More K’s than hits in June; second time in 3 months that deviation has occurred

Strikeouts exceeded hits in the major leagues for the second time in three months, a deviation that had never occurred before this year.

There were 6,776 strikeouts and 6,640 hits in June, the Elias Sports Bureau said Sunday. That leaves the season totals at 21,090 strikeouts and 20,671 hits about halfway through the season.

The average climbed from 1.90 before the 2015 All-Star break to 2.17 in the second half that year, then rose to 2.31 in 2016 and a record 2.51 last season.

Thus far, 32 percent of 94,241 plate appearances ended without a batted ball in play: 21,090 strikeouts, 8,081 walks, 952 hit batters and 23 catcher’s interference calls.

Houston nearly reached the NBA Finals last season, losing in seven games to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

The Rockets are desperately trying to lure LeBron James to Houston this offseason with the four-time MVP potentially joining reigning MVP James Harden.

D’Antoni’s fast-paced offensive philosophy worked best with the Suns from 2003-200He also coached the Knicks and Lakers, but found success hard to come by at both of those stops.

With the Rockets, D’Antoni finally has the pieces to run the system he’s most comfortable with, and the possible addition of James would make Houston favorites to win the title.

He missed the final two games of Colorado’s first-round series loss to the Predators after suffering a lower-body injury in Game 4.

Bernier was the odd man out, however, after the Avalanche acquired Philipp Grubauer from the Capitals.

Bernier, a 2006 first-round pick by the Los Angeles Kings, has also played for the Maple Leafs and Ducks in a 10-year career.

Phillies, Orioles, Blue Jays, Twins, Indians. Given Miguel Sano’s uncertain future in Minnesota, re-signing Escobar might be a priority. The Jays could use Escobar at shortstop, unless they think Bo Bichette can remain there. But here’s an idea: The Indians move Jose Ramirez to second base and go with Escobar at third adding another switch-hitter to go with Ramirez and Francisco Lindor.

Keuchel has been fine with a 4.15 ERA, but given his fastball velocity and some minor injury issues in the past, he hasn’t pitched well enough to receive a $100 million mega-deal.

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