Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Pillar’


JML update, Games of June 1, 2017

Posted on: June 2nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Oh-no. Only two MOTs played last night and they went a collective 0-for-8.

Kevin Pillar‘s batting woes continued as the Toronto Blue Jays were blasted by the visiting NY Yankees, 12-2. Pillar was 0-for4. He will be making a donation to two Toronto-area LGBTQ organizations as an apology for his use of an anti-gay slur last month, according to media reports.

Same deal for Danny Valencia in the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies, although he did drive in a run on a sacrifice fly.

C’est tout. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles in their 7-5 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox and Craig Breslow did not get into the Minnesota Twins’ 4-2 win over the host LA Angels.

Ian Kinsler, Ryan Braun, and Joc Pederson remain on the DL.

Have a great weekend.


JML Update, Games of May 30, 2017

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

With three MOTs out, two relievers, and Scott Feldman starting every fifth game, there’s slim pickings when it comes to reporting on who did what.

The Houston Astros keep tinkering with Alex Bregman‘s spot in the lineup. Last night they had him last in the order where he went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. He cracked his fifth homer (his second in two games), scored twice, and drove in a pair to help the Astros (37-16) beat the host Minnesota Twins (26-22), 7-2. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Twins,

Richard Bleier allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning for the Baltimore orioles (26-24) who lost to the visiting NY Yankees, 8-3.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored as the Toronto Blue Jays (25-27) beat the the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 6-4. He’s been in a bit of a rough spot, with just two hits in his last 20 at bats (the aftereffects of his suspension for his anti-gay slur?) and has seen his batting average drop from .315 on May 13 to .278. Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 with a walk –ending a seven-game hitting streak — for the Seattle Mariners (24-29) who beat the host Colorado Rockies, 10-4.



JML Update, Games of May 29, 2017

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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It had to happen sooner or later: Craig Breslow had a bad outing. Although looking at the highlights of the game, it seems the Minnesota Twins’ (26-21) defense let him down. They scored seven runs in the fifth against Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros to take a 7-2 lead. But the ‘Stros showed why they’re the best in baseball this year (36-16) by roaring back for 11 tallies in the eighth (and three more in the ninth) for a 16-8 win. Breslow came on in that fateful eighth and allowed three runs on three hits, retiring just one batter as he took his first loss of the season, His ERA almost doubled, from 1.47 to 2.89. Bregman was 2-for-5 with his fourth homer of the year, a two-run job which did not come against his landsman).

The Toronto Blue Jays (24-27) demolished the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 17-2. They cracked out 23 hits, but none came off the bat of Kevin Pillar, who was 0-for-6, the only starter not to reach base. He did make this nice play, so that was his afternoon’s contribution.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Reds (24-26).

Danny Valencia had two singles and his seventh double in five at-bats as the Seattle Mariners (23-29) held off the host Colorado Rockies, 6-5. Valencia drove in his 17th run, which proved to be the game-winner.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (26-23), who broke their seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the visiting NY Yankees.

Ian Kinsler (hamstring), Ryan Braun (calf), and Joc Pederson remain out on the disabled list. Pederson is still having concussion symptoms and may not come off that DL when eligible.

And the latest “Minor League Monday” from Jewish Baseball News.



JML Update, Weekend Edition (May 26-28)

Posted on: May 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

All due respect, and MLB can say what it wants about respect the occasion, but I find all these uniform amendments to be little more than a money grab. As if they’re not trying hard enough. I found this letter in the Sunday Times‘ sports section, reprinted here sans the signatory.

A Fan’s Frustration and Final Outs

To the Sports Editor:

Re “Winning Yankees Aren’t Faring Nearly as Well at the Ticket Office,” May 25: As a former die-hard Yankees fan and partial season-ticket holder, I was infuriated when the Yankees’ chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, insinuated that since I am not wealthy enough to afford premium seats, I would be an undesirable seatmate in those areas of Yankee Stadium.

In his words, it would be “a frustration to our existing fan base.”

As an existing fan, I was equally appalled by the implication that I would be “frustrated” to sit next to a fan who has a lower socioeconomic status. Astonishingly, Mr. Trost did not apologize.

As a result, I did not renew my tickets; I simply do not want any association with the Yankees’ present brand. The continued poor attendance, even with a winning team, shows the depth of the damage that Yankees executives have done to a once-iconic brand. Leadership — as well as change — starts at the top, and as long as the Yankees have a management team that has contempt toward its fans, I will stay away from Yankee Stadium.

Okay, off the soapbox.

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 on Friday, striking out twice as the Toronto Blue Jays (23-27, last in the AL East)  held off the visiting Texas Rangers, 7-6. The Rangers scored three in the top of the ninth to make things interesting. On Saturday, Pillar was 0-for-4 with another strikeout in a 3-1 win.  He doubled and scored the Jays’ only run in the first inning of a 3-1 loss on Sunday.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 and grounded into a double play in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-0 loss 3-0 loss to the host Boston Red Sox on Friday. He repeated the feat on Saturday, this time in a 6-0 loss. And Sunday ended in another shutout, a 5-0 Mariners win. Valencia was 1-for-4 in that one. The Mariners are last in the AL West with a record of 22-29.

Alex Bregman struck out twice in three trips to the plate on Friday as the Houston Astros were shut out by the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 2-0. He singled and scored a run on Saturday in a 5-2 win. He did not play in Sunday’s finale, an 8-4 Astros win. Houston leads the AL West with the best record in the majors: 35-16.

Richard Bleier pitched a perfect inning for the Orioles (25-23, third in the AL East) in the Saturday game, his only appearance for the weekend.

Craig Breslow pitched another perfect inning on Friday as the Minnesota Twins (26-20, first in the AL Central) fell to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2. He gave up two hits in 1.2 innings yesterday in an 8-6, 15-inning loss.

Scott Feldman made one mistake in his start yesterday for the Cincinnati Reds: a three-run homer as part of a four-run inning. Otherwise he pitched well enough to secure an 8-4 win over the host Philadelphia Phillies. Feldman pitched five frames, giving up eight hits, striking out four and hitting a batter although he did not yield a walk to even his record at 4-4. The Reds are fourth in the NL Central at 24-25.

Ian Kinsler walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of an 8-2 loss to the host Chicago White Sox in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. The second game was postponed by rain. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s games because of a balky hamstring. The Tigers are 23-27, fourth in the AL Central

Joc Pederson and Ryan Braun are on the concussion and regular DLs, respectively, for the LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. Milwaukee leads the NL Central — surprisingly — with a 27-20 mark. The Dodgers are 31-20, second in the NL West.

Finally — just for fun — here’s something you don’t see every day (although you would never know it by the unimpressed announcing.


JML update, Games of May 24, 2017

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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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

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

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

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

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

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

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

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

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

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.


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