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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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 were drinking.

The Padres (62-86) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (71-77), 8-0, last night at Coors Field.

Edwin Jackson (4-6, 6.00) gave up all eight runs in four and a third innings on ten hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Nolan Arenado and Tom Murphy each hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Daniel Descalso scored on a Charlie Blackmon triple in the fourth inning. And Murphy hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Jon Gray (10-8, 4.42) pitched a complete game shutout with four hits and no walks while setting a Rockies record with sixteen strikeouts. Wil Myers singled in the first inning, but was picked off of first base for the third out. Jon Jay struck out in the second inning, but reached on a passed ball. Travis Jankowski singled in the third inning. Jay singled in the fourth inning and again in the seventh inning. That was it for the Padres.

Derek Norris had to leave the game with a sprained middle finger in the fifth inning after taking a foul ball off of his hand.

The series finale this afternoon has Jarred Cosart (0-3, 5.16) going up against Chad Bettis (12-7, 4.78). First pitch is at 1:10pm PDT.

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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 (48-62) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (51-61), 9-7, at Petco Park last night in the second game of three. Before the game, Ken Caminiti was posthumously inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame.

Paul Clemens (1-2, 4.91) was pulled by Andy Green after four and a third innings for not running out a bunt attempt. Clemens allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Ryan Howard‘s solo home run in the second inning put the Phillies on the board. In the fourth inning, an error by Alexei Ramirez allowed Cameron Rupp to get on base and Maikel Franco to score. Freddy Galvis then grounded out, driving in Howard. Cesar Hernandez doubled in the seventh inning, scoring Galvis. In the ninth inning, Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run home run and Hernandez scored on a Aaron Altherr double.

Jake Thompson (0-1, 12.46), making his Major League debut, was hit hard in his four and a third innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one. Yangervis Solarte‘s single in the first inning scored Travis Jankowski and a double by Christian Bethancourt drove in Wil Myers and Solarte. In the fifth inning, Myers’ drove in Jankowski with a double and Ryan Schimpf‘s sacrifice fly scored Myers. Solarte’s bases-loaded single in the eighth inning drove in Adam Rosales and Jankowski.

This afternoon’s series finale pits Jarred Cosart (0-1, 5.90) against Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.68). First pitch is scheduled for 1:40pm PDT.

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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 (41-51) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (57-36) yesterday afternoon, 5-3, to complete a three-game series sweep at Petco Park. It was the first series sweep of 2016 for the Padres.

Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76) had a no-hitter through six and a third innings in his Padres debut, until Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run home run with one out in the seventh inning. That was the only hit against Jackson, who struck out four with five walks and two batters reaching on errors, for three runs (two earned). Ryan Schimpf had a throwing error in the second inning and Jackson misplayed a soft chopper in the seventh inning.

Johnny Cueto (13-2, 2.64) pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four. Matt Kemp led off the fourth inning with a solo home run and Christian Bethancourt added his own solo home run two outs later. RBI singles in the sixth inning by Schimpf and Jackson added two more runs. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

The Friars begin a ten-game road trip tonight at 5:15pm PDT against the St Louis Cardinals (47-44). Christian Friedrich (4-5, 4.50) gets the start against Mike Leake (6-7, 4.14) in the first of four games at Busch Stadium.

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

The Padres (33-46) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (47-30), 12-6, getting swept in a quick two-game series at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (4-3, 3.96) gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Jonathan Schoop doubled in the fourth inning to score Adam Jones. Schoop then scored on a Manny Machado single and Machado then scored on a Mark Trumbo two-run home run. In the fifth inning, a throwing error charged to Friedrich brought Yovani Gallardo and Schoop in to score. Andy Green came out to argue that Chris Davis was out of the basepaths and was thrown out of the game. Brad Hand relieved Friedrich in the sixth inning and gave up another run on Jones’ single to score Francisco Pena. Ryan Buchter started the ninth inning and had five runs scored against him: Two on a Machado ground-rule double and two more on another double by Trumbo. Trumbo then scored when Joey Rickard ground into a fielder’s choice.

Gallardo (3-1, 5.77) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning with Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers on base. In the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez doubled to score Derek Norris. Myers then doubled to bring Alex Dickerson and Ramirez home.

The Padres are off today. The New York Yankees (37-39) come to Petco Park for three games starting tomorrow at 7:40pm PDT. Colin Rea (4-3, 5.05) takes the mound against TBD.

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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 (33-44) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (29-46), 3-0, yesterday at Great American Ballpark. The Padres remain 1-for-infinity during Sunday games.

Luis Perdomo (2-3, 8.49) gave up all three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out five. In the second inning, Jose Peraza scored on a double by Tucker Barnhart. Jay Bruce led off the fourth inning with a solo home run. Anthony DeSclafani singled in the sixth inning to drive in Adam Duvall.

DeSclafani (2-0, 1.52) shutout the Padres over eight innings, surrendering five hits and no walks with five strikeouts. The Padres left just three men on base. Alexei Ramirez was caught stealing in the first inning. Melvin Upton Jr. was caught on the basepaths twice: caught stealing in the second inning and picked off first base in the fifth inning.

The Padres come back home to play the Baltimore Orioles (45-30) for another two games starting tomorrow at 7:10pm PDT. Erik Johnson (0-5, 8.54) takes the hill versus Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.97).

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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 (31-43) scored more runs than the Cincinnati Reds (28-44) last night at Great American Ballpark, 7-4, in the first of four games.

Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60) gave up all four runs in five innings on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts. All four runs came in the third inning. Billy Hamilton hit an RBI double to drive in Zack Cozart, then took third base on a throwing error by Yangervis Solarte. Hamilton scored on Brandon Phillips‘ single. And Adam Duvall then hit a two-run home run.

John Lamb (1-4, 4.78) did not get a decision after pitching five and a third innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walk while striking out four. Melvin Upton Jr. led off the second inning with a single, then stole second base, and ended up at third base on a throwing error by Ramon Cabrera. After Derek Norris popped out, Alexei Ramirez hit into a groundout that allowed Upton Jr. to score. Matt Kemp led off the fourth inning with a solo home run. In the sixth inning, Wil Myers came home on a Solarte single, then Norris hit a three-run home run. Travis Jankowski single in the ninth inning score Adam Rosales, who had reached on a double.

Tonight at 4:10pm PDT, Colin Rea (3-3, 5.02) gets the start versus Cody Reed (0-0, 5.14) in the second game of the series.

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The Padres lost to the Giants 1-0 on Monday night, the lone run scoring on a routine pop fly to semi-shallow right field. That ball’s caught most of the time, but the Padres had second baseman Alexi Amarista shading up the middle and right fielder Matt Kemp playing deep, so they both had trouble getting there and more trouble deciding who should catch the ball. It feel in between them, got kicked around, and scored Brandon Belt from first base to break the scoreless tie.

Here’s where Kemp was positioned at contact:

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Kemp is standing near the warning track, with a right-handed hitter with moderate power at the plate. He’s also standing on a big yellow tack (which might help explain his slow start):

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That’s something like 340 feet away from home plate, 198 feet away from Amarista, Kemp’s closest infielder, and 110 feet away from McCovey Cove. In other words, there’s alotta green space to cover for a 31-year-old outfielder with troubled hips, particularly when there’s a decent chance that Pence finds that green space.

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