Eric Hosmer Homers as Padres’ Bats Go Cold vs A’s

March 4, 2018

Peoria, Arizona Many of the young Padres hitters are impressing early on in spring training. The offense is showing signs of improvement from last year, when they finished near the bottom in nearly all offensive rankings. The team has been on a tear this week, averaging 10.6 runs per game, en route to four wins out of their last five games heading into the game today against the Athletics. In…


Clayton Richard Should be the Padres 2018 Opening Day Starter

March 2, 2018

I would just like to preface this article by acknowledging that I know that it’s very early in spring training and that in a general sense, it’s too soon to determine who will end up being the Padres’ “ace” in 2018. There are a handful of interesting arms in Major League camp this season that could break out, even before Opening Day. Bryan Mitchell could come alive and be what…


An Early Glimpse at Who Will Be the Opening Day Starter?

February 21, 2018

Opening Day 2018 is still five weeks away. No exhibition games have been played. Full squads reported this week, with full squad workouts finally beginning. The San Diego Padres have several questions to answer between now and March 29. For one thing, they need to decide who will man the corner outfield positions. The team has six players auditioning for two positions. Take your pick. Another series of questions surround…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #15 Clayton Richard

February 19, 2018

Background Drafted way back in the eighth round of the 2005 MLB Draft, Clayton Richard has had one wild professional career to date. Richard was a quick mover through the White Sox system out of college, making it all the way to the big leagues in just about two years from his first professional inning. After posting sub-2.50 ERAs in both Double-A and Triple-A for the White Sox in 2008,…


Valentine’s Day Special: The Padres’ Love Doctor Is In

February 14, 2018

With it being Valentine’s Day, it’s time to address some relationship issues with some of our favorite San Diego Padres players. I am not talking about their life off the field. I am talking about statistics that some players need to break up with in 2018. Others need to embrace these stats and have a happy life together. If the Padres want to improve on their 71 wins from 2017,…


Clayton Richard’s True Value to the Padres

January 22, 2018

Clayton Richard first arrived in San Diego thanks to one of the most reviled trades in Padres’ history. Symbolic of the penny-pinching Jeff Moorad era, the Padres sent homegrown ace Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox at the trade deadline in 2009 in exchange for Richard, Aaron Poreda, Dexter Carter, and Adam Russell. Drafted by the Padres in 1999 in the 15th round, Peavy made his debut on June…


Let’s Discuss the Padres’ 2018 Rotation

January 18, 2018

The Padres have clearly bolstered their bullpen. In a previous article, I discussed what re-signing Craig Stammen and bringing on Kazuhisa Makita meant to the team. The team also, of course, signed Brad Hand to an extension through the 2020 season, with an option for 2021. Without question this bullpen looks to be better, especially with Kirby Yates still under contract and another year of experience for Phil Maton. The…


Updated Padres’ Rotation Battle: Currently Eight Starters Battling for Two Spots

January 4, 2018

General manager A.J. Preller hasn’t made any major free agent pitcher signings since the offseason began. Although, before the season ended, Clayton Richard was signed to a two-year extension worth $6 million through the 2019 season. The Padres’ management stated Richard would get a spot in the rotation to start the 2018 season, but wouldn’t be guaranteed the spot if he isn’t performing well enough. Other notable minor offseason signings…


Forecasting the San Diego Padres Starting Rotation in 2018

December 16, 2017

The starting pitcher has a huge impact on any baseball game, no matter the level. As you cannot win without a formidable starting rotation. In today’s game, the lineups all across Major League Baseball are built around bigger, stronger and more powerful hitters compared to professional baseball long ago. The 2017 season was a prime example of this surge in offensive talent across the baseball landscape. Offensive records were broken…


PNO (Positives, Negatives, Outlook): Clayton Richard

November 17, 2017

The man with the most innings pitched at Petco Park is going to be back in a Padres uniform through 2019. The 34-year-old veteran ate 197.1 innings for the Padres last season, the most of all Padres pitchers last season. At the age in which most pitchers reliability starts to decline, the ground ball pitcher has been the most reliable of pitchers for the Padres. Positives Innings Eater Richard’s 4.75…


Top Moments of the 2017 Season: Richard’s Complete Game Shutout

October 14, 2017

The afternoon home-game that took place on August 16 against the Philadelphia Phillies, was hands-down one of the top games of the Padres’ 2017 season, if not number one. The Friars sent Clayton Richard to the mound to see if he could lead the team to completing a three-game sweep of the series against the Phils. Indeed he did…in excellent fashion and with a little history-making help from Wil Myers….


Padres Ink Clayton Richard for $6-Million Through 2019 Season

September 20, 2017

The San Diego Padres and starting pitcher Clayton Richard came to an agreement Wednesday afternoon on a two-year deal. Richard was originally acquired by the Padres in July of 2009, when the team traded Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox. He had some successful years with the Friars in his first stint with the club. After the 2013 season, he hung around in free agency until the Diamondbacks took…