The Padres Look Like a Different Team in August

August 14, 2018

The Padres had a miserable July, going 5-20, the worst month since the team’s inaugural year of 1969. Nobody was hitting. Eric Hosmer hit .186 for the month and Christian Villanueva disappeared with a 48 wRC+. The pitching was not much better as Tyson Ross finished his Padres career with an 8.87 ERA in July and Clayton Richard struggled mightily as well with a 7.50 ERA. None of the other…

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Manuel Margot’s Improved 2018 is Encouraging for Padres

July 31, 2018

At some point in the 2018 season there were some whispers that Manuel Margot needed to be sent down to Triple-A to work on his craft. He was struggling badly at the plate and looked like only a shadow of the rookie who produced consistently during the 2017 season. A fastball in the ribs landed the prized outfielder on the disabled list in mid-April and it took him awhile to…

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Lauer Dominates as Padres Down Dodgers 4-1

July 10, 2018

Petco Park- San Diego, California On what most would consider an ordinary day, the San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 at beautiful Petco Park. While some might look at the score and think this is just another win for the young Padres, those who actually watched the game witnessed one of the best pitching performances by a Padres starter in quite some time. Meet Padre left-hander Eric…

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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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Don’t Give Up on Manuel Margot Just Yet

May 23, 2018

I don’t think anybody expected this article to be written when spring training opened just three months ago. Manuel Margot was unanimously seen as the rangy center fielder of the future and a staple atop the Padres’ lineup for years to come. When Eric Hosmer was acquired for, at least, the next five seasons, speculation regarding possible outfield configurations were immediately a hot topic of discussion. Wil Myers made his…

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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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Framing the Friars: Margot Collects Three Hits in Padres’ 2-1 Win

May 9, 2018

San Diego, California Manuel Margot has struggled at the plate, and has found himself hitting at the bottom of the lineup recently. After serving as the team’s leadoff hitter last season, Margot has been hitting in the eighth spot through most of the current year. Things were different for the Padres’ center fielder on May 9 though. Margot went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in San Diego’s 2-1…

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Jankowski Filling Black Hole That is the Padres’ Leadoff Spot

May 8, 2018

Up until this past weekend in Mexico, the Padres’ leadoff spot had been a black hole of nothingness. The Padres are still dead last in batting average for the leadoff spot with a .181 clip, the only team below .200 in that category. It’s hard to get a rally started when you basically start the inning with one out already. Enter Travis Jankowski. He was called up when Wil Myers…

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The Professor’s Friar Findings: Poor Sliding Leads to Lost Chances

May 3, 2018

The Professor’s Friar Findings is going to be a new bi-weekly piece for the East Village Times, that will be examining the Padres in a new light. The new age of baseball has brought about many great things: Statcast showcasing any and all velocities, graphs and charts showing pitchers and hitters in just about any situation imaginable, and any and all stats that the human brain can conceive. They are…

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Manuel Margot Needs to Play Every Day

April 27, 2018

As a young player, sometimes it takes time to figure things out. The game of baseball is not easy, and in particular, the art of hitting is near impossible. Hitting a round ball with a round bat off a major league-caliber pitcher who throws upwards of 100 mph, has proven time and time again to be the most challenging of tasks to accomplish in all of professional sports. Young players…

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How Much Slack Should Young Padres Players Be Given?

April 10, 2018

It’s hard in this age of Twitter, super smart phones, and a constant stream of information, to wait, to be patient. Sometimes that’s what baseball executives, managers, players, and yes, fans, need to be to see the fruits of one’s labor. Padres fans know this, and are still patiently waiting for top prospects to arrive at the big league level and produce like they are projected to. It’s the question…

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