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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Bigotry in the Professional Sport of Baseball

August 6, 2018

Recently, Brewers’ reliever Josh Hader, Braves’ starting pitcher Sean Newcomb, and Nationals’ shortstop Trea Turner have been “outed” for racist and homophobic tweets. Perhaps even more distressing, Milwaukee fans actually gave Hader, who also included the KKK and White Power in his rants, a standing ovation. Former star player Reggie Jackson wrote that he was not surprised by Milwaukee fans’ ovations, “I felt a very strong vibe that I was…

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Padres Limp into August to Face Teams in the Hunt

August 3, 2018

In his acclaimed epic, The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot called April the “cruelest month.” However, in baseball, April marks a brand new beginning for every team. Coming off the second-worst month (five wins in 25 games) in the history of the franchise, August may prove to be the cruelest month. The fact that rookie pitcher Eric Lauer has been placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain (yes, those dreaded words) doesn’t…

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The Padres’ 2018 Season By the Numbers

July 28, 2018

Although Padres’ executives only promised a building year (with an indeterminate definition), they had to have expected better results from this team than the worst record in the National League. At 42-63, the Padres dwell in the cellar of the division, 15.5 games back. According to current FiveThirtyEight predictions, San Diego will end the season with a 64-98 record and a -162 run differential, trending down from last year’s 71-91…

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What’s up with the Padres’ $144 Million Dollar Man?

July 22, 2018

At a time when launch angle has captured the attention of players and fans alike, Eric Hosmer has defied the trends and continued to pound the ball into the ground. Only Ian Desmond and Dee Gordon have higher ground-ball rates, but both of them have speed on their side. Hosmer may not be a typical plodding first baseman, but he doesn’t have the speed to beat out those worm-burners. Hosmer’s…

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Finding Positives in Another Losing Season

July 16, 2018

Last year the Padres finished the season with a 71-91 record, 13 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. At this point, 98 games into the season, the Padres have the worst record since 2009. The team has just 65 games remaining of this season to increase a miserable .412 winning percentage and end the season on a somewhat positive note. Despite the discouraging record, there…

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Padres Return Home to Face the Los Angeles Dodgers

July 9, 2018

The Padres have not had a winning record against their big-money rival up the freeway since 2010. So far this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won five of seven games. On July 9, the Padres will return home and have the opportunity to change that narrative in a four-game series against the Dodgers. After a lackluster 12-16 start to the season, the Dodgers have regrouped going 17-9 in June…

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Checking in on the National League West

July 4, 2018

Now that the first three months of the season have given way to July, it’s time to check in again on the Padres’ rivals in the National League West. The Arizona Diamondbacks have held on to first place, but the Los Angeles Dodgers got back on track in June moving up to second place, only 1.5 games back. On the heels of the Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants reside in…

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Comparing Last Year’s Padres’ Performance with This Year

June 30, 2018

Although the Padres’ front office would never admit to such a strategy, last year’s team was constructed to lose (tank) in order to add top prospects to the farm system. However, this year the team added Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis in order to start in a new direction, one aimed at actually contending in the not so distant future. With over-the-hill veterans like Erick Aybar at shortstop and Jered…

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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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