Posts Tagged ‘Scott Feldman’


JML Update, Games of June 19, 2017

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

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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.



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, Games of June 8, 2017

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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The “good” Scott Feldman showed up yesterday, throwing seven shutout innings, giving up four hits, and striking out four, to lead the Cincinnati Reds (29-30) to a 5-2 win to sweep the four-game series over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Feldman picked up his fifth win.

Ian Kinsler had a pretty good day, too, going 3-for-4 with his eighth double, two runs, scored, and his second stolen base. Too bad the Detroit Tigers (29-30) fell to the visiting LA Angels, 11-4.

Richard Bleier gave up three hits but no runs  in one inning of relief as the Baltimore Orioles (31-27) lost to the host Washington Nationals, 6-1.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Minnesota Twins (30-26) held of his Seattle Mariners (30-31), 2-1. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Twins.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (43-18) beat the host KC Royals, 6-1.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (25-33) in their 7-5 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

No game for Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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



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

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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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.

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 22, 2017

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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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

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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

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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

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

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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