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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Checking on the Koufax Curse

What is the latest on the Koufax Curse? Which Jewish players played on Yom Kippur 5782 and how did they and their teams do?

On Kol Nidre (Wednesday evening):

Among players included in the original study:

• Kevin Pillar (Mets loss): 2/4 with a solo home run. Pillar is 5/7 with 2 home runs on Kol Nidre; that is a .714 BA and an 2.464 OPS. For his Yom Kippur career, he has a BA of .428 and an OPS of 1.39.

• Joc Pederson (Braves loss): 0/1 as a pinch-hitter. He remains hitless on Kol Nidre. For his Yom Kippur career, he has a .167 BA and an OPS of .417.

• Richard Bleier (Marlins win): 1 hitless inning in relief. He has given up 1 hit in 2.1 relief innings.

Among players not in the original study:

• Scott Effros (Cubs loss): .1 inning and gave up one hit, allowing an inherited runner to score.

Not playing:

• Alex Bregman (Astros win) sat out: Max Fried (Braves loss) was not scheduled to pitch; Rowdy Tellez (Milwaukee loss) is on the Injured List

On Yom Kippur Day:

• Pederson was not in the starting lineup for the Braves (game postponed). Draw your conclusions about whether a rainout is divine will.

On End of Holy Day

• Bregman (Astros win, beginning at 7 p.m. CST): 2/5 with a walk and four RBI. He raised his career Yom Kippur BA to .260.

• Garrett Stubbs (Astros win): 0-for-1 with a walk

As for teams, 2-3 when a Jewish player plays, bringing overall record to 55-70, a .440 winning percentage. That includes 1-3 on Kol Nidre, dropping that overall record to 24-36 (.400).

• On Kol Nidre, teams were 1-1 when a Jewish non-pitcher sat.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on September 16, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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