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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, Games of May 22, 2017

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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The only blot on Feldman’s record was a home run allowed to the Indians’ Jason Kipnis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mazel of the Day: Looks like we got the Jekyll version of Scott Feldman last night. He picked up his third win, going six strong innings in a 5-1 Cincinnati Reds (21-23) victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians. Feldman allowed just four hits including a homer that accounted for the Indian’s line run. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine batters, including three in a row to start the game. It’s his highest K-count since the 10 he enjoyed while pitching for the Houston Astros in a May 10, 2015 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Craig Breslow and Richard Bleier  each pitched for their respective teams as the former’s Minnesota Twins (23-18) beat the latter’s Baltimore Orioles (25-18), 14-7. Breslow, appearing in his 17th game, tossed one inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one strikeout, lowering his ERA to 1.72. Bleier faced two batters, allowing one hit and fanning the other.

Another game pitted two MOTs against each other: Alex Bregman was lowered to the ninth spot in the batting order, going 1-for-3 as the Houston Astros (30-15) beat Ian Kinsler (0-for-4) and the Detroit Tigers (21-22), 1-0.

The teams with the remaining JMLs — Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Kevin Pillar (still reflecting on his suspension for uttering a homophobic slur)and Danny Valencia — all had the day off. According to one source, Valencia, who injured his hand on a slide in Friday’s game, might be heaeded to the disabled list. Another source says his MRI came back clean.

And finally, the still-relevant “Minor League Monday” weekly wrap from JewishBaseballNews.com.

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 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?





JML update, weekend edition (May 12-14)

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

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Mazel of the weekend: Kevin Pillar was 2-for-3 with stolen base No. 5 on Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Seattle Mariners (17-21), 4-0. Saturday was even better: 3-for-4 with his 11th double, two runs scored, one RBI, and his sixth stolen base in a 7-2 win. But Sunday was the best. He had just one hit but it was a big one: a walk-off home run to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win and the series sweep. He also made another sensational grab in the outfield. Toronto has won five in a row and is 17-21 after a awful start.

The Mariners’ Danny Valencia had a double in four at-bats on Friday; 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an error on Saturday; and again 1-for-4 on Sunday.

Mixed mazel of the weekend: He wasn’t up very long and he wasn’t down very long. The Baltimore Orioles (22-14) promoted pitcher Richard Bleier on Sunday and put him to work immediately. Not to the good, unfortunately. He was the loser in a 9-8 decision against the host Kansas City Royals. Bleier allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk, including a solo home run, in two innings. I wouldn’t be surprised if they send him back down soon.

Bad mazel: Scott Feldman pitched another great game — seven innings, seven hits, two runs, a walk, and two strikeouts. But the game between his Cincinnati Reds (19-18) and the host San Francisco Giants went another 10 innings and ended in a 3-2 loss for the visitors.

Very bad mazel: The Milwaukee Brewers placed Ryan Braun on the disabled list on Friday with a strained left calf. Turns out they didn’t need him, sweeping the suddenly terrible again NY Mets. In the Sunday game, the Brewers (21-17) overcame a 7-1 deficit, scoring 10 runs over the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning for an 11-9 win.

Alex Bregman got to play against the NY Yankees on the day his hero, Derek Jeter, had his number retired. (That does it for the single digits for the Bronx Bombers. All that’s left is a big fat zero, literally.) The teams had to play a doubleheader on Sunday since Saturday’s contest was a washout. Bregman was hitless in four at-bats in the opener, a 10-6 loss. In the nightcap following the ceremonies, he hit his first grand slam, his sole hit in four at-bats as the Astros (26-12) earned a split with the 11-7 win. He was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and his third stolen base in Friday’s 5-1 Astros win.

Joc Pederson hit his fifth double and also singled in five at-bats, scoring a run and driving in another as the LA Dodgers beat the host Colorado Rockies, 6-2. He entered the Saturday game as a pinch-runner in the sixth and was 0-for-1 the rest of the way in a 4-0 win. On Sunday he was 0-for-3 with a walk and came out of the game for pinch hitter in the eight as the Dodgers (22-16) lost the finale, 9-6. Pederson is even dangerous when he doesn’t put the ball in fair territory.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 on Friday as the host LA Angels trounced his visiting Detroit Tigers, 7-0. He was 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday and was caught stealing for the first time this year in . He was 1-for-4 on Sunday with just his fourth double in a 4-1 loss (18-18). Brad Ausmus got a mention other than for managing the team.

Craig Breslow threw one scoreless inning for the Minnesota Twins ( 19-15) on Sunday in an 8-3 loss to the host Cleveland Indians, his only appearance for the weekend.


JML Update, Games of May 3, 2017

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Open the door, Richard: Richard Bleier made his first appearance of the year for the Baltimore Orioles. He was pressed into service in the second inning after starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected for hitting Boston Red Sox batter Xander Bogaerts on a very questionable decision by the umpire. Bleier did pretty well, considering the emergency nature of his service: four innings, five hits, one walk, and three runs (only one of which as earned). He also started a nifty double play. The O’s lost to the host Sawx, 4-2, with Gausman getting the decision.

Alex Bregman singled twice in four at bats, scored one run, and drove in another as the Houston Astros (19-9) crushed the visiting Texas Rangers, 10-1. But he’s still getting grief about comments he made about the other Lone Star State team.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout as the Toronto Blue Jays (9-19) lost to the host NY Yankees, 8-6.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Seattle Mariners (12-16) held off the visiting LA Angels, 8-7.

Ian Kinsler might be taking Joc Pederson‘s place on the Jewish disabled list. He came out of the game with a hamstring injury in the seventh in of the game between hi Detroit Tigers and the visiting Cleveland Indians. Kinsler was 0-for-3 as the Tigers (14-13) lost, 3-2. The Detroit News thinks Kinsler is starting to come out of his slump, but the numbers don’t back that up. Pederson’s Dodgers fell to the visiting San Francisco Giants, 4-1, in 11 innings. He is expected to be activated tomorrow.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (13-14) in their 7-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (14-11) in their 7-4 win over the visiting Oakland A’s. The Twins move into a first-place tie with the Indians in the AL Central.

The St. Louis Cardinals had another game postponed by rain, this one against Ryan Braun and the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, which is a good thing; gives him more time to recover from his latest injury.



JML Update, Weekend edition (Games of April 28-30)

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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First of all, welcome back Richard Bleier. The Baltimore Orioles promoted him on Sunday. According to CBS Sports, “Bleier will likely be in line for lower-leverage work in the middle innings. Bleier, 30, had given up one run over nine innings in five relief appearances at Norfolk this season.” He did not appear in the Orioles’ 7-3, 11-inning win over the host NY Yankees. So if you include Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, that gives the MOTs a minyan. (HT to Scott Barancik at JewishBaseballNews.com for the news.)

Kevin Pillar went 4-for-4 in a 7-4 loss by the Toronto Blue Jays to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. That included two singles, his second double, and fourth home run, coming up just a triple short of a cycle. With all that, he drove in just one run (he also walked). Pillar probably wishes he spread it around a bit: he went a collective 0-for-8 in the other two games, both wins for the Jays, who are now 12-14 following a very slow start.

Ryan Braun hit his seventh home run of the year on Friday as the Milwaukee Brewers (13-13) saw the visiting Atlanta Braves break an 8-8 ties in the top of the ninth for a 10-8 win. Braun added two singles to the night’s performance. He made this nice throw to nab a runner on Saturday but was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Judging solely by the replay, it seemed like the call came a little late. Like Pillar, Braun failed to get a hit the rest of the weekend (0-for-6). He had to come out of the Sunday game with tightness in his upper back.

Alex Bregman was 2-6 with an RBI in the first two games for the Houston Astros (16-9) over the visiting Oakland. He was dropped to ninth in the lineup in Saturday’s game, which he couldn’t have been too happy about. He was given the day off on Sunday which saw the ‘Stros lose to miss the sweep..

The Seattle Mariners (11-15) dropped two of three to the host Cleveland Indians. Danny Valencia did not appear in Friday’s game, was 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday, and appeared as a defensive replacement on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler continues to struggle. He was just 1-for-14 in a win and two losses by the Detroit Tigers (12-12) to the visiting Chicago White Sox. He scored twice, struck out twice, and walked once, lowering his batting average to .207.

Craig Breslow picked up his first win of the season on Friday, retiring the only batter he faced in a 6-4 Minnesota Twins (12-11) decision over the host Kansas City Royals. It was his only appearance over the weekend, the Twins taking two games, with the middle one postponed.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (11-13), who split their two games with the host St. Louis Cardinals, the Saturday contest postponed by rain. He gets the call on Tuesday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Joc Pederson may come off the DL next Friday for the LA Dodgers (14-12), who swept their series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

JML update: getting close to the wire

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Opening day is just around the corner, so let’s take a look at what the boys have been doing lately. In no particular order…

Ian Kinsler took a bit of heat for comments he made during the WBC about the enthusiastic play of one of Team USA’s opponents, taking the tack, “That’s not how we play the game.” He has since apologized, or at least clarified his remarks. Kinsler, of course, got his team on the board with a two-run homer in the final against Puerto Rico. He was 0-3 in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, his first game with the Tigers since the end of the tournament. Overall, he’s hitting .227 (5-22) with one home run this spring. But the fans still love him.

Unlike Kinsler, Houston Astros sophomore Alex Bregman didn’t see much playing time in the WBC. Of course, this came at the expense of getting ready for the regular season, but he has no regrets. He has appeared in just 10 spring training games, going 8-33 with two doubles and no RBIS.

Ryan Braun hasn’t appeared in too many games for the Milwaukee Brewers, just eight to be precise. Evidently it’s just not his thing. He has five hits in 20 at-bats but two have gone for home runs including one in yesterday’s loss to the Oakland As which accounted for his team’s sole run in the 11-1 debacle.

Ryan Lavarnway, perhaps the standout player for Team Israel in the WBC, is hoping to break camp as a member of the As. He’s 6-15 with two doubles in 11 games for Oakland this spring.

It looks like Danny Valencia has won the everyday first base position (at least for now) with the Seattle Mariners ,even though he’s batting just .214 in 19 games (one home run, three doubles, seven walks, six RBIs).

Kevin PillarKevin Pillar is having an excellent lead-up for the Blue Jays, hitting .340 (16-47) with six doubles and a triple. He’s also considered one of the top defensive stars for 2017, at least from one source, and is getting kudos for learning how to play the game smarter, even if it doesn’t always work out immediately.

Some Dodgers pundits expect Joc Pederson, now entering his third year with the team, to continue to improve. Although his batting average is a low .224, five of his 11 hits have gone for home runs. Those are his only extra base hits, however.

Ike Davis, also a member of Team Israel, is trying to latch on with the Dodgers as a back-up first baseman, but he’s not doing himself any favors with a .200 batting average (3-15) and one RBI. He turned 30 on the 22nd.

Craig Breslow may have won a spot with the Minnesota Twins: they recently added him to their 40-man roster. The 36-year-old lefty reliever appeared in 15 games for the Miami Marlins last season. They released him in July. He was picked up as a free agent by the Texas Rangers but never appeared in a game before they let him go in early August.

If Richard Bleier was hoping skipping the WBC would improve his chances of sticking with the Baltimore Orioles, he was wrong. The Os sent the righty reliever to their AAA affiliate in Norfolk last Wednesday. He threw seven innings in five appearances with an 0-1 record.

On the other hand, things seem to have worked out well for the Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Feldman, who basically had the same sentiment about the tournament. He made four starts, collecting 13 innings, and is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA. I don’t know what this says about the Reds’ rotation, but Feldman was given the honor of being their Opening Day starter. And returning to the National league means he gets to hit. His lone career home run came in Cincinnati’s home field, the Great American Ballpark.

Wish I had some good news to report about Jason Marquis and Sam Fuld, a couple of guys on Team Israel who haven’t been in the Major Leagues in awhile, but nothing on that front.


Now that that’s over with: MLB update

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

With Israel’s elimination from the World Baseball Classic, it’s time to refocus on the rest of the regular MOT/MLB stuff.


http://www.khou.com/img/resize/content.khou.com/photo/2017/03/15/Bregman%20USA%20Today%20Sports_1489636088066_8978608_ver1.0.jpg?preset=534-401Team USA is in the Final Four of the WBC. They beat the Dominican Republic on Saturday, 6-3 to move into the  semi-finals. Ian Kinsler was 0-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Alex Bregman (left) did not appear in the game. Overall, Kinsler is batting just .222 with five hits and none for extra bases in six games. Bregman has appeared in two games and is 2-4. That’s not to say that he’s been quiet.

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun (right) is known for taking things really easy at the beginning of spring training, including not playing in too many early games. On the one hand, that’s a smart move. There’s a consensus that ST is too long, that these days players don’t need as much time to get ready for the regular campaign. On the other hand, what kind of message does it send when you separate yourself from the rest of the team that way? Such behavior doesn’t change minds of those who are already not too happy with Braun nor does it win over too many fans who are on the fence about you.  Speaking of first at-bats

The other Ryan — Lavarnway — returned as a non-roster invitee to the Oakland As’ camp. he was the star of the WBC for Team Israel, going 8-for-18 with a homer and six RBIs, and five walks in their six games.

The sports media has been generally very complimentary towards Kevin Pillar of late. They are praising his leadership, his hitting (as well as hos his patience at the plate, and, of course, his defense. Here’s hoping he has an injury-free season (and the same to all the players, MOT or not).

Richard Bleier never did make it onto Team Israel’s roster, but he’s using his time well, settling in with the Baltimore Orioles.

Scott Feldman also declined to play for Israel in order to get into step with a new team. Looks like it paid off: he under consideration as the Cincinnati Reds’ opening day starter. In three games, Feldman is 0-1, allowing four earned runs in eight innings.

The LA Dodgers renewed Joc Pederson‘s contract. he has four home runs and eight RBI so far this spring.






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