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: Padres Take Series in Victory Over Defending A.L. Champs

July 5, 2017

The Padres won their third straight game Wednesday night, defeating the reigning American League Champs. The Friars swept the reigning World Series Champion Cubs earlier in the year, and have a chance to do the same to the Indians tomorrow. Luis Perdomo started for the Padres and went five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) striking out four, and walking none. Perdomo won his third straight start. That is…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Rookies’ Breakout

June 29, 2017

Since the beginning of the season, Padres fans have known that the team will not be good, especially in the wins column. The only hope was that prospects from the Friars system could develop into players on the verge of stardom. To that end, today was an exceptional day, as the rookies helped San Diego to a 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. The rookie barrage started with walks earned…

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Framing the Friars: Lamet Gets Back On Track Against Brewers

June 17, 2017

  Dinelson Lamet had a pair of rough outings after his mesmerizing Major League debut and strong second outing against the Chicago Cubs. In two starts, he gave up 16 runs over eight innings. Before those starts, his ERA was 2.70. Through those eight innings, his ERA inflated quicker than an outdoor tent, rising to 8.50. Lamet was given the ball when the San Diego Padres played the second game…

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A Glimpse at Cory Spangenberg’s Plate Discipline

May 29, 2017

Cory Spangenberg was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round (10th overall) of the 2011 draft, out of Indian River State College. At the age of 20, he put up a slash line of .477/.553/.659 in 48 games and 176 at bats. He also hit five home runs and drove in 32 runners while stealing 33 bases on the year. The performance was for a small school,…

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Padres Series Recap: Napoli’s Walkoff Blast Sinks Padres

May 11, 2017

Coming into the final game of the San Diego Padres’ four-game series against the Texas Rangers, the Friars were 11-0 when leading after eight innings. Mike Napoli changed that with one swing of the bat. The Padres went into the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead. Brandon Maurer took the mound looking to earn his fifth save. Instead, he picked up his first blown save after allowing an…

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Is Ryan Schimpf’s Breakout Sustainable?

April 4, 2017

With Opening Day finally here, there are a lot of questions surrounding the Padres. Given how barebones the 2017 roster is, it’s hard to see how things will turn out in San Diego. Now that the 25-man roster has been set, it’s more clear who the Padres will trust in 2017. The most interesting roster decision of all was the Padres handing the third base job to Ryan Schimpf, sending…

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The Top Breakout Candidates for Padres in 2017

February 17, 2017

  The San Diego Padres will not be a successful team in 2017. Although they may not win a lot of games, the Padres are poised to be an exciting, young team to watch throughout the season. With a lot of young talent on the roster, the Padres have the potential to be an above-average offensive team. A lack of pitching will definitely hurt the team, but free agent signings…

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Can Cory Spangenberg Reclaim His Starting Job?

December 10, 2016

  A first round pick in 2011,  Cory Spangenberg was a San Diego Padres top prospect up until his debut in 2014. Lauded for his ability to put bat on ball, he hit .294 in his time in the minors. When Jedd Gyorko became the starting second baseman in 2013, Spangenberg no longer was the top option at second. The Padres began experimenting with him in the outfield, but once Gyorko was…

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San Diego Padres & Los Angeles Angels Talking Trade?

December 7, 2016

On Tuesday afternoon Jeff Fletcher, beat writer for the Los Angeles Angels and writer for the Orange County Register, tweeted: Heard the #Angels have been talking to Padres, who have 4 LH IF’s who can play 2B: Solarte, Schmipf, Spangenberg and Asuaje. — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) December 6, 2016 It makes a lot of sense for both sides to be talking as the Angels need a second baseman and also…

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Padres PNO (Positives/Negatives/Outlook) Ryan Schimpf

October 17, 2016

Though the 2016 San Diego Padres season has been brutal to watch as a whole, there have been numerous things that have been a positive. One of the most surprising and pleasant things about the season has been the emergence of Ryan Schimpf from seemingly out of nowhere. The rookie infielder/outfielder slugged 20 homers this season in 89 games for the Padres. He totaled a .869 OPS and a 130…

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Never Too Early Padres’ Infield Preview

October 8, 2016

The San Diego Padres go into the off-season with a set of young core players, but with few positional promises, to open up 2017. Suffice it to say, it is insanely early to predict what the 25-man roster will be, and many transactions over the course of continuing the rebuilding process will undoubtedly happen during the off season. Nevertheless, regardless of how different things may look on Opening Day in…

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