Phil Maton Gets the Call

June 11, 2017

After yet another Padres bullpen collapse in Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, during which the Royals scored nine runs in the 8th inning, the Padres appear to be making moves in their bullpen. Phil Maton is here, Kevin Quackenbush‘s name is not on the lineup card. — AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) June 11, 2017 With the bullpen struggling mightily, the Padres’ front office is looking to shake things…

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Framing the Friars: Friday Night Rally Followed by a Saturday Afternoon Collapse

June 10, 2017

The San Diego Padres suited up in their beautiful brown uniforms like they do every Friday home game and welcomed their second interleague opponent to Petco this season. Friday Night Friday night, Jhoulys Chacin took to the mound looking to pick up his first win since May 12th. (W @CWS, 0-2 since then). He went seven innings against the once World Series champion Royals, allowing just three hits and two…

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The Book on New Padres’ Relievers Kirby Yates & Jose Valdez

May 23, 2017

Coming into the 2017 season, the bullpen was set to be the best asset of the San Diego Padres. However, throughout the season, the relief corps has massively struggled, with one of its biggest assets, Brandon Maurer, having a hard time keeping his head above water. In fact, in the last few weeks, his ERA has ballooned to 6.88. Even though this will ultimately come down since his FIP is 2.54…

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What is Brad Hand’s Trade Value?

May 18, 2017

  The San Diego Padres claimed left-handed pitcher, Brad Hand, off waivers from the Miami Marlins in April of 2016. At the time, Hand was a struggling starter, posting a 4.00+ ERA in his career as a starter with the Marlins. The Padres were unsure of where the lefty would fall in their struggling pitching staff, and would eventually delegate him to the bullpen. Hand, embracing his new role, has quietly…

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The Padres Bullpen Could Be Better Than We Thought

April 8, 2017

The San Diego Padres have one series under their belts in the freshly minted 2017 season. There were some things to like about the Padres’ performance during the recent four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while there were other things that were just painful to watch. I personally subscribe to the “trust the process” perspective, and even though I know that this season is all about development and not…

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Who Should be Closing for Padres, Carter Capps or Brandon Maurer?

March 18, 2017

When you look at the possible starting rotation for the Padres, you get a little worried. However, when you peek into the bullpen, your hopes start to rise up a little bit more. More specifically, when you look at who could potentially be wrapping up games for the Friars when the score is close. Last season, we watched as the team turned starting pitcher Brandon Maurer into a closer after…

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Should the Padres Look to Add Eric Gagne?

March 16, 2017

This spring, the World Baseball Classic is being played across the planet, and every participating nation has a lot of talented players that are representing their home country or country of ancestor. But one player in particular got my attention last week. It was former Dodger great, Eric Gagne. For those of you who do not remember Gagne, he was once was the premier closer in the major leagues. The big…

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How Will the Padres Bullpen Look Come Opening Day

March 3, 2017

While there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the San Diego Padres’ starting rotation, the bullpen may be an area of strength for the club in 2017. The rotation may not feature a host of known inning-eaters, but at least it appears that there will be a competent relief corps to hold the staff up. One of the most encouraging decisions that the team made during the off-season was…

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Eric Yardley Interview: Opportunity in Every Difficulty

January 18, 2017

It is July in the sweltering summer of Alpine, TX, and the phone is ringing. On one end sits Eric Yardley, a pitcher for the Trinidad Triggers of the Pecos League, an association of independent baseball clubs spread from California to Kansas. He is a recent graduate of Seattle University who opted to forgo a Master’s degree in education (for now) for the possibility to be called a professional baseball…

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The San Diego Padres 2017 Bullpen Could Surprise You

January 12, 2017

  A bullpen is one of the most underrated components of a MLB franchise. The bullpen can make or break a team and we have witnessed it before. The 2016 Cleveland Indians came a game away from a World Series title, arguably due to the effort put in by Andrew Miller and company. Another great example of a bullpen that has made a team relevant is the recent San Francisco…

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Former Friar, Joe Thatcher Retires

November 17, 2016

It was recently reported by Pedro Velazco of the Kokomo Tribune that former Friars’ reliever, Joe Thatcher, has called it quits. The man who had been a lefty specialist in the San Diego Padres pen a few seasons ago has put an end to his MLB career. Thatcher spent parts of seven seasons with the San Diego Padres as a member of their bullpen. The man from Kokomo, Indiana started…

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Brad Puts His Hand in Padres History

September 15, 2016

It only took Brad Hand, the 26-year-old left handed reliever, five months (claimed off waivers April 8, 2016) to work his way into the Friars record books. Wednesday, Hand become only the sixth Padres reliever and only the second lefty reliever, to strikeout 100 batters in a season. He puts his name among an impressive list, Rollie Fingers (113) the first to do it in 1977, followed by Lance McCullers…

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