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JML Update, Games of July 4, 2017

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Alex Bregman had two doubles (16), a single, a walk, three runs scored, and one RBI as the Houston Astros (57-27) beat up on the host Atlanta Braves, 16-4.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the Seattle Mariners’ (41-44) 7-3 loss to the visiting KC Royals.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with one strikeout but the Toronto Blue Jays (38-35) beat the host NY Yankees, 4-1.

Ian Kinsler took an 0-for-4 collar but the Detroit Tigers (37-45) beat the even-worse visiting San Francisco Giants, 5-4. While at the recent SABR Convention in New York, I had the chance to speak with a number of Tigers fans who were quite supportive of Brad Ausmus. I have compared him with David Blatt, the rookie head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They both came into situations where the team they were taking over had done well the previous year and remained relatively intact, seemingly indicating continued success. In fact, the Cavs were in first place — and went on to win the NBA Championship — when Blatt was fired. So when Detroit won the AL Central in 2014,  lot of people discredited Ausmus’ role, claiming he inherited a solid club from Jim Leyland. And in the years since then, as the Tigers have stumbled, there have been a lot of naysayers. These SABRen believed he could be a Hall of Fame manager some day, comparing him with Joe Torre, who was a “bum” until he came to the Yankees. And indeed, there are some in the media who advocate the Tigers stick with Ausmus. Time will tell. By the way, Blatt is also Jewish. Just sayin’.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (46-40) in their 6-2 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles (40-43). Richard Bleier was similarly absent from the game for the O’s. Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (36-47) in their 8-1 win over the host Colorado Rockies.

Joc PedersonJoc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (56-29), who stemmed a three-run rally in the ninth to hold off the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3. Will he serve as a cautionary tale for Cody Bellinger, a participant in this year’s Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game?

Craig Breslow — “the smartest man in baseball” — remains on the disabled list for the Minnesota Twins (43-40), who beat the visiting LA Angels, 5-4. He threw in a simulated game on Monday with no ill effects.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, which will be held at Marlins Park on July 11, it should come as no surprise, but there are no JMLs on the team. Perhaps if so many of the hadn’t been on the DL at one time or another, they might have put up better numbers and received more consideration.

Here’s the latest Minor-League Monday from JewishBaseballNews.com.

And finally, also from JBN, are these the JMLs of the future? Submitted for your interest, this list of Jews selected in the 2017 amateur baseball draft:



JML Update, Weekend Edition (June 30 – July 2, 2017)

Posted on: July 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Scott Feldman had another fine performance on Friday, shutting out the visiting Chicago Cubs for seven innings on just two singles while striking out seven and walking no one in the Cincinnati Reds’ 5-0 victory. Feldman improved to 7-5 and lowered his ERA to a very respectable 3.78. The Reds are 35-46.

The LA Dodgers (55-29) took two of three from the host San Diego Padres with Joc Pederson contributing two hits in four at bats. He entered Friday’s game as a defensive replacement and was 1-for- and did not play on Saturday. Dodgersway.com gave him a A- for the month of June.

A pretty lost weekend for Kevin Pillar. He went hitless in 12 at bats, striking out four times as the Toronto Blue Jays (37-44) were swept by the visiting Boston Red Sox, losing the final game by an embarrassing 15-1 score.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-9 as the Houston Astros (56-27) took two of three from the host NY Yankees. He only got into the Sunday game as a defensive replacement, going hitless in his only turn at bat.

Things weren’t much better for Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers (36-45) who had a single in nine at-bats in a Saturday doubleheader with the visiting Cleveland Indians necessitated by a Friday rainout. The teams split, but Cleveland won on Sunday, a game that did not include Kinsler’s appearance.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-10, striking out half the time, as the Seattle Mariners (41-42) took two of three from the host LA Angels. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave him a B+ grade in a recent mid-season report card, commenting “Valencia was an unmitigated bust through the first month of the season, but since then he’s batting over .300 with an OPS over .800 since.”

After sitting out Friday’s game for the Milwaukee Brewers (44-40), Ryan Braun was 2-for-9 with his eighth double. The Brewers took two of three from the visiting Miami Marlins.

Richard Bleier struck out both batters he faced on Friday in the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-4, 10-inning loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. He allowed two hits the next day in one inning in another loss, as the Rays took two of the three contests. The Orioles are 40-41.

Craig Breslow remains on the disabled list for the Minnesota Twins.

Former JML Ike Davis might return…as a pitcher? Only a little bit far fetched. After all, he did make two relief appearances in 2015 in a couple of blow-out losses by the Oakland A’s. He retired the side in order on just nine pitches in his debut against the LA Angels on April 21 and  gave up a walk and a hit while striking out on on August 16 against the Baltimore Orioles. Davis is batting just .183 for the Oklahoma City Dodgers this year with three home runs and 11 RBI. He has not appeared as a pitcher, however. And like many of his Major League brethren, he has spent time on the disabled list.


JML Update, Games of June 29, 2017

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Home run happy yet? Three more from our guys punctuated last nights games.

Joc Pederson launched his fourth in seven contests, eighth of the season and a record-setting 50th long ball this month for the LA Dodgers (53-28) as they beat the host LA Angels, 6-2.

Ryan Braun hit his ninth to opening the proceedings for the Milwaukee Brewers (42-39) in an 11-3 win over the host Cincinnati Reds (33-45). He also added a single and came out of game early in the laugher. Scott Feldman did not appear for the Reds.

Ian Kinsler joined in the fun when he cracked his ninth to help the Detroit Tigers (35-43) beat the visiting KC Royals, 7-3. His came in the third to give his mates a 4-0 lead. He also singled and walked, scoring three times.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-three with a walk and a run scored as the Houston Astros (54-26) beat the visiting Oakland A’s, 6-1.

Kevin Pillar hit his 20th double in three at-bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (37-40) were shut out by the visiting Baltimore orioles, 2-0. Richard Bleier did not appear for the O’s in this one.

Danny Valencia and the Seattle Mariners had the day off.

So does Craig Breslow have a legitimate reason for dong so poorly of later? The Minnesota Twins placed him on the disabled list with “rib-cage soreness.” They lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 6-3.



JML Update, Games of June 28, 2017

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Only three hits total last night for the boys, but two of them went yard, so there was that.

Ryan Braun hit his first homer (#8) since April 28 but his long bomb wasn’t enough to keep the Milwaukee Brewers (1-39) from losing a squeaker to the host Cincinnati Reds (33-44), 4-3. The solo shot in the third broke a 1-1 tie and was Braun’s only hit in four at-bats. He also made a nice play in the field, although I don’t know if it warranted such accolades of the announcer. Scott Feldman did not appear for the Reds.

Danny Valencia hit his eighth, also good for a single run in a one-run loss by the Seattle Mariners (39-41) to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4. And like Braun, it was his only safety in four trips to the plate. This one tied the game at 3-3.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 for the Toronto Blue Jays (37-40) in the 4-0 whitewash of the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Richard Bleier did not appear for the O’s.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 in the Detroit Tigers (34-43) 8-2 loss to visiting KC Royals.

Joc Pederson struck out twice in four at-bats as the LA Dodgers (52-28) lost to the visiting LA Angels, 3-2, on a two-out, walk-off home run.

Alex Bregman did not appear for the Houston Astros (53-26) in their 11-8 win over the visiting Oakland A’s.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (40-36) in their 4-1 win over the host Boston Red Sox.


JML Update, Games of June 27, 2017

Posted on: June 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Welcome back, Ryan Braun. The Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder returned last night to stroke his seventh double — of the ground rule variety — in five trips to the plate and scored a run in an 8-6 loss to the host Cincinnati Reds. He also made this nice catch. Scott Feldman did not appear for the home team. The Brewers are 41-38, the Reds 32-44.

Joc Pederson is on a bit of a roll lately. He cracked home run #7, a three-run blast in the seventh in the LA Dodgers’ win over the visiting LA Angels, turning the tables with a 4-0 win after the Angels won by the same score the previous night. Pederson — who now has three homers in his last six games — had one of only four hits the Dodgers (52-27) managed.

Danny Valencia remains toasty: two more hits, including his 11th double, as the Seattle Mariners (39-40) dropped an 8-2 decision to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

Alex Bregman also had two hits in a losing cause as the Houston Astros (52-26) fell to the visiting Oakland A’s, 4-2. Bregman also scored a run.

You know who’s not hot? Craig Breslow, who gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks (one strikeout) in an inning of work. The Minnesota Twins (39-36) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 9-2.

Ian Kinsler singled in four at-bats and drove in a run as the Detroit Tigers (34-42) beat the visiting KC Royals, 5-3. As the trade deadline approaches, his is one of those names that keeps popping up, especially with the Tigers doing so poorly.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 as the Toronto Blue Jays (36-40) lost to the visiting Baltimore Orioles (38-38), 3-1. Richard Bleier did not appear in the game for the O’s.

Remember Nate Freiman? Hola, amigo.


JML update, Games of June 26, 2017

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

I’ll make this short and sweet: Joc Pederson was 0-for-3 as the LA Dodgers (51-27) managed just five hits in seeing their 10-game winning streak come to an end thanks to a 4-0 blanking by the visiting LA Angels. He was the only MOT in action yesterday: Neither Craig Breslow nor Scott Feldman appeared for the Minnesota Twins (4-1 loss to host Boston Red Sox) or Cincinnati Reds (8-2 loss to host St. Louis Cardinals), respectively.

And here’s the latest Minor-League Monday, via JewishBaseballNews.com.

Zei gezunt.


JML Update, Weekend Edition (June 23-25, 2017)

Posted on: June 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Dropping Kevin Pillar in the batting order seems to be working, for now. The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder had five hits, including his 19th double and ninth home run over the weekend. But all that didn’t prevent the Jays (36-39) from dropping two of three to the host KC Royals. Summing up: Pillar had five hits in 13 at-bats (he was even better when you throw out his 0-for-3 performance in the series opener) with three runs scored, one RBI, and two walks. His batting average over the last seven games is a nice .308.

Joc Pederson also had a nice weekend. He hit his sixth home run on Saturday and was 3-for-4 with two doubles yesterday as the LA Dodgers (51-26) swept their series against the visiting Colorado Rockies to extend their winning streak to 10 and take a two-and-a-half game lead in the NL West. Could he be “turning a corner?” We’ve been teased like this before.

Alex Bregman was just 2-for-11 over the weekend, but one of those hits was his eighth home run of the season. It didn’t prevent the host Seattle Mariners (39-39) from putting a 13-3 hurt on the Houston Astros on Friday. The ‘Stros (52-25) won the next two contests though, so all is well. Could a trade be in his immediate future?

Danny Valencia had two RBI in that drubbing, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and … that was it; he did not appear in the other two games because of a sore wrist.

Ian Kinsler had just one hit — his 12th double — in 11 at bats and it came in the only win the Detroit Tigers (33-42) could muster against the host San Diego Padres. His lone run proved to be the game-winner as the Tigers scored twice in the ninth for a 7-5 victory.

We got the “good” Scott Feldman this weekend: he allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in beating the host Washington Nationals, 6-2. The Reds (31-43) scored five in the first while Feldman (6-5) quelled a Nationals threat by fanning Anthony Rendon with two down and runners on second and third in the opening frame.

Richard Bleier made one appearance for the Baltimore Orioles (37-38), who took two of three from the host Tampa Bay Rays. He threw one inning of scoreless relief in yesterday’s 8-5 win, giving up a hit and striking out one.

Craig Breslow did not appear in any games for the Minnesota Twins (39-34) who swept the host Cleveland Indians. (Kind of odd how both the Indians and Cubs are struggling so much after appearing in the World Series last year.) Is Father Time catching up with Breslow?

Ryan Braun is on his rehab tour. So far, so good. And good again.


JML Update, Games of June 22, 2017

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

A good night for batters; for pitchers, not so much.

The LA Dodgers (48-26) had just six hits against the visiting NY Mets, but three of the went for home runs, including one by Joc Pederson, his fifth of the year. It came as he led off the seventh inning and proved to be the game-winner, breaking a 3-3 tie. He came into the game as a defensive replacement and went 2-for-2 at the plate. He was also caught stealing for the third time.

The other Jewish homer came off the bat of Ian Kinsler, though not in the first inning. His eighth of the year came in the third to put the Detroit Tigers (32-40) on the scoreboard and was one of his two hits on the evening. The solo blast was also his third four-bagger in as many games. He also drove in another run, giving him 19. The Tigers continue to founder, however, losing to the host Seattle Mariners (38-37), 9-6, with Kinsler striking out to end the game. They have now lost six in a row and eight of their last 11 to fall into last place in the AL Central. Danny Valencia reached base in all four of his plate appearances: two singles and two walks. He also scored a run. Seattle moved over the .500 mark for the first time in 2017.

The Toronto Blue Jays (35-37) dropped Kevin Pillar from the leadoff spot to sixth in the lineup. He responded with a single and his 18th double in four at bats but the Jays lost to the host Texas Rangers, 11-4.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-5 but the Houston Astros continue to roll, besting the host Oakland A’s, 12-9, top become the first team in the Majors to win 50 games (50-24).

Craig Breslow allowed six hits (including a home run) and two runs in 2.2 innings as the Minnesota Twins (36-34) were shut out by the visiting Chicago White Sox, 9-0. On the bright side, he struck out three.

Richard Bleier also gave up a long ball, one of three hits he allowed in 1.2 innings to go along with a walk as the Baltimore Orioles (35-37) lost to the visiting Cleveland Indians, 6-3.

The Cincinnati Reds had the night off. Scott Feldman‘s next scheduled start is Sunday against the Nationals in Washington.

Ryan Braun is expected to make his first rehab start tonight.


JML Update, Games of June 21, 2017

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

So let me get this straight: the days are going to get shorter now? Doesn’t it seem like they should be longest in the middle of summer?

Anyway, the days can’t seem to end early enough for the NY Mets who lost again. The host LA Dodgers (47-26) whooped them, 8-2. Joc Pederson never put the ball in play, striking out in his only official at bat but walking three times and scoring three runs. The win gave the Dodgers sole possession of first place in the NL West.

Ian Kinsler hit his ninth home run but this one came in the ninth inning, as opposed to leading off the game. The Detroit Tigers fall to seven games under .500 (32-39) with their 7-5 loss to the host Seattle Mariners (37-37). Danny Valencia was hitless in four trips to the plate.

Alex Bregman hit his 14th double in two official at bats for the Houston Astros — he also walked twice — as the Houston Astros (49-24) beat the host Oakland A’s, 5-1.

Kevin Pillar entered the game for the Toronto Blue Jays as a defensive replacement. He singled and stole a base (#11) in his only at bat. Toronto (35-36) beat the host Boston Red Sox, 7-5.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (30-41) in their 8-3 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (35-36) in their 5-1 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (36-33) in their 4-2 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Finally! Ryan Braun is set to begin his rehab assignment for the Milwaukee Brewers.

JML Update, Games of June 20, 2017

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Joc Pederson was on base four times for the host LA Dodgers (45-26) last night — a run-scoring ground-rule double, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch — in a 12-0 pounding of the NY Mets. I lead off with this one because I actually stayed up to watch the game as I hosted a Sportscastr “broadcast” (don’t know what I was thinking after pulling a 6 a.m – 2 p.m. shift at work). What a revolting development that was for Mets fans. According the the game notes put out by the team prior to the game, starting pitcher Robert Gsellman was at his worst in the first and fifth innings. Sure enough, he gave up four runs in the first and a couple more in the fifth. Cory Seager hit three of the Dodgers’ five homers and missed out on a four-tater night in his last at-bat. Pederson almost collided with teammate Yasiel Puig in the outfield. It was a collision a few weeks ago that landed Pederson on the concussion DL list. Judging from the body language at the very end of this video clip, Pederson did not appear too pleased with the situation.

Ian Kinsler led off the game for the Detroit Tigers (32-28) — again –with a home run, number six for the year and the 44th long-ball opener in his career. He also walked, singled to drive in another run, and stole two bases (five). Kinsler was able to score the run off his steal of third on a wild pitch. But the host Seattle Mariners came back and won the game in 10 innings, 5-4. Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 for the Mariners (36-37). With the Tigers failing to achieve in yet another season, Brad Ausmu leads managerial candidates who are on the hot seat.

Alex Bregman singled, doubled (#13), was hit by a pitch, and walked in five trips to the plate as the Houston Astros doubled up on the host Oakland As, 8-4. Bregman scored one run, drove in two, and stole his fifth base in the win. Then there was this run-saving play at third.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with a strikeout as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-36) dropped a 6-1 decision to the host Texas Rangers. Pillar is hitless in the series so far and has just one hit in his last 15 trips to the plate. His batting average has dropped more than 60 points over since May 20.

Richard Bleier loaded the bases (two hits and an intentional walk) but none of the runners scored as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. The Baltimore Orioles (35-35) held off the visiting Cleveland Indians, 6-5.

The Cincinnati Reds (30-40) scored three runs in their last two at-bats but it wasn’t enough to beat the host Tampa Bay Rays, who held on for the 6-5 win. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (35-33) in their 9-7 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.

So much for Ryan Braun‘s rehab. Seems like the calf just won’t let him progress. I had a calf injury playing softball some 20 years ago. I was running out a double and something in my lower leg just popped. It felt like I had been hit by a throw. Kept me out of action for six weeks, but then I wasn’t a multi-million dollar player with access to all sorts of therapeutic wonders. Still, I know how annoying it can be to be forced to watch.


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