Maurer, Buchter & Cahill’s San Diego Careers Come to an End

July 25, 2017

A.J. Preller and the Padres traded pitchers Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer to the Kansas City Royals for Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, and Esteury Ruiz. Many Padres fans probably do not like the deal because they really liked Cahill, Buchter, and Maurer, because they were solid pitchers on the major league club. If you are following the Padres more than just the casual fan, then you may like…

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Maurer, Buchter and Cahill Dealt to Royals for Travis Wood & Prospects

July 24, 2017

We all knew the San Diego Padres were going to make moves. On Monday, the first of seemingly several trades happened. A.J. Preller started dismantling the bullpen by sending Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer to the Royals. They also traded Trevor Cahill to Kansas City in the deal. What did the Padres receive in return? They acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Travis Wood along with prospects Matt Strahm and Esteury Ruiz….

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Does Brandon Maurer Have More Trade Value Than Brad Hand?

July 19, 2017

All-Star set up man, Brad Hand, has been rumored to have drawn interest from over 15 teams looking to trade, but does he hold the most trade value in the Padres’ bullpen? The most important pieces of a contending teams are usually their bullpen arms. More specifically the closer is one of, if not, the most important asset to top contenders looking for help. So far this season, Hand holds a…

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San Diego Padres Trade Deadline To-Do List

July 15, 2017

The MLB Draft is in the books, the Home Run Derby has concluded, and the All-Star game was won. With the first half of the baseball calendar now complete, it is finally time to look forward to the next biggest day on the MLB calendar: the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. With just 17 days left until July 31st, the trade deadline kicked off in a big way with the…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 48 with James & Patrick

July 7, 2017

  For this week’s solo show, we speak about many Padre related topics We hit on the team’s last series in Cleveland, and the fact the Friars will be maddening to watch the whole season long. They are capable of winning any series, against anyone, but at the same time they are capable of laying an egg on virtually any night. The team is young. It happens. The pitching performance…

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Advanced Stat Friday: Padres’ Bullpen Dominance

July 7, 2017

With baseball executives taking new steps to understand the game, and baseball writers and analysts developing new methods to analyze play on the field, the baseball sabermetric revolution is in full swing. Although the process really started with Bill James and his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, the baseball stat revolution didn’t start to take off until the Moneyball days of the Oakland Athletics, where on-base percentage took the crown…

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Framing the Friars: Talking Brandon Maurer

June 26, 2017

Brandon Maurer‘s season, at least to this point, has not gone the way he or the Padres have hoped. Maurer has a 6.53 ERA in 2017 and has given up 32 hits in 30.1 IP. He is still striking out almost a batter per inning and has been extremely good at Petco Park (2.60 ERA, .183 BAA). On the road, though, he has an ERA hovering around 12; giving up…

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Framing the Friars: Franchy Cordero is the Man

June 15, 2017

Before the season even got underway, the Padres were down a man, as left-handed hitting outfielder, Alex Dickerson, was having back problems that would cause him to miss the beginning of the season. Here we are nearly three months later, and it appears Alex Dickerson may not play this season at all. Along the way, the Padres have also suffered further outfield injuries, first to Travis Jankowski and then to Manuel…

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Brandon Maurer is an Absolute Enigma

May 19, 2017

There have been plenty of developments through the first quarter of the Padres’ season. As a rebuilding team, the focus for the 2017 season is development: mainly getting players every day playing time in the hopes that the Padres can find some pieces for their next winning team. The development of Hunter Renfroe, Austin Hedges, and Manuel Margot has been exciting to watch. The development of Luis Perdomo has been…

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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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Who Should be Closing for Padres, Carter Capps or Brandon Maurer?

March 18, 2017

When you look at the possible starting rotation for the Padres, you get a little worried. However, when you peek into the bullpen, your hopes start to rise up a little bit more. More specifically, when you look at who could potentially be wrapping up games for the Friars when the score is close. Last season, we watched as the team turned starting pitcher Brandon Maurer into a closer after…

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