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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, Games of 8/23/17

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

The descendants of Samson put on a power display last night with three of the five hits accrued going for home runs.

Alex Bregman hit his MOT-leading 16th — a three-run shot in the eighth inning to put the icing on the cake give the Houston Astros (77-48) a 6-1 win over the visiting Washington Nationals. Bregman, who also also singled, has gone yard in three of his last five games.

Kevin Pillar‘s #13 was indeed lucky. His only hit in four at-bats broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Toronto Blue Jays (60-66) an 8-7 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays. Somewhat shocked that MLB.com didn’t deem the blow worthy enough to include as a highlight clip for the game. What were they thinking? Pillar was still smarting from the previous game’s ejection.

Ian Kinsler matched Pillar’s total but it wasn’t lucky for the Detroit Tigers (54-71) who once again gave up double-digit runs to the visiting NY Yankees in a 10-2 loss. It was Kinsler’s only hit in four at-bats. He came out for a defensive replacement late in the laugher. At least it broke up the shut-out. Some are still talking about his ejection.

Not getting in on the fun: Ryan Braun, who was 0-for-4 for the Milwaukee Brewers (66-62) in their 4-2 loss to the host San Francisco Giants. Although he also has 13 “Braun blastsfor 2017 and is two shy of the “magic” 300 number, the Hammer has just one round-tripper since July 23. Not to worry, he still has his fans (read this story; it’s very charming).

Danny Valencia started in right field and batted cleanup for the Seattle Mariners (65-63) in their 9-6 win over the Atlanta Braves. He was 1-for-5 with a run scored. The Braves farmed out pitcher Max Fried, who had appeared in four games during since his MLB debut on August 8.

Richard Bleier walked the only batter he faced as the Baltimore Orioles (62-65) beat the visiting Oakland As in 12 innings, 8-7, on walk-off home run by Manny Macachdo.

And as I suggested recently, Scott Feldman is done for the year as he goes under the knife for knee surgery. He ends the season with a lot of sevens and ones in his record: 7-7 with a 4.77 ERA, giving up 21 home runs in 111.1 innings. He did manage to throw one shutout in there somehow.

Image result for Ryan SherriffFried and Chicago White Sox property Brad Goldberg may be gone, but there’s a new Sherriff in town: Ryan Sherriff to be precise. He was called up Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals. The 27-year-old, 6’1″, 215-pound lefty reliever from Culver City, California, was 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 48 appearances for the Memphis Redbirds. Mazel tov, Ryan.

Speaking of home runs…although the only MOT connection is that the LA Dodgers recently sent down Joc Pederson, they lost in stunning fashion after Rich Hill had pitched no-hit ball for nine innings, only to give up a walk-off, lead-off homer to Josh Harrison in the 10th for a 1-0 loss. The feat is worthy of a mention here, don’t you think? As the announcer said, “No-hitter gone, shut out gone, and now the game is gone.”

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JML update, Games of 8/21/17

Posted on: August 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Sparse doings on the schedule yesterday. Only two MOTs in action.

Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Milwaukee Brewers (65-61) only had four in a 2-0 loss to the host San Francisco Giants, 2-0.

Brad Goldberg allowed one hit in 1.1 innings as the Chicago White Sox (48-75) lost the second game of a doubleheader with the visiting Minnesota Twins, 10-2.

Richard Bleier, Max Fried, and Danny Valencia did not appear for their ball clubs.

Pardon the Interruption continued their coverage of the Ian Kinsler-Angel Hernandez feud, again seeming to back up the Detroit Tiger as umpires wore wrist bands in protest of MLB’s fine-but-no-suspension punishment. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was not amused.

Neglected to include this clip of another great Kevin Pillar catch against the Chicago Cubs. Not much padding in that ivy.

 

JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of 8/18-8/20, 2017)

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-10 with his 20th double, three walks, and a stolen base as the Detroit Tigers (54-69) dropped two of three to the visiting LA Dodgers (87-35). Despite the token handshake with umpire Angel Hernandez, as well as a fine, Kinsler stood by his comments that the arbiter might do better in another line of work. Steve Phillips, former GM of the NY Mets, criticized the ballplayer, saying on his MLB Network radio show that, “An umpire can’t say that a guy should be sent to the minor leagues to find a new job, that he’s not good enough to play in the league. It would be completely inappropriate.” I’m just putting that out there for the oppositionist point of view. Hernandez’s associates wore wristbands in solidarity:

“This week, a player publicly and harshly impugned the character and integrity of Angel Hernandez — a veteran umpire who has dedicated his career to baseball and the community,” the World Umpires Association (WUA) said in a statement. “The verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire MLB umpiring staff and is unacceptable.”

Kinsler, speaking after the Tigers’ 3-0 loss to the Dodgers in Detroit on Saturday, said he didn’t care much at all about the umpires’ protest.

“I really don’t think too deeply into it. I hope they wear the white wristbands for the rest of their careers. I don’t care. I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, that’s their problem.”

Joc Pederson started the first game of that series, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. It was his only appearance since the team sent him to the minors when they acquired Curtis Granderson from the NY Mets. Disappointing but understandable: Pederson was hitting just .215 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 87 games. Hope to see him back soon.

Alex Bregman had himself a fine weekend: 5-for-13 with home runs in Friday’s and Saturday‘s games (15 on the year) along with his 30th double as the Houston Astros (76-48) took two of three from the visiting Oakland As. He drove in one run in each contest, bumping him up to 48. He also made a couple nice defensive moves on Friday.

Kevin Pillar also had a fine time with two hits in each game of the Toronto Blue Jays’ set against the host Chicago Cubs. Like Bregman, Pillar drove one across the plate in each game (32), but the Jays (59-65) lost all three games. He had two double’s in Friday’s loss, matching him with Bregman’s total.

Danny Valencia played in two of the three games between his Seattle Mariners (63-62) and the host Tampa Bay Rays. He was two-for-seven with his 61st RBI.

Ryan Braun started all three games for the Milwaukee Brewers (65-60) against the host Colorado Rockies, going 2-for-11 with a walk and two RBI (39). An article about a deal that was almost made with the Dodgers reminded me of a joke my boss told when a colleague of mine tried to alibi his way out of a situation: “And if my mother had wheels, she’d be a bus.” You had to be there.

More bad news for Scott Feldman: the Cincinnati Reds (53-72) put him back on the DL after just one appearance. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was done for the year.

Max Fried allowed a run on two hits in an inning of an 8-1 win by the Atlanta Braves (55-67) against the Reds yesterday for his only showing of the weekend.

After a couple of shaky outings, Richard Bleier appeared twice for the Baltimore Orioles (60-64) against the visiting LA Angels over the weekend: .2 innings with a walk in a 9-7 win on Friday followed by 1.1 innings the next day when he pitched a full scoreless inning in a 5-1 loss.

The Chicago White Sox (47-74) keep giving Brad Goldberg opportunities and he’s not making the best of them. His only appearance added to his ugly record: one run on one hit and two walks in Saturday’s 17-7 loss to the host Texas Rangers. Goldberg has a horrible WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) of 2.53. In 10.2 innings, he’s given up 13 hits and 14 walks while striking out just two. Sorry to say, but I know if I was on his team and saw him coming in from the bullpen, I would not be too happy.

 

JML Update, games of 8/17/17

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Back from a great trip to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown where I spoke about the Hank Greenberg book. More on that in a separate entry.

But, my, what a lousy night for the trio of MOT who appeared yesterday (plus one as a DR).

As they frequently say about games at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the wind was blowing out. Scott Feldman, recently off the DL and still having knee issues, lasted just 3.2 innings for the visiting Cincinnati Reds (51-71) and five of the seven hits he allowed left the yard. In all, he gave up six earned runs and stuck out one. If there’s a positive note it’s that no one was really that much better (misery loves company). Final score: Reds 13, Cubs 10. But more alarming: could this be Feldman’s last game as a Red? Or last game, period? Sad, if so.

Although he wasn’t actually charged with the loss, Brad Goldberg gave up what proved to be the “losing” run as the Chicago White Sox were bested by the host Texas Rangers, 9-8. He walked four and gave up a hit in just two-thirds of an inning.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 as the Houston Astros (74-47) continue their doldrums, shut out 4-0 at the hands of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kevin Pillar appeared as a defensive replacement for the Toronto Blue Jays (59-62) in their 5-3 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (54-65) in their 10-4 win over the host Colorado Rockies.

Could Joc Pederson‘s days as a Dodger be numbered? Now that Adrian Gonzalez is returning to action and with Cody Bellinger going lights-out, what does that mean for the streaky Joc?

And the war of words continues for Ian Kinsler, who was ejected from a game a few days ago by umpire Angel Hernandez for apparently arguing balls and strikes. Kinsler thinks Hernandez should look for a new line of work. The incident was deemed hot enough to be included in a segment on Pardon the Interruption where co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon kinda/sorta stood up for the ballplayer in questioning the arbiter’s ability without actually calling him incompetent. There are others who hold opinions similar to Kinsler and based on the number of hits that came up in a Google search, they may have a point. So do you think there was a lot of pressure on Kinsler to shake hands with Hernandez at the Wednesday game? If the baseball thing doesn’t work out for Ian anymore, there’s always this.

JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of 8/11-8/13, 2017)

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Scott Feldman returned to action, as it were, when he started for the Cincinnati Reds (49-69) on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers (61-59). Feldman pitched just four innings, giving up three runs on a walk and seven hits including a home run. On the plus side, he also struck out six. Feldman did not figure in the decision as Milwaukee won in 10 innings, 6-5.

Ryan Braun hit his 13th homer in that one, but it didn’t come off his landsman. All told, Braun was 5-for-12 with the home run, two doubles, two walks, four runs scored, and two RBI, inching closer to the coveted — if out-of-favor — .300 batting average. It was his first long-ball in more than a dozen games and puts him two shy of the 300-club.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-7 with two walks, a run scored, a stolen base, and two RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (56-61) took two of three from the visiting Pittsburgh Pirate.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-9 in the first two games of the series between the Detroit Tigers (53-64) and the visiting Minnesota Twins. He did not play in yesterday’s finale — won by the Twins to take the set, 2-1 — as an aftereffect of being hit on the hand by a pitch the previous day.

Alex Bregman was 2-for-11 with two runs scored and an RBI as the Houston Astros continue to struggle, even though they still have the best record in the AL at 72-45. Prior to yesterday’s win against the host Arizona Diamondbacks, they had lost five in a row and seven of their last 10.

Max Fried threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Atlanta Braves (52-63) in Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals, walking one and striking out one.

Brad Goldberg had another sloppy showing on Sunday as the Chicago White Sox (45-70) lost to the visiting KC Royals, 14-6. Goldberg pitched the final two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and three walks. It was his only appearance for the weekend.

Richard Bleier retired the only batter he faced for the Baltimore Orioles (58-60) in their 5-4 loss to the host Oakland As on Friday. Yesterday he endured a rare bad outing, giving up a two-run homer in 1.1 innings in another loss.

Danny Valencia did not get a single at-bat over the weekend for the Seattle Mariners (59-60), who were swept by the visiting LA Angels in a series that began Thursday. No injury, just supplanted by their new first-base acquisition in Yonder Alonso.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-7 for the LA Dodgers (83-34) who took two of three from the visiting San Diego Padres. He has just one hit in his last 32 at-bats. But the only game they lost was the one in which Pederson did not appear (Friday night).

 

JML Update, Games of 8/10/17

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 and drove in the third run of the game for the Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) in their 4-0 shutout over the visiting NY Yankees.

Ryan Braun singled twice in four trips to the plate as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-58) lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 7-2.

Alex Bregman split time between third base and shortstop, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Houston Astros (71-43) continue to sputter, relatively speaking. While they have the best record in the American league, they have lost seven of their last 10 games. including last night’s 3-2, 11-inning defeat at the hands of the host Chicago White Sox (4-68). Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA to under 9.00 with 2/3 of an inning of work in which he walked one.

Ian Kinsler was hitless in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (52-62) lost the rubber game of their series to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5.

Joc Pederson was also 0-for-4 but his LA Dodgers (81-33) beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners lost to the visiting LA Angels, 6-3.

Richard Bleier had a bit of an off night: he allowed two hits in a walk and retired just one batter as the Baltimore Orioles (57-58) beat the visiting Oakland As, 7-2.

No games for Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves. The Cincinnati Reds may activate Scott Feldman from the disabled list as early as tomorrow.

A couple pf days ago I mentioned that MLB will feature a “player’s weekend” starting Aug. 25 during which which the athletes will be allowed to wear whatever nickname they like on the backs of the jerseys. Braun will supposedly wear “Ocho,” since he wears “8” as his number. Booooooring. It would have been much cooler if he wore “Hebrew Hammer,” or at least “Hammer,” if the Hebrew part might go against some policy. I hope to be able to compile a last of what all the JMLS wore, after the fact.

Finally, in the shameless self-promotion department: Local boy makes good.

 

 

JML Update, Games of 8/3/2017

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Congrats to Ian Kinsler. He joined the rest of the MOTs by hitting his 10th home run of the year to lead off the game. He also walked and scored another run in four plate appearances as the Detroit Tigers (50-57) beat the host Baltimore Orioles (53-55), 7-5. It was the fifth time this year and 45th in his career he began a game with a bang.  Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Orioles, allowing one hit.

Danny Valencia hit his 12th home run and 17th double for the Seattle Mariners (55-55), who lost to the host KC Royals, 6-4. Valencia, who also walked and scored an additional run, leads all JMLs with 54 RBI. The solo shot — an opposite field job — came in the fourth inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead but had to be reviewed before becoming official.

Alex Bregman had two singles and a double (#27) in four at-bats, scoring once and driving in a run, but the Houston Astros (69-39) nevertheless lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.

Brad Goldberg gave up a run on two hits in 1.1 innings and still got his ERA down, to an even — if ugly — 9.00 as the Chicago White Sox (41-65) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 9-5.

Joc Pederson popped up on the first pitch he saw as a pinch-hitter as the LA Dodgers (76-32) beat the host Atlanta Braves, 7-4.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (57-53) in their 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The other Ryan (Lavarnway) did not appear for the Oakland As (48-61) in their 11-2 loss to the host San Francisco Giants. Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays had the day off.

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, 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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