Landscape of MLB Changing- Ace or Opener?

October 12, 2018

In the  National League Championship series, the growing debate over ace vs. opener will play out between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.  Prototypical (albeit aging) ace Clayton Kershaw will face Gio Gonzalez on Friday with the belief that the bullpen will follow sooner rather than later. The following day, two aces, Justin Verlander and Chris Sale, will start for the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox. Verlander,…

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Former and Could-Have-Been Padres Reaching 2018 Playoffs

October 8, 2018

Although San Diego’s baseball team will not be featured in the playoffs, plenty of former or could-have-been Padres have made it to the division playoffs. Among those lucky souls, some play on the field, others manage or coach.  Of course, baseball has become a transient sport, so this will come as no surprise.  However, Padres fans can still wonder what might have happened if, for instance, the Padres had drafted…

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The 2018 Padres’ Season By the Numbers

October 2, 2018

With the 2018 season complete, it is time to delve into the San Diego Padres’ team stats and digest whether or not the team actually made strides in the season. Here is a glimpse at this year’s stats and how the numbers compared to the 2017 major league season. The San Diego Padres ended the 2018 season on a high note, with a 10th-inning walk-off. Although Francisco Mejia struck out, Manuel…

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Is it Time For Padres to Cut Ties with Wil Myers?

September 28, 2018

The time may have come for the Padres and Wil Myers to cut ties. Although Myers does have the athleticism to be a star, he appears to lack the intensity and other intangibles necessary to achieve stardom. The 2013 American League Rookie of the Year has certainly not lived up to the expectations the Padres had for him when general manager A.J. Preller signed him to a 6-year, $83 million…

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Padres Face Division Rivals in Final Stretch

September 23, 2018

After a day off Thursday, the Padres began the final stretch of the season with series against three division rivals: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Arizona Diamondbacks.  The games against the Dodgers will be the most daunting, as L.A. is hanging on to first place in the division by an eyelash. Even more challenging, the Padres will have to perform in the playoff-like atmosphere in Dodger Stadium.  However,…

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The Padres Are Entering Unexplored Territory

September 16, 2018

With a growing payroll and plenty of youth close to major league action, the San Diego Padres are entering unexplored territory as they appear to be a franchise on the rise with very high hopes of success. Since joining Major League Baseball as an expansion team in 1969, the Padres have had a series of owners/ownership groups beginning with C. Arnholdt Smith (who did time for embezzlement and tax fraud). Most…

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Padres’ Player Acquisitions: Strengths and Weaknesses of General Managers Kevin Towers and A.J. Preller

September 10, 2018

Since August 2014 when he was hired as general manager, A.J. Preller has forged a reputation as a master at identifying young talent in the draft and through other means like the Latin American market.  The ultimate judgment on the success of those players at the major league level or in their use as trade bait will take several years.  In the meantime, Preller has demonstrated much less acumen in…

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The Wil Myers’ Experiment at Third Base

September 6, 2018

Since the Padres traded for Wil Myers in 2015 he has been a bit of a nomad, moving from position to position almost year to year.  So far he’s started at all outfield positions, first base and most recently third base. Myers has had little experience at third in his career, so he’s basically learning on the job at the major league level, hardly the ideal situation.  However, the Padres…

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The Path to the Playoffs for Padres and the Ultimate Prize

September 1, 2018

The front office has given fans mixed messages about when the Padres might actually become competitive.  Current predictions seem to be more than two years off. Since hiring A.J. Preller August 6, 2014, as general manager, the Padres have failed to even reach .500, let alone be relevant in the division or baseball in general. In fact, so far this year, the Padres have a .385 winning percentage, the lowest…

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The Friar Follies of the 2018 Season

August 26, 2018

As the season winds down to the final five weeks, Padres games have taken an almost comical turn, with freak injuries, walk-off wins (for the opponents), and the dubious distinction of making history by losing by 15 runs in a game in which Wil Myers hit three home runs. Although no one expected the Padres to make the playoffs, most prognosticators predicted the team would at least tread water and…

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The Padres are Playing Spoiler to the End

August 16, 2018

After a brutal end to July, which featured seven losses in a row, the Padres have rebooted. They split a series in Chicago against the Cubs, then won series against the Brewers and Phillies. All three teams have winning records and legitimate chances to make the playoffs. Although the Padres were swept by the Angels, another team with a statistical chance at a Wild Card berth, the Padres still have…

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Franmil Reyes and Big Guys in the Game of Baseball

August 11, 2018

Last year, the Padres didn’t appear to have high expectations for Franmil Reyes, and left him off the 40-man roster. Obviously, other teams shared the opinion, leaving him unclaimed in the Rule 5 draft. Hamote bone surgery might have scared some teams off as the outfielder underwent surgery in November after appearing in only a few AFL games. Thanks to Wil Myers’ third stint on the disabled list this year and…

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