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JML Update, Games of 9/19/17

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ryan Braun had two singles and a walk as the Milwaukee Brewers (81-70) once again shut out the host Pittsburgh Pirates, this time by a score of 1-0 thanks to a Domingo Santana home run in the fourth inning. The Brewers are now one game behind the Colorado Rockies for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Alex Bregman hit his 36th double to drive in what proved to be the winning run as the Houston Astros (92-58) beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 3-1. It was his only hit in three at-bats in a game that was played in a tidy two hours and forty-seven minutes.

Ian Kinsler hit his MOT-leading 20th home run to put the Detroit Tigers (62-89) on the scoreboard in what would be a 9-8 loss to the visiting Oakland As. No surprise, it was another solo shot. Wonder where he’ll wind up next year?

Kevin Pillar matched Bregman by hitting his 36th double — his only hit in three at-bats — as the Toronto Blue Jays (71-80) beat the visiting KC Royals, 5-2. Pillar also scored one of the Jays’ runs.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-1 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners (74-77) lost to the visiting Texas Rangers, 3-1. Valencia came out of the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Wouldn’t be too surprised if he wound up playing for his eight team in nine years in 2018.

Ryan Sherriff allowed a hit and walked one in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief for the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the host Cincinnati Reds, 8-7, in 10 innings.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (96-55) in their 6-2 loss to the host Philadelphia Phillies. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (73-79) in their 1-0, 11-inning loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (67-82) in their 4-2 loss to the visiting Washington Nationals. Scott Breslow did not appear for the Cleveland Indians (94-57) in their 6-3 win over the host LA Angels.

Here’s a bit of catching up with former Tiger and WBC Team Israel pitcher Josh Zeid via Bob Wechsler:

The Durham Bulls are my hometown team, so I’m glad they won the Triple-A championship game against the PCL champion Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday night.

The win came at the expense of Josh Zeid.

Memphis led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth when Zeid came on to pitch his one inning. All three outs were strikeouts, but in between he hit a batter, gave up a single and a walk and then a two-out grand slam to Kean Wong.

Zeid (9-5, 5.49) had a long season, beginning with Team Israel in the WBC and ending in late September in the playoffs.

Lastly, I will not be posting during Rosh Hashana so I’ll see you all on Monday as the regular season winds down. Shan tova to all, and to all a good night.

JML Update, Games of 9/18/17

Posted on: September 19th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Only two Jewish hitters in action and both hit home runs.

Ian Kinsler blasted his MOT-leading 19th (another solo job) but the Detroit Tigers (62-88) fell to the visiting Oakland As, 8-3. Kinsler drove in another run with his 24th double, so he accounted for 67 percent of his team’s scoring.

Ryan Braun gave the Milwaukee Brewers (80-70) the only run they would need as they shut out the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0. Braun’s 17th came in the fourth inning. He also singled and stole his 12th base.

Things were not so bright for Richard Bleier, who gave up a hit and was charged with a run without retiring a batter as the Baltimore Orioles (73-78) lost in 11 to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 10-8.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (96-54) in their 4-3 loss to the host Philadelphia Phillies.

Everyone else had the day off.

Just FYI, the Cleveland Indians (Craig Breslow) and Houston Astros (Alex Bregman) have clinched their divisions (AL Central and West, respectively) while the Dodgers, despite their MLB-best record, have just secured a spot in the post-season (NL West). Mathematically, the Brewers, Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays (Kevin Pillar), and St. Louis Cardinals (Ryan Sherriff) are all still alive for a Wild Card berth.

 

JML Update, Weekend edition (9/15-9/17, 2017)

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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NOTE: In the case of four-game series that began on Thursday, the numbers here cover only the games played Friday-Sunday.

Star honors for the weekend go to Ryan Braun, who was 5-for-13 with his 16th homer. He also had two doubles (24) and his second triple of the year. He drove in two, scored three, and walked twice as the Milwaukee Brewers (79-70) took two of three from the host Miami Marlins.

Ian Kinsler was 3-for-11 with two walks and two runs scored and his 14th stolen base as the Detroit Tigers  (62-87) split their four-game series with the visiting Chicago Cubs. Among the hits was his 23rd double of the year.

Kevin Pillar had just one hit in nine at-bats for the Toronto Blue Jays (70-80) but it was a home run (#16) and put his team on the scoreboard in an eventual 4-3 win over the host Minnesota Twins. Pillar also walked twice in that one and scored another run. All told, he struck out four times over the weekend. Now, I haven’t seen every great defensive play of the year, but I have a hard time believing none of Pillar’s web-gems were not worthy for consideration in this made-up award orgy.  Getting a bit tire of every single thing being “brought to you” or sponsored by some business entity.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-14 but  the Houston Astros (91-58) swept the visiting Seattle Mariners. Perhaps he’s still hobbled by that nagging hamstring injury. Danny Valencia‘s only appearance came as the starting first baseman in the middle game in which he was 0-for-1 with a walk before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.

Joc Pederson struck out two of the three times he came to bat between Friday’s and Saturday’s games. The LA Dodgers (96-53) won two of their three games against the host Washington Nationals.

Richard Bleier had a so-so weekend for the Baltimore Orioles (73-77), who lost three of four to the host NY Yankees. Bleier appeared twice, tossing two scoreless innings on Friday (two hits, including a home run, and two strikeouts) and retiring the only batter he faced on Sunday to earn his third hold.

Ryan Sherriff retired the only batter he faced for the St. Louis Cardinals (77-72) against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The Cubs swept the three-game series.

The Cleveland Indians saw their winning streak stopped at 22 at the hands of the visiting KC Royals on Friday. Craig Breslow did not appear in that one. In fact, he hasn’t pitched since Sept. 9.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (67-81), who dropped two of three to the visiting NY Mets.

JML Update, Games of 9/14/17

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

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Ian Kinsler hit home run #18, but the Detroit Tigers (60-86) nevertheless lost to the visiting Chicago White Sox, 17-7. Kinsler, who served as DH in this one, clubbed his shot in the ninth inning for his only hit in five at-bats. Prior to the game, Kinsler was presented with the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award by former Tigers favorite Willie Horton. I remember Horton from when I was a kid and was amazed to see how small he looked next to Kinsler. IO don’t know if I’m just sensitive when it comes to JMLs, but it seems Kinsler is the target of more than his share of antagonism within the local sports media.

The Great American Novel: A Novel by [Roth, Philip]In their previous game, the Tigers saw their catcher and manager ejected for arguing balls and strikes by Home plate umpire Quinn Walcott. Shortly thereafter, Walcott was hit by a pitched ball when the replacement backstop, John Hicks, failed to catch the throw. There was some speculation by sports pundits — including those on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption — that it was a deliberate play. This reminded me of a scene in Philip Roth‘s underrated baseball book, The Great American Novel, in which Mike “The Mouth” Masterson, a home plate umpire, was intentionally hit in the throat by a fastball thrown by vindictive pitcher Gil Gamesh, thus ending the careers of both men. As Casey Stengel used to say, “You can look it up.” Needless to say, Brad Ausmus denies the accusations.

Getting back to yesterday, Kevin Pillar singled and doubled (#35), but the Toronto Blue Jays (68-79) fell to the host Minnesota Twins, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Alex Bregman also notched his 35th two-bagger. It was his only hit in five at-bats as the Houston Astros (88-58) beat the host LA Angels, 5-2. Bregman also scored a run and drove one in.

The Cleveland Indians (91-56) set a new record for consecutive wins when they beat the visiting KC Royals, also 3-2 in 10. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Tribe.

Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the St. Louis Cardinals (77-69) in their 5-3 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (66-79) in their 5-2 loss to the host Washington Nationals. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (72-75) in their 13-5 loss to the host NY Yankees. Danny Valencia did not appear for the Seattle Mariners (74-73), who beat the host Texas Rangers, 10-4. Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers had the day off, as did Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers.

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JML Update, Games of 9/13/17

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

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Ian Kinsler was 0-5 as the Detroit Tigers (60-85) went into the record books as the team that gave the host Cleveland Indians (90-56) their 21st straight win,  5-3. In fact it was Kinsler who made the final out of the game, lining to left in the record-setting event. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Indians. Manager Brad Ausmus was ejected again, this time in the third inning for trying to come to the aid of his catcher, James McCann, who was tossed for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Quinn Walcott.

St. Louis Cardinals’ rookie pitcher Ryan Sherriff had his first bad outing of his young career, he allowed to inherited runners to score, along with two of his own, by giving up a grand slam to the Cincinnati Reds’ Eugenia Suarez in the fifth inning of a 6-0 loss. The Cards are 76-9.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 and drove in a run on a sac fly as the Seattle Mariners (73-73) beat the host Texas Rangers, 8-3. He also made his 11th error of the season.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-4, splitting his time between thirds and second base defensively, as the Houston Astros (87-58) lost to the host LA Angels, 9-1.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (68-78) lost to the visiting Baltimore Orioles (72-74), 2-1. He struck out with the tying run on base to end the sixth inning and was smart not to throw the bat in disgust, thereby earning himself an ejection. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Orioles.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (77-69) in their 8-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (92-56), who beat the host San Francisco Giants, 4-1.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (66-78) in their 8-2 win over the host Washington Nationals.

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JML Report, Games of 9/12/17

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Ian Kinsler hit his 22nd double in four at-bats, but it didn’t matter: the Cleveland Indians (89-56) won their 20th in a row by beating the Detroit Tigers (60-84), 2-0. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Indians. And they’re still talking about whether or not to bring Brad Ausmus back as Tigers manager next year.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 as the Houston Astros (87-57) made the one run they scored in the second inning stand up for Justin Verlander, who threw eight shutout  innings in the 1-0 win.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 but scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth following a lead-off walk. The Toronto Blue Jays (68-77) beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles (71-74), 3-2. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Orioles.

Ryan Braun was o-for-4 but scored one run and drove in another to help the Milwaukee Brewers (76-69) beat the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3. Braun also stole his 11th base.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers, who broke their 11-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the host San Francisco Giants. Max Fried did not pitch for the Atlanta Braves (65-78) who fell to the Washington Nationals, 8-0. Danny Valencia did not appear for the Seattle Mariners (72-73) in their 10-3 win over the host Texas Rangers. Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the St. Louis Cardinals (76-68) who beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 13-4.

JML Update, Games of 9/1/17

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (67-77) beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles (71-73), 5-4. Richard Bleier did not appear in the game for the Orioles.

Ian Kinsler was also 1-for-4 as the visiting Detroit Tigers (60-83) became another victim of the Cleveland Indians’ juggernaut, 11-0. He came out of the game for a defensive replacement.  Craig Breslow did not appear for Cleveland (88-56), who won their 19th consecutive game, one shy of the AL record set by the Oakland As in 2002.

Ryan Braun did not get one of the three hits the Milwaukee Brewers (75-69) were able to muster in their 7-0 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. He was o-for-3 with a walk.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base — just his second of the season — as the Seattle Mariners (71-73) fell to the host Texas Rangers, 5-3.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers, who lost their 11th in a row and 16th of their last 17 at the hands of the host San Francisco Giants, 8-6. And the Dodgers are still 40 games over .500 (92-52).

 

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

Posted on: September 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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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 9/6/17

Posted on: September 7th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ian Kinsler hit home run #15 to break a four-way tie for most among MOTs. It was one of the few highlights for the Detroit Tigers (59-80), who were pummeled by visiting KC Royals, 13-2. The solo shot — his only hit in three at-bats (he also walked) — came in the fifth inning. It tied the game at the time, but the Royals scored four in the seventh and seven more in the eighth. In case you were wondering, Kinsler’s lifetime total is 227, fourth on the all-time Jewish list behind Hank Greenberg, Shawn Green, and Ryan Braun, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Milwaukee Brewers (72-68) fell to the host Cincinnati Reds, 7-1.

Alex Bregman hit his 33rd double — his only safety in five at-bats, as the Houston Astros (86-53) beat the host Seattle Mariners (69-71), 5-3.  Danny Valencia did not appear for the Mariners.

Joc Pederson returned to Major League action last night, batting eighth and stroking a single in two at-bats as the flailing LA Dodgers (92-47) lost to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1. He came out of the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh, but he did make this nice catch up against the centerfield wall to save at least one run.

Ryan Sherriff picked up his first Major League win by tossing two innings of relief for the St. Louis Cardinals (72-67), who beat the host San Diego Padres, 3-1. Sherriff, who took his first loss on Saturday to the San Francisco Giants, did not allow a hit, walked two, and struck out two.

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (61-77), who split a doubleheader with the Texas Rangers. Fried will become a full-time starter, at least for the remainder of the season, as the Braves go to a six-man rotation. I’m waiting for the time some maverick manager decides to start a different pitcher for each game, bringing someone up from the minors as the need arises. Think of the confusion for the opposing teams. What kind of scouting reports will there be? Plus you’re paying some of these guys the ML minimum. Anyway, Fried takes the ball on Saturday against the visiting Miami Marlins.

Kevin Pillar did not appear for the Toronto Blue Jays (64-76), who lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 6-1.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Cleveland Indians (83-56), who won their 14th in a row by beating the host Chicago White Sox, 5-1.

Richard Bleier and the Baltimore Orioles (71-68) saw their game against the visiting NY Yankees postponed by rain.

 

 

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JML Update, Games of 7/5/17

Posted on: September 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar had a single and double (#34) and scored a run in seven at-bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (64-75) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 3-2, in 19 innings. The winning single was hit in Pillar’s direction but there was no superhuman effort in this story and his throw was unable to nab the game-winner at the plate. I was actually watching the last several innings, the product of insomnia.

Alex Bregman got the Houston Astros (85-53) on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly in the third inning and was hitless in three official at-bats. The outfield fly didn’t miss being a rand slam by much in Justin Verlander’s debut for the Astros, who held off the host Seattle Mariners (69-70), 3-1. Danny Valencia did not appear for the Ms.

kinslerIan Kinsler (left) was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (59-79) crossed the plate seven times in the second en route to a 13-2 drubbing of the visiting KC Royals. He came out for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Kinsler’s future with the Tigers is up in their air. Reports are that he wants to be back in 2018, but the team seems to be willing to part with the 35-year-old second baseman as they rebuild. On the other hand, they could use his veteran leadership as they do. One also has to wonder about the future of manager Brad Ausmus, who has not had great success since he was hired.

Same box score line for Ryan Braun with a different result: the Milwaukee Brewers (72-67) lost to the host Cincinnati Reds, 9-2. He also walked and stole his ninth base. Braun remains one home run shy of the 300 mark.

Richard Bleier gave up an unearned run on one hit as the Baltimore Orioles (71-68) came back from a 6-1 deficit to beat the visiting NY Yankees, 7-6, on Manny Machado’s two-run walk off homer. It was his second long-ball of the night in a game that was delayed by rain for more than two hours because of rain.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Cleveland Indians (82-56) who beat the host Chicago White Sox, 9-4, for their 13th consecutive victory. Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the St. Louis cardinals (71-67) in their 8-4 win over the host San Diego Padres. The meeting between the Texas Rangers and host Atlanta Braves was postponed by rain so nothing for Max Fried, who’s already being touted as the next Tom Glavine? Please.

The LA Dodgers (92-46) recalled beleaguered outfielder Joc Pederson yesterday. They lost, 3-1, to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, their fifth straight defeat and ninth in their last 10.

   
 

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