By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your MLB highlights for the week of May 6-12, 2019:

At the plate

  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) hit .261 (6-for-23) with 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, and a .370 OBP. The highlight was a 2-HR performance on Mother’s Day, with mom Jackie Bregman in attendance. It was the third baseman’s second multi-HR game in 10 days. His 12 HRs rank #3 (tied) in the American League, and his 31 RBIs rank #6.

        • CF Kevin Pillar (Giants) hit .273 (6-for-22) with a home run, 2 doubles, a hit-by-pitch, and 3 RBIs. He continues to strike out far more often than walk (28/4).
        • LF Ryan Braun (Brewers) hit .200 (2-for-10) with a solo home run, stolen base, and a .385 on-base percentage. Braun’s 330 career HRs are one shy of Hank Greenberg’s Jewish record, albeit with an asterisk.
        • LF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) hit .125 (2-for-16) with a .222 OBP. His only hits were the two solo HRs he smacked on May 10. Pederson, who is hitting a home run every 10 at-bats this season, has some stats the Los Angeles Times says “boggle the mind.” They include the fact that Pederson has more home runs (12) than singles (10) and has stroked only one double.

      • 2B Ian Kinsler (Padres) hit .222 (2-for-9) in limited play.
      • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) hit .143 (3-for-21) with a double, RBI, and a .182 OBP.

On the mound

      • Max Fried (Braves) went 1-1 in two starts last seek. On May 7, he survived just one inning after giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits and a walk. On May 12, he yielded 3 earned runs on 9 hits and a walk over 5 innings en route to a win. Fried is 5-2 for the season.

Odds and ends

      • Jewish ballplayers are homering at an unprecedented pace. Just a quarter way through the 2019 season, they are on pace for nearly 200 HRs, which would smash the all-time record of 118 set in 2018.

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