What’s up with the Padres’ $144 Million Dollar Man?

July 22, 2018

At a time when launch angle has captured the attention of players and fans alike, Eric Hosmer has defied the trends and continued to pound the ball into the ground. Only Ian Desmond and Dee Gordon have higher ground-ball rates, but both of them have speed on their side. Hosmer may not be a typical plodding first baseman, but he doesn’t have the speed to beat out those worm-burners. Hosmer’s…

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Examining the Padres’ Attendance, and Its Relationship to Team Payroll

July 22, 2018

It’s clear at the moment that the Padres are rebuilding They are loading up on prospects to gear up for future possible runs at the playoffs and championships. Naturally, attendance is not going to be great when the team is obviously not making much effort to win  this season. The team currently ranks 18th in baseball in drawing an average of 26,882 fans to Petco Park every home game. This…

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Down on the Farm: July 21 (Baez Throws Well for Storm/Gore Rained Out)

July 21, 2018

Credit: EVT News The San Diego Affiliates were 4-3 on Saturday. The TinCaps’ game will be continued on July 22nd, and they were losing 3-0 when it was suspended. Here is a recap of the day’s action: El Paso Chihuahuas (53-47) Won 9-5 The Chihuahuas won pretty comfortably against Sacramento behind a great start from Brett Kennedy, who only allowed one earned run in seven innings. Jose Castillo and Rowan…

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The Padres Lose Hand, But Have Options in Bullpen

July 21, 2018

Feeling concerned over the loss of former Padres’ closer Brad Hand? Don’t be. Yes, he was a great pitcher and really came into his own as a Padre, but the team has options in replacing him. They really do. You have to remember that Brad Hand came to the team as a waiver wire pickup from the Marlins. Players can step up at any time in the bullpen. A.J. Preller…

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Putting the Padres’ Farm System into Perspective

July 21, 2018

The hype surrounding the San Diego Padres’ farm system is undoubtedly the most exciting thing about the franchise right now. The first wave of young talent has already arrived in the big leagues. Guys like Dinelson Lamet, Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Franchy Cordero and Austin Hedges have all had varying degrees of success in the major leagues, but all stand a chance of becoming a part…

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Down on the Farm: July 20 (Quantrill Struggles Again)

July 20, 2018

It was a good night for Padres’ farm system, as Padres minor league affiliates went 6-1 Friday night. The evening was full of excitement, and featured five, one-run games. Here’s a rundown of the results and notable performances: El Paso Chihuahuas (52-47) Lost 6-5 in a game that went down to the wire. Walker Lockett provided a solid, albeit unspectacular six-inning performance on Friday night, giving up three runs and…

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Anemic Padres’ Offense Continues to Struggle

July 20, 2018

Coming into the season, the Padres looked like they had acquired enough average veteran hitters to have an average offense. An optimist would have said the team had an above-average lineup, with new additions Eric Hosmer, Chase Headley, and Freddy Galvis solidifying a lineup already including Wil Myers along with some intriguing young outfielders. The four aforementioned hitters who were supposed to be the anchors of the lineup, have not…

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Could the Padres Really be Players for Noah Syndergaard?

July 20, 2018

Could the San Diego Padres really be players in a potential deal for New York Mets’ RHP Noah Syndergaard? With big moves already being made, the excitement leading up to the July 31 trade deadline is in full swing. The San Diego Padres added to the excitement by trading Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians for MLB No. 15 prospect Francisco Mejia. The Los Angeles Dodgers made a splash by…

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Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 101 (The Handless Padres Podcast)

July 20, 2018

Well. It happened. We knew it would, and it did. The San Diego Padres traded all-star closer Brad Hand. The return? How about the #15 prospect in all of baseball. Francisco Mejia. The catcher/outfielder is a switch-hitter with huge offensive upside. The Padres scored with this trade and we gush a little about the Dominican player. Well at least not at the beginning. In speaking about Mejia, we discuss where…

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TinCaps Lose Pitcher’s Duel, 4-2, in Twelve Innings

July 19, 2018

Fort Wayne, Indiana In a game that featured 36 total strikeouts, the TinCaps fell to the last-place Burlington Bees following a two-run home run in the top of the twelfth. After the TinCaps failed to convert opportunities in the tenth and eleventh innings, Fred Schlichtholz took the mound as the TinCaps’ fourth pitcher of the night. By Midwest League rule, teams begin each extra inning with a runner on second…

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Down on the Farm: July 19 (Paddack Earns Win, Tatis Homers then Exits Game)

July 19, 2018

The minor league affiliates for the San Diego Padres were 2-3 on Thursday. Here is a quick recap of the day’s action. El Paso Chihuahuas (52-46) Lost 16-1 There are blowouts, and then there is this. The Chihuahuas got smoked today to the tune of a fifteen-run defeat, as Jordan Lyles was hit hard in a rehab start, surrendering four runs in only two and two-thirds of an inning. Colin…

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