Bronson Arroyo

It’s bombs away off Bronson Arroyo

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The Brewers have already hit three homers in three innings off Bronson Arroyo, with Prince Fielder going deep in the second and Mark Kotsay and Ryan Braun delivering back-to-back shots in the third.  That makes 43 homers allowed by Arroyo this season.

Arroyo is now tied for sixth on the all-time single-season homers allowed list:

1. Bert Blyleven: 50 (271 2/3 IP, 1986 Twins)
2. Jose Lima: 48 (196 1/3 IP, 2000 Astros)
3. Bert Blyleven: 46 (267 IP, 1987 Twins)
3. Robin Roberts: 46 (297 1/3 IP, 1956 Phillies)
5. Jamie Moyer: 44 (202 IP, 2004 Mariners)
6. Bronson Arroyo: 43 (178 2/3 IP, 2011 Reds)
6. Eric Milton: 43 (201 IP, 2004 Phillies)
6. Pedro Ramos: 43 (231 IP, 1957 Senators)
9. Denny McLain: 42 (264 1/3 IP, 1966 Tigers)
10. Rick Helling: 41 (219 1/3 IP, 1999 Rangers)
10. Phil Niekro: 41 (342 IP, 1979 Braves)
10. Robin Roberts: 41 (305 IP, 1955 Phillies)

Blyleven (in both cases), Niekro, Helling and Roberts (in the latter case) all had good seasons while giving up all those homers.  Arroyo’s season, though, is right there with Lima’s for the worst on the list.  Lima was 7-16 with a 6.65 ERA in a high-offense era.  Arroyo has a 5.39 ERA at the moment.

On a per-inning bases, Lima’s 2000 season above is the only one that ranks above Arroyo as far as home run rate.  Arroyo is giving up .241 homers per inning.  Lima allowed .244.

Update: Arroyo stayed in until the seventh and gave up one more homer, that to George Kottaras.  It gave him 44 for the season, leaving him tied for fifth place all-time.

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.