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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TEs Antonio Gates and Jeff Cumberland; LBs Korey Toomer and Jerry Attaochu; RB Branden Oliver; OLs Matt Slauson Chris Ivory Jersey , Chris Hairston, Kenny Wiggins, Michael Ola and Michael Schofield; S Tre Boston; QB Kellen Clemens; DT Tenny Palepoi.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Adrian Phillips; CBs Trevor Williams and Greg Ducre; RBs Andre Williams and Russell Hansbrough; LBs Chris McCain and Nick Dzubnar; WRs Geremy Davis, Tyrell Williams and Isaiah Burse; TE Sean McGrath.
NEEDS: After 9-3 finish to season, Chargers believe they’re few pieces away from contending. Offensive line wasn’t outstanding, and top-notch right tackle would be welcome bookend for Russell Okung. Re-signing safety Tre Boston or finding his replacement is important. Clemens could be replaced by more viable backup to Philip Rivers. Linebacker depth is significant need. GM Tom Telesco said he wants to find established veteran kicker after last season’s struggles likely cost Bolts playoff spot. And they must decide whether to give another season to Gates, who will be 38.
AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $22 million.
— 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 Jadeveon Clowney Jersey ,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.
Strikeouts had topped hits in a full month for the first time in April, when then there were 6,656 strikeouts and 6,360 hits. The previous low differential was in April 2017 Devon Kennard Jersey , when there were 138 more hits than strikeouts.
There were 7,033 hits and 6,971 strikeouts in May.
Strikeouts per game averaged 16.9 in June, up from 16.75 in May but down from 17.5 in April, which was a record for a full calendar month. Strikeouts have set a record for 10 consecutive seasons, and this year’s rate projects to 41,464. That would shatter last year’s mark of 40,104; the total was 32 Rigoberto Sanchez Jersey ,884 in 2008.
There have been 2,822 home runs in 1,236 games, an average of 2.26. That represents a drop from 2.52 last year through June, when there were 3,024 in 1,199 games.
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 this season Kerry Hyder Jersey , 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.
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