Highlighting the Padres’ Bullpen Competition

March 15, 2018

Back in the glory days, when the Padres were a competitive playoff team, San Diego was home to one of the strongest bullpens in the league. With the young arms currently on the roster, the bullpen is in a perfect position to recreate the dominance they once held. Opening day is quickly approaching and Andy Green’s team has around 10 to 11 pitchers competing for seven or eight bullpen spots….


Matt Strahm Interview: Prepping for an Expanded Workload

March 14, 2018

The Padres acquired pitcher Matt Strahm, from the Kansas City Royals last July with the idea that he would provide a left-handed relief option. Strahm spent five years in the Royals’ organization before being called up to the Majors in 2016. In two seasons with the Royals, he went 4-7 with a 3.81 ERA, 65 strikeouts, and a 1.43 WHIP in just 56 2/3 innings pitched. The 26-year-old from West…


Matt Strahm: Starter or Reliever?

March 13, 2018

Prior to the 2017 trade deadline, the San Diego Padres sent Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter to the Kansas City Royals in return for Travis Wood, Esteury Ruiz, and Matt Strahm. At the time, many experts believed that Esteury Ruiz was the centerpiece of this six-player trade. However, left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm is slowly starting to look like the prize of this trade. Ruiz is still very young…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #16 Matt Strahm

February 17, 2018

Background Drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, left-hander Matt Strahm has had an injury-plagued professional career to date. In his rookie league debut, Strahm threw 30 and a third innings and posted a 5.64 ERA. Strahm did strike out 42 batters during those innings, but also walked 17 batters. Strahm ended up missing the entirety of the 2013 season after Tommy…


PNO (Positives, Negatives, Outlook) Matt Strahm

October 9, 2017

With the postseason well underway and the Padres season more than a week in the rearview mirror, the offseason is in full swing in San Diego. Sure, we have plenty to watch in what has already been an exciting postseason, but the time has come to start looking back on what was in the 2017 season and what to expect in 2018. In order to get a more holistic view…


The Padres-Royals Deal Makes the Friars Better and Here’s Why

July 28, 2017

Monday morning the Padres struck a deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Friars sent over Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter and bring in Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and rookie ball infielder Esteury Ruiz. Friar fans all over the Twitter-sphere have blown up about this trade, making it seem like A.J. Preller dropped the ball with this one. Now that we’ve had a couple of days to read up…


A Brief Glimpse at Matt Strahm & Esteury Ruiz

July 25, 2017

After a rather quiet start to the Padres’ trade deadline season, things have finally picked up, as the Padres made a move that sent right-handed pitchers Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill, in addition to left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter, to Kansas City in exchange for left-handers Travis Wood and Matt Strahm, as well as 18-year-old rookie ball prospect Esteury Ruiz. While Wood is somewhat of a known commodity, Strahm and Ruiz…