Anthony Rizzo

The Padres haven’t hit multiple homers in a game since May 14

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When Coco Crisp and Kurt Suzuki went deep for the A’s on Thursday, it snapped a streak of 32 straight games in which they had either one or no homers, CSN Bay Area reports.

I couldn’t help but think that was an awfully long time to go without a two-homer game.  But as it turns out, it wasn’t even the current longest active streak in baseball.

The Padres have gone 44 straight games without hitting two homers.  Now, that is a very long time.  It’s the longest such streak by a major league team since 1992.

In fact, five teams had 40-game streaks in 1992, the last year before offense began to take off in the mid-90s:

1. Dodgers – Aug. 23, 1992-April 16, 1993 – 50 games
2. Cardinals – May 17, 1992-July 9, 1992 – 48 games
3. Brewers – July 18, 1992-Sept. 4, 1992 – 46 games
4. Dodgers – May 31, 1992-July 17, 1992 – 46 games
5. Mets – June 22, 1992-Aug. 8, 1992 – 41 games

Since then, the longest streak any team had was the Marlins, going 39 straight games in 1998. The longest streak over the last decade was 36 games, held by the 2008 Twins.

If the Padres are going to break the streak before it gets to 50 games, they’ll have to do it against the Mariners or Giants, two of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

The Padres, for what it’s worth, have hit 20 homers in 44 games during the streak.  They have 45 homers in 82 games for the season.  Ryan Ludwick has hit 10 of them, while no one else has more than five.

Regardless, it’s a safe bet they won’t be challenging any major league records.  The 1979 Astros went 125 games without hitting multiple homers, and many teams had longer streaks prior to World War II.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.