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JML Update, Games of June 21, 2017

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

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 No Comments

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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.

JML Update, Games of June 19, 2017

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

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Scott Feldman pitched well but not well enough. He tossed six strong innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six for the Cincinnati Reds (30-39) against the host Tampa Bay Rays in a 7-3 win. But reliever Michel Lorenzen couldn’t hold the lead and ended up getting credit for the decision. How is that fair? By the way, that ended a nine-game losing streak for Cincy.

Richard Bleier pitched the final inning in a 12-0 debacle suffered by his Baltimore Orioles (34-35) at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians. He allowed one unearned run on one hit and struck out one. Hard to believe the Os were once contending for first place in the AL East.

Alex Bregman doubled twice (12 on the season) in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (47-24) beat the host Oakland As, 4-1. Bregman also managed to get picked off of second after one of those two-baggers.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk as his Seattle Mariners (35-37) beat Ian Kinsler‘s Detroit Tigers, 6-2. Kinsler also had one hit — his 11th double– in three official trips to the plate, walked twice, and drove in his 15th run for the T-men (32-37).

The New York Mets, improbably, hit four home runs off Clayton Kershaw, but by then the host LA Dodgers (45-46) already had an insurmountable lead and held on to it for the 10-6 win. Joc Pederson was 1-for-4, one of 17 hits the Blue Crew amassed.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-35) held off the host Texas Rangers, 7-6. They gave up a 5-1 lead but came back with two runs in the ninth for the victory.

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

JML Update, Weekend Edition (June 16-18, 2017)

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

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Three home runs erev Shabbos? Sounds good to me.

Mazel of the weekend goes to Joc Pederson, recently returned from the DL list. In three games against the host Cincinnati Reds, he was 4-for-12 with two home runs (one on Friday and four on the season), a double, four runs scored, and four RBIs as the LA Dodgers swept the series. Scott Feldman did not appear over the weekend. He gets the call tonight against the Rays in Tampa Bay. Fun fact: he’s already tossed as many innings this year as he did in all of 2016.

Ian Kinsler hit his fifth home run — once more leading off a game — in a 13-4 win for the Detroit Tigers over the visiting Rays on Friday. It was their only win, pushing their record to 32-36. Kinsler was 2-for-12 with an additional RBI. He also made a sweet defensive play in Friday’s game.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-11, including home run #7 — yep, Friday — as the Seattle Mariners (34-37) took one of three from the host Texas Rangers

Kevin Pillar was 3-for-13 including his 17th double and 18th RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays (33-35) dropped two of three to the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-7 as the Houston Astros continue to struggle, relatively speaking. While they still own the best record in the Majors (46-24), they’ve lost eight of their last dozen games. Bregman did not appear in Saturday’s game as the ‘Stros lost two of three to the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Richard Bleier walked the only batter he faced all weekend (Saturday’s 15-6 win) as the Baltimore Orioles (33-34) took two of three from the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Craig Breslow did not appear in the last three games of a four-game sweep the Minnesota Twins (34-33) suffered at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians that began on Thursday. He did strike out three batters in 2.1 shutout innings in the series opener, a nice turnaround from he previous two disastrous outings.

Ryan Braun is almost ready to begin a rehab assignment for the Milwaukee Brewers who, to be honest, have been doing all right without him.

Only telling you because Ty Kelly was a member of the Israeli National Team in the World Baseball Classic: did you know that he was selected off waivers from the NY Mets by the Toronto Blue Jays (April 10) then purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies (April 22)? He drove in the Phillies’ only run in a 1-0 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox on June 15. For what it’s worth.

 

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JML Update, Games of June 13, 2017

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

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Joc Pederson returned to the lineup for the LA Dodgers (40-25), who beat the host Cleveland Indians, 7-5. Pederson — batting eighth in the lineup — was 0-for-4 with a walk.

Ian Kinsler singled in five trips to the plate and scored a run, but the Detroit Tigers lost to the visiting Diamondbacks, 7-6, when Arizona scored a run in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie. The Tigers (30-33) scored all their runs in the sixth to even the score. No doubt their disappointing season to date  has created a bit on tension for manager Brad Ausmus.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 in the Houston Astros’ 4-2 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. The ‘Stros (44-22) still have the best record in the Majors but they’ve hit a bit of a bump in the road, losing six of their last 10 games.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays (31-33) lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 6-1. He did make another nice defensive play.

Scott Feldman had his regular meh game, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings as the Cincinnati Reds (29-35) lost to the host San Diego Padres, 6-2. He struck out six in taking the loss to even his record at 5-5.

Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk as the Baltimore Orioles (31-32) lost to the host Chicago White Sox, 6-1. He is becoming a “go-to” guy for the O’s, with a 1.83 ERA is 15 appearances (although ERA for short relievers aren’t very good indicators).

The Minnesota Twins (33-28) — without the service of Craig Breslow — obliterated the visiting Seattle Mariners (32-34), 20-7. Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with his 34th RBI (32nd in the AL).

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) remains on the DL.

After Valencia homered off Breslow, I’ll be revising my Jewish Home Run List. It’s just a spreadsheet but if anyone is interested, drop me a line at kaplanskorner@gmail.com.

JML Update, Weekend edition (June 9-11, 2017)

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

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Ian Kinsler had four singles in 14 at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (30-32) lost two of three to the host Boston Red Sox. He also scored twice and drove in a run.

Kevin Pillar was 3-14 over his weekend. Two of those hits, both doubles (16), came in yesterday’s 4-0 shutout against the host Seattle Mariners (31-33) He also scored two of the four runs. Toronto (31-32) took two of three from the Mariners.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-9 with five strikeouts and an RBI, serving as a pinch-hitter in the middle game.

Alex Bregman hit his seventh home run of the season on Friday as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting LA Angels, 9-4. It was his only hits in eight at-bats (two walks), as Houston (44-20) dropped two of the three games.

Richard Bleier was only pitcher to come away unscathed as the Baltimore Orioles were crushed by the host NY Yankees, 16-3 on Saturday.He struck out two in two innings of relief, his only outing of the weekend.  The Yankees outscored the Birds in the three-game sweep, 38-8.

Craig Breslow was not so fortunate. In his only appearance, he allowed five runs on four hits and an intentional walk yesterday as the host San Francisco Giants beat his Minnesota Twins (32-20), 13-8. With one outs, the Giants put up: single, single, double, intentional walk, and triple. Breslow’s ERA ballooned almost two full points, from 2.57 to 4.50.

Still, Breslow was more fortunate than Brad Goldberg, who was sent down by the Chicago White Sox of Friday. Goldberg appeared in just one game — June 3 against the Detroit Tigers — and gave up four earned runs in just a third of an inning.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. His next scheduled start comes tomorrow against the Padres in San Diego.

Joc Pederson homered on the first pitch he saw his first rehab at-bat to help Oklahoma City to a 12-6 win on Friday vs. Round Rock. There is still no time table for his return to the Dodgers.

Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers, also without a timetable for his return.

And although I rarely write about Jews in the minors, it’s worth noting that our old friend Cody Decker hit a grand slam on Friday to lead the Binghamton Rumble Ponies past the Harrisburg Senators, 10-6.

JML Update, Games of June 7, 2017

Posted on: June 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar launched a two-out, three-run homer (#8 0n the year) in the top of the second to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-1 lead over the Oakland As. The home team came back to tie things up and send the game into extra innings. The Jays (29-31) ended up with a 7-5 win. It was Pillar’s only hit in four at-bats although he was hit by a pitch and scored a second run.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, but the Houston Astros (42-18) fell to the host KC Royals, 7-5. He did have this amusing moment.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as the Detroit Tigers got back to the .500 mark (29-29) thanks to a 4-0 shutout over the visiting LA Angels. He did have this amusing moment/brain freeze. The Detroit Jewish News ran a story about Kinsler and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus “connecting with their Jewish roots.”

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4, striking out twice, but the Seattle Mariners reach the .500 point (30-30) thanks to two runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the visiting Minnesota Twins (29-26), 6-5. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Twins.

Richard Bleier retired the only batter he faced as the Baltimore Orioles (31-26) beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-6.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (28-30) in their 6-4 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. He gets the start this afternoon.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (25-32) in their 3-1 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) and Joc Pederson (LA Dodgers) remain on the disabled list.

 

 

JML Update, Games of June 6, 2017

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Welcome back, Kinsler. Ian returned to action for the Detroit Tigers last night. He hit his seventh double and walked in five trips to the plate in a 5-3 loss to the visiting LA Angels as the Tigers fell to a game under the .500 mark at 28-29. Brad Ausmus concerns? The Tigers had won six of nine during Kinsler’s absence.

Danny Valencia kept up his hot hitting, although he was “just” 1-for-3 plus a walk in a 12-3 over the visiting Minnesota Twins. Valencia, who set a franchise record with nine straight hits, cracked his 10th double — a bases-clearing shot as part of a seven-run fourth inning — and scored twice. Craig Breslow pitch 1.1 innings, gave up two hits, struck out one, and threw a wild pitch but he did not allow either of the two runners he inherited to score.

All good things must come to an end and that’s what happened to the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak. They lost to the host KC Royals, 9-7, with Alex Bregman going hitless in five at-bats. The ‘Stros still have the best record in the Majors at 42-17.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays ( 28-31) fell t the host Oakland A’s, 4-1.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (27-30) in their 13-1 win over the visiting St. Louis cardinals but not-a-MOT Scooter Gennett sure did. He was 5-for-5 with four home runs to tie a Major League record, driving in all but three of the Reds’ runs.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore orioles in their 6-5, 10-inning win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox in their 4-2 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) and Joc Pederson (LA Dodgers) remain on the disabled list. Braun is putting his time off to good use: Tikun Olam.

 

JML Update, Games of June 5, 2017

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Short and sweet: Just two MOTs in action last night.

Alex Bregman entered the game between the Houston Astros (42-16) and host KC Royals as a defensive replacement. He singled in his only at bat and scored a run as his team stretched their winning streak to 11 with a 7-2 victory.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with his 14th double, scoring a run, and driving in another, but the Toronto Blue Jays (28-30) lost to the host Oakland Athletics, 5-3. The New York Times published this story — “Toronto’s Kevin Pillar Is Using an Ugly Word as a Catalyst for Change” — by Billy Witz on his recent situation in which the ballplayer used a homophobic slur and was hit with a two-game suspension.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (26-30) in their 4-2 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

No other MOT teams were in action.

Ian Kinsler (Detroit Tigers) is eligible to come off the disabled list today, while Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) and Joc Pederson (LA Dodgers) remain on the list.

The latest Minor-League Monday report by the Jewish Baseball News site.

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JML Update, Weekend Edition (June 2-4, 2017)

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Mixed mazel: On the one hand congratulations are in order for the newest Jewish Major Leaguer Brad Goldberg, a 27-year-old right-handed pitcher who made his debut with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. On the other hand, he had a horrible outing, retiring just one batter as he gave up four earned runs on three hits (including a home run) and a walk as the host Detroit Tigers — still without the services of Ian Kinsler — won, 10-1. According to Scott Barancik of Jewish Baseball News, “In terms of pitchers making their MLB debut in a relief role, Goldberg’s game ERA [108.00] was the worst since 2008 and tied for 21st-worst in MLB history. (Others ahead of him on the list include Scott Schoeneweis, who gave up 5 ERs over 0.1 innings in his MLB debut.).” Barancik also noted, “I don’t know if there’s a correlation between pitching debuts and career success in the Majors. But I know plenty of good hitters find it tough going in the beginning. Remember Alex Bregman’s 1-for-32 start last year? Kevin Pillar also struggled at first.”

Scott Feldman had one of those games again. He lasted just 4.1 innings on Saturday, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits including a home run. He walked three and struck out just one but came away with a no-decision as the Cincinnati Reds (25-30) fell to the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-5 in 12 innings.

As for the regulars…

Danny Valencia had the best weekend of the JMLs as the Seattle Mariners (28-30) swept the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. On Friday, he drove in a season-high five RBIs thanks to his three-run homer, a bases-loaded walk, and an RBI single. He also added his ninth double in the 12-4 win. The next day, Valencia was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in a 9-4 victory and turned an unassisted double play to boot. He cooled off a bit on Sunday with only two hits and a run scored in three at-bats before coming out for a pinch-hitter in a 7-1 Mariners win but those hits gave him a Mariners record of nine in a row. He raised his batting average 23 points (.260 to .283) during the three-game span.

Bregman struggled again, going 0-for-10 with three strikeouts and two walks, but the Houston Astros improved to 41-16, sweeping their intrastate rivalry against the host Texas Rangers and stretching their winning streak to 10.

Pillar is showing some signs of life after a dull stretch. He was 3-for-12 with a walk and his ninth stolen base as the Toronto Blue Jays (28-29) took two of three from the visiting NY Yankees.

Richard Bleier tossed two innings, giving up a hit and walking one, in Saturday’s 5-2 Baltimore loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. He also closed out the game on Sunday, giving up a hit and striking out one in two-thirds of an inning as the Orioles (29-26) lost, 7-3.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (29-24) in their series against the LA Angels.

Kinsler, Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers), and Joc Pederson (LA Dodgers) remain on the disabled list.

   
 

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