Padres Catcher Austin Hedges’ Bat Has Not Improved Early in 2018

April 17, 2018

Last season, Austin Hedges got off to one of the worst starts in recent memory at the plate, going zero for his first 24. This season, in his first 24 at bats, he had two hits. Progress? After 48 plate appearances in 2018, it may not be fair to ask this question, but let’s do it anyway. Is Austin Hedges any better at the plate this year? Last year, he…


Padres Honored as Bullpen of the Week by MLB

April 16, 2018

The Padres have been recognized for having an excellent bullpen in the Major League Baseball world. After a week in which the bullpen posted a 1.55 ERA with 35 strikeouts to just nine walks in 29 innings, Major League Baseball declared the Padres as the Bullpen of the Week for their efforts this past week. Might I add that the MLB Twitter account selected two quality pictures with quality uniforms?…


Where the Padres Top 30 Prospects Are Starting, and Goals For Each

April 15, 2018

The Minor League Baseball season has begun and it is looking like, at least for another year, that is where Padres fans will find the most enjoyment. The Padres have not gotten off to a hot start, but they have an embarrassment of riches sprinkled all over their farm system. The most fun part of this, perhaps, is that no one team is hoarding all of the top prospects. There…


Framing the Friars: Padres Put Up a Good Fight But Drop Series Finale

April 11, 2018

Denver, Colorado The Padres certainly put up a fight before going down, losing an opportunity to sweep the Rockies in Colorado. Yes, I made a joke. The game started out so innocently, with Franchy Cordero making his 2018 debut after Manuel Margot went to the disabled list with badly bruised ribs, after taking a pitch to the torso the night before. Luis Perdomo took the hill for the Padres, coming off…


How Much Slack Should Young Padres Players Be Given?

April 10, 2018

It’s hard in this age of Twitter, super smart phones, and a constant stream of information, to wait, to be patient. Sometimes that’s what baseball executives, managers, players, and yes, fans, need to be to see the fruits of one’s labor. Padres fans know this, and are still patiently waiting for top prospects to arrive at the big league level and produce like they are projected to. It’s the question…


Framing the Friars: Padres Squander More Chances to Sink Champs

April 8, 2018

The Padres started this game how each of the three games in Houston started, stifling the bats of the defending champs. Before the fifth inning of Sunday’s game, the Padres had a stretch of allowing just two runs in the first 23 innings of this series (0.78 ERA) against perhaps the best lineup in baseball.  Tyson Ross took the rock to the bump for the Friars today. He turned in…


Buckle Up, Padres’ Fans, April Is Going to Be a Bumpy Ride

April 7, 2018

The Padres have gotten off to a rough start this season, stumbling out of the gate to a 1-6 record. A lot of that is because the Padres just really aren’t a great team and the other part is they are smack in the middle of the toughest stretch of their 2018 slate. The first seven games have been against the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies, two teams projected to…


An MLB The Show 18 Review and Padres Simulation

April 2, 2018

This past week, the popular baseball video game MLB The Show released its 2018 version with much fanfare. I pre-ordered my copy and began playing it four days early. I was excited to see Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis in Padres uniforms.  I was also excited when they announced they would be adding the Padres’ 1998 uniform, for the 20th anniversary. I was not disappointed! Of course, MLB The Show…


NL Position Rankings: Where Does Padres 1B Eric Hosmer Sit?

March 30, 2018

Last week we looked at where Manuel Margot ranks among N.L. center fielders. Let’s take a look at Eric Hosmer and where he stands among National League first basemen, as we head into the 2018 regular season. The N.L. certainly has some talented first basemen and now we must include Hosmer on that list. Like the Margot piece, we will look at the offensive and defensive side of the first…


Joey Lucchesi to Make His Padres and MLB Debut Friday vs. Brewers

March 29, 2018

The Padres announced, hours before their Opening Day game against the Brewers on Thursday, that Joey Lucchesi will make his major league debut and start Friday’s game. That spot was originally Dinelson Lamet’s before he went down with an injury. Andy Green announces that Joey Lucchesi will start Game 2 tomorrow. — San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 29, 2018 Joey Lucchesi’s service clock will start tomorrow … when he starts…


5 Things We Learned from Padres Spring Training

March 28, 2018

We finally can say the words we have wanted to hear for the last few weeks: spring training is over. Not that it wasn’t enjoyable, as it certainly was, perhaps the most enjoyable in years with exciting prospects in major league camp and positive results on the field. We are less than 48 hours from Opening Day. Let’s take a moment to digest what we learned from 2018 spring training…


Where Does Padres’ Manuel Margot Rank Among NL Center Fielders?

March 24, 2018

Manuel Margot was certainly one of the brightest spots of last season’s long and arduous 71-91 campaign. His emergence as the team’s present and future center fielder is a welcome sight. It’s an important spot that the Padres have now shored up for the long run. Margot had a good rookie season, finishing sixth in Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 13 home runs with a .263/.313/.409 slash line….