Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Clayton Richard?

August 27, 2018

By now, we’ve pretty much all seen Clayton Richard‘s pitching fall off during the second half of this season. His ERA of 5.33 doesn’t lead to much confidence regarding his future in the Padres’ rotation, and neither does his 3.4 BB/9 ratio. Richard was good enough in the first half to justify having around, pitching to a 4.43 ERA and throwing an impressive 124 innings. We weren’t thrilled to see…

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Down on the Farm: August 26 (Mejia Two RBI, Tucupita 3-for-4)

August 27, 2018

San Diego Padres Affiliates were 4-4 on Sunday. Here’s a recap of the day’s action: El Paso Chihuahuas (78-53) Won 5-4 The team came through late in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie and hold on for an exciting win on Sunday in Tacoma. Walker Lockett made a solid start, throwing five innings and giving up two earned runs. He only struck out one batter, but it was…

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Examining the Ramifications of the 2019 Padres’ Schedule

August 25, 2018

Recently, the Padres’ 2019 schedule was released, and understanding what it means for the team’s future is obviously something we want to know about. With so many highly-touted prospects nearly ready to be called up to the major leagues, it’s easy to be excited about what may be coming in the near future for the Friars. A popular question many of us are asking ourselves is: Could the Padres really…

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Gauging the Padres’ Baserunning Success Using Statcast’s Sprint Speed Data

August 23, 2018

The Padres have had a tough time on the bases this season, and their base running has cost them many good chances to score runs throughout 2018. The team actually ranks seventh in baseball by stolen bases, with 78 this year, yet their base running has been subpar as a whole, regardless. By Fangraphs’ complete base running statistic, the Padres have been worth -6.3 runs on the bases this season…

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How Cory Spangenberg Has Turned Himself Into Possible Trade Bait for Padres

August 23, 2018

As a whole, Cory Spangenberg‘s season has been pretty average in comparison to other players at his position. In August, however, he’s really picked things up. The 27-year-old is getting on base at a 0.462 clip with a 180 wRC+. On average, major league hitters have a wRC+ mark of 100, to give you an idea of how well Spangenberg has been hitting over the last twenty-or-so games. With highly-touted…

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The Padres’ Offense Has Awoken in August

August 22, 2018

The Padres’ offense has been pretty disappointing this season, as the team ranks near the bottom of the league in terms of almost every statistical measurement. A month ago, I wrote an article about how tough it had been for the team to score runs throughout the year. Underperforming veterans like Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers, along with slow starts from Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, have made it especially…

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Interview with Luis Torrens — Former Padres’ Rule 5 Pick

August 21, 2018

Lake Elsinore, California Following the Storm’s loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday night, I spoke with Lake Elsinore Storm’ catcher Luis Torrens about how the season has been going so far. We spoke about numerous topics, and he was very accommodating throughout our interactions in the clubhouse post-game. Before we began the interview, Torrens asked if we would be doing the interview in English or Español? I told…

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Julio Urías & Jeren Kendall’s Thoughts on the Padres’ Organization

August 20, 2018

Lake Elsinore, California On Friday night, I covered the Lake Elsinore Storm’s game. Before the game, I spoke to the Dodgers’ rehabbing left-handed pitcher Julio Urías and outfield prospect Jeren Kendall about the Padres’ organization and players. Julio Urias (Translated From Interview in Spanish): Q: What did you think of the Lake Elsinore Storm during the game on Wednesday in which you pitched? A: “They were really good, definitely. Their…

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A Brief Conversation with Storm’ Players Nate Easley & David Bednar

August 20, 2018

On Friday night, I covered the Storm’s game as they faced the Quakes from Rancho Cucamonga. After the game, I spoke with Nate Easley and David Bednar in two separate, short conversations. They were both very polite and happy to be giving interviews, Bednar nearly bursting out laughing as he watched one of his teammates during our interview. He has previously been mentioned as the funniest guy on the team,…

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Down on the Farm Report: August 19 (Margevicius Pitches Well, France Walks Off)

August 19, 2018

Credit: EVT News San Diego Padres affiliates were 3-3 on Sunday. Here’s a recap of the day’s action: El Paso Chihuahuas (73-52) Won 8-7 The start by Colin Rea only lasted three innings, but he only allowed one unearned run in his start. Raffy Lopez led the offensive charge, with two hits and an RBI, along with two walks and two runs scored. Javier Guerra also had two RBI with…

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Interview with Pete Zamora, Lake Elsinore Storm Pitching Coach

August 19, 2018

On Friday night I covered the Lake Elsinore Storm’s 8-6 loss to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Before the game, I spoke to their friendly pitching coach Pete Zamora. A laid back guy who is always generous with his time and discussions with me, Zamora was pleased to give an interview to me. Q: As far as you’re concerned, how do think Adrian Morejon is feeling at the moment? I know…

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Understanding Where Things Went Wrong for Jacob Nix

August 18, 2018

The first major league start of Jacob Nix‘s career was outstanding on August 10th, as he threw six shutout innings. On Thursday versus the Diamondbacks, his start was horrendous. What makes the whole situation so intriguing is the volatility in Nix’s two performances — it’s like we’ve seen the best of him, and then the worst version of Nix in the span of his first two big league starts. What…

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