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JML update, Games of May 24, 2017

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Now that’s more like it. The boys went for a combined 7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers, and four runs scored.

Kevin Pillar was one of four Toronto Blue Jays (21-26) who posted round-trippers in an 8-4 win over the host Milwaukee Brewers (25-21). His seventh of the season — and his only hit in five at-bats —  came in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. Ryan Braun did not appear in the game for the Brewers.

Alex Bregman launched his third homer of the year, to go along with his 10th double and a single, but it all went for naught as his Houston Astros (31-16) lost to the visiting Detroit Tigers (22-23), 6-3. His poke came with two outs in the ninth. Bregman also displayed a “fine defensive effort” hauling in this foul pop for an out. Ian Kinsler was 2-for-5, including his sixth double,  for the Tigers, scoring twice.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 in the Seattle Mariners’ (20-27) 5-1 loss to the host Washington Nationals.

Joc Pederson BobbleheadJoc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers (27-20) in their 6-1 loss to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, suffering from the aftereffects of his outfield collision with Yasiel Puig in a 2-1 loss the night before. That game just happened to be Joc Pederson Bobblehead Night in which his brother, Champ, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Neither Craig Breslow nor Richard Bleier appeared for their respective teams as the former’s Minnesota Twins (25-18) outlasted the latter’s host Baltimore Orioles (25-20), 4-3.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds in their 4-3 win over the host Cleveland Indians.

JML update, Games of May 23, 2001

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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So much for 18 being a lucky number. The MOTs managed just one hit in 18 official trips to the plate yesterday, courtesy of a Kevin Pillar single in five at-bats as the Toronto Blue Jays (20-26) beat Ryan Braun (0-for-3 with a walk) and the Milwaukee Brewers (25-20), 4-3. MLB continues to look into Pillar homophobic slur which cost him a two-game suspension last week? Frankly I don’t understand the need for that. He admits he said it and has expressed remorse, which I believe is genuine. Is there more he can do towards redemption? Perhaps, but it’s time to move on.

As for the rest of the guys…

  • Ian Kinsler, 0-for-3 in the Detroit Tigers’ (21-23) 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros (31-15)
  • Alex Bregman, 0-for-4 for the ‘Stros
  • Joc Pederson, 0-for-3 for the LA Dodgers (27-19), who managed just three hits in 13 innings but still managed a 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. He was involved in a frightening collision with rightfielder Yasiel Puig on this play in the top of the 10th, taking an apparent elbow in the head before hitting the wall. Pederson came out of the game for a pinch hitter and will most likely be observed to see if there are any lingering effects.

  • Danny Valencia did not appear for the Seattle Mariners (20-26) in their 10-1 drubbing at the hands of the host Washington Nationals. He was expected to play but was a last-minute scratch as he continues to deal with a sore wrist.

By default, the best performance of the day came from Richard Bleier who made his second appearance in two days to pitch the final two innings as the Baltimore Orioles (25-19) were shut out by the visiting Minnesota Twins, 2-0. Bleier was perfect in his stint, striking out two. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game for the Twins (24-18).

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (21-24) in their 8-7 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians.

 

JML update, Weekend Edition (May 19-21, 2017)

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Ryan Braun returned to action from the disabled list for the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday against the host Chicago Cubs, going o-for-5 with an RBI on a ball hit softly to the pitcher. The Brewers (25-19) lost this one, 13-6, after beating the Cubs on Friday, 6-3. The Saturday game was postponed by rain.

Kevin Pillar also returned to action, but from his two-game suspension for a homophobic slur. He singled twice in five at-bats on Saturday, stole his seventh base of the season, and scored twice in a 7-5 loss to the host Baltimore Orioles. He was 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday’s 3-1 win. The Jays (19-26) lost to Os on Friday in 11 innings, 5-3.

Richard Bleier earned his first hold for the Orioles (25-17) on Saturday, even though he gave up two runs (one earned) in one-third of an inning, walking one, striking out another, but not allowing a hit.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 as the Detroit Tigers  (21-21) lost, 5-4, to the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday; 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a 9-3 win on Saturday, coming out of the game in the fifth inning when his hamstring tightened up on him; and hit his fourth home run to lead off Sunday’s game , a 5-2 loss. It was the 42nd time Kinsler opened a game with a round-tripper.

 1Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with his ninth double as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday, 5-3. On Saturday, the Astros managed just three hits — none by Bregman in three at-bats — in a 3-0 loss. He cracked his second home run of the year (and his first in Houston) on Sunday to end the scoring in an 8-6 loss to complete the sweep. The Astros had trailed 8-1 at one point. Their 29-15 record is still the best in the Majors.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-2 on Friday, coming on as a defensive replacement as the LA Dodgers beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 7-2. He was hitless in three at-bats in Saturday’s 10-6 loss but hit his second homer of the year on Sunday to help the Dodgers (26-19) to a 6-3 win. He also walked and another run in this one.

Danny Valencia accepted congratulations Friday after scoring on a sacrifice fly, but he injured his hand a few moments earlier while sliding into third base on a triple.Danny Valencia hit his second triple and scored the only run of the game for the Seattle Mariners (20-25) in their 2-1, 10-inning loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Friday. He did not appear in their 16-1 blowout loss the next day after injuring his wrist on a slide in Friday’s contests. He also sat out Sunday’s 8-1 loss.

Craig Breslow pitch 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out one and walking one, in the first game of a doubleheader between his Minnesota Twins and the visiting Kansas City Royals, a game necessitated by a rain out on Saturday. The Twins (22-18) lost 6-4 but won the nightcap, 8-4. It was Breslow’s only appearance over the weekend.

Scott Feldman gets the start tonight for the Cincinnati Reds (20-23) in their intrastate series against the visiting Indians. Which Feldman will we see this time?

JML update, Games of May 18, 2017

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

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Amidst his batting woes, Joc Pederson was 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and two runs as the LA Dodgers (24-18) beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 7-2.

Ian Kinsler singled in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (20-19) beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 6-5. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Os.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the Seattle Mariners (20-22) beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 5-4, on a walk-off single by Guillermo Heredia.

Kevin Pillar is serving a two-game suspension handed down by the Toronto Blue Jays (18-24) for yelling a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte on Thursday in an 8-4 win. They beat the Braves yesterday, 9-0.

Ryan Braun remains on the disabled list and so did not appear in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-2 win over the host San Diego Padres. The Brewers(24-18) have gone 6-2 since Braun last played on May 10. From Rotoballer.com

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said that he will meet with the media on Saturday to discuss his timeline for returning to the Brewers lineup. It was reported that he would be back in the Brewers lineup right after his 10-day stay on the disabled list ended, and this fact will be confirmed this weekend. Braun has been hampered by a calf injury and missed time with a forearm injury earlier this season. He has a .941 OPS and four stolen bases this season, clubbing seven home runs, but he has not played more than 140 games since 2012 and is an injury risk. Infielder Hernan Perez has been a beneficiary of his injury, posting an .874 OPS over the last 14 days, and Braun should be activated and put in lineups when he returns.Chris Zolli – RotoBaller

Craig Breslow did not appear on either end of a doubleheader between the host Minnesota Twins and the Colorado Rockies, necessitated by a rainout the day before. The teams split, with the Rockies winning the opener, 5-1, and the Twins (20-17), taking the nightcap, 2-0. Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (19-21) in their 9-5 loss to the host Chicago Cubs. Alex Bregman and the MLB-best Houston Astros had the day off.

A shande: Blue Jays suspend Pillar for homophobic slur

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

The Toronto Blue Jays suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar for yelling a homophobic slur at Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during Wednesday’s 8-4 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves.

From the NY Times article:

Pillar was angry because he thought Motte had quick-pitched him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning. Replays appeared to show Pillar yelling the slur toward the mound.

After what he described as a sleepless night, Pillar acknowledged wrongdoing.

“I regret saying it,” Pillar told reporters at SunTrust Park a few hours before the final game of a four-game series against the Braves. “I’m going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can’t use. It’s not a word I use ever.”

(I also find that excuse a bit ridiculous: if it’s not a word that you use ever, why did you use it now?)

This truly is a shande because all it takes is one thoughtless remark to ruin an otherwise quality reputation and several outlets are jumping on the bandwagon to condemn Pillar, including ESPN.  And I’m sorry, if he was suspended for saying it, how can you say he “allegedly” made the comment. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have been suspended. Must be a legal thing.

JML Update, Games of May 17, 2017

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

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Not a great night for the boys, a collective 3-for-21 and a poor pitching performance.

Ian Kinsleris RBI single in the second inning gave the Detroit Tigers (19-19) a 2-1 lead over the host Baltimore Orioles (23-15) in a game they would go on to win 5-4. Kinsler added another single and was caught stealing for the second time this year in the victory. Richard Bleier came on to get the final out in the seventh and gave up a lead-of double in the eighth before he was removed.

Alex Bregman contributed  a single and a run scored for the Houston Astros (29-12), who beat the host Miami Marlins, 3-0.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but the LA Dodgers (23-18) still beat the host San Francisco Giants, 6-1. Looks like his “promotion” to the leadoff spot didn’t pay off.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 for the Toronto Blue Jays (17-24) in their 8-4 loss to the host Atlanta Braves.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 as the Seattle Mariners shut out the host Oakland As, 4-0.

Remember when I asked if Scott Feldman could put up three good outings in a row for the Cincinnati Reds? Turns out he couldn’t. He was roughed up for seven runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks (he also struck out four) in just 2.2 innings. The Reds (19-20) would go on to lose to the host Chicago Cubs, 7-5.

The game between Craig Breslow‘s Minnesota Twins (19-16) and the visiting Colorado Rockies was postponed.

Ryan Braun remains on the disabled list for the Milwaukee Brewers (23-18) who beat the host San Diego Padres, 3-1.

JML Update, Games of May 16, 2017

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Co-mazels of the day: Kevin Pillar doubled (#12) and homered (#6) in five at-bats but the Toronto Blue Jays (17-23) lost to the visiting Atlanta Braves, 9-5. Richard Bleier pitched the last 1.2 innings for the Baltimore Orioles (23-15) to pick up his first win of the year, beating the host Detroit Tigers (18-19), 13-11 in 13 innings. Bleier allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.

Ian Kinsler had two singles and a double (#5) in eight at-bats, scoring twice and driving in one for the Tigers.

Alex Bregman grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and remained in the game at second base as the Houston Astros (28-12) beat up on the host Miami Marlins, 12-2.

Craig Breslow struck out one in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief but his Minnesota Twins (19-16) lost to the visiting Colorado Rockies, 7-3.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-3 with a walk and was caught stealing in the Seattle Mariners’ (18-22) 9-6 loss to the visiting Oakland As.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 as the LA Dodgers( 22-18) were eked out by the host San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Ryan Braun remains on the disabled list as the Milwaukee Brewers (22-18) beat the host San Diego Padres, 6-2.

Scott Feldman has had back-to-back good starts. Can he make it three tonight when the Cincinnati Reds take on the Cubs in Chicago?

 

 

 

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JML update, Games of May 15, 2017

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Kevin Pillar was 1-for-5 with a run scored as the Toronto Blue Jays  (17-22) fell to the visiting Atlanta Braves, 10-6.

Alex Bregman hit his eighth double in three at-bats as the Houston Astros (27-12) beat the host Miami Marlins, 7-2. Bregman came out of the game in a double-switch in the sixth inning.

Danny Valencia drove in the first run of the game for the Seattle Mariners on a bases-loaded walk. He was hitless in two official at-bats (plus another walk) as the Mariners (18-21) held on for the 6-5 win over the visiting Oakland As.

Joc Pederson hit his sixth double and walked as the LA Dodgers (22-17) were doubled up by  the host San Francisco Giants, 8-4.

Ryan Braun remains on the disabled list for the Milwaukee Brewers (21-18) who lost to the host San Diego Padres, 6-5, in 10 innings.

All other MOTs and their teams had the day off.

And here’s the latest Jewish minor league update from Jewish Baseball News.

 

JML Update, Games of May 11, 2017

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Mazel of the Day: Ian Kinsler returned to action after some hamstring problems and went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored to help the Detroit Tigers (17-16) to a 7-1 decision over the host LA Angels. He also made his first error of the season, but we won’t dwell on that, especially in light of this play.

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who idolized Derek Jeter growing up, wears No. 2 to honor the former Yankee captain.Alex Bregman singled and doubled in four at-bats as the Houston Astros held off the host NY Yankees, 3-2. The Astros own the best record in the Majors at 24-11. There was a nice story in the NY Daily News about why he wears#2 on his jersey.

Kevin Pillar was 1-3 with a walk and scored twice as the Toronto Blue Jays (14-21) beat Danny Valencia and the visiting Seattle Mariners (17-18), 7-1. Valencia was 1-for-3 in defeat. Will Pillar have to compete for the title of Superman with Sam Fuld? This story indicates the St. Louis Cardinals are showing interest in Super Sam. (HT to Ephraim Moxson and Scott Barancik).

Joc Pederson led off once again for the LA Dodgers (20-15), who fell to the host Colorado Rockies, 10-7. Pederson was 1-for-4 with a walk.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (18-17) who lost to the visiting Boston Red Sox, 4-1. After missing several games due to an arm problem, he’s now on the shelf because of a calf issue which may be serious enough to warrant a stint on the disabled list.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (17-14) in their 7-6 win over the host Chicago White Sox.

Scott Feldmancoming off one of the best games of his career — takes the hill for the Cincinnati Reds (19-15) as they visit the San Francisco Giants.

 

JML update, Games of May 10, 2017

Posted on: May 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Mazel of the day: Danny Valencia was 4-for-6 with two singles, a double (#5), and a home run (#4), two runs scored, and two RBI as the Seattle Mariners reached the .500 mark (17-17) with an 11-6 win over the host Philadelphia Phillies. That’s the second time this month Valencia has had four hits in a game and is one of just five players with two or more four-hit games this season. He owns a .371 batting average in May and he’s still just batting .243 on the season.

Ryan Braun was 1-2 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout in a 7-4 win for the Milwaukee Brewers (18-16) over the visiting Boston Red Sox. But he had to come out of the game in the fifth inning for a pinch runner because of “calf tightness.” From the MLB.com game report: “The Red Sox tied the game at 2 on an odd-looking play in the fourth that offered the first clue Braun was ailing. With two outs and Vazquez at second base after a double, Mookie Betts singled to left field, where Braun made a second straight start after missing most of the previous week with a flexor strain in his throwing elbow. An MRI over the weekend was encouraging enough to allow Braun to return to action, but when he flipped the baseball back to the infield instead of throwing home for a play on Vazquez, it was clear he was less than 100 percent.” Great.

 Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the Houston Astros (23-11) beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 4-2. Thus endeth the 10-game hitting streak.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as well as the Toronto Blue Jays (13-21) earned a walk-off 8-7 win against the visiting Cleveland Indians. He did score a run but made no “web gems.” And is this the best they could do re: Pillar action figure? Really?

Joc Pederson  —  batting in the leadoff spot — was also 0-for-4 as the LA Dodgers (20-14) won their fifth in a row, beating the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2.

Ian Kinsler did not appear for the Detroit Tigers (16-16) in their 7-1 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks. Maybe today? You don’t want to bring a guy back too early with an injury like this where the least little thing can send him down a path to sports oblivion. Look what happened to Yoenis Cespedes.

Craig Breslow and the Minnesota Twins saw (16-14) their game with the White Sox in Chicago postponed by rain. Scott Feldman and the Cincinnati Reds (18-15) had the day off.

 

 

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