NL West Outlook: Closing the Gap Between the Padres and Rockies

March 22, 2018

The Padres finished 71-91 last season, fourth in the N.L. West, seven games better than the lowly Giants. Despite finishing better than the hated black and orange team by the Bay, the gap between the Padres and the top tier of the N.L. West is dismally wide. Before the Padres can take down the big dogs on top, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won five straight N.L. West crowns,…


Sizing up the National League West

March 20, 2018

The last three years, the Padres had the misfortune of facing Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Opening Day, losing 6-0, 15-0, and 14-3. This year, the home team will face the Milwaukee Brewers, a welcome change. After that series against the Brewers, however, the Padres will face their National League West rivals a whopping 20 games out of 26. The division had an MLB-high winning percentage of .517 in…


Checking in on the National League West

February 14, 2018

Last year, the National League West had the best winning percentage in all of baseball at .517 and sent three teams (the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies) to the playoffs. Los Angeles made it all the way to the World Series and lost in the seventh game. The Padres avoided last place thanks to the Giants’ very uncharacteristic 64-98 record, but San Francisco has regrouped and added help from outside the…


Framing the Friars: Spoiling for a Fight, Chacin & Padres Shut Out Rockies 5-0

September 24, 2017

The story of the night was twofold: Padre pitching, and the Padres playing “spoiler” yet again, looking more like a playoff team than the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies, beating them 5-0. Jhoulys Chacin continued his torrid home pitching, throwing 5 and 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before yielding a soft single to center to DJ LeMahieu in the sixth, which Manuel Margot made a sterling attempt to get, but came up…


The Wild, Wild N.L. West: An Early 2020 Division Outlook

September 23, 2017

The Wild, Wild N.L. West It goes without saying, the N.L. West has been nothing short of strange, this 2017 season. The Giants are in last place. The Rockies and Diamondbacks are hanging on to the two wild card spots in the National League. The Dodgers, who won a billion games throughout the year, just dipped down into a severe slump in which they lost 11 games in a row…


San Diego Padres Take Two of Three in Coors from Rockies

April 12, 2017

  The Padres won their first series on the road in 2017, taking two out of three from the Rockies. Some great pitching, timely hitting, and a cycle (!!!) helped the Padres get back to .500…. Game 1:   On The Bump: Jared Cossart took the mound and pitched surprisingly well for the Friars, throwing four scoreless innings against a potent Rockies lineup. He only walked one batter and scattered…


Padres Series Preview: The Padres Begin Their First Road Trip of The Season in Colorado

April 10, 2017

Following a successful opening series against the Giants, which included a series victory and the largest opening weekend crowd in Petco Park history, the Padres now embark on a seven game road trip, their first of the season (even though they opened in L.A., it was technically not a road trip). First up: The Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are led by former Padres manager, Bud Black, and boast a mighty impressive…


Should Padres Sign Free-Agent LHP Jorge De La Rosa?

November 11, 2016

Well, the election season is over. So is the World Series. Recently, I’ve found myself in transition between daydreaming about all the ways the San Diego Chargers could win the rest of their games this season and what my ideal San Diego Padres roster for 2017 would look like. While we are in the thick of football season, the 2016-17 MLB free agent market officially opened for business this week,…


Padres Series Recap: Padres Get Swept By Rockies

September 19, 2016

The San Diego Padres were flying high before this weekend series against the Rockies started. The Friars had just swept the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The team looked to be on pace to win another series against the Rockies. Well as we fully understand by now, baseball especially in the 2016 Padres case, is highly unpredictable. Who would have thought that a shutout would even be possible in…


Padres Series Preview: Padres Head to Coors Field to Battle Rockies One Last Time

September 16, 2016

The 2016 MLB season is winding down to the last few series of the year. The San Diego Padres will face the Colorado Rockies for the last time in 2016 this weekend. The three-game set will be played at the hitters sanctuary which is Coors Field. The Rockies and Padres have really provided great games throughout this 2016 campaign. We have seen shutouts, blowouts and a little bit of everything…


Padres Series Preview: Padres Set to Battle Rockies at Petco Park

September 8, 2016

After a series of interesting games against the Red Sox, the Padres will now move on to face the Colorado Rockies. The Friars will play a four-game series against the Rockies here at Petco Park to cap off this home stand. Both of these teams are definitely struggling, the Rockies are just struggling a bit less however. In terms of head to head matchups between these two teams the Padres…


Padres Special: A Padre Fan in Coors Field

June 14, 2016

I have a goal of watching the Padres play in every N.L. West ballpark. Once I’ve achieved that benchmark, I will likely expand to the entire National League. Having already seen the Padres play at Petco Park, Dodger Stadium and Chase Field my next stop was Denver, Colorado. If you’ve never been, I’d like to describe what it is like to take in a game in the shadow of the…