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JML Update, November 14, 2017

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

The winter meetings begin today so it might not be too much longer before we learn the fates of players like Ian Kinsler, Craig Breslow, Danny Valencia, and perhaps even Ryan Braun.

I’m not looking for an immediate move re: Kinsler; neither are the Tigers, apparently.

Could Braun and Toronto Blue Jays super-defender Kevin Pillar be swapping team colors?

Alex Bregman continues to enjoy the adulation that comes with being on a world championship team. As a celebrity, he gets to weigh in on some strange issues.

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Alex Bregman, right, at a recent LSU football game.

Joc Pederson isn’t doing so badly himself either, even if there are some who think the Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfield is too crowded and he’s the one who should be traded.

In fact, what a great week it was during the World Series for past and present Jewish ballplayers and their fans, according to Steve Wulf on ESPN.

Big fish, small pond? Max Fried is the ninth-best prospect for the Atlanta Braves, the organization that is ranked second-best in the game.

Brad Ausmus “passed” on interviewing for the Yankees slot and reports indicate he wants to take some time off from managing. Sorry, but if no one invites you, can you decline an invitation?

And finally, guess who’s back in the Fuld. Our boy, Super Sam. (oooh, sorry) who joins fellow MOT Gabe Kapler on the Philadelphia Phillies. Fuld, who has been out of action for the past couple of seasons due to injury, decided to retire as an active player. He’ll be working on analytics for the Phillies front office.

 

 

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.

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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.

Jice

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.

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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.

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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.

 

JML Update, Games of 9/28/17

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Alex Bregman had just one of the 17 hits by the Houston Astros (99-60) but it went for his 18th home run in a 12-2 pasting of the host Boston Red Sox, a possible opponent in the post-season. The shot over the Green Monster was good for two runs in the second inning. He also walked and scored an additional run.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 and drove in a run in a must-win game for the Milwaukee Brewers (84-75), 4-3, over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

For his second straight outing, Cleveland Indians reliever Craig Breslow was the victim of poor relief. He came in for the top of the ninth with one out and gave up a single to Max Kepler for the Minnesota Twins (who secured a wild card spot the night before despite losing to the Indians). Breslow then struck out Robbie Grossman before being replaced by Nick Goody who hit the next batter and then gave up a triple. So Breslow gets charged with an earned run, pushing that stat — undeservedly — to 5.09. (By the way, the Indians came out on top of this one anyway, 5-3, picking up their 100th win.) Two days earlier, Breslow retired the first two batters he faced in the eighth inning before giving up a double. His replacement gave up an RBI single and, again, the run was charged against Breslow. So he gets the punishment for other relievers not doing their jobs? Where’s the justice in that? Have to get back to Keith Law’s engaging book, Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball.

Ryan Sherriff allowed one hit and struck out one in an inning of relief for the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) who lost to the visiting Chicago Cubs, 2-1, in 11 innings.

Posting late and getting ready for Yom Tov so I’ll just say no other MOTs played last yesterday.

For those of you who observe, have an easy fast.

 

JML Update, Games of 9/26/17

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

A Danny Valencia sighting! He got the start in right field and was 1-for-2 with his 15th home run, a a three-run blast to center in the seventh that helped the Seattle Mariners (77-81) beat the host Oakland As, 6-3. It was Valencia’s first home run in almost a month (8/28), but that’s mostly because his playing time has been cut so deeply since the arrival of Yonder Alonso.

Alex Bregman was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs as part of an 18-hit attack by the Houston Astros (97-50) in their 14-3 romp over the host Texas Rangers. Bregman has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.

Kevin Pillar was  also 3-for-5 as the Toronto Blue Jays (75-83) beat the host Boston Red Sox, 9-4.

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-4 and drove in the only run for the Detroit Tigers (62-95) in their 2-1 loss to the host KC Royals. He was also caught stealing.

Ryan Braun was 0-for-4 with a walk but the Milwaukee Brewers kept their wild card hopes alive with a 7-6 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. They trail the Colorado Rockies by a game and a half for the second NL spot.

Joc Pederson walked as a pinch hitter and remained in the game as a centerfielder for the LA Dodgers (101-57) in their 9-2 win over the visiting San Diego Padres.

Craig Breslow gave up one run on one hit (and one strikeout) in .2 innings as the Minnesota Twins scored four in the final two frames for an 8-6 win over the host Cleveland Indians (98-59). I may be biased, but I don’t know how they can expect a pitcher to stay sharp when he’s used so infrequently. Minnesota is one game ahead of the LA Angels for the final wild card spot in the American League

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles in their 10-1 loss to the host Pittsburgh Pirates. Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves in the 4-3, walk-off loss to the host NY Mets. Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the St. Louis Cardinals (82-75) in their 8-7 win over the visiting Chicago Cubs.

JML Update, Weekend Edition (9/8-9/10/17)

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

It was a weekend of highs and lows for several of the boys.

Kevin Pillar experienced both: He hit into a triple play in the sixth inning of Friday’s game for the Toronto Blue Jays (66-77) in a 5-4 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers (60-82). He was o-for-4 in that one. But baseball is said to be a game of redemption: Kinsler was 4-for-4 on Saturday with home run #15 as Jays turned the tables with a 5-4 victory of their own. On Sunday, Pillar had two more hits and another RBI in another Toronto win, this time by a more comfortable margin of 8-2.

Ian Kinsler was in the middle of that triple play, making the throw to first to nip Pillar. His home run in that one proved to be the difference. His 17th provided all the runs for the Tigers yesterday and was the first time all season that he went deep with a runner on base.

Also on the ups: Ryan Braun, who cracked career home run #300 in the first inning on Friday, providing all the runs the Milwaukee Brewers would get in their 2-0 shutout over the host Chicago Cubs. The Brewers (75-69) swept their three-game set to move two games behind the first place Cubbies. Braun was 0-for-3 on Saturday and 1-for-4 on Sunday with stolen base #10 for the year and 191 for his career which, combined with the 300 HRs, puts him in some sort of exclusive 300/180 club to hear the announcers in the clip talk. (I probably should have led with Braun’s milestone, but I had the early shift at work and I’m too tired and lazy to rearrange.)

Max Fried did not fare too well in his second start for the Atlanta Braves (64-78). He allowed four runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings against the visiting Miami Marlins, giving up six hits  — including Giancarlo Stanton’s 54th home rune — and walking one while striking out three. The Braves won on a walk-off walk so Fried was not saddled with a loss. By the way, the Braves won the next night on a three-run walk-off home run, which allowed the Washington Nationals to clinch the NL East title.

Ryan Sherriff picked up the first hold off his career on Friday, giving up a hit and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning as the St. Louis Cardinals (75-68, tied with the Brewers) beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-1. It was his only outing of the weekend.

Richard Bleier pitched twice for the Baltimore Orioles (71-72), who got caught in the Cleveland Indians rip saw. The Tribe (87-56) has won 18 in a row, including this weekend’s sweep of the visiting O’s. Bleier totaled 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out one. Craig Breslow picked up his first hold of the year, retiring the only batter he faced in the middle game of the series.

As well as the Indians have been playing, the LA Dodgers (91-52) have been that bad. They lost their tenth straight and fifteenth out of the last 16 by dropping their series to the visiting Colorado Rockies. Joc Pederson started two consecutive games for the first time in a while, but he was 0-for-7 with a two walks (including one as a pinch-hitter yesterday). It’s only because of the huge success they had early on that the Dodgers still have the best record in the Majors.

The Houston Astros (86-57) have also struggled over the past several weeks, but not to the Dodgers’ extent. They dropped their four-game series (including a Saturday double-header) to the Oakland As with Alex Bregman sitting out Friday’s contest as he nursed a hamstring injury which some thought would mean the end of his season. But he came back for the next three, going 3-for-11 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs.

Danny Valencia appeared in only the middle game of the Seattle Mariners’ meetings with the visiting LA Angels. He was 0-for-3 with a walk. The Mariners (71-72) took two of the three games.

 

 

JML Update, Games of 9/7/17

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Only two MOTs in action last night. Both of their teams were involved in streaks of one sort or another.

Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Cleveland Indians (84-56), who won their 15th in a row by beating the lowly Chicago White Sox, 11-1. Breslow worked the ninth, giving up a walk and striking out one in what was obviously a non-save situation.

No even the great Clayton Kershaw could prevent the LA Dodgers (92-48) from dropping their seventh straight, succumbing to the visiting Colorado Rockies, 9-1. Joc Pederson was 0-for-1 with a walk before coming out for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (71-69) in their 9-1 loss to the visiting NY Yankees. Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (62-77) in their 6-5 win over the visiting Miami Marlins. Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the St. Louis Cardinals (72-68) in their 3-0 shutout at the hands of the host San Diego Padres.

   
 

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