We thought now would be a good chance to catch up with how our Jewish Major Leaguers have performed this year. There has been some good and some bad, but overall the positives of Ryan Braun and Ike Davis outweigh the negatives. We could be witnessing a MVP and RoY in the same season. Below is how all the players have played up until this point.
Brad Ausmus (C), Los Angeles Dodgers (on disabled list) - Ausmus has basically spent the entire season of the DL. Its hard to judge him to this point since he only had 4 ABs. He might miss the entire season.
Craig Breslow (P), Oakland A’s - Breslow has struggled with elbow tendinitis. But he still has managed 11.1 innings and his era is under 4.00. He has 13 Ks in those 11 innings.
Ryan Braun (LF), Milwaukee Brewers - What can we say about Braun. He is right now one of the front runners for NL MVP. He is batting .364 with 6 HRs and 28 RBIs. He has posted a .447 OBP and .612 SLG. It will be awesome to see Braun continue his hot streak. Mind you he is doing all this without protection from Prince Fielder who has been in a slump all season long.
Ike Davis (1B), New York Mets - Since Davis has been in the majors he has helped the Mets turn their season around. He is hitting .296, with 3 HRs. He might be joining Braun with some end of the season hardware. Rookie of the Year?
Scott Feldman (P), Texas Rangers - Feldman has struggled. He is 1-3 with a 5.45 era. TGR had high hopes for Feldman this season. Hopefully he can find his stuff.
John Grabow (P), Chicago Cubs - Grabow has had the unfortunate experience of playing with losing teams throughout his career. But this season Grabow has been part of the problem. His era is 9.26 and his record is 0-2.
Gabe Kapler (RF), Tampa Bay Ray - Kapler is a bench player and has only had 38 ABs. He does have a home run and 6 RBIs in his limited role.
Ian Kinsler (2B), Texas Rangers - Since coming off the DL Kinsler has batted .343 with 4 runs. Expect his home runs and steals to pick up once he gets into a groove.
Jason Marquis (P), Washington Nationals (on disabled list) - Marquis was awful at the start of the season. In 3 starts he lasted a total of 8.1 innings and posted an ERA over 20. He landed on the DL with elbow trouble and hopefully he can come back and regain his 2009 form.
Scott Schoeneweis (P), Boston Red Sox - Schoeneweis has already pitched 12.1 innings for the BoSox. Yes, his era is over 8 but Boston continues to put him in games and eat up innings. He is 1-0 with 11 Ks.
Kevin Youkilis (1B), Boston Red Sox - Youkilis had a rough start to the season, but has been a monster as of late. He has upped his average to .306 with 5 HRs and 15 RBIs. He also has a solid 24 Runs.
Braun, Davis, and Youkilis have been great. Feldman, Grabow, and Marquis not so much. Kinsler and Breslow need to get over some injuries and should go back to 2009 form.
For more information I encourage people to check out www.jewsinbaseball.blogspot.com.
Below is the Jewish Baseball play of the year and video of the week courtesy of Ike Davis. Enjoy!
And Let Us Say…Amen.
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