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JML Update, games of May 9, 2017

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar accounted for one of the Toronto Blue Jays’ four hits in their 6-0 shutout at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians. Sorry, no highlight reel defensive plays in this one as h. The Jays are 12-21.

Ryan Braun doubled (#6) in four at-bats and scored a run for the Milwaukee Brewers (17-16)  in an 11-7 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox. Here’s an interesting story about the new 10-day disabled list (it used to be 15 days). When a player has a relatively mild injury — not enough to warrant putting him on the 10-day list — how can that affect a team’s make-up?

Alex Bregman hit his first triple of the year for the Houston Astros (22-11), drove in one, and scored another in their 8-3 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 with two walks as the Seattle Mariners (16-17) battled back from a five run deficit to beat the host Philadelphia Phillies, 10-9.

Joc Pederson was 1-for-5 as the LA Dodgers (19-14) beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3, in 10 innings. Dodgers’ starting pitcher Jose Urias no-hit the Pirates for six innings.

Contrary to expectations, Ian Kinsler did not return to the Detroit Tigers  (16-15) on Tuesday. They beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-3.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (18-15) in their 5-3 win over the visiting NY Yankees. Craig Breslow did not make it into the Minnesota Twins’ 7-2 win over the host Chicago White Sox. The Twins are 16-14.

 

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JML update, weekend edition (May 5-7): Scott Feldman shines

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

It’s been a rough few days for the boys, several of whom have been hit by the injury bug.

Ian Kinsler and Ryan Braun missed all of the Detroit Tigers’ and Milwaukee Brewers’ games, respectively, over the weekend. Kinsler is suffering from a slightly pulled hammy (anathema to the MOTs) while Braun is dealing with a sore wing. Neither were put on the disabled list, which meant their ball clubs have been short a player during this time. The Tigers (15-15) lost two of three to the host Oakland A’s while the Brewers (15-17) dropped two of three to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Braun might be back as early as Tuesday, the same “prognosis” as Kinsler.

Joc Pederson, who rejoined the LA Dodgers (17-14) on Friday following his stint on the DL, was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his return, an 8-3 win over the host San Diego Padres. On Saturday, Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement, was hit by a pitch, and scored a run as the Dodgers add a deuce to the previous day’s score, beating the Padres 10-2. The Sunday game was postponed by rain, contrary to the song.

Major Mazel goes to Scott Feldman who pitched perhaps one of the best games of his career yesterday, blanking the visiting San Francisco Giants for his third career shutout, 4-0. Feldman, who’s alternated between decent and terrible starts for as long as I can remember, struck out five and gave up four hits and a walk for his for second win against three losses as the Cincinnati Reds (17-14) completed the sweep. It was their first complete game of the year

Kevin Pillar hit his ninth double and singled twice, with a run scored and an RBI, to help the Toronto Blue Jays (11-20) double up on the host Tampa Bay Rays, 8-4, on Friday. He was 0-for-4 the next day in a 6-1 loss, then finished up the series by hitting his 10th two-bagger and scored the game-tying run in what would end as a 2-1 Blue Jays win. It was his only hit in three official at-bats. He also walked and stole his fourth base.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-6 in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-1, 13-inning loss to the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday. He singled in four at-bats the next day, scoring one run and driving in two in an 8-4 win on Saturday and appeared as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, knocking in two more runs to tie the Rangers, 3-3. The M-Men (15-17) went on to win, 4-3, on a Kyle Seager home run in the eighth. He didn’t make the start because of — you guessed it — a slight hamstring issue. He is batting over .350 over his last nine games.

Alex Bregman sat out Friday’s game for the Houston Astros (21-11), a 7-5, 10-inning win over the host LA Angels. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Saturday in a 2-1 loss and 1-for-3 with his sixth double and a run scored in a 5-3 win on Sunday. The Astros are tied with the Washington Nationals for most wins in the Majors.

The Boston Red Sox beat up on their host, the Minnesota Twins (15-13), on Saturday, 11-1. Craig Breslow came away unscathed, allowing one hit in an inning of relief. It was his only appearance on the weekend.

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JML Update, games of May 4, 2017

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Just three MOTs in action last night:

Mazel of the day: is this a turnaround or a tease? Danny Valencia had four hits, including his third home run of the season — a solo upper deck job —  to lead the Seattle Mariners (13-16) to an 11-3 bludgeoning over the visiting LA Angels. he also had two run-scoring singles.

Craig Breslow pitched two innings in relief for the Minnesota Twins, giving up two hits, including a solo home run. He also struck out two as the Twins (14-12) lost to the visiting Oakland A’s, 8-6.

Alex Bregman singled in three official at-bats and also walked twice for the Houston Astros (19-10) in their 10-4 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. Bregman also made his third error of the season.

Ian Kinsler and the Detroit Tigers (14-13) saw their game against the visiting Cleveland Indians rained out. Good thing; he could use the extra rest to get over his hamstring tweak.

Ryan Braun, still nursing a bad back, did not play for the Milwaukee Brewers (15-14) in their 5-4 win over the host St. Louis Cardinals. Seems that the injury has an affect on his throwing. Too bad the Brewers aren’t in the AL any more.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (14-14) in their 4-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. And by the way, starting pitcher Tim Adelman? Not a MOT.

Kevin Pillar shoots a flare for a single in the first inning of the April 28 game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre.Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays (9-19) had the day off, as did Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers (15-14). Pederson is expected to rejoin the team today after a stint on the disable list with an upper leg injury. Could Pillar, right,  join Pederson (and Braun) on the trading block? Maybe he should go back to hockey.

The Baltimore Orioles sent Richard Bleier back to the minors yesterday. He made one appearance during his brief time with the team, tossing four innings of relief on Wednesday when starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected for hitting a Red Sox batter.Here Tigers manager Brad Ausmus picks sides in that incident.

In non-JML news, Rabbi Jason Miller, who helped me resurrect (can I use that word?) Kaplan’s Korner after I left the NJ Jewish News in September, conducted this interview with Peter Kurz, president of the Israel Association of Baseball, on that nation’s amazing run at the recent World Baseball Classic.

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JML Update, Games of May 3, 2017

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Open the door, Richard: Richard Bleier made his first appearance of the year for the Baltimore Orioles. He was pressed into service in the second inning after starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected for hitting Boston Red Sox batter Xander Bogaerts on a very questionable decision by the umpire. Bleier did pretty well, considering the emergency nature of his service: four innings, five hits, one walk, and three runs (only one of which as earned). He also started a nifty double play. The O’s lost to the host Sawx, 4-2, with Gausman getting the decision.

Alex Bregman singled twice in four at bats, scored one run, and drove in another as the Houston Astros (19-9) crushed the visiting Texas Rangers, 10-1. But he’s still getting grief about comments he made about the other Lone Star State team.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout as the Toronto Blue Jays (9-19) lost to the host NY Yankees, 8-6.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Seattle Mariners (12-16) held off the visiting LA Angels, 8-7.

Ian Kinsler might be taking Joc Pederson‘s place on the Jewish disabled list. He came out of the game with a hamstring injury in the seventh in of the game between hi Detroit Tigers and the visiting Cleveland Indians. Kinsler was 0-for-3 as the Tigers (14-13) lost, 3-2. The Detroit News thinks Kinsler is starting to come out of his slump, but the numbers don’t back that up. Pederson’s Dodgers fell to the visiting San Francisco Giants, 4-1, in 11 innings. He is expected to be activated tomorrow.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (13-14) in their 7-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (14-11) in their 7-4 win over the visiting Oakland A’s. The Twins move into a first-place tie with the Indians in the AL Central.

The St. Louis Cardinals had another game postponed by rain, this one against Ryan Braun and the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, which is a good thing; gives him more time to recover from his latest injury.

 

 

JML update, Games of May 2, 2017

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Danny Valencia hit his second home run of the year — a solo shot in the sixth — that gave the Seattle Mariners (11-16)  a brief 3-2 lead over the visiting LA Angels. But the Halos came back to take the game, 6-4. It was his only hit in five trips to the plate.

Kevin Pillar singled and hit his eighth double in five at-bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (9-18) lost to the host NY Yankees, 11-5. He was also caught stealing for the fourth time as he tried to sneak into third base in the first inning.

Ian Kinsler hit his fourth double — his only safety in four at-bats — and scored a run as the Detroit Tigers (14-12) beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 5-2.

Alex Bregman single and scored a run as the Houston Astros (18-9) held off the visiting Texas Rangers, 8-7.

Ryan Braun struck out as a pinch-hitter with two out in the ninth to seal the deal for the Milwaukee Brewers (14-14) in a 2-1 loss to the host St. Louis Cardinals.

Scott Feldman was just plain ugly in his outing: he allowed six runs in the fourth inning as the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates keelhauled the Cincinnati Reds, 12-3. Feldman’s line: four innings, six hits (including a three-run homer), seven runs, two walks, and three strikeouts to fall to 1-2.

Richard Bleier did not appear in the Baltimore Orioles’ 5-2 loss to the host Boston Red Sox. The O’s are 16-9. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (13-11) in their 9-1 win over the visiting Oakland A’s.

Joc Pederson remains on the DL for the LA Dodgers, who beat the visiting San Francisco Giants, 13-5.

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JML Update, Weekend edition (Games of April 28-30)

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

First of all, welcome back Richard Bleier. The Baltimore Orioles promoted him on Sunday. According to CBS Sports, “Bleier will likely be in line for lower-leverage work in the middle innings. Bleier, 30, had given up one run over nine innings in five relief appearances at Norfolk this season.” He did not appear in the Orioles’ 7-3, 11-inning win over the host NY Yankees. So if you include Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, that gives the MOTs a minyan. (HT to Scott Barancik at JewishBaseballNews.com for the news.)

Kevin Pillar went 4-for-4 in a 7-4 loss by the Toronto Blue Jays to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. That included two singles, his second double, and fourth home run, coming up just a triple short of a cycle. With all that, he drove in just one run (he also walked). Pillar probably wishes he spread it around a bit: he went a collective 0-for-8 in the other two games, both wins for the Jays, who are now 12-14 following a very slow start.

Ryan Braun hit his seventh home run of the year on Friday as the Milwaukee Brewers (13-13) saw the visiting Atlanta Braves break an 8-8 ties in the top of the ninth for a 10-8 win. Braun added two singles to the night’s performance. He made this nice throw to nab a runner on Saturday but was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Judging solely by the replay, it seemed like the call came a little late. Like Pillar, Braun failed to get a hit the rest of the weekend (0-for-6). He had to come out of the Sunday game with tightness in his upper back.

Alex Bregman was 2-6 with an RBI in the first two games for the Houston Astros (16-9) over the visiting Oakland. He was dropped to ninth in the lineup in Saturday’s game, which he couldn’t have been too happy about. He was given the day off on Sunday which saw the ‘Stros lose to miss the sweep..

The Seattle Mariners (11-15) dropped two of three to the host Cleveland Indians. Danny Valencia did not appear in Friday’s game, was 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday, and appeared as a defensive replacement on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler continues to struggle. He was just 1-for-14 in a win and two losses by the Detroit Tigers (12-12) to the visiting Chicago White Sox. He scored twice, struck out twice, and walked once, lowering his batting average to .207.

Craig Breslow picked up his first win of the season on Friday, retiring the only batter he faced in a 6-4 Minnesota Twins (12-11) decision over the host Kansas City Royals. It was his only appearance over the weekend, the Twins taking two games, with the middle one postponed.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (11-13), who split their two games with the host St. Louis Cardinals, the Saturday contest postponed by rain. He gets the call on Tuesday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Joc Pederson may come off the DL next Friday for the LA Dodgers (14-12), who swept their series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

JML update, Games of April 26, 2017

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ryan Braun singled and doubled in five trips to the plate, driving in two runs (16 on the year) as the Milwaukee Brewers (12-11) beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 9-4.  Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds (10-12). And they’re still talking about trading Braun.

Danny Valencia, back in the starting lineup, also singled and doubled (#4) in five at-bats as the Seattle Mariners (9-13) shut out the host Detroit Tigers, 8-0. Ian Kinsler was 0-4 for the Tigers (11-9). Valencia also swiped his first base of the year.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a run scored as the Houston Astros (14-7) dropped a 7-6 decision to the host Cleveland Indians.

Craig Breslow‘s mazel was that he put the first two runners on base in his relief appearance last night against the host Texas Rangers but neither of them scored. The Minnesota Twins hurler hit Rougned Odor and gave up a single to Ryan Rua to lead off the seventh. But Odor was caught trying to steal third and Joey Gall popped out to the catcher in foul territory. Breslow came out and Ryan Pressly struck out Robinson Cirinos to end the threat. The Twins (10-11) lost anyway, 14-3.

The game between Kevin Pillar‘s Toronto Blue Jays and the host St. Louis Cardinals was postponed by rain.

Joc Pederson remains on the disabled list for the LA Dodgers who lost to the host San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings.

Jewish Baseball News posted this item, “All-time batting leader list contains some surprises.”
 

JML update, games of April 25, 2017

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Mazel of the Day: Ian Kinsler was 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored (including one on a wild pitch), and two RBIs as the Detroit Tigers (11-8) scored nine times in the fifth en route to crushing the visiting Seattle Mariners, 19-9. The teams combined for 40 hits, two of those courtesy of Danny Valencia who came into the game for the Mariners  (8-13) in the third inning as a pinch-runner for rightfielder Mitch Haniger, who sustained an injury diving back to first on a pick-off play. Valencia remained in the game and went 2-for-2 — including his first home run of the year — plus two walks so he gets half a mazel for stepping in and stepping up.

Anti-mazel: Scott Feldman is reverting to his Jekyll and Hyde pitching persona, going back and forth between good and bad performances. This was the bad one: Feldman allowed four runs on five hits and five walks (he also struck out five) in a 9-1 loss to the host Milwaukee Brewers. On the bright side, none of the hits was a home run. Ryan Braun was 0-for-4 with a strikeout by Feldman. Almost surprised to see him back given the three foul balls he hit off his foot the day before. The Reds fall to 10-11 following a surprisingly strong start. The Brewers even their season record at 11-11.

Kevin Pillar hit his first triple of the year, his only hit in five at-bats (he also walked). He scored twice and drove in a run with that triple in amazing fashion (see below) in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5, 11-inning win over the host St. Louis Cardinals. The Jays improve to 6-14.

Alex Bregman singled in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (14-6) beat the host Cleveland Indians, 4-2.

Craig Breslow gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning for the Minnesota Twins (10-10) who beat the host Texas Rangers, 8-1.

Joc Pederson remains on the DL for the LA Dodgers, who beat the host San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

In other JML “news,” Ron Blomberg, the first designated hitter in the Majors, was the subject of this “Four Questions” interview by the Atlanta Jewish News. Blomberg is scheduled to speak at the 14th annual JNF Atlanta Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast on Yom HaAtzmaut, Tuesday, May 2, at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Sandy Springs.

Ron Blomberg, left, with Ron Kaplan

The two Rons. Blomberg, left, and Kaplan at Yankees Fantasy Camp in 2009.

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JML Update, Games of April 21-23, 2017

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Mazel of the Weekend: Kevin Pillar continues to produce in the leadoff spot for the Toronto Blue Jays. Although he was just 3-for-14, two of those hits went for his second and third home runs of the year. He drove in three and scored a total of three runs as the Jays (5-13) took two of three from the host LA Angels. He has an 11-game hitting streak going on and, in fact, has a hit in 16 of his 18 games in 2017. And of course, there’s the defense:

 

Ryan Braun was also in home run mode for the Milwaukee Brewers (9-11). He hit his sixth on Friday, one of his four hits in 12 at-bats in a  three-game sweep at the hands of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Braun drove in the first run of yesterday’s game with his third double. He also had a defensive “highlight,” making a great diving catch but then throwing the ball away for an error that allowed a run to score.

Ian Kinsler was 3-for-14 with a run scored, a walk, and two strikeouts as the Detroit Tigers (10-8) took two of three from the host Minnesota Twins (8-10).

Craig Breslow entered Saturday’s game in the sixth inning for the Twins with one on and no out, giving up an RBI double (so that run didn’t go against his record) and in turn had the pitcher who relieved him allow Breslow’s responsibility to score, so that seems fair. Breslow came on in the sixth again in yesterday’s game with two on, two out, and three runs already in for the Tigers and ended the threat with a strikeout. He retired the side in the seventh without incident.

The LA Dodgers inserted Joc Pederson into the leadoff spot on Friday. He responded by singling, doubling, and scoring twice in four at bats in Friday’s 13-5 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks. The next day he was hitless in four at-bats (three strikeouts) from the sixth spot in the lineup in an 11-4 loss. Yesterday he was back on top, with a double and run scored (plus a walk) as the Dodgers (9-10) avoided the sweep with a 6-2 win. Pederson came out of the game after his at-bat in the sixth inning with some upper leg tightness.

Alex Bregman was 3-for-11 with two strikeouts and two walks as the Houston Astros (an AL-best 13-5) took two of three from the host Tampa Bay Rays. He has a five-game hitting streak (what’s the minimum number to start noting streaks these days?).

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 on Friday and 0-for-3 on Saturday for the Seattle Mariners (8-12) in two losses to the Oakland As. He did not appear in Sunday’s game, an 11-1 Mariners win. Valencia is having the toughest time of all the MOTs, batting just .145, and he might be squandering his opportunity.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (10-9), who lost two of three to the visiting Chicago Cubs. His next start comes tomorrow against Braun’s Brewers.

 

JML Update, Games of April 20, 2017

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Mazel of the day goes to Ian Kinsler who led off a game with a home run for the 51st time in his 12-year career. It was downhill from there for the Detroit Tigers (8-7), who lost to the host Tampa Bay Rays, 8-1. It was Kinsler’s only hit in three official trips to the plate. He also walked for the 12th time, tops in the American League.

And we have a co-Mazel for the first time: Scott Feldman pitched seven strong innings for the Cincinnati Reds (9-7). Unfortunately, they had to play 10 and wound up losing to the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 2-1. The only blemish against Feldman — who allowed four hits and no walks while striking out four batters —  was a two-out home run in the second by Jonathan Schoop.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 for the Toronto Blue Jays (3-12), who gave up three runs in the top of the tenth to lose to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 4-3. He also made his daily bread…

Craig Breslow came on for the Minnesota Twins with one on and one out in the eighth against the visiting Cleveland Indians. He struck out the first batter he faced and gave up a single, but escaped without any damage. Breslow started the ninth and retired the lead-off hitter before being relieved. That turned out to be a bad move as his replacement, Ryan Pressly, gave up a walk and back-to-back doubles for another two runs as the Twins (7-8) lost, 6-2.

Alex Bregman hit his fourth double in three at-bats as the Houston Astros held off the visiting LA Angels, 2-1. It was their Major League-best 11th win (11-5).

Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in the Seattle Mariners’ (7-10) 9-6 loss to the host Oakland A’s.

Anti-Mazel? Ryan Braun didn’t even put the ball in play for the Milwaukee Brewers last night, striking out three times and walking once. The Brew Crew (9-8) still managed to beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 7-5.

Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers had Thursday off.

 

 

   
 

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