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JML update, weekend edition (May 12-14)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Mazel of the weekend: Kevin Pillar was 2-for-3 with stolen base No. 5 on Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Seattle Mariners (17-21), 4-0. Saturday was even better: 3-for-4 with his 11th double, two runs scored, one RBI, and his sixth stolen base in a 7-2 win. But Sunday was the best. He had just one hit but it was a big one: a walk-off home run to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win and the series sweep. He also made another sensational grab in the outfield. Toronto has won five in a row and is 17-21 after a awful start.

The Mariners’ Danny Valencia had a double in four at-bats on Friday; 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an error on Saturday; and again 1-for-4 on Sunday.

Mixed mazel of the weekend: He wasn’t up very long and he wasn’t down very long. The Baltimore Orioles (22-14) promoted pitcher Richard Bleier on Sunday and put him to work immediately. Not to the good, unfortunately. He was the loser in a 9-8 decision against the host Kansas City Royals. Bleier allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk, including a solo home run, in two innings. I wouldn’t be surprised if they send him back down soon.

Bad mazel: Scott Feldman pitched another great game — seven innings, seven hits, two runs, a walk, and two strikeouts. But the game between his Cincinnati Reds (19-18) and the host San Francisco Giants went another 10 innings and ended in a 3-2 loss for the visitors.

Very bad mazel: The Milwaukee Brewers placed Ryan Braun on the disabled list on Friday with a strained left calf. Turns out they didn’t need him, sweeping the suddenly terrible again NY Mets. In the Sunday game, the Brewers (21-17) overcame a 7-1 deficit, scoring 10 runs over the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning for an 11-9 win.

Alex Bregman got to play against the NY Yankees on the day his hero, Derek Jeter, had his number retired. (That does it for the single digits for the Bronx Bombers. All that’s left is a big fat zero, literally.) The teams had to play a doubleheader on Sunday since Saturday’s contest was a washout. Bregman was hitless in four at-bats in the opener, a 10-6 loss. In the nightcap following the ceremonies, he hit his first grand slam, his sole hit in four at-bats as the Astros (26-12) earned a split with the 11-7 win. He was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and his third stolen base in Friday’s 5-1 Astros win.

Joc Pederson hit his fifth double and also singled in five at-bats, scoring a run and driving in another as the LA Dodgers beat the host Colorado Rockies, 6-2. He entered the Saturday game as a pinch-runner in the sixth and was 0-for-1 the rest of the way in a 4-0 win. On Sunday he was 0-for-3 with a walk and came out of the game for pinch hitter in the eight as the Dodgers (22-16) lost the finale, 9-6. Pederson is even dangerous when he doesn’t put the ball in fair territory.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 on Friday as the host LA Angels trounced his visiting Detroit Tigers, 7-0. He was 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday and was caught stealing for the first time this year in . He was 1-for-4 on Sunday with just his fourth double in a 4-1 loss (18-18). Brad Ausmus got a mention other than for managing the team.

Craig Breslow threw one scoreless inning for the Minnesota Twins ( 19-15) on Sunday in an 8-3 loss to the host Cleveland Indians, his only appearance for the weekend.

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JML update, March 6, 2017

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

There stuff going on besides all the MOTs participating in the WBC:

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    Joc Pederson is off the dating market. He recently became enfianced to Kelsey Williams.

  • Scott Feldman struck out three over three scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in Saturday’s Cactus League date with the KC Royals.
  • Hard to believe that guys like Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler are considered “older players,” but they’ve been in the big leagues 10 and 11 years, respectively. So I guess they need a little TLC.
  • First it was the not-so-automatic intentional walk that Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus weighed in on. Now this? Enough already with the tinkering of the rules. Leave it alone.

 

JML update, Feb. 22, 2017 (Richard Bleier traded!)

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Richard BleierTop of the day: The New York Yankees sent pitcher Richard Bleier to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 29-year-old Bleier, who made his major league debut on May 30 of last year, had been designated for assignment on Feb. 16 when the Yankees officially signed first baseman Chris Carter.

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כדי לוכדים

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

That’s Hebrew for pitchers and catchers, landsmen. At least according to Google Translate.

Major League camps have opened their doors, so it’s time for a little JML update:

Scott FeldmanFirst off, sad to say that Scott Feldman, recently signed by the Cincinnati Reds, will not to play for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic. His name had been on the roster, but he decided his time would be better spent trying to secure a spot in the Reds’ rotation. Can’t say I blame him much. The NY Yankees’ pitcher Richard Bleier is listed on Israel’s roster, too. The only other JML on the squad was the NY Mets’ Ty Kelly. But the Mets designated him for assignment last Thursday, then outrighted him to AAA as Vegas yesterday. So that means, as of this writing, there are no current JMLs playing for Israel, which I think is a shande. Detroit Tigers veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler and Alex Bregman, entering his second season with the Houston Astros, will be playing for Team USA. I guess no one feels that kind of connection. Not even Ryan Braun, whose father was born there.

Moving on:

  • Joc Pederson, arguably one of the best centerfielders in the game, seems like the only lock in a crowded LA Dodgers outfield.
  • What’s with Danny Valencia? The Seattle Mariners make it his seventh team in the last eight seasons. You go in with the best intentions, but at the risk of engaging in lashon hara (derogatory speech), you have to wonder about whispers of his being a “clubhouse cancer.” Of course, there are those who just look at the numbers and forget everything else. he’s another who declined to play for Israel.
  • Will this be the year Kevin Pillar (who also passed on Israel in the WBC) finally wins a Gold Glove?
  • Tigers’ skipper Brad Ausmus has dedicated the season has to the late team owner, Mike Ilitch, who died recently at the age of 87.

 

Fourth down and long for Brad Ausmus?

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Brad AusmusPardon the mixed-sports metaphor, but this will be the fourth season for Brad Ausmus at the helm of the Detroit Tigers. And perhaps his last if he doesn’t turn things around. No wonder he looks so haggard in this photo from the Detroit Free Press.

This is his record so far:

  • 2014: 90-72, 1st in  AL Central, lost in first round of playoffs
  • 2015: 74-87, 5th place
  • 2016: 86-75, 2nd place

So outside of a good rookie season, Ausmus hasn’t done much despite having a ball club that has been perennially picked as a post-season lock. You could make the argument that some of his big guns were hurt in 2015 — pitching ace Justin Verlander appeared in just 20 games and big bopper Miguel Cabrera dropped from 52 home runs and 109 RBIs the previous year to 28 and 79 — but every teams has their ups and downs.

Hopefully, the Tigers will start off with everyone in good health and no one getting hurt from any appearances in the World Baseball Classic; second baseman Ian Kinsler has still not announced any decision about if — and for whom — he might play. Of course, there’s no guarantee he’ll even be with the Tigers once the season starts.

 

 

 

 

 

JML update: Israeli baseball

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The latest on the Jewish baseball front:

  • Ryan Braun might still be traded, but this is a new wrinkle.
  • Is now the future for the relationship between the LA Dodgers and Joc Pederson?
  • Good news for Yankees pitcher Richard Bleier: the team has decided to keep him on their 40-man roster.
  • How much rope will the Detroit Tigers give manager Brad Ausmus, right, now heading into his fourth year at the helm?
  • What does Kevin Pillar have to do to win a Gold Glove?
  • Landsman Jonathan Mayo posted this story on the MLB site about the contingent of Jewish ballplayers now in Israel to help dedicated a new professional-grade field

I have a few questions (Jewish Major Leaguers)

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

https://262downright.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/question-mark-team.jpgNever mind Tim Tebow; what about Bo Jackson? Is there a football career in Joc Pederson‘s future?

Ryan Braun turned 33 yesterday. How much longer will he be a Brewer? He even got a couple of votes for MVP honors.

And what about Ian Kinsler? Where will he be playing in 2017?

If Kinsler and some other big names do leave the Detroit Tigers, how will that impact the status of manager Brad Ausmus?

The Seattle Mariners are Danny Valencia‘s seventh team in eight seasons. Will he be the new Octavio Dotel, who played for 10 teams in his 15-year ML career?

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JML update, post-All Star break edition

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Seems like forever since we’ve had meaningful baseball games. And don’t give me this BS about the ASG being meaningful because the home advantage in the World Series depends on the outcome. What a joke that decision was. Sorry, Bud Selig. Not one of your more shining legacies.

Let’s take a look at the MOT in the first half (not actually “half,” but close enough for jazz). Pardon the unaesthetic spacing; my HTML skills are a tad limited beynd the normal stuff.

BATTERS:

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF
2016 73 282 35 88 16 1 13 44 7 3 22 51 .312 .367 .514 .881 3 0 1

Ike Davis, NY Yankees

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF IBB
2016 8 14 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 .214 .267 .214 .481 0 0 0 0

Ryan Kalish, Chicago Cubs

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF IBB
2016 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 .286 .444 .286 .730 1 1 0 0

Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF IBB
2016 86 356 71 103 17 3 16 52 9 3 26 70 .289 .348 .489 .837 7 0 2 0

Joc Pederson, LA Dodgers

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF IBB
2016 75 229 34 54 16 0 13 33 4 2 31 66 .236 .328 .476 .804 1 0 1 2

Kevin Pillar, Toronto Blue Jays

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF IBB
2016 89 347 38 93 21 2 7 35 7 4 10 60 .268 .299 .401 .699 6 1 2 0

Danny Valencia, Oakland Athletics

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP SH SF IBB
2016 67 253 40 77 11 1 12 33 0 0 19 58 .304 .356 .498 .854 2 0 1 1

 

PITCHERS

Richard Bleier, NY Yankees

Year W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF FIP WHIP
2016 0 0 4.22 10 0 4 0 0 0 10.2 13 6 5 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 45 2.52 1.313

Scott Feldman, Houston Astros

Year W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF FIP WHIP
2016 5 3 .625 2.56 22 5 7 0 0 0 52.2 52 22 15 5 13 3 36 2 0 0 225 3.90 1.234

Jon Moscot, Cincinnati Reds

Year W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF FIP WHIP
2016 0 3 .000 8.02 5 5 0 0 0 0 21.1 26 22 19 10 10 1 10 1 0 0 105 9.88 1.688
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/15/2016.

This weekend’s schedule features

  • Bleier and the Yankees hosting the Boston Red Sox. At 44-44 and fourth in the AL East, this is a crucial time for the Yankees as they play the sox, Orioles, San Francisco Giants, and Houston Astros, all of whom have better records. These next few days will determine whether the Yankees will be buyers or sellers as the trade deadlines approaches.
  • Kinsler and the Tigers host the KC Royals. The Tigers are 46-43, 6.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians. Taking bets now to see if Brad Ausmus lasts for the rest of the season as Tigers’ skipper.
  • Braun and the Brewers visit the Reds. The Brewers are 38-49, in fifth place and 14.5 games back of the NL Central-leading Cubs.
  • The Dodgers visit the Arizona Diamondbacks. LA is in second place in the NL West at 51-40, 6.5 behind the Giants. Pederson is eligible to come off the disabled list (shoulder), but will get in a couple of rehab games before possibly returning next Tuesday.
  • Pillar and the Jays (51-40, tied with Boston for second in the AL East, two games behind Baltimore) visit Valencia and the As (38-51, 15.5 games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers).
  • Braun and the Brewers

JML update, games of July 7, 2016

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Two series are pitting four MOT against each other, at least potentially.

Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Ian Kinsler and the visiting Detroit Tigers, 5-4. Pillar was 2-4 and made one of his routine/spectacular catches while Kinsler was 1-3, grounded into a double play, and made his fourth error of the year. Pillar was thrown out by Justin Verlander trying to score on a safety squeeze, a play that was challenged and upheld.

In the game between the NY Mets and Washington Nationals, there were two plays reviewed on double play situations, one went in the Mets’ favor and one for the Nats. Mets broadcasters were going nuts because it involved the new rules for sliding into seconds. Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez went old school, defending the aggressive slides by the base runners. Kind of funny, but the person who suffers during these reviews is the pitcher, who can get out of sync the longer these things go on.

And the chatter continues about Kinsler’s All-Star “snub.” He and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers still have a chance to get the last vote-in spot. The final balloting ends this afternoon.

The Tigers are in second place in the AL Central, 6.5 games behind the Indians, who are playing beyond most folks’ expectations. So it’s time for the semi-regular “What to do with Brad Ausmus” analyses. Things don’t look too good.

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The other series featured Danny Valencia and the Oakland Athletics taking on Scott Feldman‘s Astros in Houston. Valencia was 1-4 with a run scored in the As’ 3-1 win; Feldman did not appear in the game for the ‘Stros. It had been suggested that he would get at least one more start, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at least for the moment.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the NY Yankees in their 5-4 win over the host Cleveland Indians.

The LA Dodgers were shut out by the visiting San Diego Padres, 6-0. Joc Pederson remains on the disabled list.

All the JML-related teams above continue their series over the weekend. Braun and the Brewers, who had yesterday off, host the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cincinnati Reds project Jon Moscot keeps on getting bad news. He’s already been on the Major League DL, then he was demoted, now he’s on the AAA seven-day DL with elbow inflammation.

Dean Kremer, the LA Dodgers recent draftee, merited a profile by the Jewish Journal.

JML update, games of May 12, 2016

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler was 2-4 plus a walk and scored two runs, but the host Baltimore Orioles scored five times in the seven to beat his Detroit Tigers, 7-5. Brad Ausmus‘ team hast lost nine of their last 10 and the nay-sayers are getting louder for his ouster with each passing day, votes of confidence from the front office notwithstanding.

Ryan Braun was 1-4 and was caught stealing as the Milwaukee Brewers were shout out by the visiting San Diego Padres, 3-0.

Joc Pederson was 0-3 (but with not strikeouts) as the LA Dodgers beat the visiting NY Mets on a three-hit, 13-strikeout complete game shutout by Clayton Kershaw. Bartolo Colon did not get one of those hits, in case you were wondering. With the preponderance of defensive shifts these days, you wonder a) why professional hitters can’t adjust; are they so set in their ways? If the third baseman is playing in the shortstop position, bunt the damn ball once in awhile! And b) how anyone hits more than .256.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Houston Astros in their 11-1 loss to the host Boston Red Sox. It was the fourth straight game in which the Sawx scored 11 or more runs, a feat they had not pulled off since 1950.

   
 

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