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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 15, 2017

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

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A typically light Thursday night: only three MOTs in action, if you can call it that.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-4 with his third stolen base and two runs scored as the Detroit Tigers (31-34) beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.

Joc Pederson hit his seventh double in four at-bats and scored a run, but the LA Dodgers (41-26) fell to the host Cleveland Indians, 12-5.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners (33-35) lost to the host Minnesota Twins (34-29), 6-2. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game for the Twins.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (32-33) in their 5-2 loss to the host Chicago White Sox.

Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was supposed to start working on fly balls yesterday as part of his rehab process.

Have a Happy Father’s Day!


JML Update, Games of June 12, 2017

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Danny Valencia was not much of a chaver to landsman Craig Breslow last night as the Seattle Mariners (32-33) beat up on the host Minnesota Twins (32-28), 14-3. He hit a solo home run (#6) off of the suddenly struggling reliever in the eighth inning. Valencia also had a run-scoring single and a sacrifice fly earlier in the game. He also made his fourth error of the year. Breslow, who allowed five runs in one inning in his previous outing, gave up two more in this one, boosting his ERA to 5.09. The way the Twins use him– an inning here, a fraction there —  it might be a while until he can get that down significantly.

The only other MOT in action last night was Alex Bregman who accounted for the sole run and one of the two hits for the Houston Astros (44-21) in their 6-1 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. He also drew a walk in three plate appearances.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (31-31) in their 10-7 loss to the host Chicago White Sox.

Scott Feldman is scheduled to make the start tonight for the Cincinnati Reds against the Padres in San Diego. They lost to the Pods last night, 9-3.

Joc Pederson continues his rehab assignment with their AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City. What next?

Ryan Braun remains on the DL for the Milwaukee Brewers but he’s getting closer to rehab.

And here’s the latest “Minor-League Monday” from JewishBaseballNews.com.


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.

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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 26, 2017

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Another shvach day for the fellas.

Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after striking out with runners at second and third during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Bad news for Ryan Braun: He left the Milwaukee Brewer’s 4-0 loss to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks with a recurrence of that calf injury which put him in the disabled list. Looks like he’s heading back there. He was 0-for-1 before coming out in the fourth. The Brewers are 25-22.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-3 with a walk and committed his third error as the Seattle Mariners (21-27) beat the host Washington Nationals, 4-2.

Ian Kinsler singled in five at-bats for the Detroit Tigers (22-24) who lost a tight one to the Houston Astros (32-16), 7-6. Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 for the winners.

The LA Dodgers (28-20) placed Joc Pederson on the concussion DL following his outfield collision with Yasiel Puig. They beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3.

No games for Craig Breslow (Minn. Twins), Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), and Richard Bleier (Baltimore Orioles). The game between Scott Feldman‘s Cincinnati Reds and the host Cleveland Indians was postponed.



JML update, Games of May 23, 2001

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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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

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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

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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.

JML update, weekend edition (May 12-14)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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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 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.



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