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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Five Big Questions Facing the Padres This OffSeason

September 5, 2018

Here are five big questions facing the San Diego Padres for the upcoming offseason.  The 2018 season has not exactly gone to plan for the San Diego Padres when they set forth on their journey in Peoria this past March. There were hopes of an improvement from last year as far as wins or losses were concerned. The Padres will need to go 17-4 in their final 21 games in…

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Padres Must Deal Hot Talent Lava Before it Hardens

September 2, 2018

There is no doubt that the San Diego Padres farm system is stacked. With literally dozens of relevant prospects in the system, the Padres future is very bright. Hot lava talent is everywhere in the minor leagues, but beware. The prospects all can’t be successful. There will be duds. There will be flops. That is just how it goes in major league  baseball. Nothing is a given. The Padres have…

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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 San Diego Padres Need to be Better in 2019

August 29, 2018

The future is bright in San Diego and there are reasons to be excited, but the 2019 season is a year where the team needs to get collectively better at the major league level. For the past few seasons, all the talk from the current San Diego Padres ownership has been about “the future.” Since 2016, A.J. Preller has been overseeing an actual rebuild. After his big experiment in 2015…

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The Padres’ Offense Has Awoken in August

August 22, 2018

The Padres’ offense has been pretty disappointing this season, as the team ranks near the bottom of the league in terms of almost every statistical measurement. A month ago, I wrote an article about how tough it had been for the team to score runs throughout the year. Underperforming veterans like Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers, along with slow starts from Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, have made it especially…

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Can the 2019 Padres Follow the Examples of 2015 Cubs and Astros?

August 15, 2018

It’s been a tough season for the Padres, as the team is clearly rebuilding and lacking in significant talent at the major league level. The result is a team that will likely lose over ninety games by the time the 2018 regular season comes to a close. The good news is that San Diego’s farm system is looking as fruitful as it maybe has ever been — giving the team…

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Imagining the Padres’ Roster a Year From Now

August 8, 2018

The 2018 San Diego Padres are struggling, and can be, at times, painful to watch. There is hope on the horizon though as plenty of youth is on its way to Petco. Take a look at what this team could look like in 365 days from now. It’s pretty exciting. While it’s been a rough year for the Padres’ major league team, the future is looking potentially exciting for San…

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An Analysis of the Padres’ “Not-So-Historic” Month of July

August 2, 2018

The Padres have had a tough month of July, as everyone knows. Their record of 5-20 during the month tells you enough about how they’ve performed. It was the second-worst month in the 49-year history of the franchise. Only a 5-22 record in August of 1969 was worse — the year the team first came into existence. The starting pitchers on the team have had a FIP of 5.55. That…

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Envisioning a Theoretical Trade Between the Padres & Pirates

July 31, 2018

On Monday, it was reported by Ken Rosenthal that the Pirates are interested in trading for some of the Padres’ pitchers: #Pirates have aggressively pursued #Padres’ pitching, sources tell me and @RobBiertempfel. Exact targets unclear, but PIT has liked RHP Craig Stammen in past. Team active on multiple fronts. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2018 The most likely candidates to be traded in any potential deal by the Padres…

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If the Padres Want an Ace, They Should Trade for Syndergaard, Not Archer

July 31, 2018

It is apparent that the San Diego Padres want to speed up “the process” by acquiring a front-line starter at the MLB Trade Deadline. Acquiring a top-end starter to headline the rotation is what rebuilding clubs have done to bolster their pitching, evidenced by the Chicago Cubs signing Jon Lester in 2014, the Kansas City Royals trading for Johnny Cueto in 2015, and the Houston Astros trading for Justin Verlander…

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