By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your MLB highlights for the week of May 13-19, 2019:

Stats worth noting

  • Max Fried (Braves) is one of just four N.L. pitchers to reach 6 wins this season.
  • Two MLB Jews are among league leaders in home runs. Alex Bregman (Astros) is #2 in the A.L. with 14, and Joc Pederson (Dodgers) is tied for #3 in the N.L. with 14.
  • Bregman and Pederson also are among the most efficient home-run hitters. Pederson has homered once every 9.1 at-bats, #2 in the Majors behind Christian Yelich. Bregman is homering once every 11.4 at-bats, #11 in the Majors.
  • Overall, Jewish ballplayers continue to homer an unprecedented rate. They are on pace for roughly 190 HRs, well beyond the all-time record of 118, set in 2018.
  • Ryan Braun (Brewers) tied Hank Greenberg’s all-time HR record with his 331st shot. When Braun breaks the record, Jewish Baseball News’ Stat Records will recognize the feat, albeit with an asterisk.
  • Of all Major Leaguers with at least 100 at-bats, Bregman is one of just 9 to have at least as many walks as strikeouts.

At the plate

    • LF Ryan Braun (Brewers) hit .409 (9-for-22) with a home run, 7 RBIs, a hit-by-pitch, stolen base, and a .480 on-base percentage.


  • LF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) hit .231 (3-for-13) with 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, and a .375 OBP.
  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) hit .217 (5-for-23) with 2 HRs, a double, 3 RBIs, and a .379 OBP.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) hit .286 (4-for-14) with a double and a .333 OBP.
  • 2B Ian Kinsler (Padres) hit ..250 (4-for-16) with a game-winning home run, double, and a .294 OBP.



  • CF Kevin Pillar (Giants) hit .158 (3-for-19) with 2 doubles, an RBI, stolen base, and a .200 OBP.


On the mound

    • Max Fried (Braves) was almost untouchable, pitching 6 shutout innings on May 17 to earn a win. He yielded 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Fried also contributed at the plate with a double and a walk.


  • Richard Bleier (Orioles) came off the disabled list and made two appearances for Baltimore, his first since April 9. In 3.2 combined innings, he yielded 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2.


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