If you want your kid to be a ball player, teach ’em how to throw left-handed — at least that’s the old adage. Well, if you want your kid to play for the Padres, you might be better off just allowing him (or her!) to grow up into a hard-throwing right hander.
A.J. Preller’s pursuit of right-handed power hitting has been a major storyline this offseason: from Matt Kemp to Justin Upton to Wil Myers to Derek Norris to Will Middlebrooks, part of Preller’s focus has been on adding premium right-handed pop. In fact, the Padres are expected to put out one of the most righty-heavy lineups in the majors in 2015. What’s gone slightly more under the radar is Preller’s interest in right-handed power pitchers.
Before we get into his two most recent moves, here’s a list of all (most, at least) the right-handed pitchers Preller and the Padres acquired earlier this offseason: James Shields, Brandon Maurer, Shawn Kelley, Brandon Morrow, Josh Johnson, Jose Valverde, Gerardo Reyes, Aaron Northcraft, Luis Hernandez, Daniel McCutchen, Marcos Mateo, Wilmer Torres, Adrian Martinez, Dari Lopez, Luis Perez, Parker Frazier, Emmanuel Clase, Zack Segovia, Jay Jackson, Seth Streich.
And here are the lefties: Jose Castillo, Elby Cooper, Scott Elbert. (edit: Plus Kyle Bartsch)
Torres, Martinez, Lopez, Perez, Clase, and Cooper all appear to be international amateur signees, but I counted them anyway.
Crowdsourcing is the latest fad in seemingly every endeavor. From Kickstarter to Storify, it seems gathering money or ideas from others and using it for your own benefit has become commonplace.
I’m not immune. Occasionally I use it to figure out topics to write about that you people would like to read. This is one of those occasions. That I chose something to write about, not necessarily that you would like to read.
In Episode 13 of the Padres And Pints podcast, Rick revealed he was drinking not the standard beer, but rather Cran-Grape juice. This caused a certain degree of ridicule from
me some. So, of course, when I decided to take suggestions for topics, Rick decided to get back at me us a little bit.
Here’s the thing: I have little to no shame. And I’m a little desperate to write about something Padres-related. Challenge accepted.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub, trying to find the one TV tuned to the Padres game in the seemingly endless sea of football games and Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. And squinting.
The Padres (66-76) were shut out 6-0 by the Colorado Rockies (59-84). In Denver. For the second time in three games. In Denver. In the final game of what became a three-game sweep.
Seriously. That happened.
Did I mention this all took place in Denver?
Tyson Ross (13-13, 2.66) took the loss after giving up three runs over five and two-thirds innings on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. Jackson Williams took Ross deep for his first Major League home run with two men on in the second inning. After that, Ross settled down.
But, the Padres offense was shut down by Franklin Morales (6-7, 5.21), who shut out the Friars over his six innings while giving up just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Robbie Erlin came in to relieve Alex Torres, who got the final out of the sixth inning for Ross. Erlin gave up the other three Rockies runs on five hits and no walks in the final two innings. Nolan Arenado had a two-run home run in the seventh inning off of Erlin.
The Friars travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers for three games at Dodger Stadium. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 3.06) goes against Clayton Kershaw (17-3, 1.70) in the first game tonight at 7:10 pm PDT.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub, trying to wipe the memory from your mind of True Detective losing out on all of those Emmy Awards to Breaking Bad. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (60-70) were blasted 10-1 by the Milwaukee Brewers (73-58) last night. Eric Stults (6-14, 4.63) was the Stults we all remember from before August, surrendering four runs in five innings on nine hits and three walks. He also gave up two solo home runs to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the third and fifth innings, respectively.
Blaine Boyer relieved Stults and proceeded to pour gasoline on the fire with another four runs in his one and two-thirds innings. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Alex Torres surrendered the last two Brewers’ runs in his two innings of work.
Kyle Lohse (12-7, 3.42) gave up just the one Padres’ run on an Alexi Amarista RBI triple in the second, scoring Cameron Maybin.
Tonight at 7:10 pm PDT has the Friars sending Tyson Ross (11-12, 2.68) to the mound versus Jimmy Nelson (2-4, 4.15). It’s Taco Tuesday brought to you by Cholula Hot Sauce. So make sure you fill up on Kotsay Tacos and drown them in Cholula, because Tapatio will NOT be available. At all.
Opening Night is here. The Padres host the Dodgers at 5 p.m. PT. A few items of potential interest:
- Andrew Cashner completed six innings in 21 of his 26 starts last year. The Padres won 13 of those 21 games. They lost all five in which he failed to go six.
- Andre Ethier and Adrián González have had the most success against Cashner, although both have done so in fewer than 15 plate appearances, so take that with large buckets of salt.
- Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu had a reverse platoon split last year (633 OPS against righties, 738 against lefties), so sitting lefties might not be the best strategy.
- Exceptions are Seth Smith, who owns a 582 OPS in more than 400 career plate appearances against southpaws, and Alexi Amarista, who is not a big-league hitter.
While I spent the off-season drinking beer in North Park, Padres GM Josh Byrnes was aggressively reshaping his team’s roster. Thanks to a depth not seen in these parts for some time, he engineered several small trades that increased the club’s talent level.
In separate deals with the Orioles, Pirates, A’s, Astros (twice), and Rays, Byrnes did this:
|Matt Andriese, RHP
||Alex Dickerson, 1B
|Anthony Bass, RHP
||Jesse Hahn, RHP
|Brad Boxberger, RHP
||Ryan Jackson, SS
|Brad Brach, RHP
||Devin Jones, RHP
|Jaff Decker, OF
||Patrick Schuster, LHP
|Logan Forsythe, 2B/3B
||Seth Smith, OF
|Luke Gregerson, RHP
||Alex Torres, LHP
|Jesús Guzmán, 1B
|Matt Lollis, RHP
|Miles Mikolas, RHP
|Maxx Tissenbaum, 2B
Byrnes also signed right-handers Josh Johnson and Joaquin Benoit. He was a busy guy. Read More…
Padres agree to 6-player trade with Rays*
The news broke late Tuesday night that the Padres and Tampa Bay Rays had agreed to a trade involving Logan Forsythe going to Tampa Bay for Alex Torres.
Padres fans awoke Wednesday to find more details had come to light.