The National League The Kevin Towers Jim McLennan of AZ Snake Pit: "Back before the season started, we gave you the Vegas lines for a number of bets on Arizona, both collectively and as individual players, Readers were given $1,500 Snake Pit dollars and asked to wager on whether the actual totals would be above or below the expected lines." The Frank Wren Talking Chop: "The Braves really seem to want Alabama high school outfielder David Dahl, but he's likely to be drafted much higher, with most mock drafts making him the tenth pick by the Rockies. In addition to the Braves being in "best player available" mode, they will also be in "at or below slot" mode, which could conflict with "best available player" mode." The Jed Hoyer Paul Sullivan of Chicago Tribune: "The numbers are getting too depressing for Chicago Cubs fans to contemplate, and not just the mounting losses, which include a 10-game road losing streak. Heading into Monday's game against the Giants, the Cubs have scored a run in only nine of their last 81 innings on the road." The Walt Jocketty Ashley Marshall of MLB.com: "Tony Cingrani was wearing a new uniform, pitching at a higher level and playing in an unfamiliar city on Sunday. But surrounded by a few familiar faces, everything was business as usual for the Reds prospect." The Dan O-Dowd Andrew Martin of Purple Row: "In the midst of dreadful pitching and barnburning offensive outputs, one of my absolute favorite things to watch in the 2012 season is the Rockies' on the basepaths. Yes, they still have their fair share of blunders and pickoffs, but this team has definitely gotten extra mileage out of baserunners purely by their ability to score on doubles, advance to 3B on singles, and especially not get picked off every time they lean away from first." The Michael Hill Juan C. Rodriguez of South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "Hanley Ramirez on Wednesday was caught trying to steal second with Giancarlo Stanton at the plate. Friday, Jose Reyes led off the game with a single and got thrown out trying to stretch. That's all fine with manager Ozzie Guillen. In spite of Stanton's May home run binge, Guillen doesn't want the hitters in front of him taking a passive approach to base running." The Jeff Luhnow Zachary Levine of Houston Chronicle: "That's the funny thing about the draft -- it's so hard to evaluate in real time. But those who have proven out have been a less than stellar bunch since Brad Lidge in 1998." The Ned Colletti Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.: "The Dodgers were quite busy before their series opener on Monday in Philadelphia. The Dodgers activated Juan Rivera from the disabled list and optioned 2011 minor league player of the year Scott Van Slyke to Triple A Albuquerque. But 2011 minor league pitcher of the year Shawn Tolleson is up with the Dodgers." The Doug Melvin Kyle Lobner of Brew Crew Ball: "The Randy Wolf/George Kottaras relationship has gone beyond irritating and into comedic territory. Despite the fact that Kottaras is clearly struggling to run with his strained hamstring he had to catch Wolf on Friday, and when Kottaras needed a pinch runner after walking in the ninth inning yesterday Wolf came in for him." The Sandy Alderson Matthew Callan of Amazin Avenue: "Johan Santana was going to throw the first Mets' no-hitter, or the Mets would never have a no hitter. I felt this keenly when witnessing Friday night's historic game. As Santana's pitch count escalated, the inherent danger of putting such a strain on a reconstructed shoulder loomed over his every offering." The Ruben Amaro Jr. The Good Phight: "Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with a home run in an extended spring game Monday at the Carpenter Complex against the Yankees." The Neal Huntington Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout: "Steton Allie was pretty well regarded as a third baseman coming out of high school, but it's not clear what he'll play as a pro. In any case, the Pirates are giving up on Allie as a pitcher, less than two years after paying him $2.25 million as a much-ballyhooed draft pick." The John Mozeliak Viva El Birdos: "Before the season began we took a look at twelve stats to watch this season for the Cardinals. With the Cardinals at the official one-third mark of the 2012 season, let's take a look at how the team has fared in comparison to those numbers from the preseason." The Josh Byrnes Gaslamp Ball: "The San Diego Padres are primed to continue their recent trend of shuffling their roster around this morning, as right-hander Matt Palmer is expected to be designated for assignment to make room for Huston Street's return from the disabled list." The Brian Sabean Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle: "Barry Zito pitched into the ninth inning for his 150th career win Sunday and was aided by five nice plays behind him." The Mike Rizzo James Wagner of Washington Post: "If it wasn't painfully obvious in the last at-bat of his 0-for-4 day in a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves, something is wrong with Ryan Zimmerman." The American League The Dan Duquette Kevin Cowherd of Baltimore Sun: "The long, strange odyssey of Brian Roberts continues. On Sunday, the rehab tour of the Orioles' second baseman had him at Prince George's Stadium, one of those new-ish minor league ballparks that somehow manages to feel like something out of "Bull Durham" at the same time." The Ben Cherington Rob Bradford of WEEI.com: "Daniel Bard admitted after his latest start -- a 1 2/3-inning, five-run, six-walk disaster -- that the work in progress that has been the pitcher becoming a starter might have involved a bit too much work, and not quite enough progress." The Kenny Williams Phil Rogers of Chicago Tribune: "Theo Epstein did a nice job of shooting down the Starlin Castro trade speculation after an envelope-pushing piece by USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who wrote about a possible Castro trade after Epstein said he doesn't believe in making any players untouchable." The Chris Antonetti Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "The once hot Cleveland Indians have cooled off a bit. In fact, the Tribe has lost four of six games against the worst two teams in the division." The Dave Dombrowski The Detroit News: "Some New York Yankees players think the Tigers need to improve their security at Comerica Park. A fan at Sunday's Tigers-Yankees game went on the field during the ninth inning and snagged a fist bump from Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher." The Dayton Moore Royals Review: "From 2002-2006 Dayton Moore was Director of Personnel Development for the Braves. His work in their minor league system established his reputation in the game and ultimately led to his being hired by the Royals in 2006. Because this is now amateur draft week, and because Dayton Moore is our GM, and because we like talking about things, I thought we would benefit from looking at how his last three drafts in Atlanta turned out. There's now certainly enough time passed to begin to evaluate these things." The Jerry DiPoto Mike DiGiovanna of Los Angeles Times: "Dan Haren said the Angels have no reason to "hang their heads" after Sunday's 7-3 loss to Texas. The bigger picture, after all, looks bright for the Angels, who have won 10 of 12 games to cut the Rangers' American League West lead from eight to 41/2 games." The Terry Ryan Twinkie Town: "In the sixth inning of today's game, with the Twins leading 3-2, there was one out with runners on the corners when Alexi Casilla hit a hard grounder to first base. Brian Dozier tried to score from third." The Brian Cashman Roger Rubin of New York Daily News: "Joba Chamberlain is throwing pitches from halfway up a mound. Joe Girardi believes the right-hander will return and contribute for the Bombers this season." The Billy Beane Athletics Nation: "The A's offense is awful. We all know that. Just in case anyone ever should forget, the A's thankfully put together another performance like [Sunday's] as they manage only seven hits and as is becoming increasingly common a grand total of zero runs." The Jack Zduriencik Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: "Felix Hernandez is a guy who learned early in his career that it's important for a staff ace to take the ball every five days. And believe me, for a guy of 26, Hernandez has learned plenty in a short amount of time." The Andrew Friedman Jason Collette of DRB: "Coming into Sunday, the Rays' defense has permitted 30 runners to reach base via the error: 26 by the non-catchers and four on catcher's interference plays." The Jon Daniels Evan Grant of Dallas Morning News: "There is a tremendous mythology that revolves around the post-game "clubhouse meeting" in baseball. Fans picture a manager foaming at the mouth, uttering profanities a mile a minute, tossing bats and equipment and food and anything else he can find. And, as the myth goes, this is supposed to rectify everything that has been going wrong with a team. This is not how Ron Washington does them -- or most other managers, either." The Alex Anthopoulos Blue Bird Banter: "Edwin [Encarnacion] is having an incredible season and it's hard to imagine his value being much higher. Now a few of you have suggested the idea of extending EE's contract but is that the best thing for this team going forward? What would he bring back in trade right now being that he'll be a free agent next year?"
30-Team MLB Scoop, June 4th Edition