Forget about the splash hits in McCovey Cove; these Giants can’t even reach the cheap seats.
In getting shut out by the Rangers on Sunday, the Giants went without a homer in a 16th straight home game.
CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly points out that the Giants have gone 506 home at-bats without a homer since Gregor Blanco hit one on May 14.
It’s the longest streak by a major league team since the Astros went homerless in 16 straight games at the Astrodome in 1990. Two more homerless games at AT&T Park and the Giants will have the longest such streak since 1960.
Here are the longest streaks since 1950:
27 – 1955 Orioles
26 – 1951 Senators
18 – 1954 Senators
17 – 1976 Royals
17 – 1983 Indians
16 – 1955 Senators
16 – 1957 Pirates
16 – 1972 Cardinals
16 – 1983-84 Astros
16 – 1990 Astros
16 – 2012 Giants
While they’re not getting homers, the Giants have actually gone 10-6 during the streak. They’re one of two teams on the list to have a winning record during their streak; the 1957 Pirates went 9-7.
Over the winter there was serious talk about the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen to the Washington Nationals. His move to left field to allow Starling Marte to take over center further served to make McCutchen a less important part of the Pirates long term plans.
Then the season began, Marte got suspended for PEDs and, after a bumpy start, McCutchen caught fire. He hit .411/.505/.689 in June he has a .333/.444/.561 line in the month of July. For the year he’s now at .292/.384/.507 with 17 homers and 57 RBI. Even with Marte back on the roster, McCutchen is the Pirates’ center fielder. What’s more, the Pirates, after beginning the season slowly have righted the ship somewhat and are now only three games back in the NL Central.
All of which makes this, from Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, unsurprising:
That option is a quite reasonable $14.5 million, so it seems sorta crazy that they wouldn’t pick it up. Of course if they remain coy enough about it for now perhaps someone will bowl them over with an offer. Letting McCutchen walk seems insane. Unloading him for a hefty haul would, well, still be kinda crazy given how popular McCutchen is with the fan base, but not truly insane.
The Brewers were rumored last week to have been “aggressive” in talks for Tigers reliever Justin Wilson. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports, however, that the talks are a bit more wide-ranging than that.
Crasnick says that the two clubs are also discussing Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, potentially in a package deal with Wilson. Crasnick says that the Brewers “would love to have Kinsler,” but their main focus at the moment is pitching help. Of course, the Brewers current second baseman — Jonathan Villar — is hitting a meager .223/.285/.348 in 334 plate appearances.
Kinsler is having a down season for him — .237/.331/.400 — but he’s better than that and, of course, would represent an improvement. He’s under contract through the end of this year but he has a very affordable, $10 million club option for 2018. Wilson will be arbitration-eligible this offseason, so he’s still under team control as well. As such a Kinsler/Wilson package would likely cost the Brewers a high price, so you have to think they’d try to exhaust cheaper options before making such a deal.
The Brewers had been in first place in the NL Central since June 7, but the Cubs caught them yesterday. They’re in a virtual tie, with Chicago percentage points ahead. This should prove to be a very interesting week for the Brewers’ front office.