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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Padres Editorial: Is Brad Hand a Possible Trade Chip?

June 28, 2016

A.J. Preller has been the subject of much ridicule in his brief tenure with the San Diego Padres. Between questionable trades and signings, the national media seems to have little faith in Preller’s future as a major league general manager. However, Preller has had success when it comes to some of his smaller, under-the-radar signings. Drew Pomeranz and Christian Friedrich may come to mind for some. Though, Brad Hand is…

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Padres News: Bullpen Getting Tired, Starting Pitchers Need to Step Up

June 9, 2016

In the game of baseball each segment of your team must pull their weight in order for the whole team to be successful. The San Diego Padres starting staff has been decimated by injuries thus resulting in a bullpen that is completely out of gas. The Padres’ bullpen has been horribly inconsistent and there really doesn’t seem to be hope on the horizon. Tyson Ross, Robbie Erlin, Andrew Cashner and Cesar…

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Padres Special: Catching Up With Padres Bullpen Coach Doug Bochtler

May 28, 2016

On the San Diego Padres off-day in Arizona, I had the opportunity to catch up with bullpen coach Doug Bochtler. He is in his first season as the teams coach in the bullpen and he has done an outstanding job thus far. The Padres have had many issues on the team so far this season, but the bullpen has certainly not been a disappointment. You have to tip your hat…

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Padres News: Ryan Buchter Doing All He Can

May 21, 2016

The first quarter of the San Diego Padres season has brought on similar feelings of frustrations like any other recent year. The lack of hitting, the poor play at Petco Park, and of course, the impressive number of injuries. Just when you think the team may have hit their stride, the Padres hit the snooze button on any remote chance of excitement. The last 10 days is a perfect example:…

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