Here are your MLB highlights for the week of June 7-13, 2021:

Stats to share

  • Richard Bleier’s walkless streak ended on June 8 when the second batter he faced drew a base on balls. Until that time, the Marlins reliever had faced 83 batters over 22 innings this season, struck out 20 of them, and not yielded a single Ball Four.
  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros) has mostly been platooned in his brief MLB career. But in 2 of the 5 games in which he’s had at least 4 at-bats, Stubbs has gotten 2 hits, including a 2-for-5 performance on June 13.

Weekly overview

  • Jewish batters hit a combined .278 (25-for-90) last week, with a season-high 7 HRs, 6 doubles, 17 RBIs, and a .309 on-base percentage (OBP). The performance raised their collective batting average from .250 to .254, versus the Major League average of .237.
  • Jewish pitchers went a combined 0-1 with 2 holds and a 4.80 ERA over 7.5 combined innings last week, fanning 6 batters while walking 3. The performance lowered their collective ERA from 5.21 to 5.14, versus the Major League average of 4.07.

On the mound

  • Max Fried (Braves) saw his record fall to 3-4 in a June 12 loss, yielding 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings while striking out 2. He did execute a slick pick-off play at first base.
  • Richard Bleier (Marlins) went 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and two holds over 3 appearances, yielding one earned run on 2 hits and a walk over 2 combined innings while striking out one. One of Bleier’s two holds came in a June 12 win over Max Fried and the Braves.
  • P Ryan Sherriff (Rays) pitched 0.2 scoreless innings on June 9 but yielded a sacrifice fly. He was optioned to Triple-A on June 12.

At the plate

  • OF Joc Pederson (Cubs) recovered nicely from last week’s .095 batting average, hitting .318 (7-for-22) with 3 HRs, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs, a .318 OBP, and a 1.136 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). From June 9 to June 12, Pederson homered in 3 consecutive games.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) hit .333 (5-for-15) with a pinch-hit home run, double, 3 RBIs, a .375 OBP, and a .975 OPS.
  • CF Kevin Pillar (Mets) hit .250 (4-for-16) with a .294 on-base percentage and a .982 OPS last week. The highlight came on June 9, when he went 3-for-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in a 14-1 win over the Orioles. It was the fifth 2-homer game of Pillar’s career.
  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) hit .240 (6-for-25) with a home run, 2 doubles, a .300 OBP, and a .740 OPS. He also made an astounding play off a ground ball.
  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros) hit .200 (2-for-10), with both hits coming on June 13 against the Twins.
  • P Max Fried (Braves) went 1-for-2, raising his season batting average to .357 (5-for-14).

Players to watch

  • P Jake Fishman (Marlins/AAA/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp) is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA this season. In 18.1 innings, Fishman — a 30th-round pick in the 2016 amateur draft — has struck out 21 batters, walked only 5, and limited opposing teams to just 0.982 walks/hits per inning.


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