The Demotion of Hunter Renfroe Was the Right Move

August 20, 2017

After a fairly quiet few weeks in terms of notable roster moves, the Padres made a rather significant roster move on Saturday afternoon. Following a disappointing beginning to his big league career, right fielder Hunter Renfroe finds himself once again with the Triple-A Chihuahuas. Going into the 2017 season, Renfroe was riding high after a sensational end to what was a fantastic year for the young outfielder. After helping the…

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Hedges & Margot Are On Top of Padres Defense

August 17, 2017

The saying is “defense wins championships.” That particular saying is usually saved for football or basketball, but for the most part, it is true in baseball as well. It’s no secret the Padres are gunning for 2019 and beyond as far as trying to win a coveted championship. That doesn’t mean there can’t be pieces already in place to make that sort of move. There are plenty of players already…

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Jose Pirela Playing Himself Into Padres’ Plans

August 9, 2017

On the eve of the 2017 season, it was pretty clear where the Padres stood in the National League. After filling out their rotation with free agent dumpster-dive players, and preparing to start the season with a roster half made up of rookies and players only in the first few years of their respective careers, the Padres were well on their way to the worst record in baseball. However, somewhere…

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Manuel Margot Has Huge Impact on the Padres

August 8, 2017

Padre fans know Manuel Margot as their leadoff hitter and their rookie center fielder. He is actually much more than that to the team. The Padres obtained Manuel Margot from the Red Sox last season in exchange for Craig Kimbrel. That trade worked out very well for San Diego as they also acquired Logan Allen, Carlos Asuaje, and Javier Guerra. Margot is a 22-year-old outfielder who is five feet-eleven inches and…

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Padres Snapshot: Upcoming Things To Look Forward To in 2017

August 5, 2017

With the dog days of summer ending shortly, the San Diego Padres sit in an interesting spot. The team is coming off their first winning month since 2015 and the rebuilding Friars are 11 games below .500, a surprising mark for a team that was supposed to be one of the worst teams in baseball history. With all of that being said, the most interesting months of baseball are approaching…

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Grading the Progress of the Padres’ “Process”

August 3, 2017

Okay, Padre fans, it’s time to start evaluating where this whole thing is going. The Padres made no secret of their intentions this year. They stated a philosophy of building the franchise over time (3-5 years) into a championship contender. 2017, they said, would be a development year. We are now past the MLB All-Star break and trade deadline. We are a full 12 months into it, and thus it’s…

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Welcome to San Diego, Kyle Lloyd

July 26, 2017

  With the trade of Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter to the Kansas City Royals, the Padres not only have two bullpen slots to fill but also one slot in the starting rotation. Sure, left-hander Travis Wood came back to the Padres in the deal, but it’s unclear if the Padres use him as a starter or reliever for the rest of the season. With Wood not ready…

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Who’s the Closer Once Brad Hand is Traded?

July 26, 2017

  With their trade of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Trevor Cahill to the Kansas City Royals on Monday afternoon, the Padres not only finally kicked off their trade deadline moving and shaking, but they also blew up their bullpen in the process. While Hand has been reliably used as the Padres’ bullpen fireman, operating as a quasi set-up man/multi-inning relief ace, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer more or less…

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If Your Hand Causes You To Stumble, Cut it Off (Dealing Brad Hand)

July 5, 2017

Brad Hand is pitching out of his mind right now. His value is at an all-time high, and with that, the trade talk has already begun. With his ability to close out games, or pitch out of the setup position, he has tremendous worth. The Padres sole representative in the 2017 MLB All-Star game is a near lock to be dealt, and the clock is ticking. Hold on, Padre fans….

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What’s Next for Allen Cordoba?

July 1, 2017

On Saturday night Allen Cordoba left the game following his first at bat after being hit on the wrist by an errant pitch from Detroit Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez. At that moment, fans of the San Diego Padres took a collective gasp as they were faced with the potential of losing one of the team’s brightest young players to injury. Fortunately, X-Rays were negative and Cordoba did not have to…

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Where in the World is Carter Capps?

June 25, 2017

Carter Capps was acquired in the Andrew Cashner deal along with Josh Naylor and Jarred Cosart on July 26 of last year. He is well-known for his funky pitching motion, which has led to many heated debates on its legality. Capps had been a breakout star out of the bullpen for the Marlins in 2015 with his controversial delivery. In 31 innings, he had a 1.16 ERA, with 58 strikeouts…

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