What’s up with the Padres’ $144 Million Dollar Man?

July 22, 2018

At a time when launch angle has captured the attention of players and fans alike, Eric Hosmer has defied the trends and continued to pound the ball into the ground. Only Ian Desmond and Dee Gordon have higher ground-ball rates, but both of them have speed on their side. Hosmer may not be a typical plodding first baseman, but he doesn’t have the speed to beat out those worm-burners. Hosmer’s…

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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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Taco Train Confession: We Jinxed Eric Hosmer

July 15, 2018

Three or four weeks ago, the Taco Train wrote a sort of smart-ass ,midway report which (if read) was best forgotten by the time your brain tendrils had been distracted onto their next meal. One of the assertions of the piece was that Eric Hosmer was the perfect complementary player for the Padres. If other players were doing their part, we KNEW Hosmer would be doing his, and his efforts…

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The Padres Historical Issues Getting Hitters to the All-Star Game

July 13, 2018

Let me start out by saying yes, Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters to ever live, was selected to 15 All-Star games. We should all acknowledge that earning that many selections is rarely done. Aside from Gwynn, the Padres have a very uninspiring list of hitters in the Mid-Summer Classic. Here is the complete list of hitters that have been selected as All-Stars in a Padres uniform: Chris Cannizzaro,…

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Five Things We Have Learned About the Padres This Season

June 29, 2018

We are just over halfway through the 2018 season, as the Padres finished up their 83rd game on Wednesday and now sit at 36-47. They just finished up a tough stretch of 17 road games out of 19 and have lost 9 of 11. There are some positives to take out of this progressing, young team. We have learned a lot about this team so far and there is still…

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Eric Hosmer Has Been Everything the Padres Had Hoped For

June 6, 2018

Eric Hosmer has been everything the Padres the Padres have hoped for this 2018 season. When the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to his eight year, $144 million contract, many were already chalking it up as a bad contract and that the Padres would regret it, long before he even set cleats on the field at Petco Park. With all that pressure, Hosmer has laughed at his doubters and all the…

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Framing the Friars: Hunter Renfroe’s Blast Helps Win Series for Padres

June 3, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California When Tyson Ross took the mound on April 13th, his ERA was at 5.25. Since that start, Ross’ ERA has not been over 4.0, while going at least six innings in nine of his 11 starts this year. On top of that, in four starts against the Reds in his career, Ross is 4-0 in 28 innings pitched, with 30 strikeouts and a three-hit complete…

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Padres’ Defense a Mixed Bag

May 31, 2018

Thanks to the additions of Eric Hosmer at first base and Freddy Galvis at shortstop, the Padres have improved the infield defense. However, defense at both the hot corner and in the outfield have actually regressed according to both the eye test and defensive metrics. Last year the Padres ranked 17th in DRS (defensive runs saved) with zero. However, that represented a huge upgrade from the 2016 season, when the…

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The Padres Defense Is Actually Good

May 20, 2018

If you just woke up from hibernation and turned on Thursday’s Padres game in Pittsburgh, your initial thought would be that the Padres were among the worst defensive teams in all of Major League Baseball. The Padres made one error and had several adventures with fly balls in the outfield on their way to a 5-4 loss to the Pirates. However, we must avoid the pitfall of punching walls and…

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Series Preview: Padres Head Back to U.S. and Welcome Harper, Nationals

May 7, 2018

The Padres return to the United States and their home of Petco Park for a three-game series with the Washington Nationals. The Friars are 13-22 and coming off of an inspiring series win over the Dodgers in Mexico. They were no-hit on Friday, but bounced back to win the last two games of the series. The Nationals have really struggled to get their engines started this season, and a lot…

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Framing the Friars: Hosmer Homers, Lauer Efficient in Padres Win

May 6, 2018

Monterrey, Mexico Eric Lauer earned the first major league victory of his young career, pitching six shutout innings in a Padres win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 6. The win clinched the Mexico Series for the Padres. Eric Hosmer homered for the second straight game. He hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning. He had a two-run home run the day before, as well. Hosmer has been…

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Why Have the Padres Been Terrible At Hitting For Over Two Decades?

May 5, 2018

It’s as common as allergies on an early spring day or Padres fans clamoring for anything resembling an interesting uniform. The Padres are bad at hitting as a team in 2018, and have been for quite some time. The 2004 season was the last time the Padres ranked any higher than 22nd in team batting average. 2004, the year before the Padres won the N.L. West for the first of…

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