2018 San Diego Padres’ Bullpen Will Bring the Funk

March 11, 2018

The game of baseball is an ever-evolving sport. There are numerous changes in the philosophy and ideals within the game. The analytics period is upon us now in which every statistic is absorbed by the baseball fan and by the front office. Every single factor of the game is used by a team in order to gain a statistical advantage over their opponent. In this new era of the game,…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #19 Kazuhisa Makita

February 13, 2018

Background So I am usually one to use Fangraphs in order to research an individual player’s stats. With right-handed, submariner Kazuhisa Makita, that wasn’t an option, as the Japanese righty does not yet have a Fangraphs’ page at present. Rather than use a non-existent Fangraphs’ page, I turned to Baseball Reference. The 33-year-old Makita’s Japanese pitching career goes all the way back to 2011 when he first debuted with the…


What to Make of New Padre Kazuhisa Makita

January 10, 2018

  For baseball folks, Japanese right-hander and recent San Diego Padres’ signee Kazuhisa Makita presents something of an enigma. There’s his physical profile: just five-foot-ten and 181 pounds, both of which qualify as undersized by the standards of those who take major league mounds on a consistent basis (he stands a decent chance of being the smallest pitcher on the Padres’ roster come spring). There’s his mechanics: one of the…


What Do Recent Bullpen Moves Mean for Brad Hand?

January 9, 2018

The Padres have made a few moves to bolster their bullpen in the past few days. Craig Stammen, who made 60 appearances for the Padres last season, is back on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. This is a welcome move for a Padres’ bullpen that is littered with young, unproven arms. Stammen will be 34 years old when the season starts. The Friars parted ways with Kevin Quackenbush earlier in…


Padres Making Moves to Boost Their Bullpen

January 6, 2018

The San Diego Padres have been slow to make moves during the offseason, but they have finally stirred the flames of the Hot Stove. Jeff Passan tweeted out that the Padres are the favorites to sign 33-year-old Japanese submarine pitcher Kazuhisa Makita and that a report from Japan states he is on his way to San Diego for a physical, while John Heyman tweets out that the Padres have resigned reliever Craig Stammen…