The Giants are making a push for Cole Hamels now? That doesn’t make a ton of sense.


Though the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Astros have all been mentioned as possible landing sports for Cole Hamels, the Dodgers are thought to be one of the stronger contenders for his services.They may have some more competition, however, and from a most unwelcome source:

At the moment San Francisco is only a half game back of the Dodgers, so if they got Hamels it would not only help them out but it would hit the Dodgers hard too. Fun times.

But this doesn’t make a ton of sense, as just yesterday Rosenthal himself noted that San Francisco may not have the prospects required to get Carlos Gomez of all people, so a Hamels deal seems like it’d be way too hard to swing.

But hey, the more suitors the merrier. And if it drives the price up for the Dodgers, the Giants — and the Phillies — may find that to be merrier.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.