The Padres Bullpen Could Be Better Than We Thought

April 8, 2017

The San Diego Padres have one series under their belts in the freshly minted 2017 season. There were some things to like about the Padres’ performance during the recent four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while there were other things that were just painful to watch. I personally subscribe to the “trust the process” perspective, and even though I know that this season is all about development and not…

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Luis Perdomo Should Make the Starting Rotation

March 30, 2017

We are now four days away from Opening Day 2017 and it’s getting exciting. This week, the San Diego Padres announced that Jhoulys Chacin will be the Opening Day starter, followed by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver as the first three members of the rotation. It was also announced that Erick Aybar has won the starting job at shortstop and has been officially added to the roster. While some questions…

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Craig Stammen is Forcing Himself into Padres Bullpen

March 23, 2017

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece detailing the San Diego Padres’ potential opening day bullpen. You can check that out here. Since then, the roster has seen several changes and admittedly, some of my predictions have proved to be slightly off. Craig Stammen is one player in particular that I may have underestimated. He has been exceptionally good over the last few weeks in spring training and it’s…

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Wil Myers is Clearly the Face of the San Diego Padres

March 16, 2017

The San Diego Padres have put a whole lot of weight behind their plan to build a championship team from the ground up. The agenda has been formulated around a dramatic accumulation of very young, raw talent with high upside, to flood the farm system, and provide a bevy of options at essentially every position in the coming years. Much of this talent is coming from the international market; though…

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How Will the Padres Bullpen Look Come Opening Day

March 3, 2017

While there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the San Diego Padres’ starting rotation, the bullpen may be an area of strength for the club in 2017. The rotation may not feature a host of known inning-eaters, but at least it appears that there will be a competent relief corps to hold the staff up. One of the most encouraging decisions that the team made during the off-season was…

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Luis Urias May be a Long Shot at Shortstop for Padres

February 23, 2017

With spring training in full swing, the excitement builds, as the Padres begin to piece together their opening day roster. The task of narrowing down the field is at hand. It seems like the only two players that have their starting roles locked down at this point are Wil Myers at first and Austin Hedges at catcher. As the weeks unfold, position battles will give birth to numerous story lines…

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Should Steve Garvey’s Number be Unretired?

February 12, 2017

  October 6, 1984 is a date in San Diego sports history that will forever be cherished. It was game four of the National League Championship Series at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Chicago Cubs were leading the San Diego Padres two games to one, in a best of five series. For the Padres, it was do or die. If they lost the game it would shatter their chances of making…

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A Look at the Padres 2017 Coaching Staff

February 5, 2017

  It’s morning time for the rebuilding San Diego Padres. For the last few seasons there’s been a lot of “out with the old and in with the new.” Since 2014 there has been a stream of youthfulness that has taken a hold of the franchise, starting with the hiring of a young, first-time general manager in A.J. Preller. Before the 2016 season the team hired a young, first-time manager…

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Is Jhoulys Chacin a Lock as a Starter for the Padres in 2017?

January 27, 2017

The word on the street is that the San Diego Padres may be fielding Major League Baseball’s weakest starting rotation in 2017. Some critics even claim that this rotation will be exceptionally bad. The worst seen in years. Could this be accurate? On paper, maybe. It’s true, if nothing exceptional happens with this rotation during the upcoming season, it might be bad. If there are no breakout performances or veteran…

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Paul Clemens Wants a Spot in 2017 Rotation

January 14, 2017

In 2016 the Padres put 14 different starters on the mound. There was a grab bag of veterans, rookies, and castoffs that took the hill to fill in rotation voids caused by injuries and trades. The season appeared to be a lost cause at a relatively early point. Sure, every team faces adversity during the course of a baseball season, and injuries happen, but for the Padres it was like…

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Will Jabari Blash Smash or Crash in 2017?

January 7, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago that Jabari Blash was a hot topic among San Diego Padres fans and analysts. On December 10, 2016, the Padres announced that they had acquired outfielder Blash from the Oakland Athletics as the player to be named later to complete their December 2, 2015 trade for infielder Yonder Alonso. It was part of the same trade that brought LHP Drew Pomeranz over to San Diego,…

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Alex Dickerson Deserves a Serious Look in 2017

December 31, 2016

There are only 47 days left until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It’s about this time when the season starts feeling near. Hot stove talk has been fun this off-season, and it will continue to be, with plenty of deals left to be made before opening day. It’s exciting to explore the various options that a club may have in filling out roster holes, but at this point…

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