USD’s Defense Carries Team to Best Start in Program History

December 12, 2017

For ten games now in the 2017-18 season, the University of San Diego has grounded its identity in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The team leads the West Coast Conference in scoring defense (59.7 points per game) and shooting defense (37.3 percent), and leads the nation in three-point shooting defense at 22.4 percent. The defense-first philosophy has kept the team in games in challenging environments already this year, resulting in…

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Making Sense of the Shohei Ohtani Sweepstakes

December 6, 2017

There are a lot of things we think we know about Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani. Some are true. We know Ohtani is a right-handed pitcher and left-handed swinger, adept enough at both to garner recognition as Japan’s best pitcher and designated hitter after the 2016 season. We know Ohtani does indeed throw upwards of 100 miles per hour, and mixes in a swing-and-miss splitter that scouts around the game have…

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No Scholarships, No Problem: USD Dominates FCS Playoff Opener

November 25, 2017

A year ago, the University of San Diego football team made headlines with a win for the ages. USD’s upset victory over Cal Poly in the first round of the 2016 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs was the first playoff victory by a non-scholarship program over a scholarship school in postseason history. While the Toreros would go on to lose in the next round to heavily-favored North Dakota State, the…

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Toreros Men’s Basketball Set for Step Forward in 2017-18

November 12, 2017

When Lamont Smith took the reins as head coach of the University of San Diego men’s basketball team prior to the 2015-16 season, there was an understanding that success would not come quickly or easily. That first team of Toreros carried just three upperclassmen — junior Brett Bailey and seniors Duda Sanadze and Jito Kok — and won just nine games on the season. The team’s on-court struggles covered any…

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USD Tested, Not Tried by Drake in 45-15 Victory

November 5, 2017

With three minutes to go in the first half of Saturday’s home match-up with Drake, the University of San Diego was in an unfamiliar position: an honest-to-God competitive football game. Over the past month, blowouts have become commonplace for the Toreros, who spent October outscoring opponents 190-51. The team is well on its way to its fourth Pioneer League title in the last five seasons, and hasn’t been truly tested…

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Alan Zinter Out as Padres’ Hitting Coach

September 1, 2017

All it takes is a single look at the 2017 offensive leaderboards. Batting average? The San Diego Padres are the league’s worst, at a dismal .233. Runs? Last as well, at just 509. On-base percentage? The Friars’ .298 mark again represents the league’s rock bottom. Advanced stats paint a similar picture, with the team slotting in at 29th in both wOBA and wRC+. Those numbers continue a trend of offensive…

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Sonny Gray Trade Talk: Padres Wasting Valuable Time on a Valuable Asset

July 28, 2017

Sonny Gray has all the makings of a top midsummer addition. There’s his performance so far this season, 97 innings of 3.43 ERA baseball with nearly a strikeout per inning and backed by peripherals that point more towards another step forward than they do towards significant regression. His numbers across the board represent either a return or an improvement to his Cy Young-worthy campaigns of seasons past. There’s his age,…

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A.J. Preller Is Overplaying His Hand

July 20, 2017

  I will start by saying this: Brad Hand is very good at baseball. Selected off waivers from the Marlins at the beginning of last year, Hand almost immediately parlayed a newfound opportunity on the mound into a career revitalization. He struck out over 30 percent of the hitters he faced. He also carried a 2.92 ERA through 89.1 innings, the heaviest workload of any relief pitcher in the league…

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Padres Trade Talk: Is Trading Wil Myers Really an Option?

July 16, 2017

The Padres are expected to be one of the busier teams at the trade deadline this year – that is no secret. Sitting solidly in fourth place in the division thanks to those even-worse baseballers from the Bay Area, and firmly entrenched in a full-scale rebuild centered around being awful for the next few years, anyone on the roster with a hint of talent and a contract that expires anytime…

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Trade Talk: Kicking the Tires on Maikel Franco

June 26, 2017

  A glance at the Padres’ list of top prospects reveals a couple of observations. One: our future pitchers (Adrian Morejon, Cal Quantrill, Anderson Espinoza, Mackenzie Gore, etc.) are going to be good. So too are the team’s collection of up-and-coming outfielders – Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Jorge Ona, and Jeisson Rosario all have scouts excited. Two: our future infield may not be. Wil Myers, while likely not the superstar…

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Great Expectations: Let Wil be Wil

June 25, 2017

In the midst of the Padres’ prospect paradise stands a 26-year-old “veteran,” under the stadium spotlight since age 22. Between all the conversations about volatility and inconsistency surrounding him, he has shown us exactly what to expect from him – an average of around .260, an OPS of around .800, and counting stats that in a healthy year should have no problem surpassing twenty homers, eighty runs, and eighty runs…

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Louisville LHP/1B Brendan McKay is Interesting Option at #3 for Padres

June 9, 2017

  It all started with this guy named Babe Ruth. A pitcher by trade when he entered the league, Ruth spent the first four seasons of his illustrious career on the mound, tossing his way to a 2.28 ERA over 163 appearances. However, it soon became clear that as good as he was throwing the ball, he was even better at hitting it, and he made the transition into the…

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