MLB News: Dodgers June was remarkable and forgettable
3DW View: The first four lines of this content is courtesy of www.Dodgerthoughts.com
The Dodgers had 191 hits in 899 at-bats. Steve Garvey had seven seasons in which he had more than 191 hits.
Juan Uribe went 5 for 42 with no walks.
Dee Gordon and Tony Gwynn Jr. managed to hit into seven double plays.
Gwynn’s .229 batting average was the second-best on the team. Every Dodger regular not named Juan hit between .200 and .230 in June.
The Dodgers hit six home runs for the entire month.
Los Angeles averaged 2.9 runs per game and was 11-17 last month.
Update: With the start of July, the Dodgers are undefeated, averaging 8 runs per game.
As repulsive as L.A. has been, they are just one game out of first place and should have three players back in the starting lineup right after the All-Star break.
MLB News: Philadelphia a seller
3DW View: Word is the Phillies are willing to move Shane Victorino and Cole Hamels for the right deal, since both are free agents at the end of the year.
In trying to target what Philadelphia might need to make the playoffs, David Schoefield of ESPN.com suggests 88 wins, which means the Phillies would have to go 52-29 the rest of the way.
Given Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay will all be back; it is not out of the question given the pedigree of the team this is possible. However, that also means the bullpen has to fix itself, Cliff Lee has to return to prior levels and Utley and Howard be the same players they were before their ailments.
This seems like a large mountain to climb and that would only take into account this season, not the next, when everyone is a year older.
MLB News: Minnesota on the rise
3DW View: After starting the season 10-26, the Twins are 23-19 and playing respectable baseball. Outside of Scott Diamond and possibly Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching is inferior, but the offense has picked up and the Twins are at least competitive and offer value as an underdog play.