Padres Come Home (But Only for Two Games) To Battle Athletics

June 18, 2018

The Padres finally headed home after being on the road for 10 straight games. The jet-lagged players have a day off on Monday, then a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics before packing up again and traveling to San Francisco to play the Giants and Texas to face the Rangers. No other team will face a schedule even remotely resembling the Padres’ in July. You can be sure that MLB…

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Does Hunter Renfroe Have a Future With the Padres?

June 15, 2018

At the beginning of the season, Hunter Renfroe found himself on the bubble, partly due to the Padres’ acquisition of first baseman Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers’ subsequent move to the outfield. However, injuries to Myers’ (strained left oblique) and Franchy Cordero (forearm strain) early in April gave Renfroe a chance to reclaim right field. Myers has started swinging a bat, but it’s unlikely he’ll return to the majors before…

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Series Preview: Padres Continue Long and Winding Road Trip in St. Louis

June 11, 2018

The Padres had a welcome day off on Thursday, then began a nomadic journey that will take them to and fro across the country and up and down the coast into next month. In their first stop, San Diego split the first two games with the Miami Marlins and won the rubber game 3-1 behind another no-hit tease by a Padres pitcher. This time, Clayton Richard pitched seven and two-thirds…

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Is the Padres’ Wil Myers His Own Worst Enemy?

June 4, 2018

No one can doubt that Wil Myers, the American League Rookie of the Year in 2013, has the innate talent to be a star. However, evidence has mounted that Myers stands in his own way and that his main barrier to fulfilling his promise resides in confidence. The Kansas City Royals drafted Myers in the third round in 2009, then traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays in December of…

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Padres’ Defense a Mixed Bag

May 31, 2018

Thanks to the additions of Eric Hosmer at first base and Freddy Galvis at shortstop, the Padres have improved the infield defense. However, defense at both the hot corner and in the outfield have actually regressed according to both the eye test and defensive metrics. Last year the Padres ranked 17th in DRS (defensive runs saved) with zero. However, that represented a huge upgrade from the 2016 season, when the…

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Series Preview: The Padres Face a Resurging Dodgers’ Team in Los Angeles

May 25, 2018

The Padres will fly across the country to play their third series against the Dodgers this year. Los Angeles swept the Padres in mid-April, and two games ended with the embarrassingly lopsided scores of 10-3 and 13-4. The next series, considered a home series for the Padres, actually took place in Monterrey, Mexico. The Padres took two of three after suffering a combined no-hitter in the first game, a 4-0…

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Series Preview: Padres on the Road, First Stop Pittsburgh

May 16, 2018

Coming off yet another near miss of a no-hitter (this time, Jordan Lyles reached 7 1/3 innings), the Padres will begin their longest road trip of the season so far. The first stop takes the team to Pittsburgh, then Washington D.C. before a day off and a cross-country trip back to the west coast to play the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Pirates (24-17) and Milwaukee Brewers (25-18) top the…

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Framing the Friars: Clayton Richard Goes Eight Innings in Victory over Cardinals

May 13, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California On the final day celebrating the Padres’ 1998 team, Clayton Richard pitched eight solid innings and struck out 10 in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Wainwright, who has battled multiple injuries this year, lasted only 2.1 innings for the Cards. St. Louis won the first two games of the four-game series 2-1 and 9-5, but the Padres prevailed in 13 innings…

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Current Review of the Topsy-Turvy National League West

May 9, 2018

Although most pre-season predictions had the Padres in last place, the relative success of the other four teams has defied the prognosticators’ judgments. According to the experts, the Los Angeles Dodgers would lead the West yet again (albeit with fewer wins than last year’s 104). In the meantime, the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and Arizona Diamondbacks would muddle along in the middle. Although still very early in the season,…

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Monterrey Mexico Series Preview: Padres vs Dodgers

May 4, 2018

The Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to Monterrey, Mexico for a three-game series beginning Friday. LA has gone from an almost unstoppable force in 2017 to a bit of a hot mess this year. The team occupies fourth place in the National League West with a record of 13-17 and has a losing record at home and on the road. The Padres occupy fifth in the division with…

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Framing the Friars: The Giants Win the Rubber Game 9-4

May 2, 2018

Credit: AP Photo The Padres played respectable baseball the first two games of the series against the Giants in San Francisco. However, in the rubber game, veteran left-hander Clayton Richard gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in just four innings. He threw 101 pitches, only 56 of which were strikes. A costly error by third baseman Christian Villanueva (on what broadcaster Mark Grant called “a very catchable…

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Padres’ Hitting Philosophy Should be “Give Me a Good At-Bat”

April 29, 2018

“Keep your launch angles. Keep your exit velocities. Give me a good at-bat,” advises Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon (as reported by at least two sources, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic and Bret Taylor of Bleacher Nation). For the Padres, the more appropriate advice would be “hit the bloody, bleeping ball with that wooden stick you have in your hand.” All of baseball has been infected by home run fever…

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