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

The Padres (62-75) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (92-44) yesterday afternoon, 6-4, in the finale of four games at Petco Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 3.96) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out eight in seven innings. Chris Taylor led off the fourth inning with a solo home run and Curtis Granderson scored on a Justin Turner ground-rule double. Cody Bellinger scored on a Yasmani Grandal sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Bellinger hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off Brad Hand.

Alex Wood (14-2, 2.57) gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings with seven strikeouts. In the first inning, Jose Pirela scored on a wild pitch to Yangervis Solarte as Wil Myers stole second base. Erick Aybar hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Pirela hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Myers singled to drive in Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje.

The St Louis Cardinals (69-67) come to Petco Park for four games beginning today at 1:40pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (7-8, 4.69) gets the start this afternoon against Carlos Martinez (10-10, 3.52).

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Another Friday, another twitter mailbag.

Here’s how I’d rank the priorities of Andy Green this season, particularly for the last couple of months.

  1. Develop young players
  2. Develop older players/maximize their future trade value
  3. Keep good clubhouse moral and all that jazz
  4. Read at least one good book a week
  5. Go all-out to win games

On a contending team, those five things might be reversed (toss the books), but the Padres are 50-64, and they’re in no position to make any kind of run toward even the periphery of the playoff race. They’re not a winning team, and we essentially knew they weren’t going to be a winning team all season. They shouldn’t treat games the same way a winning team treats games.

Yesterday, in the seventh inning of a one-run game in Cincinnati, Green violated the hierarchy of priorities, putting no. 5 over no. 2 while brushing up against the warm fuzzies of no. 3 in the process, likely ticking off Kirby Yates. With runners on first and second, one out, and Joey Votto at the plate (in a 2-2 count!), Green yanked Yates for All-Star Brad Hand.

So, just to be clear here, Green brought Hand, an important future trade candidate, into a game in the middle of an at-bat against one of the best hitters in baseball to try to protect a one-run lead against direct tank competition.

What’s wrong with that move?

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

The Padres (49-61) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-57) in twelve innings yesterday at PNC Park, 5-4.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.17) allowed four runs — all unearned — in six innings on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. In the third inning, Andrew McCutchen singled to score Chris Stewart and Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded double to drive in Starling Marte, McCutchen, and David Freese. Sean Rodriguez led off the twelfth inning with a game-winning home run off Buddy Baumann.

Jameson Taillon (6-5, 4.60) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out eight in six and a third innings. Cory Spangenberg singled to drive in Manuel Margot and, after a single by Wil Myers, Taillon threw a wild pitch to Hunter Renfroe that brought Spangenberg home in the first inning. Margot hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to drive in Renfroe and Matt Szczur.

The Padres begin a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (45-66) at Great American Ballpark tonight at 4:10pm PDT. Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.99) starts the first game against Tim Adleman (5-9, 5.42).
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (33-47) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (54-28) last night, 10-4, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (5-8, 4.85) pitched four and a third innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out three. Austin Barnes hit a grand slam home run in the first inning. Justin Turner hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the fifth inning and Chris Taylor walked to bring Logan Forsythe home. Barnes hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning.

Dodgers’ starter Alex Wood took offense to what he thought was Jose Pirela attempting to steal signs in the first inning and the umpires warned both dugouts. When Andy Green and Dave Roberts came out to talk to the umpires about their warning, Green and Roberts started arguing with each other. As Green started to walk away, Roberts charged him. Both benches cleared and Green and Roberts were both ejected.

Wood (9-0, 1.83) gave up one run on two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in six innings. Manuel Margot scored on Cory Spangenberg‘s ground out in the fourth inning. In the seventh inning, Allen Cordoba‘s sacrifice fly drove in Matt Szczur. Hector Sanchez hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning.

Tonight Dillon Overton (0-0, 6.38) makes his Padres debut against Rich Hill (4-4, 4.60) with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (28-43) scored fewer runs than the Chicago Cubs (35-34) last night, 3-2, in the first of three games at Wrigley Field.

Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.20) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three in six and a third innings. Albert Almora scored on an Anthony Rizzo sacrifice fly in the third inning. In the seventh inning, Willson Contreras led off the inning with a home run and Almora doubled to drive in Javier Baez, who scored on a Jose Pirela fielding error.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Kris Bryant flied out to Matt Szczur, who then threw out Rizzo as he tried to score. In the process, Rizzo did not slide, instead choosing to lead with his knees and ran into Austin Hedges, who held on to the ball.

Jon Lester (4-4, 3.83) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Pirela led off the game with a home run. And Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the third inning.

Tonight, Jhoulys Chacin (6-5, 5.10) starts against Mike Montgomery (0-3, 2.56) in the series’ second game, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05pm PDT.
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In the fifth inning of yesterday’s game, Chase d’Arnaud tried to steal third base with one out and Luis Torrens at the plate. This is the story of that play, as told by those most closely involved with it (all interviews may or may not be real).

Chase d’ArnaudI’m just trying to get to third base with one out. Look, love Torrens, but—this isn’t on the record, right?—there’s no way he’s getting a hit there. [laughs] I stole second just before that, and I thought I had a pretty good read on [Jacob] Turner, plus their third baseman was playing way off the bag. My job is to get to third so Torrens can drive me in just by putting the ball in the air. With Jhoulys Chacin on-deck, I’m thinking our best chance of scoring is for me to get to third ASAP. That’s all I’m thinking about. Well that and kicking my brother’s ass in some ping pong over the all-star break. [laughs]

Brian Goodwin: Yeah, I’ve had that happen a few times before. As soon as that ball’s hit, I’m just thinking catch it, catch it, catch it. It’s an easy two outs for my guy Turner there, and it helps us get out of the inning without any further damage. That guy’s a hard-nosed scrapper, but you can file that under “shit happens.”

Wilmer Difo: Don’t tell Goodwin, but he could have made a better throw there. Almost ate me up.

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At the Pub, you might sit down and be unable to decide on a pint to drink, or want to try a variety of beers without committing to any of them. You’ll order a sampler, 4 beers served in smaller portions. This is that, in blog form.

Leave The Dong, Take The Cannoli

The San Diego Padres are bad, as expected, and currently hold the worst record in all of Major League Baseball. The Padres have a bad offense, as could have also been expected due to a lineup filled with mostly young players and castoffs, and currently rank 28th in wRC+, 28th in wOBA, and 30th in offensive fWAR, at -0.2, meaning the Padres offense, as a whole, is below replacement level. The Padres, however, are decidedly un-bad at one thing: mashing taters.

The Padres rank tied for 5th in MLB at crushing dongs, having hit 51 home runs through 39 games. That’s 1.3 per game. They are currently on pace for over 200 big flies this season, which would smash the previous team record of 172, set all the way back in 1970, the team’s 2nd year in the league. Wil Myers has 10 blasts. Ryan Schimpf has 9 dingers. Austin Hedges, surprisingly, has 8 very handsome round-trippers. Erick Aybar, the new Alexi Amarista, has 4, and rule 5 hanger-on Allen Cordoba (more on him later) has 3, which must have been particularly soul-crushing for the opposing pitchers. Among those listed, only Myers, the star, and Cordoba, in very limited exposure, have been above-average offensive players.

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Erick Aybar was the No. 2 hole hitter in the lineup yesterday for the third straight game. I don’t care much about lineups, but I’ve gotta write about something.

In an ideal word, for a team that’s trying to win baseball games, Erick Aybar should never bat second. He should almost always bat eighth (or ninth). This is not groundbreaking analysis.

Aybar is very much an old school two hole hitter because he works the count, can hit-and-run, bunt, hit behind the runner, control the bat, steal a bag here and there, yada yada. Those things are good and all—really, I don’t mind them in certain situations, for certain hitters—but they work perfectly fine lower in the order, too. Old school two hole hitters often simply aren’t productive overall, which is why they should usually bat at the bottom of the order.

Putting a bad hitter in the two spot doesn’t make sense, for obvious reasons: 1) you’re giving him more at-bats over the course of a season and 2) you’re putting him in an important lineup spot, right in the middle of the heart of the order. When you’re thinking about the top of a team’s batting order, the No. 2 hitter shouldn’t be a guy with a three-year OPS of .628. That’s a unnecessary breather ceded to the opposing pitcher.

So why is Andy Green, a seemingly smart, progressive manager, batting Aybar second?

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Over at Gaslamp Ball, Roy Thomasson recently wrote about how the Padres might get weird this season, which has been an offseason theme in the Padres corner of the internet.

But are the weird ideas any good? Let’s discuss some of them.

Weird idea No. 1: Using Christian Bethancourt as a two-way player.
Weirdness scale rating: 8.
Does it make sense? Yes, mostly.

Bethancourt has a good shot to become the second-best two-way player in the world this season (Shohei Otani has a hammerlock on the No. 1 slot), if only because the species is mostly extinct.

A strong-armed catcher with a suspect bat and a middling defensive rep, Bethancourt makes as much sense as a pitcher/position player convert as anyone. In theory, he’d be able to provide the Padres with an adequate backup option at catcher (and occasionally in the outfield) and eat up some relief innings—maybe even some high-leverage ones, depending on how things go.

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