Giants now homerless in 16 straight home games

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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.

The Phillies plan to spend money and “maybe even be a little bit stupid about it”

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In an age in which even baseball’s richest teams talk about tight budgets and keeping payroll low, it’s pretty rare to hear anyone connected with a front office talking about freely spending money. Phillies owner John Middleton, however, offered up something rare about the team’s approach to free agency.

“We’re going into this expecting to spend money, and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it,” he told Bob Nightengale or USA Today. He then added, “we just prefer not to be completely stupid.” That save aside, it was a pretty unusual sentiment these days.

“Stupid” could certainly mean Bryce Harper, who the Phillies have long been expected to pursue. It could even mean Harper and Manny Machado. Why not? At the moment the Phillies’ payroll for 2019 is looking to be just a shade above $100 million, so even adding, say, $70 million to that would not put them in an unreasonable position compared to other competitors. And that’s before you figure in any sort of back-loading or deferred money that Harper and/or Machado might agree to.

Or, even if they didn’t get one or both of those guys, they could spend that same kind of money on multiple free agents. Patrick Corbin? Marwin Gonzalez? A handful of others? We counted down the top 100 free agents last week and any number of them could be acquired given the sort of payroll flexibility a large market team like the Phillies appear to have. It merely requires the will to do it. A will which, it seems, John Middleton possesses.

How novel.