Potential Road Blocks to the Padres Rebuild

August 13, 2018

The year is 2021. It is the perennial Game 7 of the World Series. MacKenzie Gore is on the mound, trying to complete a three-inning save in a tight 2-1 ballgame. The energy within the confines of Petco Park is unlike any other it has experienced in its short lifetime. The atmosphere in the surrounding Gaslamp District is similarly intoxicating. With each pitch, the intensity and excitement exponentially increase. As…

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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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The Dominance of the Padres’ Bullpen

August 7, 2018

There haven’t been many positives to take away from the San Diego Padres this season. Holders of the worst record in the National League, the Padres are still in prime rebuild mode as they await the waves of incoming, young talent making its way to Petco Park in the near future. One thing the team and its fans should be excited about, however, is the emergence of a bullpen that…

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You Down with OBP? Not the Padres

August 4, 2018

110 games into this wonderful 2018 season, the San Diego Padres find themselves with a record of 42-68, and 18.5 games out of first place. Coming off the worst month in franchise history, it’s safe to say that last place is secured. While digging up some stats, I stumbled upon something truly unbelievable. The San Diego Padres ranked dead last in MLB on-base percentage in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017….

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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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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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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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Anemic Padres’ Offense Continues to Struggle

July 20, 2018

Coming into the season, the Padres looked like they had acquired enough average veteran hitters to have an average offense. An optimist would have said the team had an above-average lineup, with new additions Eric Hosmer, Chase Headley, and Freddy Galvis solidifying a lineup already including Wil Myers along with some intriguing young outfielders. The four aforementioned hitters who were supposed to be the anchors of the lineup, have not…

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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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Five Positives from the Padres’ 2018 Season

July 10, 2018

In an effort to put this lightly, I’ll classify the San Diego Padres’ 2018 campaign as “underwhelming.” The Friars are bringing up the rear in the National League West, and it looks like it will remain that way until the season concludes. Not all is lost however, as the following five aspects of the 2018 season have stood out as positives in an otherwise-underwhelming season. THE BULLPEN Let’s start with…

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Why 2018 Must Be the Padres Last Fire Sale

July 6, 2018

Note: This article was published previously but was lost in a site outage. After this year’s trade deadline, the tank should be dead. I say, good riddance. Padres fans were promised a five-year route to contention, and that would require a turn toward building a credible MLB on-field product after this season, not simply the accumulation of more prospects and thus more years spent sitting around losing while waiting for…

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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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