Mazel tov

  • July 24 was a great day for newly-acquired players and their teams. Joc Pederson, who joined the Braves earlier this month, went 4-for-6 with a home run and 4 RBIs in a win over the Phillies. And Rowdy Tellez, who was acquired by the Brewers earlier this month, went 3-for-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs in a win over the White Sox.

Stats to share

  • OF Kevin Pillar (Mets) has played all outfield positions this season, including 41 games in center field, 30 in left, and 13 in right. Despite all that moving around, “Superman” has not made a single error.
  • Since 1876, a total of 22,143 men have played Major League baseball, but only two have been named “Rowdy.” C Rowdy Elliott played on and off for three clubs from 1910 to 1920, assembling a .241 batting average with one home run and 44 RBIs over 402 at-bats. Nearly a century later, in 2018, 1B Rowdy Tellez made his MLB debut.

Weekly overview

  • Jewish batters hit a combined .327 (17-for-52) last week, with 4 HRs, a double, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, and a .345 on-base percentage (OBP). The performance raised their collective batting average from .236 to .241, one point above the Major League average of .240.
  • Jewish pitchers went a combined 0-1 with a blown save and an 8.67 ERA last week, yielding 12 hits and 5 walks over 9 combined innings while striking out 9. The performance raised their collective ERA from 5.08 to 5.18, versus the Major League average of 4.10.

At the plate

  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Brewers) hit a sizzling .583 (7-for-12) last week, with 2 HRs, a double, 6 RBIs, and a 1.738 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Tellez’s 2-homer game on July 24 was the fifth of his career.
  • CF Kevin Pillar (Mets) hit .400 (4-for-10) with a 3-run HR and a 1.100 OPS.
  • LF Joc Pederson (Braves) hit .222 (6-for-27) with a home run, 4 RBIs, and a .556 OPS.
  • P Max Fried (Braves) went 0-for-1 and drew a walk on July 23.
  • P Robert Stock (Mets) went 0-for-1 on July 20.

On the mound

  • Max Fried (Braves) saw his record fall to 7-6 after a July 23 loss. The lanky southpaw yielded 4 earned runs on 6 hits and 4 walks over 5 innings while striking out 6.
  • Robert Stock (Mets) had an up-and-down day on July 20, to say the least. Called up from Triple-A to start against the Reds, Stock tossed one rocky inning (2 hits, one walk) before tearing his right hamstring while running out a ground ball. The season-ending injury will require surgery.
  • Thanks to a rough outing on July 20, Richard Bleier (Marlins) recorded a 9.00 ERA and a blown save over 3 appearances, yielding 4 hits, no walks, and a hit-by-pitch over 3 combined innings while striking out 2.

Players to watch

  • SS Zack Kone (Marlins/Low-A/Jupiter Hammerheads) hit .364 (4-for-11) with 2 HRs, 2 doubles, and 6 RBIs last week.
  • OF Rhett Wiseman (Nationals/Double-A/Harrisburg Senators) hit .381 (8-for-21) with 3 doubles, 4 RBIs, a stolen base, and a walk.
  • P Ben Gross (Twins/High-A/Cedar Rapids Kernels) tossed 5 shutout innings in a July 24 start, yielding 4 hits and one walk while striking out 8. For the season, Gross is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA.

Israel at the Olympics

  • Israel’s baseball team will make its Olympic debut on July 29 against South Korea.


  • P Ryan Sherriff (Rays) was recalled from Triple-A on July 25.
  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros) was optioned to Triple-A on July 25.
  • P Robert Stock (Mets) was recalled from Triple-A on July 20 but joined the injured list a day later. He will undergo surgery and is done for the season.

Injured list

  • P Robert Stock (Mets), right hamstring strain, since June 21.
  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros), left quad strain, since June 17.

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