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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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PNO (Positives, Negatives, Outlook) Dinleson Lamet

October 13, 2017

The 2017 San Diego Padres season had many surprises. In a season where the team was supposed to lose 100 games easily, the Padres finished 71-91 and managed to finish out of the cellar in a very tough National League Western Division. Arguably, one of the best things that came from the 2017 season was the emergence of Dinelson Lamet as a viable factor moving forward in the rotation. The…

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5 Things to Watch For as the Padres Season Winds Down

September 19, 2017

The Padres have just two weeks left in their 2017 season. As always, it went very fast. The team sits at 67-83 currently, which is much better than some predicted. The Padres are also eliminated from playoff contention. That should come as a shock to no one. This does not make the Padres unwatchable, however. I will be the first to admit it; When this season started, I was pretty…

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Framing the Friars: Lamet Looks Like Lamet, but Offense a No-Show (again)

September 13, 2017

  The San Diego Padres have scored only five runs in 28 innings. The offense has been absolutely stagnant. Compared to the Padres’ lack of scoring, their opponents have done the opposite. On Sep. 12, the Minnesota Twins went off for 16 runs against the Friars, winning the game 16-0. The offense remained stagnant when the Padres played the Twins again on Sept. 8. Dinelson Lamet made the start, pitching…

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Framing the Friars: Solarte Reaches New Career High

September 6, 2017

  Yangervis Solarte doesn’t hit a lot of home runs. He is just not that type of hitter. The most homers he had ever hit in a season was 15, a number he posted in both 2015 and 2016. That changed on Sept. 6, when the San Diego Padres hosted the St. Louis Cardinals for the third game of a four-game series, a game in which St. Louis won 3-1….

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The Padres Ignored the Tank, Beat L.A. & That is Fantastic

September 4, 2017

The Padres have had a rough season, although not as rough as some predicted. They are one win away from clinching a non-100 loss season. FiveThirtyEight.com has the Friars finishing 72-90, better than last season. A lot can still happen as the Padres still have six games against Arizona, seven against Colorado and still three more against the L.A. Dodgers. However, the Padres did not seem too intimidated by perhaps…

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Framing the Friars: Padres’ Mojo Risin’

August 5, 2017

Sometimes baseball teams must just get on their horses and ride them to the finish line. Headed into the middle game of a 3-game set with the Pirates, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Padres, who were on a mini two-game losing streak and were facing the Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole, for the second time in less than a week. The big boys were going to have to…

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Framing the Friars: Power Surge Continues in Series Win Over Giants

July 23, 2017

  The San Diego Padres brought a power surge to AT&T Park for their four-game series with their division rivals from NorCal, the San Francisco Giants. Through the first three games, the Friars had hit 15 extra-base hits. The series finale was no different. The Padres benefited from a big fourth inning, with Hunter Renfroe, Jabari Blash, and Hector Sanchez all hitting doubles in succession. Those extra-base hits were the…

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