Is Clayton Richard the Ace of the Staff?

June 24, 2017

The San Diego Padres were not expected to field a dominant starting rotation in 2017. One indicator of this was the team’s decision to sign veteran free-agent Jared Weaver in the off-season, who at this point in his career is barely able to get his velocity into the mid-eighties. Another indicator was the team naming a fellow middling, veteran, free-agent signee, Jhoulys Chacin, as the opening day starter, which was…

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Are the Padres Approaching a Potential Logjam?

June 24, 2017

The San Diego Padres have seen a revolving door of players go on the disabled list. Currently, two starting pitchers and two starting outfielders have spent significant time away from the big club because of injuries. Trevor Cahill and Jered Weaver are finishing up rehab assignments in the minors before they return to the starting rotation. The same goes for Manuel Margot, who began a rehab assignment at Triple-A El…

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Luis Perdomo is The Most Exciting Padre

June 20, 2017

For the San Diego Padres, the 2017 season has come with a lot of uncertainty. Given the team is in a state of transition, there aren’t really many sure things at this point in time. Sure there are bright spots, such as the development of Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, and Austin Hedges, but it remains impossible to predict which players are going to work out, and which ones are going…

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Attempting to Solve Wil Myers’ Slump

June 19, 2017

  Baseball is a game of inches. One inch here or one inch there can make or break a player. If a pitcher misses his location just barely, a strikeout could turn into a three-run home run. If a batter swings just a fraction of an inch in the wrong direction, he could miss the ball completely. Given how small-scale baseball can be, players are required to make constant micro-adjustments…

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The Padres “Growing Pains” are Sometimes Unbearable to Watch

June 9, 2017

As the 2017 San Diego Padres roster was being constructed, there was tons of criticism that this would easily be the worst team in baseball when it was all said and done. That has not come to fruition just yet, as the season is only one-third of the way complete, but in spurts, we all have definitely witnessed a really bad team take the field. With the youth that surrounds…

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Listen to the Padre Train A-Comin’

June 5, 2017

I hear the train a-comin’ Rollin’ round the bend I ain’t seen the sunshine Since I don’t know when – Johnny Cash The Taco Train has had quite a fortnight. It began two Sundays ago when the man Andy Green described as the unquestioned leader of the team, Clayton Richards, spun a complete game against the Arizona Diamondbacks resulting in a 5-1 Padre victory. The game came on the heels…

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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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The Padres Current Winning Streak- By the Numbers

June 2, 2017

Everybody “knew” entering the 2017 season, the San Diego Padres would be “the worst team in baseball”. What they didn’t know, was that at the end of May, the Padres would be coming off a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, in the thick of a four-game win streak, and have the same record as the supposed “contending” Giants. Now before you say it, I’ll say it for you. “Leave it…

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Six Signs the Padres’ Plan is Working Or Not

May 20, 2017

  Do you believe in the plan? You know…the Master Plan. THE…PLAN. The answer for most Padres fans falls between one of two extremes: cynicism or romanticism. Whichever way one leans, it is foolhardy to embrace franchise goals as inevitable without checkpoints. These are, after all, goals the Padres set for themselves and commitments they made to their fans. Padres fans have been mistreated by ownership for years, and on…

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Is it Time to Move on From Rule-5 Pick Luis Torrens?

May 7, 2017

Carrying three Rule-5 draft picks is an unusual task for a major league team. The San Diego Padres chose to keep Miguel Diaz, Allen Cordoba, and Luis Torrens, after each established themselves this spring in Arizona. Cordoba has looked fantastic and seems to be a lock to remain with the Padres for the entire 2017 season. Miguel Diaz has been roughed up recently, but like Luis Perdomo from last year,…

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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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