Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (10-9) scored less runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-6) last night, 11-8, and it wasn’t even that close. Ian Kennedy (0-1, 10.80) was hit hard and hit early, lasting just four and a third innings [which was probably two innings more than he should have been in there] giving up eight runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Andre Ethier hit two home runs off of Kennedy. Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick did too. Juan Uribe hit one off of Chris Rearick, who finished the fifth inning for Kennedy.

Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 5.87) pitched five innings, surrendering six runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts before leaving with what was later reported as tightness in his right elbow. Wil Myers led off the bottom of the first inning with his third home run. Justin Upton hit two home runs off of McCarthy.

This afternoon will have Brandon Morrow (0-0, 3.15) taking the mound against the Dodgers and Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00) at 1:10pm PDT in the final game of the series at Petco Park.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening binge-drinking $5 beers in the Park At The Park and Padres Beerfest. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed after you blacked out and woke up under the swing set in a playground in Ramona.

The Padres (10-8) scored less runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (10-6) last night. In fact, they didn’t score any runs, dropping the first game of the home stand 3-0. Zack Greinke (3-0, 1.35) shut down the Padres hitters over his seven innings, giving up just four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

Andrew Cashner (1-3, 2.63) looked good, but seemed to have trouble hitting his spots again, surrendering two runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Carl Crawford hit a leadoff home run to start the seventh inning off Cashner that increased the Dodgers lead to 2-0. Kevin Quackenbush was called up from AAA El Paso and made his 2015 debut, pitching one and a third innings. Joc Pederson knocked in Yasmani Grandal with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off Quackenbush for the Dodgers final run.

Tonight has Ian Kennedy (0-0, 0.00) returning from the disabled list to face the Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 4.50) at 5:40pm PDT in the second game of the three-game series at Petco Park.

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On this weeks podcast, we are joined by both old friends and new friends.

Now that the rosters have been set, John Conniff of Mad Friars returns to give the scoop on the Padres Minor League system. Bryant Webster of Woe, Doctor! fame makes his debut as the Padres & Pints Storm correspondent and interviews the Lake Elsinore Storm skipper Michael Collins. Lastly we chat with Tyler Zickel, the Assistant Director of Media Relations for the Lake Elsinore Storm, and get the scoop on a wide array of things for the upcoming 2015 season.

It’s a fun romp through the Minor Leagues! Join us!

PS-I was on some good drugs during all the interviews thanks to my knee surgery. So apologies if I sound off.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

 

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At the beginning of the season there were question marks for the Padres. Were they too right handed heavy? Could they play defense? Could their starting pitching stay healthy? For now, it’s far too early to say what the answer to any of these questions were.

But then there were the things no one questioned. The rock solid foundation upon which Preller’s grand experiment would be built. Amongst those unquestionable facts about the Padres was that the bullpen was top notch. A strength of the team before they added Kimbrel which, financial obligation aside, was viewed as the rich getting richer in that particular area.

Through 17 games however, the bullpen, while not necessarily a liability, has been far from the strength many believed it would be. Which isn’t to say it won’t be. So let’s pause here and give the disclaimer that should precede any article or post about statistical trends on April 23.

Small. Sample. Size.

Should these stats be ignored? Of course not. That’s absurd. Equally absurd, however, is assuming we can draw any long term conclusions from them at this point. At this stage, any statistical trend is more of a “hmm…interesting” and should be filed in the “let’s keep an eye that” file.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub at a mile high of elevation. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (10-7) scored one less run, 2-1, than the Colorado Rockies (9-7) yesterday at Coors Field, splitting the series and ending the road trip with a 4-3 record.

Tyson Ross (1-1, 3.97) had a tough couple of innings, loading the bases in the first and third innings. Yet the only runs scored on him were on a bases-loaded walk of Daniel Descanso in the first inning and a solo home run by 2015 Padre-killer Corey Dickerson to lead-off the fifth inning. Ross ended up pitching five full innings with six hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts.

Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.92) pitched six and two-third innings, giving up just the one run on a Yonder Alonso RBI single to score Matt Kemp from second base in the fourth inning. Lyles also allowed six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Tonight at 7:10pm has the Friars returning to San Diego and Petco Park for the first of three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andrew Cashner (1-2, 2.65) gets the start versus Zack Greinke (2-0, 1.83). It’s also the first Padres Beerfest of the season. So I would fully expect to see a lot of drunk tweets in the recap tomorrow.

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Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy:

  • How To Design A Modern Box Score (Baseball Prospectus) – I don’t completely understand Jesse Krailler’s model, but I love the thought process. You can see more of his stuff here. And because I geek out big time on keeping score, here’s a fun Jim Caple article from a couple years ago that’s also worth perusing.
  • Sol White’s Family, Lost and Found (Our Game) – MLB official historian John Thorn published this in May 2014, but I’m only discovering it now. White was a 19th century ballplayer, manager, and baseball historian. As the article notes, “Sol White’s History of Colored Baseball, published in 1907, is the starting point for black baseball scholars following his path.” The rest of the story unfolded in January 2015: “He spent his last years warehoused in a New York state mental hospital. He was buried in an unmarked grave until the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project provided a headstone in May 2014.” This is why I’m proud to be a SABR member.
  • The San Diego Hedgehogs? (Baseball Prospectus) – Jeff Quinton wonders whether A.J. Preller rebuilt the Padres using “fox-thinking” (dealing with situations as they arise; dynamic) or “hedgehog-thinking” (having an overarching strategy independent of surroundings; static). Quinton offers several hypotheses at the end. The most likely to me are Hypotheses C (the new front office went out and acquired “their players”) and E (make the team not boring), but we have no way of knowing for sure. Related, Jon Heyman also has an article on Preller’s antics that is worth reading.
  • The Physics of Baseball in Super Slow Motion (Hardball Times) – This piece from Steve Kagan is beautiful. Come for the pretty pictures, stay for the lucid explanations: “When the ball is hit on the ‘sweet spot’ there are few vibrations in the bat. So, no energy is spent on vibration, leaving more available to speed the ball on its journey to the cheap seats.”
  • Myers working hard to prove doubters wrong (Padres.com) – As Tracy Ringolsby discovered, new Padres center fielder Wil Myers isn’t shy about discussing his former team: “I am playing with a chip on my shoulder. Last year was the first bad year I had in my pro career. When Tampa traded me away, I felt they had given up on me.” Chips are good, right? I like mine with pico de gallo.

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub at a mile high of elevation. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (10-6) scored less runs last night than the Colorado Rockies (8-7) at Coors Field, 5-4. Even after a late-inning comeback by the Friars to take the lead. A lead that was eliminated by Corey Dickerson‘s second solo home run of the game in the eighth inning off Joaquin Benoit. Shawn Kelley came into pitch the ninth and only managed one out before pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso beat the five-infielder defense that Bud Black called for with a line drive over Justin Upton‘s head in left field.

James Shields (2-0, 3.24) made his third career start at Coors Field and was knocked around by the Rockies. Beside’s Dickerson’s first solo home run, Nolan Arenado, Michael McKenry, DJ LeMahieu, and Troy Tulowitzki all hit doubles off Shields. Shields ended up pitching six innings with three runs on six hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.

Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 6.85) pitched seven innings, giving up all four Padres’ runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Kendrick was helped out by spectacular defense from Arenado and Tulowitzki, yet even they couldn’t stop Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers from hitting solo home runs. RBI doubles from Derek Norris and Cory Spangenberg added to the Padres run total, but it still wasn’t enough.

This afternoon at 12:10pm PDT has Tyson Ross (1-0, 4.08) taking the hill in the final game of the series against the Rockies, who will have Jordan Lyles (1-1, 3.50) starting.

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Back in January, my esteemed colleague Dustin wrote about The Battle For Third Base. Because Dustin is smart and has foresight, he proposed an alternate title: The Battle For Third Base (as of the morning of January 6th, 2015).

He was right, as the Will Middlebrooks lottery ticket of studly power won the starting job. Another battle soon flared up as Yangervis Solarte continues the fight, this time with Jedd Gyorko‘s second base job in his sights. While Gyorko opened the season in a slump, Solarte’s started his hot at a 169 wRC+, matching last year’s 147 March/April mark before “crashing down to earth” (Dustin’s words) and finishing as about an average hitter.

When players perform well outside their expectations in short stints, here are two potential explanations: 1) Those expectations, built using the best methods of measurement over years of available information were wrong, or 2) The short stint isn’t a representation of a player’s true talent.

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In honor of Earth Day today, I decided to recycle* something Dustin did and answer questions via the Twitter machine.

The big difference: I don’t know anything. I’m not a stathead. I don’t analyze every player’s performance. I’m just a fan who knows about as much as you guys. And the questions I received picked reflect that total lack of knowledge.

Having said that, let’s get it on!

*Did you see what I did there?

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