Series Preview: Padres Head to Bay Area for Three-Game Set with Giants

April 27, 2017

The San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants have spent the week battling simultaneously to stay out of the cellar of the N.L. West. The Giants split their recent four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, while the Padres lost their last series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the road, three games to one. Pitching inconsistency and strikeouts have been issues for the Padres over the last…

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Series Recap: Padres Lose 3 of 4 in Desert to Diamondbacks

April 27, 2017

  On Thursday night, the San Diego Padres lost for the third time in four nights in Arizona. Like I wrote in my preview for this series, Padres’ pitchers needed to be on top of their game in order to stop a very potent D-backs’ line-up. Sadly that wasn’t the case as not one of the San Diego starters managed to give the team a quality start in the series….

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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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San Diego Padres Take Two of Three in Coors from Rockies

April 12, 2017

  The Padres won their first series on the road in 2017, taking two out of three from the Rockies. Some great pitching, timely hitting, and a cycle (!!!) helped the Padres get back to .500…. Game 1:   On The Bump: Jared Cossart took the mound and pitched surprisingly well for the Friars, throwing four scoreless innings against a potent Rockies lineup. He only walked one batter and scattered…

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The Day After: Five Positives from Opening Day

April 4, 2017

You can look at yesterday’s 14-3 as an absolute embarrassment of a day. I can’t blame you for that, but don’t shun the game as whole. The entire Padres payroll ($34.5 million) is one million dollars less than what ace, Clayton Kershaw, is going to make this season. The Dodgers outspend the entire league, and the Padres hardly have any money to shell out currently. So relax. Plenty of good…

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Is Ryan Schimpf’s Breakout Sustainable?

April 4, 2017

With Opening Day finally here, there are a lot of questions surrounding the Padres. Given how barebones the 2017 roster is, it’s hard to see how things will turn out in San Diego. Now that the 25-man roster has been set, it’s more clear who the Padres will trust in 2017. The most interesting roster decision of all was the Padres handing the third base job to Ryan Schimpf, sending…

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Padres Vets Will Bring Youth (At the 2017 Trade Deadline) – A Way Too Early Look at the Padres Trade Deadline Candidates

March 17, 2017

Las Vegas oddsmakers have spoken, and the San Diego Padres find themselves at the bottom of the pack with an over/under of 67.5 wins, dead last in their 2017 MLB projections. This should come as no surprise to many fans, with some even welcoming the possibility of a future #1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. Assuming the 2017 season heads in the direction Vegas thinks it will, we will…

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Will the Padres Trade Spangenberg or Schimpf?

March 2, 2017

The San Diego Padres have structured their team to be competitive in the near future. The 2017 season will probably not be a productive year for the major league team, but there will still be plenty of things to look forward to if you are a Padre fan. The Padres’ minor league system is currently stacked with young talent. From the Dominican Summer League to the Triple-A level, the Padres…

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Can Cory Spangenberg Reclaim His Starting Job?

December 10, 2016

  A first round pick in 2011,  Cory Spangenberg was a San Diego Padres top prospect up until his debut in 2014. Lauded for his ability to put bat on ball, he hit .294 in his time in the minors. When Jedd Gyorko became the starting second baseman in 2013, Spangenberg no longer was the top option at second. The Padres began experimenting with him in the outfield, but once Gyorko was…

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San Diego Padres & Los Angeles Angels Talking Trade?

December 7, 2016

On Tuesday afternoon Jeff Fletcher, beat writer for the Los Angeles Angels and writer for the Orange County Register, tweeted: Heard the #Angels have been talking to Padres, who have 4 LH IF’s who can play 2B: Solarte, Schmipf, Spangenberg and Asuaje. — Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) December 6, 2016 It makes a lot of sense for both sides to be talking as the Angels need a second baseman and also…

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Should the Padres Bring Back Jon Jay in 2017?

November 5, 2016

It’s official. The 2016 Major League Baseball season is over. For a few clubs it will be a season to remember. For the San Diego Padres, save a few great moments, it was not the finest. I believe however, that 2016 will be remembered as the turning point during which the Padres’ strategy towards success finally became apparent. After the 2015 season, into the off-season and through the first half…

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Padres PNO (Positives/Negatives/Outlook) Ryan Schimpf

October 17, 2016

Though the 2016 San Diego Padres season has been brutal to watch as a whole, there have been numerous things that have been a positive. One of the most surprising and pleasant things about the season has been the emergence of Ryan Schimpf from seemingly out of nowhere. The rookie infielder/outfielder slugged 20 homers this season in 89 games for the Padres. He totaled a .869 OPS and a 130…

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