Framing the Friars: Spoiling for a Fight, Chacin & Padres Shut Out Rockies 5-0

September 24, 2017

The story of the night was twofold: Padre pitching, and the Padres playing “spoiler” yet again, looking more like a playoff team than the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies, beating them 5-0. Jhoulys Chacin continued his torrid home pitching, throwing 5 and 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before yielding a soft single to center to DJ LeMahieu in the sixth, which Manuel Margot made a sterling attempt to get, but came up…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Do Not Survive Shark Attack

August 28, 2017

San Diego is famous for fish tacos, but it’s no secret that the San Diego Padres have enjoyed feasting on “Shark” this season. “Shark” is the nickname for San Francisco Giants pitcher, Jeff Samardzija. He’s had a rough 2017 season, and his performances against the Padres have been downright dismal. Samardzija had made three starts against the Friars before Aug. 28. In those three starts, he allowed 14 runs over 17.1…

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Trading Jhoulys Chacin

July 30, 2017

  The trade deadline is tomorrow, and it is more than likely the Padres will strike and make at least a few moves before the clock strikes 1 PM on July 31st. Brad Hand, Kirby Yates, Jose Torres, Yangervis Solarte, heck, even Clayton Richard all seem to have been the subject of at least a few phone calls in the past month or so. Then, there is Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin’s…

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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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Possible Trade Chips for the Padres, Not Named Solarte or Hand

June 10, 2017

There is no doubt in my mind, nor should there be in yours, that the San Diego Padres will make some moves in the very near future. The team is not built to win now, but that does not mean that the team is not focused on winning for the long-term. One way to build for the future is by trading off major league-caliber players for prospects. Sadly, this is…

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What to Expect for the Upcoming Dodgers Series

April 3, 2017

If you read the title of this article and said to yourself “not much”, you are probably in the right mindset. The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again the favorites to come out on top of the N.L. West, while the San Diego Padres find themselves at the bottom of the projected leader board. So, in that sense you would think the Padres don’t stand a chance right? Well that’s…

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A Glimpse into the History of the Padres Opening Day Starter

March 31, 2017

(This article has 3 pages.  Continuation links at bottom of page after Author’s bio) Opening day is here. Nerves. Adrenaline. Excitement. Uneasiness. A new beginning. These are many of the dichotomous feelings that attend players, from Little League through the bigs, on opening day. It is a tacit American holiday, where employees-employers develop a quick case of the cold, many a student misses a Monday lecture, and the retired folk,…

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Padres Rotation is Coming Into Focus & Other News/Notes

March 17, 2017

Just last week here at East Village Times, I wrote a four-part series detailing the San Diego Padres’ rotation options, and who looked to be in line to earn a spot this spring of 2017. Over the last week since then, the rotation has come into clearer focus. As it currently stands, it appears the trio of Jered Weaver, Jhoulys Chacin, and Clayton Richard have all more or less earned…

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Projecting the Padres Muddled Rotation Part 2: New Options

March 7, 2017

Yesterday here at East Village Times we took a look at the Padres returning options for the rotation. Out of that group of Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich, Paul Clemens, Jarred Cosart, Clayton Richard, and Cesar Vargas, the Padres could form a decent enough major league rotation. In fact, they did just that in 2016, although decent may be a bit of a stretch. Even though the Padres had enough pitchers…

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Is Jhoulys Chacin a Lock as a Starter for the Padres in 2017?

January 27, 2017

The word on the street is that the San Diego Padres may be fielding Major League Baseball’s weakest starting rotation in 2017. Some critics even claim that this rotation will be exceptionally bad. The worst seen in years. Could this be accurate? On paper, maybe. It’s true, if nothing exceptional happens with this rotation during the upcoming season, it might be bad. If there are no breakout performances or veteran…

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