Andrew Cashner. Gone. Matt Kemp. Gone. Melvin Upton Jr. Gone. Fernando Rodney. Gone. James Shields. Gone. Twelve out of thirteen draft picks from the first ten rounds of the 2016 Amateur Draft signed. Over $60 million in international signings so far, and that’s just since July 2nd.

One thing that all of these trades, draft picks, and international signings say to me is that Lake Elsinore is going to be the perfect place for Padres fans to watch baseball on a regular basis. And, it’s looking like it’s going to be that way for a couple of years, at least.

I’ll be honest, I should have written at least part of this earlier in the season. But the influx of talent to the lower levels of the minor leagues made it relevant again.

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When I first read that the Padres acquired Jarred Cosart from the Marlins as part of the Andrew Cashner trade, gotta admit, I wasn’t too thrilled. I liked the overall return—even with Luis Castillo and Colin Rea now switching sides—but Cosart felt like a throw-in, at best, a backend starter if everything works out and bullpen fodder if it doesn’t. In researching the right hander more for a Transaction Analysis at BP, I discovered that Cosart’s no. 10 PECOTA comp is Zach Britton. Color me intrigued.

Of course, reading too much into one comp is exactly what you’re not supposed to do. PECOTA uses many comps, for a reason, and drawing conclusions from a single one while ignoring the rest is an irresponsible use of information. Color me irresponsible. Consider this comparison between the two pitchers:

Pitcher Starts ERA, cFIP K:BB ratio GB%
Britton, 2011-2013 46 4.86, 101 1.49 57%
Cosart, 2013-2016 57 3.68, 111 1.32 56%

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Padres acquired 1B Josh Naylor, RHP Luis Castillo, RHP Jarred Cosart, and RHP Carter Capps from Miami Marlins in exchange for RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Colin Rea, RHP Tayron Guerrero, and cash. 

I wrote about the Carter Capps and Jarred Cosart part of the return at Baseball Prospectus, where a quartet of other BP authors more-than-capably handled the rest of the moving parts. In short, I really like Capps, who is signed through 2018, as potential trade bait down the road. Not too high on Cosart, but as I mentioned in the article, the Padres need someone to start games, for now, and his ground ball profile and age are enough to dream on. Some closing thoughts on Cashner . . .

Once upon a time Andrew Cashner looked like a future ace. On April 11, 2014, Cashner darted his two-seamer to both sides of the plate, finishing the night with his finest Padres start—a one-hit, 11 strikeout, two walk gem against Miguel Cabrera’s Tigers. If you span two seasons, that start was part of a stretch that featured two complete game one-hitters and 10 straight outings of at least six innings and two runs or fewer allowed. It’s been mostly downhill since then.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at The Orbit Room. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (43-58) scored fewer runs than the Toronto Blue Jays (57-44) in twelve innings, 7-6, in the second game of three at the Rogers Centre.

Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.76) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run with Jose Bautista on base in the first inning. Justin Smoak led off the Blue Jays’ fifth inning with a solo home run. A wild pitch on a Bautista strikeout brought Russell Martin across the plate in the seventh inning. In the twelfth inning, Bautista drew a bases-loaded walk from Paul Clemens to bring Kevin Pillar home, then a ground out by Donaldson drove in Darwin Barney, and another wild pitch by Clemens scored Devon Travis for the game-winning run.

Marcus Stroman (8-4, 4.92) gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings. Ryan Schimpf‘s RBI double in the second inning scored Yangervis Solarte. Alex Dickerson hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, driving in Travis Jankowski and Matt Kemp. Kemp hit a two-run home run in the top of the twelfth inning with Wil Myers on base.

This morning, Luis Perdomo (4-4, 6.93) gets the start in the series finale against R.A. Dickey (7-11, 4.44). First pitch is scheduled for 9:37am PDT. Read More…

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (41-55) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (51-44), 6-5, last night at Busch Stadium.

Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.15) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single and Ramirez came around to score on Travis Jankowski‘s double. Jankowski was thrown out to end the inning trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Ramirez doubled in Schimpf again in the seventh inning and scored on a single by Alex Dickerson. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.79) gave up just one run on three hits and no walks in five and two-thirds innings while striking out eight. Greg Garcia hit a ground-rule double to lead off the sixth inning and advanced to third on a groundout by Jedd Gyorko, and scored on a single by Aledmys Diaz. Cashner then hit Matt Holliday in the face with a pitch and was pulled for Brad Hand. In the eighth inning, a single by Gyorko scored Jeremy Hazelbaker and Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run home run, all off Ryan Buchter. Carlos Villanueva loaded the bases in the ninth inning and a walk-off RBI single by Diaz won the game for the Cardinals.

The Padres travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Nationals (57-39) at Nationals Park for three games starting tonight at 4:05pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (3-4, 7.36) gets the start against Tanner Roark (9-5, 2.82) in the first game.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (39-51) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (57-34) last night, 4-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Andrew Cashner (4-7, 5.05) gave up one run on four hits and no walk while striking out nine batters in six innings. Conor Gillaspie drove in Brandon Crawford on a single in the second inning. In the ninth inning, Brandon Belt was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and was quickly joined in the clubhouse by Bruce Bochy.

Madison Bumgarner (10-5, 2.12) pitched six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte doubled to score Wil Myers in the first inning. An RBI single by Matt Kemp drove in Derek Norris in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Adam Rosales hit a solo home run. And Myers hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Tonight at 5:40pm PDT, Luis Perdomo (3-4, 7.48) gets the start versus Jeff Samardzija (9-5, 3.91) in the second game at Petco Park.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (38-49) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (49-40), 10-6, last night in the second game of their four game series at Dodger Stadium.

Andrew Cashner (3-7, 5.40) pitched just two and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Cashner gave up four home runs. Justin Turner‘s solo home run and Yasmani Grandal‘s two-run home run came in the first inning. Grandal added a three-run home run and Howie Kendrick hit a solo home run in the second inning. Grandal hit another home run off Jose Dominguez in the seventh inning, a solo shot.

Scott Kazmir (7-3, 4.52) had his own problems, lasting just three innings while surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Wil Myers drove in Melvin Upton Jr. with a single in the first inning. In the second inning, Upton Jr. hit a two-run home run. Upton Jr. added a solo home run in the fourth inning. Christian Bethancourt came home on a Adam Rosales sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Brett Wallace drove in Alexei Ramirez with a single in the fifth.

Tonight’s game is on Fox — NOT Fox Sports San Diego — starting at 4:15pm. Luis Perdomo (3-3, 7.93) takes the mound against Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 0.00) in game three of four at Dodger Stadium.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (35-47) scored fewer runs than the New York Yankees (40-41) yesterday afternoon, 6-3. The Padres were denied yet again for their first sweep of 2016 remaining 1-for-∞ on Sundays.

Andrew Cashner (3-6, 4.42) came off the disabled list and threw ninety pitches in six innings. Cashner allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Didi Gregorius reached on an error by Alexei Ramirez in the second inning. and eventually came around to score on Ronald Torreyes’ double play ground ball. Gregorius hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Mark Teixeira hit two home runs — the 400th and 401st of his Major League career — a solo one in the eighth and a two-run one with Brett Gardner on base in the ninth. Gardner knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury on his ninth inning single.

Chad Green (1-1, 4.09) earned his first win, surrendering one run in six innings on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-4, coming a triple short of the cycle, and put the Padres on the scoreboard with his solo home run in the second inning. Solarte then scored in the ninth inning on Alex Dickerson‘s two-run home run.

The Friars travel to Phoenix to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-47) for three games starting tonight at 6:10pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (2-3, 8.49) gets the start in the first game against Archie Bradley (3-3, 4.50).

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Eno Sarris joins Padres and Pints: the Podcast! to reminisce about the time Chris felt Eno’s hair. They also chat about Eno’s Book, “A Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to Baseball” with suggestions from local craft beer and baseball nerds for their home cities all across the country, including San Diego nerds Rick and Chris.

They also discuss Eno’s Favorite San Diego Brews, and some Padres chat including whether the team should or will trade Wil Myers, why Andrew Cashner didn’t seem to pan out as some expected, Eno’s suggestion for better handling of the James Shields trade, Matt Kemp, and insight from Eno’s insider discussions with Padres players and baseball personnel.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (26-36) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (28-33), 7-5, last night in the first of three games at Coors Field.

Andrew Cashner left the game after just six pitches with upper back & neck tightness. Luis Perdomo (1-2, 9.50) took over and pitched five and two-thirds innings, striking out seven while giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run with DJ LeMahieu on base in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Carlos Gonzalez crossed the plate when Gerardo Parra reached on an error. Nick Hundley then knocked in Trevor Story one out later. In the eighth inning, Mark Reynolds‘ RBI single brought Story across the plate for the Rockies’ fifth run.

Jon Gray (4-2, 5.33) struck out seven batters in seven innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks. In the third inning, Alexei Ramirez scored on Jon Jay‘s ground out. Wil Myers‘ sacrifice fly then scored Perdomo. Melvin Upton Jr.‘s solo home run put the Padres ahead in the fourth inning. Jay’s ground-rule double scored Ramirez in the ninth inning. A three-run home run by Myers followed, scoring Jay and Alexi Amarista.

This afternoon starting at 1:10pm PDT, Erik Johnson (0-2, 6.94) makes his Padres’ debut against Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 2.79).

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