Reports surfaced yesterday that the Padres Josh Johnson, signed as a free agent over the winter, would be seeking a second opinion from Dr James Andrews on his injured forearm.
Then again, perhaps it was his elbow that he was getting checked. He had already had ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery on it once before, in 2007, and Dr Andrews cleaned it up in October of last year.
So which is it?
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. And then every player, manager, coach, and umpire has the number 42, which just confuses you more. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (6-8) last night lost to the Colorado Rockies (7-8) by a score of 3-2 on Jackie Robinson Day. Robbie Erlin lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up all 3 Rockies runs on 6 hits and 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. Juan Nicasio started for the Rockies, pitching 6 innings while giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. Both runs for the Friars were scored in the 1st inning, and Nicasio settled down after getting out of that inning.
Everth Cabrera was a late scratch from the lineup with a sore knee. Padres hitting coach Phil Plantier was ejected for arguing about a called high strike to Alexi Amarista. And Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a couple of nice defensive plays, as usual.
Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT, Andrew Cashner will attempt to follow up his one-hit complete game in his last start against the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa. We should assume everyone will be wearing their usual numbers.
Call it a contest of dramatic contrasts. Book-ended between a defensive miscue to open the scoring and Diego Goris‘s 11th inning walk-off home run, the main story behind the Storm’s series finale against the Lancaster JetHawks this past Sunday was one of great starting pitching and highlight reel defense. Read More…
On Friday night against the Detroit Tigers — one of the best offenses in the American League — Andrew Cashner delivered his second complete game one-hitter in five starts. After Cashner fittingly struck out Miguel Cabrera — the best hitter in all of baseball — to end things, just four Tigers had reached base all night. And, if you watched the game, you were probably left wondering … how in the world did four players actually reach base against Cashner?
Cashner used a devastating combination of power and pinpoint control to completely shut down the Tigers. His two-seam fastball, ranging in speeds from 90 to 96 miles per hour, was perfectly spotted all night on the edges of the strike zone, particularly on the outer half to right-handed hitters. When he needed a little something extra, Cashner’s four-seam heater — like the one that struck out Cabrera in the ninth — topped out at 99.6 mph, according to PITCHf/x. The slider, which also seemed destined to end up right where catcher Rene Rivera wanted it, was just icing on the cake.
The command that Cashner had on Friday night was so impressive that I decided to re-watch his start, this time tracking how many of his pitches went exactly where he (and Rivera) wanted them. (For some context, I also did this for Tigers starter Rick Porcello.). Consider these numbers rough estimates, as determining if a pitch hit its intended target is a somewhat subjective and more difficult task than you might imagine. It’s probably a job better suited for MLB’s new player/ball-tracking technology or a team of interns using frame-by-frame analysis. Instead, you’re stuck with me.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Especially when Jedd Gyorko signs a “monster” extension earlier in the day and some fans inexplicably get upset about the suite on the road he’s guaranteed now. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (6-7) won last night’s game against the Colorado Rockies (6-8) in the most Padres way ever: scoring not one, but two runs on a wild pitch and an error on the same play to go ahead in the 8th inning.
Starter Eric Stults continued his slow start, giving up all 4 of the Rockies runs in his 5 innings on 9 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles didn’t fare much better, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks, also with 3 strikeouts.
In the bottom of the 8th, the Padres loaded the bases with 2 outs. Then Rockies reliever Rex Brothers threw a wild pitch, allowing Xavier Nady to score. Then catcher Wilin Rosario made a throwing error trying to get the ball to Brothers covering the plate, allowing Seth Smith to score the go-ahead run.
Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT, Robbie Erlin takes the mound for the Friars against the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio. At this time, it’s not any particular Opening Day/Night, but that could change.
At 1:30 P.M. the Padres will reportedly announce a six-year, $32 million contract with second baseman Jedd Gyorko. It also includes a 7th (option) year reportedly worth $13 million. Buster Olney was the first with the news, Ken Rosenthal with the option year, Chris Cotillo with the news on the option year value. It was a total team effort by baseball’s scribes.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub. And when Gyorko and Nady both go yard, you get so excited to raise your glasses in celebration. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
Tyson Ross out-pitched Max Scherzer in yesterday’s 5-1 Padres win over the Detroit Tigers. Ross went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and a walk with 7 strikeouts. Scherzer lasted just 5 innings, surrendering 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 10 strikeouts. The problem was one of those hits against Scherzer was a home run by Jedd Gyorko and another was a 2-RBI double by Will Venable. Xavier Nady added a huge pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning to put an exclamation point on the Friars win of the game and their first series win of the season.
Tonight, Eric Stults goes against Jordan Lyles and the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park at 7:10 pm PDT. This is the first series of the season between the two teams.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Forgetting the fact you were at the game and spent all of your time from the 4th inning on at Neil the Beer Man‘s, here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (4-7) dropped the second game of their series against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers (6-3) last night by a score of 6-2. Verlander pitched 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk with 8 strikeouts. Ian Kennedy started for the Friars, pitching 6 innings while giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. Basically, everything went Verlander’s way.
Jedd Gyorko had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, scoring Chris Denorfia, who had stolen both second and third after getting a single. Yasmani Grandal drove in Chase Headley in the fourth inning for the Padres’ other run.
This afternoon, Tyson Ross takes the hill against Max Scherzer at 1:10 pm PDT. It’s Military Opening Day, the 75th* Opening Day participated in this season so far for the Padres, and the first Kids Fest of 2014.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Especially when Andrew Cashner is dressing the Tiger–I mean–deer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-0 last night, led by Andrew Cashner‘s complete game, 1-hit, 11 strikeout pitching performance and Chase Headley‘s breakout performance at the plate. The Tigers’ Rick Porcello lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits with 5 strikeouts.
But the player of the game was easily Cashner, who struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the game.
Tomorrow, pits Ian Kennedy against Justin Verlander at 5:40 pm PDT. The Padres will be giving away long-sleeve t-shirts to all fans at the game.