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,…


The Battle in the Padres’ Bullpen

March 6, 2018

On February 5, 2018, the San Diego Padres signed right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen to a minor league deal. He received an invitation to participate in MLB camp with his offer. USA Today Sports‘ Bob Nightengale tweeted that Wilhelmsen will earn a $900K base salary if he makes the roster. Wilhelmsen was drafted in 2002 by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 7th round (199th overall). The 34-year-old has had flashes of…


The “Trevor Time” Impact on Padres Pitching

February 24, 2018

The San Diego Padres enter the 2018 season with one of the weaker starting rotations in all of baseball. With a plethora of young, unproven talent at the core of their starting five, there will certainly be a lot of ups and downs for the Padres throughout the marathon that is a baseball season. Their bullpen, however, is a different story. When the Padres were a competitive playoff team, a…


Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #13 Kirby Yates

February 21, 2018

Background With a name like Kirby, how could you not like Kirby Yates? After originally being drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 2005 MLB Draft, Yates decided to go to school instead. A Tommy John surgery caused Yates to miss the entirety of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and the right-hander went undrafted in the 2009 MLB Draft. However, the Tampa Bay Rays signed…


Ahead of the Curve: “Bullpenning” & the San Diego Padres

February 20, 2018

Let’s get a little weird. San Diego Padres’ pitching hasn’t been great lately. In 2017, the team’s starters struggled to the tune of a 4.83 ERA with a 4.40 xFIP. The bullpen was a little bit better, posting a 4.49 ERA accompanied by a 4.24 xFIP. The Friars ranked 22nd in team ERA (4.63), 23rd in walks (554), and 19th in quality starts (67). The teams 75 HBP last season…


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…


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…


Carter Capps (finally) Makes His Padres Debut

August 8, 2017

Carter Capps celebrated his 27th birthday on August 7. He celebrated it by not just being called up to the majors by the San Diego Padres, but also making his Padre debut. It was the first time a player has made his debut with the team on his birthday. Capps pitched two-thirds of an inning in the Padres’ 11-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed three runs on one…


Advanced Stat Friday: Padres’ Bullpen Dominance

July 7, 2017

With baseball executives taking new steps to understand the game, and baseball writers and analysts developing new methods to analyze play on the field, the baseball sabermetric revolution is in full swing. Although the process really started with Bill James and his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, the baseball stat revolution didn’t start to take off until the Moneyball days of the Oakland Athletics, where on-base percentage took the crown…


Phil Maton Gets the Call

June 11, 2017

After yet another Padres bullpen collapse in Saturday’s 12-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals, during which the Royals scored nine runs in the 8th inning, the Padres appear to be making moves in their bullpen. Phil Maton is here, Kevin Quackenbush‘s name is not on the lineup card. — AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) June 11, 2017 With the bullpen struggling mightily, the Padres’ front office is looking to shake things…


Framing the Friars: Friday Night Rally Followed by a Saturday Afternoon Collapse

June 10, 2017

The San Diego Padres suited up in their beautiful brown uniforms like they do every Friday home game and welcomed their second interleague opponent to Petco this season. Friday Night Friday night, Jhoulys Chacin took to the mound looking to pick up his first win since May 12th. (W @CWS, 0-2 since then). He went seven innings against the once World Series champion Royals, allowing just three hits and two…


The Book on New Padres’ Relievers Kirby Yates & Jose Valdez

May 23, 2017

Coming into the 2017 season, the bullpen was set to be the best asset of the San Diego Padres. However, throughout the season, the relief corps has massively struggled, with one of its biggest assets, Brandon Maurer, having a hard time keeping his head above water. In fact, in the last few weeks, his ERA has ballooned to 6.88. Even though this will ultimately come down since his FIP is 2.54…