The Padres Look Like a Different Team in August

August 14, 2018

The Padres had a miserable July, going 5-20, the worst month since the team’s inaugural year of 1969. Nobody was hitting. Eric Hosmer hit .186 for the month and Christian Villanueva disappeared with a 48 wRC+. The pitching was not much better as Tyson Ross finished his Padres career with an 8.87 ERA in July and Clayton Richard struggled mightily as well with a 7.50 ERA. None of the other…

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Jacob Nix Has Stellar Debut for Padres

August 11, 2018

Most fans of the team know what the 2018 season is all about. It is about developing the young pups on the major league roster and getting all those blue chip prospects one or two steps closer to putting on a Padres uniform. 2018 has seen a few of these touted prospects find their way up to the big leagues, mostly pitchers; guys like Joey Lucchesi, Eric Lauer, Walker Lockett, Brett…

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The Next Wave? There is Movement in the Padres’ Farm System

August 9, 2018

The 2018 season has not gone well for the San Diego Padres, but there is movement in the minors as the next waves of talent start to crest at Petco Park. There is hope for the team, and it is coming really fast. It’s tough being a Padres fan, especially if you only pay attention to the big league club without looking at what lies beneath, or ahead. The farm…

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Padres Aren’t Done Yet: How Trading in August Works

August 1, 2018

Some Padres players may have breathed a sigh of relief as 1pm PDT passed on Tuesday. They still live in America’s Finest City. Padres fans also wiped their brows, as the deadline passed and the Friars still had all of their prized prospects. Chris Archer would have cost them dearly, looking at the haul the Rays got from the Pirates. Now that the calendar has turned to August, the non-waiver…

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Down on the Farm: July 31 (Paddack Continues Ascension, Storm Get Shelled)

July 31, 2018

On a day filled with trades and rumors of trades, the Padres’ farm system played seven games on Tuesday and went 2-5. Here is a recap of the day’s action: San Antonio Missions (63-45) Lost 5-4 Perhaps the headline of the day in the Padres’ organization is Chris Paddack getting the start for the Missions. He has rapidly climbed the system rankings and his seven-strikeout, one-run performance today just added…

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Bringing the DH to the National League Will Benefit the Padres

July 27, 2018

If the National League were to adopt DH rules, the San Diego Padres would surely be benefited. This is one of the most heated topics in all of baseball, dare I say all of sports. One of the many reasons why I love baseball is its sense of tradition and history. Sure the game has changed a lot over the past 50 years, but the game itself looks more or…

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Padres’ Prized SS Fernando Tatis Jr. Will Likely Compete for Roster Spot Next Spring

July 25, 2018

San Diego Padres #1 prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. will be given an opportunity to compete for a roster spot next spring. That is what A.J. Cassavell is reporting about the prized young infielder. But does that mean he is guaranteed to make the team to start 2019? The bad news trickled down the social media platforms and news wires on Monday that Padres’ star prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who had injured…

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The Padres’ Habit of Trading Closers Mid-Season

July 23, 2018

Brad Hand is gone. He has been sent to Cleveland and once again the Padres need a mid-season replacement for their closer. The Padres, and their fans, are certainly used to this situation. This marks the fourth time in five years the Padres have traded their closers in the middle of the season. In 2017, before Hand emerged as one of the best closers in the game, he was one…

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Comparing Freddy Galvis to the Last 10 Years of Padres Shortstops

July 17, 2018

The Padres traded pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos to the Philadelphia Phillies for shortstop Freddy Galvis on December 15, 2017. Recently, as De Los Santos has made his major league debut with the Phillies, the debate has raged on about whether or not this was a smart move. One side says it was unnecessary to trade for a rental shortstop in a rebuilding year and the other side has…

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The Padres Historical Issues Getting Hitters to the All-Star Game

July 13, 2018

Let me start out by saying yes, Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters to ever live, was selected to 15 All-Star games. We should all acknowledge that earning that many selections is rarely done. Aside from Gwynn, the Padres have a very uninspiring list of hitters in the Mid-Summer Classic. Here is the complete list of hitters that have been selected as All-Stars in a Padres uniform: Chris Cannizzaro,…

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Padres Should Give Austin Hedges the Mike Zunino Treatment

July 5, 2018

Austin Hedges has always gotten rave reviews about his defense and intangibles with the Padres pitching staff. However, he has not received the same acclaim for his offensive production. The criticism is warranted as he has a miserable 45 wRC+ and .176 average in 29 games so far this season. The Padres are holding out hope that he can bat above his weight (206 pounds) but it is looking more…

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Five Things We Have Learned About the Padres This Season

June 29, 2018

We are just over halfway through the 2018 season, as the Padres finished up their 83rd game on Wednesday and now sit at 36-47. They just finished up a tough stretch of 17 road games out of 19 and have lost 9 of 11. There are some positives to take out of this progressing, young team. We have learned a lot about this team so far and there is still…

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