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Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-29-15

It was a great night in the Padres organization as all 3 minor league teams that played earned victories. The Chihuahuas dominated the Cubs by a score of 14-2 while the Storm and TinCaps both won closer games.   Hitting Prospect of the Day: Rymer Liriano Pitching Prospect of the Day: James Needy   El Paso Chihuahuas 14, Iowa Cubs 2 Melvin Upton Jr. – CF: 2-3, BB, 3 Runs scored...
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18 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp makes a fans day with signed ball, cleats & jersey

Every now and then, you get a feel-good story that comes from professional sports that is just too good not to share. Today, we see just how great of a man Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp is. After a game, Kemp trotted out to the stands where he signed a ball for a fan. Not only did Kemp sign the ball, he gave the fan his hat, jersey and cleats. It was a truly special moment....
Via Campus Sports Net
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 50 (PIT 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 (24-26) scored more runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (25-23), 6-2, on a walk-off grand slam from Derek Norris last night in the second of their four-game series at Petco Park. James Shields (6-0, 3.69) and Francisco...
Via Padres Public
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: Alonso, Hershiser, Rodriguez

The Padres are 23-26, currently third behind the Giants and Dodgers in the National League West as the team heads into June. The Friars should get back much needed players from the disabled list. Yonder Alonso, Wil Myers, and Brandon Morrow who were key contributors earlier in the season could all make a comeback sometime in the month of June. Others such as Melvin Upton, Josh Johnson...
Via Baseball Essential
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hottest Padre hitter of late is not one of Preller's acquisitions

For all of the offense that A.J. Preller infused the Padres with this offseason, arguably the hottest hitter of late for the club has been the homegrown Will Venable. Since breaking out with three hits on May 8 in Arizona, Venable was hitting .400 since that day going into Tuesday night’s game, according to With another two hits on Wednesday, Venable has raised his average...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramblings: Free Jedd Gyorko

Today we’re going to discuss Bud Black in great detahahahahahahahaha no we’re not. Let’s ramble: Jedd Gyorko needs to be playing every day. I can’t believe this is even a discussion. The offense has been absolute dog **** this month, and Gyorko, who’s hitting .277/.358/.489 with a 178 OPS+ in May, can’t get regular at-bats because of trash baseball player Will Middlebrooks...
Via Padres Public
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Black switches Kemp, Upton in Padres lineup

Padres manager Bud Black made a small, but perhaps significant change to the Padres lineup on Tuesday night. All season Justin Upton had been batting third and Matt Kemp fourth, but Black switched them on Tuesday. Upton actually hadn’t hit third since 2013. Per U-T San Diego, Black explained the lineup change:"It gets Justin up in the first inning," Black said of the new lineup...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

In Which Derek Norris is Blamed for Home Run Problems, Plight of Humankind

Note: The conclusions reached herein do not necessarily match the title; Derek Norris is neither fully to blame for the home runs problems or the plight of humankind. We’re just following standard internet get-readers-riled-up headline making.  A couple of week ago I wrote about Derek Norris’ pitch framing struggles, noting that Norris’ early numbers, perhaps surprisingly...
Via Padres Public
4 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields leading Padre pitchers in run support

Earlier this season, Padres manager Bud Black called James Shields “just as advertised.” He’s currently 6-0 and leads the National League in strikeouts (82) through 10 starts. Yet he hasn’t been as perfect as those numbers indicate, with his 3.75 ERA and 15 home runs given up.The negative though has been neutralized by the amount of runs the Padres have scored in his starts...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Earl Averill

With the Angels playing the San Diego Padres this week, it got me thinking about Earl Averill, one of the original Angels, who won a Most Valuable Player award while playing for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1958.  The Major League Padres began as a franchise in 1969, but there had been a team in San Diego in the PCL called the Padres ever since 1936 when they...
Via Monkey with a Halo
4 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Matt Kemp’s struggles

Matt Kemp Matt Kemp arrived with the San Diego Padres in the first wave of major acquisitions from general manager A.J. Preller last December. The Friars saw a chance to relieve the Dodgers of Kemp, who had apparently worn out this welcome in Los Angeles. The trade was essentially Kemp and $30 million for catcher Yasmani Grandal. Kemp got off to a hot in April, hitting .326/.357...
6 days 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...
Via Obstructed View
8 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
9 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...
10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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...
Via Obstructed View
11 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
13 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
15 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
18 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...
19 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
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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