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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Bats Fail to Save Jordan Lyles’ First Start of 2018

May 10, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California The last time Jordan Lyles started for the Padres was a forgettable night where he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 2017. Thursday night against the St. Louis Cardinals was the polar opposite. Lyles allowed five hits to the Cardinals, four to Marcel Ozuna and Tommy Pham, in his first start of the 2018 season, allowing only one earned run in five innings pitched….

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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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5 Things We Learned About the Padres in April

May 1, 2018

April has come to a close with the Padres finishing the opening month 10-20 and in last place in the NL West. None of this comes as a shock. We have learned a few things along the way, some good and some bad. 1. The offense has not improved at all The Padres were hoping, with the hiring of hitting coach Matt Stairs, the team would have a different attitude…

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Framing the Friars: Padres’ Bats Feed On Jason Vargas and Mets in 12-2 Victory

April 28, 2018

San Diego, California San Diego Padres’ manager Andy Green has tinkered with his starting lineup a few times this season. He’s used an assortment of outfield combinations, and has even moved players around to multiple positions. The lineup unveiled against the New York Mets on April 28 was perhaps the most productive lineup of the season. The Padres jumped on Mets starter Jason Vargas from the onset in a 12-2…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Unload Frustration, Rout Rockies

April 23, 2018

Denver, Colorado The Padres went into Monday’s game having lost their last two games and still with a bad taste in their mouths from the brawl that broke out at Coors Field just under two weeks prior. Monday’s game was a demonstration of the Friar’s frustration as they blew out the Rockies 13-5. The game started with a signature Coors Field crooked number for both teams in the first inning….

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Framing the Friars: Ross Flirts with History as Padres Win 4-1

April 21, 2018

PHOENIX, ARIZONA   Once again, the San Diego Padres flirted with history as Tyson Ross threw seven and two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball only to lose it in the bottom of the eight inning on a double by Christian Walker. A three-run rally in the ninth inning helped the Padres capture the win 4-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Let’s look at some takeaways from tonight’s game. Tyson Ross comes close…

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Five Stat Friday: Statcast Leaderboards

April 20, 2018

The Baseball Savant statcast leaderboards have finally been updated, and with it comes many great insights about the San Diego Padres. For this week’s Five Stat Friday, the focus will be on the statcast leaderboards and some interesting early season stats. Hitting Leaderboard Jose Pirela Continues to Make Hard Contact If you rank all players in baseball by the number of balls hit above 95 mph, Padres’ outfielder Jose Pirela…

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The Following Players Need Playing Time in 2018

April 14, 2018

In order to determine the value of a major league-caliber prospect, he needs consistent at-bats against top-notch pitching. Some scouts say it takes 400-600 at bats before a proper determination can be made about a player’s abilities at the grandest level. At this point, the Padres are filled with developing, young players. They have secured a decent future for the franchise, but it is at the point where time is…

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Framing the Friars: Padres Bats Awaken in 5-1 Win Over Giants

April 14, 2018

San Diego, California After getting one hit in last night’s ballgame, the San Diego Padres decided to break out the lumber and get some offense against Ty Blach and the San Francisco Giants. Thanks to an impressive outing from Tyson Ross, the Padres rolled to a 5-1 win. Let’s look at some takeaways from the game. Offense comes back to life The Padres offense was non-existent in the previous game…

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Padres 25-Man Roster Predictions

March 13, 2018

With two weeks remaining before MLB Opening Day, constructing the San Diego Padres’ 25-man roster results in many questions, as position battles are still in the middle rounds. On Friday and early Tuesday, the Padres’ assigned several players to their minor league camp. Cal Quantrill, Rowan Wick, Tom Wilhelmsen, Trey Wingenter, and Michael Mariot were given the bad news, along with promising position player and No. 8 overall (in all…

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Position Battles at the Peoria Sports Complex 

March 3, 2018

In roughly four weeks, the San Diego Padres will open up their 2018 season on March 29, when the Milwaukee Brewers come to America’s Finest City.  According to MLB Pipeline, the Padres have the No. 1 ranked farm system in Major League Baseball now. Presently, the Padres’ farm system is overflowing with young talent. With that #1 ranking, the Padres have what Scott Boras, agent to Eric Hosmer, called “A Volcano of Hot…

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