The Padres sent third baseman Chase Headley to the Yankees today in exchange for utility man Yangervis Solarte, long-shot pitching prospect Rafael De Paula, and about $3 million in freed salary.

Solarte, drafted by the Twins, was signed as a minor league free agent by the Rangers in 2011 and again by the Yankees in 2014. His stock rose this year after a hot start in New York, though he was later sent back to the minors after cooling off. Fangraphs projections systems see him as a near .255 / .330 / .380 hitter the rest of the year, so hopefully his defense proves versatile enough to be a useful bench player. John Sickels has more on Solarte from earlier this season.

Rafael De Paula sports a solid K/9 over his career, and has lowered his walk rate enough this season for a nice enough 3.34 FIP for the Yankees in high-A Tampa.

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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 (43-55) beat the New York Mets (46-52) 2-1 on a walk-off infield single in the ninth inning that defies any sort of accurate description.  The Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne pitched a no-hitter through seven and two-thirds before giving up a double to Daniel Murphy, who then scored on a David Wright single to tie the game at one.

After Yasmani Grandal hit his second home run in as many days in the fourth, the Padres were shutout until two outs in the ninth, when Cameron Maybin scored from third base as Mets’ relief pitcher Josh Edgin stumbled off of the mound while trying to field a ground ball from Seth Smith.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Chicago to face the Cubs in Wrigley Field.  Tuesday’s game is at 5:05 pm PDT and will have Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98) taking the mound against Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00).

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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 (42-55) defeated the New York Mets (46-51) 6-0 in the second game of their three game series at Petco Park.  Padres’ starter Tyson Ross (8-10, 2.70) pitched seven shutout innings while giving up four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.  Dillon Gee pitched five innings for the Mets, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks with eight strikeouts.

The Friars benefitted from solo home runs from Yasmani Grandal, Will Venable, and Seth Smith.  Chase Headley added a two-run single in the second and scored the final run on a passed ball in the eighth.

This afternoon the Friars’ Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35) takes the mound against Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90) at 1:10 pm PDT in the rubber match of the series.

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Ghost has the recap, but I wanted to add a couple of thoughts in addition to his usual excellent work.

Tonight was the best I’ve seen the Padres execute in hitters counts all season.  A hitters count is 2-0 or 3-1.  Tonight’s results:

  • Seth Smith (B1) 2-0 count:  3-unassisted (and he didn’t move from the batters box.  Oh well)
  • Yasmani Grandal (B2) 3-1 count:  HR to RC
  • Tyson Ross (B3) 2-0 count:  Force at 2nd on a bunt.  To be fair, he was squared around to bunt on the first 2 pitches but Gee missed.
  • Chase Headley (B3) 3-1 count:  Single to LF that led to 2 runs scoring, thanks to an error by Nieuwenhuis.
  • Will Venable (B4) 2-0 count:  HR to RF
  • Smith (B6) 2-0 count:  HR to RF
  • Headley (B8) 2-0 count:  Double to LF

Seven hitters counts, 5 hits, 4 XBH, directly contributed to 5 of the six runs scoring (and indirectly to the sixth).  It’s unrealistic to expect 71% success from Padre hitters in these counts the rest of the way, but it was sure enjoyable to watch tonight.

Granderson lined a single to right with one out in the sixth.  Know who the happiest guy in the ballpark was?  Headley.  He’d allowed d’Arnaud’s dribbler to roll up the 3B line in the fourth, thinking it’d go foul.  Instead it hit the bag, for the first hit Ross allowed.  Can you imagine if that was the only hit?  The Outrage!

When was the last time the Padres 3-4-5 hitters all homered in the same game?  If you know please comment.  Doesn’t seem all that often.

I mentioned this on Twitter – the Padres are 40-24 (41-24 now) when they score at least two runs, or a .625 team (I can’t take credit for that – the Padres Media folks published it).  I’ll take a team playing baseball at a .625 clip every year; that’s 101 wins a season.

Anyway, I found all this interesting.  Hope you do too.

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 (41-55) started off the proverbial “second half of the season” in much the same way they ended the first half, losing to the New York Mets (46-50) by a score of 5-4.  Joaquin Benoit gave up a run to the Mets in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie.  The Padres were then shutout in their half of the inning to end the game.

Ian Kennedy gave up four runs quickly in the first inning, then settled down to pitch five innings with six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.  Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon also pitched five innings on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Before the game the Padres called up Chris Nelson from AAA El Paso to replace Irving Falu, who was reclaimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.  Nelson went 2-for-4 with a RBI and had a couple of nice plays at second base.

After the game the Padres announced Huston Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott were traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for four minor leaguers:  Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon, and Elliot Morris.

Tonight at 5:40 pm PDT the Friars will have Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) taking the mound following his non-appearance in the All-Star Game on Tuesday against the Mets and Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56).  It’s Andrew Cashner Camo Replica Jersey Night for all in attendance.

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It’s no surprise to anyone reading this that the Padres offense is historically bad. And while I continue to await a regression to the mean, the further into the season we go the more I’m concerned that this simply is the mean. These offensive woes are not being noticed only in our neck of the woods it turns out. Yesterday, Benjamin Hoffman of the New York Times contacted me for my thoughts on an article he was doing on the Padres woes. While he, naturally, didn’t use everything (I can be a bit verbose at times) I thought I’d provide the unedited version of our email interview here.

You can check out the NY Times article here.

Enjoy!

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It’s no news that the Padres are getting nothing out of their second basemen this year, but did you know they could make history? Here’s something you don’t see every decade:

Sub-500 OPS by Position for Entire Team Since 1938*

Team Pos Year PA BA OBP SLG OPS
SF SS 1968 594 .193 .215 .222 436
SD 2B 2014 356 .151 .207 .238 444
Det SS 1977 539 .177 .219 .227 447
Hou SS 1963 619 .192 .225 .235 460
Det SS 1968 605 .163 .233 .227 461
Bal SS 1958 490 .181 .238 .232 470
NYA SS 1977 610 .189 .244 .234 478
NYA SS 1975 533 .183 .248 .229 478
Oak SS 1977 580 .207 .237 .256 492
Phi SS 1973 642 .210 .242 .250 492
NYN C 1967 583 .204 .237 .255 493
Tex 2B 1972 602 .193 .244 .252 496
Min C 1967 578 .190 .263 .233 497
Tex SS 1982 560 .205 .245 .252 497
NYN SS 1968 672 .205 .259 .239 498

*1938 is the first year such data are available; it could be even earlier.

This speaks for itself, but feel free to add your own commentary. If you’re at a loss for words, start with “damn” and go from there.

Media Guides are something that I’ve never specifically set out to collect. In fact, with the exception of just Padres stuff in general, there hasn’t been any one particular thing that I’ve intended to collect. However, after years of buying bundles of items and what not, I have assembled a pretty solid Media Guide collection.

They are actually pretty fun to skim through. Minor League data was tough to find back in the early days and it’s all in there. Team award winners? All there. Where every team is staying when they travel? Also in there.

The only ones I’m missing, to the best of my knowledge, is the 1969, 1996 Post Season, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014. If anyone has any of these that they would like to donate to the cause it would greatly be appreciated.

So take a gander and enjoy!

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