Today I’m launching a new project, The Sacrifice Bunt Newsletter, and you can find all of the pertinent details inside that link. It’s basically a Padres-focused e-mail newsletter that you can subscribe to for a (hopefully) reasonable price.

I’ve greatly enjoyed writing here at Padres Public, a stretch that has included nearly 250 (!) articles in ~3.5 years. It’s been a ridiculous amount of fun for me, and I’m especially grateful to you, the reader, for reading and commenting and helping to make the whole thing an enjoyable experience. A big thanks to Sac Bunt Chris for inviting me to join him and for always giving me good advice, as well as to Rick and the rest of the gang for giving me a decent parking space at headquarters and just generally putting up with me. This isn’t necessarily goodbye, because I’ll still be hanging around this site, but a lot of my focus will be redirected toward this new venture.

If you’ve enjoyed my writing over the past few years, I hope you’ll consider subscribing. I’m not a great salesman, but I promise it’s going to be good.

—Sac Bunt Dustin

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

The Padres (71-91) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (64-98), 5-4, yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park in the season finale of 2017.

Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.67) allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. Buster Posey scored on a groundout by Pablo Sandoval in the second inning. Brandon Crawford hit a double to drive in Denard Span, Posey scored on a single by Jarrett Parker, and a ground out by Nick Hundley scored Crawford in the fourth inning. Sandoval hit a walk-off solo home run off Phil Maton in the ninth inning.

Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.52) gave up four runs over five innings on twelve hits and no walks while striking out two. Erick Aybar doubled to drive in Travis Jankowski and Aybar scored on a Yangervis Solarte single in the first inning. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run in the third inning. Perdomo scored on Jankowski’s single in the fourth inning.

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

The Padres (71-90) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (63-98) yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park, 3-2, in the penultimate game of the 2017 season.

Jhoulys Chacin (13-10, 3.89) gave up one run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Pablo Sandoval scored on a fielder’s choice by Hunter Pence in the second inning. Pence singled in the seventh inning to drive in Ryder Jones.

Matt Cain (3-11, 5.43) shut the Padres out over five innings on two hits and a walk while striking out four in his final appearance before he retires. Wil Myers hit his 30th home run of the season in the sixth inning. Matt Szczur and Cory Spangenberg scored the go-ahead runs on Austin Hedges‘ double in the ninth inning.

Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.65) starts the final game of 2017 against Johnny Cueto (8-8, 4.43) with first pitch scheduled for 12:05pm PDT.

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

The Padres (70-90) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (63-97), 8-0, last night at AT&T Park in the first of three games to wrap up the 2017 season.

Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.75) did not have a good night (#analysis), allowing seven runs on ten hits and a walk with five strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings. Joe Panik scored on Buster Posey‘s double, Posey scored on a single by Brandon Crawford, and Crawford scored on Pablo Sandoval‘s double in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Panik doubled in Hunter Pence, Posey’s ground-rule double drove in Panik, and Crawford singled to drive in Denard Span & Posey. Pence came home in the sixth inning on Posey’s double.

Chris Stratton (4-4, 3.68) had a slightly better night (#analysis), giving up zero runs over six and two-thirds innings on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Jhoulys Chacin (13-10, 3.98) starts this afternoon against Matt Cain (3-11, 5.66) with first pitch set for 1:05pm PDT.

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

The Padres (70-89) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (102-57) in their three-game series finale at Dodger Stadium, 10-0, last night.

Clayton Richard (8-15, 4.79) gave up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over five-plus innings. I’m not going to even bother typing anything, just look at these for the details:

Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32) shutout the Padres over seven innings on two hits and two walks while striking out ten.

The Padres finish up the 2017 season with a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants (62-97) at AT&T Park. Jordan Lyles (1-4, 7.23) starts the first game tomorrow night against Chris Stratton (3-4, 4.15) beginning at 7:15pm PDT.

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

The Padres (70-88) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (101-57), 9-2, at Dodger Stadium last night.

Dinelson Lamet (7-8, 4.57) allowed four runs on four hits and six walks while striking out seven in five innings. Chase Utley scored on a Cody Bellinger ground out in the third inning. Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Corey Seager‘s sixth inning single drove in Enrique Hernandez. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run and Seager hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning.

Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72) gave up two runs in six innings on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout. Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run and Hunter Renfroe set the Padres rookie record for home runs in a season (25) one out later in the fifth inning.

Clayton Richard (8-14, 4.63) starts tonight’s series finale against Rich Hill (11-8, 3.50) beginning at 7:10pm PDT.

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This October will have special meaning—it will mark 10 full years of The Sacrifice Bunt. To help celebrate the occasion, Dustin and I are teaming up with co-founder Ray to try something new: a Padres franchise draft.

What is the draft? We’re imagining what would happen if we each created our own new team from players only in the Padres organization. As is usually the case when talking about players, their contract matters for both length and dollar amount. So if you draft Wil Myers you have to pay him the ~$66 million owed over the next five years. It’s basically our best guess at everyone’s relative trade value, except we disguised it as a draft instead of just a straight ranking.

Here’s how our draft shook out, followed by comments from each manager:

Dustin: Fernando Tatis Jr

What a shocker, huh? Tatis probably has the best shot of becoming a true superstar of anyone in the organization, and every small-market team wants a homegrown superstar to build around. Maybe he doesn’t stick at short forever and maybe he chases a few too many breaking balls, but there’s a lot to work with here. With a good first half in 2018, Tatis should be a consensus top five prospect in all of baseball. And he’s all mine.

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

The Padres (70-87) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (100-57), 9-3, in the first of three games at Dodger Stadium last night.

Travis Wood (4-7, 6.80) allowed six runs on five hits and four walks in four and two-thirds innings while striking out two. Logan Forsythe hit a bases-loaded double in the first inning that scored Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, and Enrique Hernandez. Rob Segedin scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor in the second inning. In the third inning, Forsythe hit a solo home run. Austin Barnes hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Segedin singled in Yasmani Grandal in the eighth inning.

Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86) gave up one run in seven innings on two hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. Cory Spangenberg scored on a Hunter Renfroe double in the fifth inning. Carlos Asuaje‘s single drove in Austin Hedges and Allen Cordoba ground into a fielder’s choice that scored Matt Szczur in the eighth inning.

Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.45) starts tonight’s second game against Alex Wood (15-3, 2.71) beginning at 7:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (70-86) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (84-72) yesterday, 8-4, in their four-game series finale and final home game at Petco Park for 2017.

Luis Perdomo (8-11, 4.65) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings. Charlie Blackmon scored on Mark Reynolds‘ single in the first inning. In the third inning, a single by Gerardo Parra drove in Blackmon and Ian Desmond‘s single drove in DJ LeMahieu. Pat Valaika doubled in the sixth inning to drive in Trevor Story. Valaika and Blackmon hit back-to-back solo home runs and a Reynolds double drove in Ryan McMahon in the ninth inning.

German Marquez (11-7, 4.38) allowed two runs over five innings on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte hit back-to-back solo home runs in the first inning. Christian Villanueva hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

The Padres start a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (99-57) at Dodger Stadium tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Travis Wood (4-6, 6.55) gets the start tonight against Yu Darvish (9-12, 3.96).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (70-85) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (83-72), 5-0, last night at Petco Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (13-10, 3.98) gave up one hit and three walks while shutting the Rockies out over six innings with six strikeouts. Craig Stammen, Buddy Baumann, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand combined to keep the Rockies from crossing the plate over the final three innings.

Chad Bettis (1-4, 5.72) allowed one run on seven hits and two walks in four and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. Wil Myers scored on a Yangervis Solarte single in the fifth inning. Christian Villanueva‘s pinch-hit infield single brought Cory Spangenberg home in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded in the eighth inning, Erick Aybar ground out but Spangenberg and Austin Hedges scored on Ian Desmond‘s throwing error to home and Travis Jankowski scored on Manuel Margot‘s sacrifice fly.

Luis Perdomo (8-10, 4.57) starts this afternoon’s series and 2017 Petco Park finale against German Marquez (10-7, 4.41) with first pitch set for 1:40pm.
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