unusual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pitcher do that, but it works.”

Though Bleier worked 2 1/3 innings last night, Showalter said it wouldn’t surprise him if the left-hander insisted that he could pitch tonight if needed.

“We’d like to stay away from Richard, but one of the things that’s been attractive about him is he’s pretty resilient,” Showalter said. “I bet he’s going to stay that he can give us a hitter or two tonight, but I’d rather not.”

“Stalwart” Scott Feldman gets the start for the Cincinnati Reds today against the visiting Washington Nationals, who have won the first three games of the series. He might make a good pick-up for a team looking for some veteran pitching, perhaps one who scores well to overcome all the runs he gives up.

JML Update: A “Mid-Season” Review

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Put in quotes because it’s technically not the midseason, but close enough for government work.

First of all, a correction: there have been 11 MOTs in the Majors this year, not 12. I had inadvertently counted names rather than players in included Scott Feldman twice since he appears on the JewishBaseballNews box score as a pitcher and a batter.

So, on with the show. Stats courtesy Baseball-Reference.com.

If you don’t have your health…

Ryan Braun has missed more than half of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 91 games so far. All things being equal — a phrase I love to use — he could be among the league leaders in home runs. If nothing dramatic happens in the second half, he’ll join Hank Greenberg and Sean Green as the only Jews with 300 or more home runs. A bit tougher will be the 40 RBIs he needs for 1,000. He was placed on the 10-day DL (which is a misnomer, since he spent a lot more than 10 days there the second time) twice in May for a calf strain that stills bothers.

 

 

Alex Bregman is going through some growing pains for the Houston Astros. You may recall he got off to a horrendous start as a rookie before catching fire. This season, he’s probably been somewhat of a disappointment to himself and the team. Fortunately, the Astros are doing so well, few seem to be worried about him. And with a good second half he could wind up with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. Knock wood, he’s been one of the healthy ones.

 

 

Ian Kinsler spent some time on the DL with a hamstring issue. His absence was more notable because the Tigers are doing so poorly. His name has popped up in trade rumors. Always a streaky guy, he had a little string of three games with home runs (June 20-22) and only one since. He has a way to go before joining Greenberg, Ryan, and, presumably, Braun, in the 300 club.

Last but least, there’s Brad Goldberg of the Chicago White Sox. he made his only Major League appearance — maybe for his career — on June 3 against the Tigers in which he gave up four runs on a walk and three hits (including a home run) in just one-third of an inning for an ERA of 108.00 and a whip of 12.000.
 

 

Ryan Lavarnway, one of the favorites for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, got a brief call-up by the Oakland A’s when catcher Josh Phegley went on paternity leave. Lavarnway was 0-for-2 in his only game and was designated for assignment on July 8.

 

 

Joc Pederson was a head case for the LA Dodgers, placed on the DL for a concussion he suffered when he collided with Yasiel Puig on a play in the field. Despite his obvious power and superior defensive skills, he’s missed a fair amount of games for righty-lefty reasons.

 

 

Kevin Pillar didn’t miss time because of a physical injury he received, but rather an emotional and societal one he inflicted when he uttered a homophobic remark at an opposing player. That caused quite a reaction outside the normal baseball rank and file, as one might expect. The Toronto Blue Jays have no questions about his glovework, but his offense is extremely inconsistent. At one point before his suspension, Pillar was hitting .303; now it’s .256. The team has shuffled him all over the lineup, mostly in the leadoff spot where he had an on-base percentage of just .306, but also sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth. That’s a big difference in responsibilities. Pillar has a good shot at the “20/20” club … if he can stay healthy.

 

 

Danny Valencia has been brilliant and disappointing. He’s enjoyed several multi-hit games for the Seattle Mariners — his seventh team in eight seasons — including four each of four and three hits. And his 43 RBIs leads all Jewish players. Knock wood, he hasn’t been on the DL and could set career-highs in most offensive categories.

 

 

So quickly summing up the batters, apart from Lavarnway, every one of the batters should reach 10 home runs easy, maybe even 15. Twenty might be asking a lot.

Richard Breier has to be the most pleasant surprise among the JMLs. The lefty reliever for the Baltimore Orioles has appeared in 25 games and has acquitted himself most admirably. Okay, so he’s not blowing anyone away with just 14 strikeouts, and yes he does have a relatively high WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched), but he gets the job done much more often than not.

 

 

Craig Breslow was going along swimmingly until his last few games when he just seemed to fall apart. On May 28, he had an ERA of 1.47. The next day it rose to 2.89 after he gave up three runs in just one-third of an inning. A blip, perhaps, since he pitched scoreless ball in his next two outings. But since June 11, Breslow as given up 11 earned runs in just eight innings. And he ended up on the disabled list. Here’s hoping for a full recovery and a trip to his usually reliable self.

 

 

Scott Feldman has always been an anomaly to me. One game he’s great, the next he’s terrible. He’s always given up his share of home runs (153), so there’s little margin for error, especially with a team like the Cincinnati Reds who are last in the NL Central. As the saying goes, he pitches just well enough to lose. As the only pitcher who gets to bat on a regular basis, Feldman is just 1-for-31 with 15 strikeouts, a far cry from his season with the Cubs in which he hit .176 with two doubles, his only home run, and eight RBIs. He also could wind up being trade bait.

   
 

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