Advanced Stat Friday: Hunter Renfroe’s Woes and Ryan Schimpf’s BABIP

June 23, 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…

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Framing the Friars: The Ball is Juiced?

June 17, 2017

Following a three-game home sweep against the Cincinnati Reds, the San Diego Padres came into Miller Park on Friday with confidence. The Padres wasted little time jumping on Brewers’ starter Junior Guerra early. After the first two batters reached on an outfield misplay and a walk, the struggling Wil Myers stepped to the plate. And he did not disappoint, as the right-hander launched an absolute moon shot over the outfield…

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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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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: Cosart’s Continued Struggles, Hits Still Hard to Come By

June 5, 2017

The Padres came into this series on a high horse and swiftly took game one. Since then, the bats have gone quiet in two straight losses. In the previous game, the Padres combined for just one run and four hits in 30 at bats. Today, they combined for one run but with only three hits in 29 at bats against Rockies rookie starter Jeff Hoffman and the Rockies bullpen. Hoffman is now…

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The San Diego Padres 2017 Progress Report

June 2, 2017

It’s no surprise that the 2017 San Diego Padres are more than 10 games under .500 a little over one-third through the season. There has been some pleasant surprises so far, but also some disappointing performances. There has been some solid baseball played, but also some pitifully poor performances, lacking hustle and basic fundamentals. Some games have been hard to watch this year, but fortunately the Padres have found themselves…

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Framing the Friars: Padres’ Bats Awaken, Light Up Kyle Hendricks

May 30, 2017

The Padres flew back across the country Sunday night and had to prepare for the first of three home games against the reigning major league champions of baseball on Monday. The Padres were going up against the usually dominate Kyle Hendricks, who came into the game 4-2 on the season with a 3.25 ERA. Hendricks has had a pretty dominant month of May, allowing just six runs in four games…

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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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Padres Series Recap: Bullpen Implodes in Finale, Sox Take Series

May 14, 2017

The San Diego Padres continue to play head-scratching baseball. They continually give games away, despite playing well for most of the contest. The team is young, and it is normal to expect sporadic moments of failure. However, they must play sound, fundamental baseball if they wish to keep their heads above water. The starting staff isn’t filled with household names, so if one of them gets you a quality start,…

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Is it Time to Worry About Hunter Renfroe?

May 6, 2017

At this point in his young career, it is evident that Hunter Renfroe is far from a polished product. Coming into the 2017 season, everyone was well aware of his poor plate discipline, but seeing it first-hand has been another story. Competing against major league-quality pitchers has not helped this young man, as they continually pick at his weaknesses and expose him. In the bottom of the sixth inning in…

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The Padres’ Plate Discipline Problem

May 4, 2017

Just over one month into the 2017 season, the San Diego Padres sit at 12-17 through the team’s first 29 games. Going into the season, most knew the Padres would be largely non-competitive. While there has been some surprise wins for the Friars, that expectation has largely come to fruition. However, the Padres have played a much different game than what was expected. Everyone had a good idea that the…

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Ryan Schimpf is Setting an Early Example of Patience at The Plate

April 20, 2017

Last season we saw Ryan Schimpf blast home runs and extra base hits like he was taking batting practice. He hit 20 home runs, had 22 extra base hits, struck out 105 times, and walked just 42 times in 330 plate appearances. This season, however, he is taking a different approach at the plate. It is still very early in the season, but in his 59 plate appearances thus far, Schimpf…

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