Tyson Ross Has Been Everything the Padres Could’ve Asked For

May 3, 2018

When the Padres acquired Chase Headley from the Yankees, and then signed Tyson Ross and Chris Young to minor league contracts, the jokes began of hoping to bring back Jake Peavy and seeing what Everth Cabrera was up to, essentially scoffing at the idea of bringing back re-tread Padres of old. Laugh all you want, but Tyson Ross has been one of the best pitchers, nay, players, on the Padres’ roster…

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When Will Austin Allen Enter the Picture for Padres?

May 3, 2018

The Padres got some bad news on Monday night before their heartbreaking loss to the Giants in San Francisco. Austin Hedges left the game in the second inning with apparent tendinitis in his throwing elbow. That will make the stomachs of Padres fans turn as the news of Dinelson Lamet’s need for Tommy John surgery is still fresh, not to mention the rivals from the north were delivered a huge…

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5 Things We Learned About the Padres in April

May 1, 2018

April has come to a close with the Padres finishing the opening month 10-20 and in last place in the NL West. None of this comes as a shock. We have learned a few things along the way, some good and some bad. 1. The offense has not improved at all The Padres were hoping, with the hiring of hitting coach Matt Stairs, the team would have a different attitude…

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First Lucchesi & Now Lauer, Which Pitchers Are Next to Debut for Padres?

April 25, 2018

Which minor league pitchers are next to possibly make their debuts for the San Diego Padres in 2018? Joey Lucchesi gave the Padres’ rotation a much-needed boost after the terrible news of Dinelson Lamet’s injury and impending Tommy John surgery. Lucchesi has a well above-average ERA+ of 141 with a 2.70 ERA and 9.8 K/9 rate through five major league starts. He’s had two dazzling starts against the Rockies, combining…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Unload Frustration, Rout Rockies

April 23, 2018

Denver, Colorado The Padres went into Monday’s game having lost their last two games and still with a bad taste in their mouths from the brawl that broke out at Coors Field just under two weeks prior. Monday’s game was a demonstration of the Friar’s frustration as they blew out the Rockies 13-5. The game started with a signature Coors Field crooked number for both teams in the first inning….

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Padres Rookie Christian Villanueva Is Outhitting His Defensive Mistakes

April 21, 2018

Christian Villanueva has been one of the stories of the season at the major league level for the Padres. He announced his presence with authority on April 3rd when he launched three home runs against the Rockies. It frustrated the Rockies so much, they decided to plunk him and many others, leading to the brawl at Coors Field last week. Since that night, he has continued to be an offensive…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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