5 Things to Watch For as the Padres Season Winds Down

September 19, 2017

The Padres have just two weeks left in their 2017 season. As always, it went very fast. The team sits at 67-83 currently, which is much better than some predicted. The Padres are also eliminated from playoff contention. That should come as a shock to no one. This does not make the Padres unwatchable, however. I will be the first to admit it; When this season started, I was pretty…

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Framing the Friars: Lamet Looks Like Lamet, but Offense a No-Show (again)

September 13, 2017

  The San Diego Padres have scored only five runs in 28 innings. The offense has been absolutely stagnant. Compared to the Padres’ lack of scoring, their opponents have done the opposite. On Sep. 12, the Minnesota Twins went off for 16 runs against the Friars, winning the game 16-0. The offense remained stagnant when the Padres played the Twins again on Sept. 8. Dinelson Lamet made the start, pitching…

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Framing the Friars: Solarte Reaches New Career High

September 6, 2017

  Yangervis Solarte doesn’t hit a lot of home runs. He is just not that type of hitter. The most homers he had ever hit in a season was 15, a number he posted in both 2015 and 2016. That changed on Sept. 6, when the San Diego Padres hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for the third game of a four-game series, a game in which St. Louis won 3-1….

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The Padres Ignored the Tank, Beat L.A. & That is Fantastic

September 4, 2017

The Padres have had a rough season, although not as rough as some predicted. They are one win away from clinching a non-100 loss season. FiveThirtyEight.com has the Friars finishing 72-90, better than last season. A lot can still happen as the Padres still have six games against Arizona, seven against Colorado and still three more against the L.A. Dodgers. However, the Padres did not seem too intimidated by perhaps…

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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: Power Surge Continues in Series Win Over Giants

July 23, 2017

  The San Diego Padres brought a power surge to AT&T Park for their four-game series with their division rivals from NorCal, the San Francisco Giants. Through the first three games, the Friars had hit 15 extra-base hits. The series finale was no different. The Padres benefited from a big fourth inning, with Hunter Renfroe, Jabari Blash, and Hector Sanchez all hitting doubles in succession. Those extra-base hits were the…

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Framing the Friars: Lamet Struggles as Padres’ Bats Go Cold

July 6, 2017

  After winning two straight games against the defending American League Champions, in which the Padres ragtag bullpen shut down the Indians offense, the third game of the three-game set was marked by a different story entirely. Despite winning the series with the victories on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Padres didn’t really show up to play in a tough 11-2 loss in Cleveland. The Padres head to Philadelphia to play…

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Framing the Friars: Lamet Throws First Scoreless Outing

June 30, 2017

  Dinelson Lamet‘s seventh start was his best so far in his young career. Lamet pitched seven scoreless innings (a career-high), striking out eight Atlanta Braves hitters, while allowing just four hits and one walk. He retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a base runner. It was a single by Nick Markakis with two outs in the fourth inning. Lamet earned the win, to improve to 3-2…

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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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Framing the Friars: Lamet Roughed up Against Diamondbacks, Renfroe Goes Deep Twice

June 7, 2017

It was bound to happen. After two solid starts from Padres’ rookie, Dinelson Lamet, he was due for a poor start. It happened in Lamet’s third start of the season, at the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 6. Arizona prevailed in the game, winning by a score of 10-2. Hunter Renfroe had his second career multi-home run game. Lamet went three-plus innings, allowing nine runs on three hits, issuing five walks. When…

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Framing the Friars: Dinelson Lamet May Very Well Be the Real Deal

May 31, 2017

  The San Diego Padres have won three straight games. One of those games was against the Washington Nationals, and the other two were against the Chicago Cubs. What kind of bizarro world are we living in? I am getting off-track. Anyway, back to the story at hand. The Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, behind a strong second outing from young right-hander Dinelson…

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