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Padres’ Points: Black, Kemp, Baez

The Padres are currently 20-22 and are in the middle of a rough stretch in the schedule, as I noted last week. With the team now five games back of the Dodgers and three games back of the second wild card, there have been recent rumors of the Padres’ Bud Black’s status as manager.Given the all the additions, there were high expectations for this team to compete with the Dodgers...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Padres 0 (5/21/15)

OSS: A 25-year old starter shut the Padres out, and a 23-year old and a 21-year old provided the power. Three Up 1. Kyle Hendricks had a game score of 84. That’s tied for 9th-best this year, and it was doozy. He was 9 pitches away from a Maddux, and struck out 7. Really impressive game, and it makes you wonder if he attacked the zone more since he was in Petco Park. Whatever...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 42 (CHC vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (20-22) were shutout by the Chicago Cubs (23-17), 3-0, last night at Petco Park, for the fifth time in their last sixteen games. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 6.11) pitched six innings while giving up two runs on six hits and...
Via Padres Public
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Derek Norris leading NL catchers in hitting, cool nicknames

Perhaps it is because Derek Norris is hitting so well that he deemed it appropriate to give himself the nickname of “Norrisaurusrex,” according to Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego. Norris’ two-run double in the eighth carried the Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night. It was the catcher’s 15th double of the season. According to a tweet by Friar Figures, Norris...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres scouting director unfazed by drafting first at No. 51

When Mark Conner took over the job of Padres scouting director last November, the Padres were set to pick at No. 13 and No. 41 overall. Now the team won’t be picking until the secong round at No. 51 overall, thanks to A.J. Preller’s offseason moves. Although initially resistant to lose the 13th pick in exchange for James Shields, Conner has a positive spin on it now, according...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Padres’ Biggest Problem

Even after a win Tuesday, the Padres stand at a flat 20-20, and there’s talk that manager Bud Black might be on the hot seat given ownership expectations. Curiously, the Padres aren’t letting minor-league coach Pat Murphy talk to the Brewers, and while there’s any number of potential explanations, one could be that the team […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramblings: What is Bud Black

I haven’t been able to write this post the last two weeks due to a hectic schedule and for that I apologize. I realize this is a huge part of your day, no wait, your week, and I couldn’t be more disappointed in letting you down. Cry on my shoulder, it’s OK. The worst is past, and we can now move on to criticizing the **** out of professionals. Let’s Ramble. Something I...
Via Padres Public
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What Will the Padres Do With Melvin Upton?

Question no. 1: When Melvin Upton returns from his 50-plus at-bat minor league rehab assignment, what will the Padres do with him? Why this question shouldn’t be answered: Upton plays center field, the same position where Wil Myers used to attempt to play — that is, until Myers moved to first base after Yonder Alonso hit the disabled list. Then Myers himself hit the DL, which...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Welcome Bryant and the Cubs

One of my favorite things about living in the greater Los Angeles area is the versatility of activities I can do with my free time. On Sunday I can head up to the mountains to go camping, on Monday I could enjoy a nice beach day, and on Tuesday I could take a drive down to San Diego to catch the Padres take on the Chicago Cubs in the three-game series opener. Coincidentally, that’s...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Hold on for 4-3 Win Over Chicago Cubs

San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields throws to a Chicago Cubs batter during the first inning in a baseball game Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in San Diego. (Mandatory Credit: Gregory Bull/AP) In a season where their pitching staff has been under heavy criticism, the San Diego Padres were able to get a much-needed 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, after starter...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What Happened to the Padres Dominant Pitching Staff?

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross wipes his face as rain falls, after Ross faced one Washington Nationals batter before a rain delay was called during the first inning in a baseball game Thursday, May 14, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Last season the San Diego Padres finished second in the National League in team ERA with an impressive 3.27 mark. The pitching...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Promote Wilmer Difo for Some Reason

A few weeks ago, the Padres promoted one of their best remaining prospects, Austin Hedges, to join the Major League club to serve as Derek Norris‘ backup. It was a bit of an odd move, given that Hedges might have just been figuring out how to hit professional pitching, but the Padres wanted to upgrade […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (21-16) at San Diego Padres (19-20)

The Cubs face the Padres for the second (and presumably final) time this year. It’s a west coast roadtrip, one of the few times I’m glad that I don’t live in the greatest time zone. I should be able to catch all of these games, or at least fall asleep on the couch around the eight innings or so. Or drive to see some of them in person Team leaders Current and projected listed...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Melvin Upton sounds ready to put the past behind him

Melvin Upton -- the younger brother of fellow Padre Justin Upton and the man formerly known as B.J. Upton -- sounds like he’s ready to put the past in his rearview mirror. After being drafted second overall in 2002 and blossoming with the Tampa Bay Rays, the outfielder’s struggles at the plate the past couple of years with the Braves were highly-publicized and prompted many to...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Nationals 4, Padres 1

  View image | The Washington Nationals have now won 14 of their last 18 games, as they topped the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Saturday night. With the win they are now just one-half game behind the New York Mets for first place in the National League East. The Nationals are 4-2 on their west coast swing, and look to take the four-game series with San Diego in...
Via KCM Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot May Has Cory Spangenberg Among Top NL Rookies

When a team drafts a player tenth overall, they are doing so with the hopes of him someday being a big part of the team’s everyday lineup. But for the San Diego Padres’ 2011 draft pick Cory Spangenberg, his original impact with his ball club in the 2015 season has been as the team’s super-utility player off the bench. Spending the majority of his minor league career as a second...
Via Baseball News Source
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: SS Trade Rumors, Myers, Morrow

The Padres have begun 8-5 to start the month of May. Even so, it hasn’t felt as though the club has had a winning record in the month of May. The team has been shut out three times this month, while scoring 6+ runs in in six games in May. It’s been an up and down month for the club. For instance, coming into Friday night, Padres’ pitchers had given up 51 home runs in 35 games...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres groundskeeper dances, slides on tarp during rain delay (GIF)

A Petco Park groundskeeper provided entertainment to San Diego Padres fans during a rain delay in the top of the first inning of Thursday's game against Washington. After covering the infield, the groundskeeper danced up a storm (pardon the pun) and played slip-and-slide with the tarp.The game resumed after a rain delay of 1 hour and 55 minutes. Interestingly enough, it was only...
Via Holdout Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

An Inning With Craig Kimbrel’s Command

The other day, Craig Kimbrel blew a save for the first time in — I don’t know — awhile. He was given a two-run lead and he retired the first two batters he faced, but then he unraveled. In a pinch, the game was off to extras. Kimbrel is one of those relievers for whom […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Alonso’s stalled season

Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has long been somewhat of a punching bag for the fan Yonder Alonso base ever since he was acquired as part of the Mat Latos trade in 2011. Most of the scorn had to do with then-general manager giving up on top prospect Anthony Rizzo after only a handful of at-bats. Byrnes flipped Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Andrew Cashner, and it’s...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Wil Myers’ resurgence

Wil Myers Some people began writing off Wil Myers after his disastrous second season with the Tampa Bay Rays last year. Myers won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013 and looked on his way to becoming one of those great players you have no idea how the Rays got their hands on. Myers hit .298/.354/.478 his first year in the big leagues, and the former top looked headed for stardom. A...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson Star in the Making

When the Dodgers shipped off Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres in the Offseason, fans knew it was Pederson’s time to shine in center field. Pederson is showing phenomenal plate discipline with his 24 walks and 38 strikeouts so far this season. The 23 year old centerfielder has already hit 9 home runs this... The post Joc Pederson Star in the Making appeared first on The Garbage Time.
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Place Yonder Alonso on Disabled List

San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso grimaces on the field during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 11-0. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has been placed on the disabled list after suffering a shoulder injury late in Thursday night’s game against...
Via The Sports Journal
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Padres fan saved from falling by alert cameraman

This is an insane video from a recent San Diego Padres game.  A fan tries a little too hard to go after a foul ball and risks falling an unknown height down to the ground.  However, he’s saved by a nearby cameraman who reaches out to grab his leg and prevent the head-first fall.  Somehow the cameraman is able to hold on to the camera with one hand while reaching out with...
Via Awful Announcing
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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