Living in Cleveland since 2006, I’ve been casually following the local NBA team, the Cavaliers, since my arrival. First, we had Lebron, and it was pretty cool. Then, all of a sudden, we had no Lebron, which wasn’t fun. Now we have Lebron again! It’s wild.

Wilder still, although the Cavs had the 9th worst record in the NBA last year, through the magic of the NBA draft lottery, they defied the odds and landed the 1st pick in this year’s draft. In the NBA, any team that doesn’t make the playoffs has a chance to win the #1 overall pick, and the Cavs lucked out, despite having less than a 2% chance of winning the lottery.

In MLB, there is no lottery, but there’s something almost as important. Teams who finish with the 10 worst records have their 1st round draft picks protected in the following year’s draft. That means those teams can sign a free agent who has received a qualifying offer from their current team without losing their first round draft pick. They’ll still forfeit a draft pick, but it will be a much less valuable 2nd round pick.

How much less valuable is a 2nd round pick? This year, the Padres paid their 1st round pick, Trea Turner, and over-slot bonus of $2.9 million. They also gave their 2nd round pick, Michael Gettys, an over-slot bonus, but of just $1.3 million. The gap only widens as you near the top of the draft, as top 10 picks in this year’s draft received bonuses up to $6.582 million, while no 2nd rounder got more than $1.8 million, and the highest slot value in the 2nd round was only $1.35 million.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon in the pub.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (46-58) lost 8-3 to the Atlanta Braves (57-48) yesterday at Turner Field.  Eric Stults (3-13, 5.22) had a horrible third inning, giving up six earned runs, but shutout the Braves the two innings before and the three after.  And for once, Stults left a game without surrendering a home run, which is nice, I suppose.

Braves’ starter Mike Minor gave up all three Padres runs in his six and two-thirds innings.  Two of which came from solo home runs by Yangervis Solarte and Rene Rivera.

It’s Baseball for Breakfast this morning at 9:10 am PDT as Jason Lane (0-0, 0.00) gets the call-up from AAA El Paso and the start in place of Ian Kennedy, who has a sore oblique.  The Braves will send Ervin Santana (9-6, 3.87) out to the mound in the series finale at Turner Field.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening in the pub after seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes instead of watching the game.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.  And watching monkeys fight.

The Padres (46-57) lost 5-3 to the Atlanta Braves (56-48) at Turner Field.  Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2, 1.66) had the first bad game of his short major league career, giving up all five runs (two earned) on six hits and five walks with three strikeout in just 3 2/3 innings.  On a positive note, the bullpen kept the Braves from scoring for the rest of the game.

Julio Teheran (10-6, 2.71) lasted six innings, surrendering three earned runs on nine hits and no walks with five strikeouts.  Yasmani Grandal had two RBI and Yangervis Solarte had the other.

The third game of the four-game series at Turner Field pits Eric Stults (3-12, 5.00) against Mike Minor (3-6, 5.32) at 2:05 pm PDT.  The weird start time is so the Braves can show the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for former Braves players Tony LaRussaGreg Maddux Tom Glavine, former Braves manager Bobby Cox, Georgia native Frank Thomas, and Joe Torre.

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Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination…

A.J. Preller is our golden ticket for Padres success.

There are four very qualified final candidates for the Padres General Manager position.  Mike Hazen has his Boston roots, Boston success, ties to Mike Dee, he is Jed Hoyer 2.0.  Billy Eppler knows San Diego, a winning attitude from New York, and is ready for a GM job now.  Kim Ng also has the pedigree of winning with the Yankees and Dodgers, and is ready to make history as the first female general manager in professional sports.  And A.J. Preller, assistant GM of the Texas Rangers, in charge of international scouting, a Cornell educated baseball rat who was an integral part to the Rangers success over the past five years. Read More…

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

The Padres (46-56) won their third game in a row in the opener of their three-game unusual Friday thru Monday four-game series against the Atlanta Braves (55-48) at Turner Field by a score of 5-2.  Jesse Hahn (6-2, 2.12) triumphantly returned from a minor league stint to pitch six innings of 1-run ball with three hits and three walks while striking out four.  The Braves’ Alex Wood (7-8, 3.44) was roughed up in his five innings, giving up five runs on twelve hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

All told, the Padres collected thirteen hits — twelve singles and a double (from Carlos Quentin,who left the game after his third at-bat because his knees were acting up) — led by Tommy Medica with four hits.  Joaquin Benoit got the final four outs for his second save of the season, and first since he was named the Padres’ closer after the trade of Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last week.

This evening at 4:10 pm PDT Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.31) takes the hill against the Braves’ Julio Teheran (9-6, 2.64) in the second game at Turner Field.

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“What’s the fish today?” he asks. Call him Joel. We’re in the dining car, south of San Luis Obispo.

The Padres fired their GM, Josh Byrnes, a few weeks ago. The new owners inherited Byrnes from the old owners, who never actually owned the team. Ergo, adios.

“Tilapia,” says the attendant. Joel orders the steak, as does his wife.

The team hasn’t found a new GM yet. That hasn’t stopped anyone from cleaning house.

“Ti-LA-pia!” Joel chews the word, spits it on the table, like Lasorda saying “Be-VA-cqua!”

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Especially when in the Gaslamp on Comic-Con week.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you missed while drinking with that Smoking Hot Captain Marvel.

The Padres batted around in the sixth.  I actually witnessed it with my own eyes.  Everybody who came to the plate scored a run at some point during the inning. Nine runs in an inning is a season high for San Diego.  It wasn’t a dominating display of power; instead, a wonderful display of place hitting and a little luck.  Balls put in play were sharply hit and just out of the reach of Cubs infielders.

For the game, every Padre starter hit safely, including winning pitcher Tyson RossEdwin Jackson takes the loss.  Brian Schlitter got roughed up pretty good in that glorious sixth inning.  San Diego wins the series, 2-1.

San Diego takes a happy flight redeye to Atlanta for a weekend stanza with the Braves.  Jesse Hahn is scheduled to face Alex Wood in the opener.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending 100 games watching awful baseball and your starting centerfielder getting suspended for 25 games.  So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (44-56) defeated the Chicago Cubs (41-58) by a score of 8-3 in the second game of a three game series at Wrigley Field. Ian Kennedy (8-9) was the winner for the Padres, Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1) was the loser for Chicago. Newcomers Jeff Francoeur and Yangervis Solarte each contributed immediately to the cause, driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 between them. Kevin Quackenbush, Alex Torres, and Ramona’s Nick Vincent combined for 2 innings pitched and were each rewarded with a “hold”, which is something.

The series wraps up today at 5:05 PM, with Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70 ERA) going for San Diego vs. Chicago’s Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61 ERA).

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Huston Street is an Angel.  Chase Headley is a Yankee.  Cameron Maybin picked a bad time to start using different amphetamines. It’s been a bad week for the Padres already.  Might as well talk a little Eric Stults.

By any objective measure, Eric has been awful this season.  He surrenders just under 2 HR a game.  The league is hitting .305 against him.  His xFIP is 4.34, and his -1.0 WAR is the worst among qualified starters in the Majors.  He’s also tied with Kevin Correia (former Padre) for the major league lead in losses (12).  It’s been a professional year to forget.

There might be a silver lining.  You know what’s more rare than a 20-game winner?  A 20-game loser.  Mike Maroth is the last major league pitcher to lose 20 (2003).  It hasn’t happened in the National League since Hall of Famer Phil Niekro lost 20 for the 1979 Atlanta Braves (he won 21 games that season.  How about that?).  A Padre hasn’t lost 20 since Randy Jones dropped 22 way back in 1974.  Eric has made 20 starts so far in 2014.  He has, probably, 13 left, unless he gets injured or Bud Black quits sending him out there.

Assuming he keeps the same ratio of starts to losses as he has to date, 13 more starts means he’ll lose 7.8 more games.  Having a baseball card say 6.2 Wins and 19.8 Losses would be unique; unfortunately the Baseball Gods demand integers for wins and losses.  So, using the rounding convention Sister Mary Elizabeth taught, Eric would finish 6-20 on the season.

The Padres have had three pitchers lose 20-games in a season:  Jones, Steve Arlin (1972), and Clay Kirby (1969).  There’s a decent chance Stults could become the fourth.  I’m actually conflicted by this.  On the one hand, I’m not going to actively root for Stults (or the Padres) to lose; on the other, much like seeing someone with awful fashion sense walk down the street, I would struggle to look away.

Is it something to keep an eye on for the rest of this season?  Yes, in a morbid way. ‘Let’s see if someone can continue to fail 60% of the time.’  Like I said, it’s been a lousy week, and the silver lining always exists in a storm cloud.