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 improved to 23-28 in 2014 when they earned a series split against the last place Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Ian Kennedy threw well enough to get his first win at Petco Park this season, Carlos Quentin did his thing while pinch hitting, and the Padres held on for the win despite Huston Street‘s mistake pitch to Starling Castro in the 9th that resulted in a 2-run HR.

The Padres are 9.5 games behind first place San Francisco and 3.5 games ahead of last place Arizona.

Speaking of Arizona, the Padres open a series against the D-backs today at 5:10 PM. For your viewing pleasure, Tyson Ross faces one of the better athlete-follows on twitter, Brandon McCarthy.

Enjoy the game and have a safe Memorial Day.

Recaps

Quentin delivers another key pinch-hit for Padres [Corey Brock – mlb.com]

Quentin delivers again in Padres win [Chris Jenkins U-T San Diego]

Box Score [Baseball-Reference.com]

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“It’s a very difficult task and I have a lot of respect for the guys who do it,” Quentin said. “I’ve been very fortunate to draw on experiences that I’ve had. But it’s a very fickle thing.” ~ Carlos Quentin on pinch-hitting [Brock]

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after making breakfast, brunch, and dinner for the mothers in our lives. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking omelets.

The Padres inextricably took games 2 and 3 of the series setting themselves up to win 3 out of 4 games if they could win on a sunny Mothers’ Day.

Will Venable led off the game with a HR, Robbie Erlin pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings and the Padres cruised to what appeared to be a 5-0 victory and a series win. But then the wheels fell off as Dale Thayer and Joaquin Benoit surrendered 4 runs. Huston Street took over in the 9th and carefully pitched around the powerful Giancarlo Stanton and a bases loaded jam to get the save. Not bad, eh?

The Padres improved to 18-21 and look forward to a much needed day of rest before beginning a series in Cincinnati tomorrow.

Recaps

Padres erupt early, hold on for sharp Erlin [Tim Powers – MLB.com]

Padres complete thrashing of Marlins [Chris Jenkins – U-T San Diego]

Box Score [Baseball-Reference.com]

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“It’s more like what we are hoping for as a group. Some guys are starting to swing the bats better. Guys are getting on base via the walk and the base hit. The last couple of games have been much better in terms of on-base percentage. We need guys on base.” ~ Bud Black [Powers]

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a few lazy ones on a Sunday afternoon. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking or doing other stuff.

The lowly Padres were on the verge of a sweep at the hands of the super-lowly D-backs of Hades proper, yet managed to get themselves a walk-off win in the most unlikely of fashions: a weak grounder resulting in a fielder’s choice and Cameron Maybin sliding into home for a critical 4-3 win to wrap up the series.

Perhaps it wasn’t so unlikely a result during that 9th inning. Cameron Maybin is really fast and Yonder Alonso, the batter, excels at slapping weak ground balls. Did it all go according to plan? Either way the Padres won and improved their record to 14-18, 6.5 games behind division leading San Francisco.

Tonight at 7:10 pm Eric Stults faces Royals’ rookie phenom Yordano Ventura

Recaps

Replay crucial in Padres’ first walk-off of ’14 (Tim Powers – mlb.com)

Padres avert sweep with walk-off (Chris Jenkins – U-T)

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“I’ve been playing baseball since I was three years old, and the human factor has always been a part of it. You get some calls that go your way and some don’t, but that’s just part of it. I was always a big fan of the human factor. Those guys work their [behinds] off to get the calls right. It’s new and I think it takes some getting used to.” ~ Cameron Maybin [Powers]

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a few lazy ones on a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Or you get involved with mounting a new television to the wall and miss the first 6 innings. Either way, here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were doing stuff..

With a 4-2 victory the Padres earned a series split in DC moving their record to 12-14. Ian Kennedy pitched well, the Padres scored 4 runs, and Chris Denorfia and Cameron Maybin had multi-hit games. Life is good*.

*The Padres have failed to homer in the last five games. In terms of squaring-up baseballs, life is kinda bad.

The Padres return to the West coast to play a series against division leading San Francisco at AT&T Park. The Padres trail the Giants by 3.5 games and send Tyson Ross to the mound to face Madison Bumgarner at 7:15 PM on Monday night.

Recaps

Dealing Kennedy helps Padres earn split in DC (Corey Brock – mlb.com)

Kennedy, Maybin help Padres to 4-2 win (Dennis Lin – U-T)

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“With the schedule we’ve had,” Street said, “I’m proud of our guys, but now we have a huge series coming up in San Francisco. To win today was absolutely huge.” (Lin – U-T)

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after Easter morning brunch when you pass the time waiting for the game to begin by jamming Cadbury Eggs and Peeps into your mouth. Ooooooh, the rush. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were eating candy (and drinking).

The Padres (9-10) were oh so close to sweeping the Giants and going over .500 for the first time since Opening Day but it was not to be. Young lefty Robbie Erlin got off to a slow start giving up four quick runs and the Padres offense never fully solved the riddle that is Tim Lincecum. Do they ever? The Padres tried to make a game of it when Chase Headley cleared the bases with a double but the final run was negated when replay negated Xavier Nady‘s run. Nick Hundley later hit a HR to inch the Padres closer but 4-3 is what the scoreboard read when it was all said and done.

The Padres are on the road today beginning a series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Andrew Cashner faces Wily Peralta at 5:10 PM today as the Padres begin a road series that will take them to Milwaukee, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.

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This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar.

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With recent injuries to Chase Headley and Cameron Maybin the organization’s depth is being tested early and often. Fortunately it is only March, but as the Padres push towards opening day, a legitimate question presents itself:

Who can the Padres least afford to lose in 2014?

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Fresh off a trip to Peoria, Arizona to watch the Padres maneuver their way through spring, our very own Geoff Young hooked up with Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus to preview the 2014 season.

The format of the Effectively Wild podcast previews is to talk about the team with one person who had a hand in the writing of the Baseball Prospectus 2014 annual (Geoff Young) as well as another person covering the team, such as a beat-writer or broadcaster. As such, the latter half of the podcast includes mlb.com’s Corey Brock who has spent the last two weeks in Peoria with the team.

Unfortunately the preview comes on the heels of the Cameron Maybin shoulder strain Sunday afternoon, so the discussion includes the customary injury talk that has become all too familiar with the Padres.

But it’s not just doom and gloom during this fifty minute preview!

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This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar.

Old-Fashioned-Bar

As the Cactus and Citrus Leagues open their doors each spring, fans across the country are filled with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. But it’s not just fans who bask in the promise that accompanies a new season – ball players young and old trying to earn a job at the big league level are consumed with it too. And each spring one of these players, whether it be a prospect or a non roster invitee, will accumulate such gaudy stat lines that fans will cry, “This guy is awesome! He should totally be on the 25-man roster!”

With games set to begin today, which player on the 2014 Spring Training Roster will blow us away with a super hero stat line this spring?

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This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar.

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A season just wouldn’t be a season without bold win predictions rooted in gut feelings and hypothetical scenarios of injury-free summer months. So we gathered behind the scenes here at Padres Public to offer-up our thoughts on 2014.

What is your win projection for the 2014 Padres and why?

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This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar.

Old-Fashioned-Bar

When the NLCS contestants were decided a couple of days ago our buddy BP tweeted the following:

This is an interesting quandary for Padres fans. On the one hand you’ve got the guys from the middle of the country who always seem to knock the Padres out of the playoffs and on the other hand you’ve got the jerks from up the street. So I proposed the following question to my Padres Public mates:

If you were forced to go out and purchase a Dodgers or Cardinals hat to wear for the next week which one would you buy and why? In short, who are you pulling for, if anyone at all?

Let’s settle this nonsense at the Bar . . .

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