Taco Train Update: Learning to Fly

October 24, 2017

  Watching the Astros slay the Yankees, one is reminded that, for most teams, it’s a long road towards the ultimate prize. The Cubs bottomed out consistently before ascending to where they are now. The Astros were the worst team in all of baseball for three years running, and followed that up with a 90+ loss season, before ascending. Many smug, self-serving analysts argue the Astros are where they are…

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Taco Train Update: Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

October 8, 2017

Even the losers (get lucky sometimes) – Tom Petty, RIP There’s a long-distance train rolling through the rain Tears on the letter I write – Bob Dylan, Where Are You Tonight? So, another one in the can. All that’s left to be done is to edit the highlights, ruminate over the lowlights, and pour over the numbers. Yes, there’s always the numbers to be poured over. It could have been…

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Framing the Friars: Spoiling for a Fight, Chacin & Padres Shut Out Rockies 5-0

September 24, 2017

The story of the night was twofold: Padre pitching, and the Padres playing “spoiler” yet again, looking more like a playoff team than the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies, beating them 5-0. Jhoulys Chacin continued his torrid home pitching, throwing 5 and 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before yielding a soft single to center to DJ LeMahieu in the sixth, which Manuel Margot made a sterling attempt to get, but came up…

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Padres “Taco Train” Update: Bound for Glory

September 7, 2017

This train is bound for glory, this train – 1920s American gospel song as sung by Woody Guthrie What began as a whisper has become a drumbeat. What started out as a far-fetched notion, has crept slowly into reach. What began in the middle of last year as a far-off dream has turned into full-fledged substance, tangible. The Taco Train is bound for glory. We’re one step closer every day….

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Framing the Friars: The Taco Train Rises from the Dead

August 19, 2017

San Diego, California After a couple of forgettable nights to open a four-game series versus the Nationals, things again looked bleak in the top of the first Saturday night with Travis Wood on the mound for the Padres. Wood got the initial two outs, but then Anthony Rendon worked a 13-pitch walk and Ryan Zimmerman followed with an eight-pitch free pass. Howie Kendrick, hotter than an enchilada fresh off the…

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Framing the Friars: Padres’ Mojo Risin’

August 5, 2017

Sometimes baseball teams must just get on their horses and ride them to the finish line. Headed into the middle game of a 3-game set with the Pirates, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Padres, who were on a mini two-game losing streak and were facing the Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole, for the second time in less than a week. The big boys were going to have to…

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Framing the Friars: McCutchen Strikes Back

July 30, 2017

Despite a four-game winning streak which included back-to-back wins over the Pirates, things didn’t look good for the Padres going into the finale of the series with Pittsburgh. On the one hand, Padres starter, Clayton Richard, since the end of June was 0-4 in five starts, having allowed 63 base runners in 27.2 innings. During that time, he had an ugly 8.78 ERA, the highest of any starter in the…

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Framing the Friars: Ho-Hum Another Padres Series Victory

July 16, 2017

  It’s becoming blasé.  Another series, another series win. The starting pitcher gives us a solid start. The bullpen does their thing. The bats come through in the clutch. The defense, while not the 2016 Cubs, makes the plays they’re supposed to make. The Padres are not only not tanking, they’re elevating.   In Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Giants, like Cortez the Killer (Neil Young reference), Hector Sanchez, the…

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Framing the Friars: A Tepid End to Successful Road Trip

July 9, 2017

Sunday afternoon it was a tale of two stories for the Padres in the series finale versus the Phillies, which ultimately ended in a 7-1 loss for the Friars. From the pitching side of things, Padre hurlers Trevor Cahill, Craig Stammen, Phil Maton, and Jose Torres gave up a combined nine hits through eight innings, with no base on balls, for a nice 1.125 collective WHIP, which normally would spell…

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Padres Editorial: Embrace the Stank (Cubs Edition)

June 25, 2017

Thanks to Andy Green, I’ve already let it go, but sometimes I just like to rub dirt. When the Padres lollygagged their way into Chicago last Monday, they were afterthoughts to a Cubs’ dream of a repeat, only moving the meter in the hearts of the most die-hard of the Friar faithful. Mere marks in a land of thieves and manipulators. They left as Christians surviving the den of the…

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Listen to the Padre Train A-Comin’

June 5, 2017

I hear the train a-comin’ Rollin’ round the bend I ain’t seen the sunshine Since I don’t know when – Johnny Cash The Taco Train has had quite a fortnight. It began two Sundays ago when the man Andy Green described as the unquestioned leader of the team, Clayton Richards, spun a complete game against the Arizona Diamondbacks resulting in a 5-1 Padre victory. The game came on the heels…

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“Riding With the Tank” Padres vs Mets

May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Padres v. Mets- Queens, New York Another day, another chance for a great Padre victory. Every Padre game is holy if you’re a diehard, which I’ve been for far too long. Things, however, have gotten out of hand around here lately. If we get out of the first inning tonight having given up less than five runs, I’ll basically consider the game a win. Of course,…

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