By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your MLB highlights for the opening week of the 2019 season, March 25-31:

Power trip
Collectively, Jewish batters hit .230 (17-for-74) with 14 RBIs last week. When they did hit, they hit for power. A total of five players homered, with Joc Pederson alone hitting three. That’s one home run in every 10.6 at-bats.

Batting stats

  • After batting just .180 in Spring Training, Los Angeles Dodgers LF Joc Pederson hit .467 (7-for-15) last week with 3 HRs, a double, 5 RBIs and a .619 on-base percentage. His batting average ranks 6th in the National League.
  • Milwaukee Brewers RF Ryan Braun hit .308 (4-for-13) with a home run and 4 RBIs.
  • San Diego Padres 2B Ian Kinsler hit .273 (3-for-11) with a home run, a double, an RBI and a .333 on-base percentage.
  • Toronto Blue Jays 1B Rowdy Tellez hit .250 (1-for-4) with a home run and 3 RBIs. His home run was a pinch-hit, game-tying, three-run blast on March 31.
  • Houston Astros 3B Alex Bregman hit .067 (1-for-15) with no walks. His only hit was a solo home run.
  • Toronto Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar hit .062 (1-for-16) with no walks.

Pitching stats

  • Atlanta Braves reliever Max Fried pitched 1.2 innings across 2 games, going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He yielded no hits but two walks.
  • San Diego Padres reliever Robert Stock pitched 1.2 innings across 2 games, going 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA. He gave up 2 earned runs on 2 hits and a walk while striking out 2.
  • Baltimore Orioles reliever Richard Bleier pitched 0.1 innings in one appearance, going 0-0 with a 54.00 ERA. He yielded 2 earned runs on 3 hits and zero walks.

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