I used to do this Twitter Q&A thing a few years back, so with nothing to write about last night, I decided to reboot the series. Twitter came through.
With Yangervis Solarte currently out with a strained oblique, this question gets a little more complicated. Still, I have a feeling the Padres will end up sticking with Solarte even if he comes back before the deadline (the guys at Gwynntelligence felt the same way on their podcast yesterday). There are some soft factors that make a lot sense there, plus the Tigers didn’t get back a whole bunch for J.D. Martinez in a recent trade. It seems like most teams just aren’t looking to add position players at the deadline, as everyone scrambles for more arms. The Red Sox could make sense for a fit if they want to be patient with their top prospect, third baseman Rafael Devers.
If Solarte stays in San Diego, that means he’ll be getting regular reps at second. That leaves Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje to duke it out over at third, with both of them likely getting time at second and in the outfield. Ryan Schimpf lurks in El Paso as an obvious candidate for a late-season recall, but it’s not clear that the Padres are too high on him.
I’m not sure if any team would actually trade for Erick Aybar, and I write that with all due respect to the lad. He works as a fine placeholder with the Padres, but I wouldn’t mind them getting “crazy” and putting either Spangenberg or Asuaje there (they could try both, although that’d leave nobody manning third). Sometimes a guy ends up playing better there than you’d think, plus it give you an extra opportunity to get another interesting position player on the field every day. Jose Rondon could also get a look at some point, although he’s currently on the DL at Triple-A El Paso. Aybar’s 33 years old and a replacement level player; I’d like to see the Padres use the second half to audition a few other players at short.
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 (32-46) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (37-40) last night at Petco Park, 7-4.
Luis Perdomo (3-4, 4.71) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in five and a third innings with four strikeouts. In the sixth inning, Ender Inciarte and Brandon Phillips scored on a Matt Kemp single, after a Matt Adams single to load the bases Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch to score Nick Markakis, and Kemp scored on a ground out by Lane Adams.
Bartolo Colon (2-8, 8.14) gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings. Cory Spangenberg doubled to drive in Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe in the first inning. Margot scored again in the third inning on Wil Myers‘ single and Myers scored on a single by Carlos Asuaje. In the fourth inning, Renfroe drove in Margot and Myers with the first triple of his Major League career. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Erick Aybar scored on Allen Cordoba‘s ground out.
Tonight’s series finale has Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 6.60) taking the mound against Jaime Garcia (2-5, 4.03) starting at 6:10pm PDT.
I didn’t get a chance to catch any of yesterday’s game in real time, so last night I queued up MLB.tv’s condensed game feature instead. Here are some random observations from 16 minutes and 25 seconds of footage.
The first inning
The opening action of the condensed game is Bartolo Colon striking out Travis Jankowski on an 0-2 fastball, which leads us to two points . . .
. . . Holy cow, Bartolo Colon is almost 44 years old. The funny thing is, Colon isn’t just a novelty act. He’s led the league in walk rate for two years running, he strikes out six guys per nine, and he’s posted an ERA+ of 105 since he turned 40. Colon, in his forties, is the very definition of a league-average innings eater (no, he does not actually eat the innings).
He also does it almost exclusively with the fastball. According to Brooks Baseball, 72 of his 85 pitches yesterday were either two- or four-seam fastballs, with 10 sliders and three changeups mixed in for good measure. That’s Colon’s MO, as he throws some version of the heater 80-plus percent of the time.
This pitch to Jankowski is like the perfect two-strike fastball, off the plate outside but enticing enough to induce a halfhearted hack. It’s a purpose pitch, with the purpose of getting someone out.
Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (5-8) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (5-6), 9-2, yesterday at SunTrust Park.
Trevor Cahill (0-2, 4.76) pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walk while striking out eight. Adonis Garcia scored on Tyler Flowers‘ single in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, a single by Brandon Phillips drove in Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman. After Miguel Diaz balked in a run in the seventh inning, Inciarte hit a solo home run. In the eight inning, Freeman scored on a Nick Markakis double, Markakis scored on a Phillips single, and Phillips scored on Johan Carmago’s single.
Bartolo Colon (1-1, 4.24) gave up one run on one hit and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. Ryan Schimpf was the Padres’ offense, hitting a solo home run in the second inning and scoring on a passed ball on a walk to Erick Aybar in the eighth inning.
The Padres will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep in tonight’s series finale. Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.91) will take the mound against Jaime Garcia (0-1, 5.73) starting at 4:35pm PDT.
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 (13-18) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (18-11), 6-3, in game three of four at Petco Park.
James Shields (1-5, 3.60) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits (Including two two-run home runs. More on those in a bit) and five walks with eight strikeouts. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Bartolo Colon (Yes, that Bartolo Colon) hit a two-out, two-run home run, his first career home run. He’s 42 years old and the oldest player to hit the first home run of his Major League career. The Mets added two more runs with one out in the ninth inning with back-to-back solo home runs off Carlos Villanueva by David Wright and Michael Conforto.
Colon (3-1, 2.82) gave up three runs in six and two-thirds innings on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Jon Jay hit a three-run home run with one out in the third inning to score Derek Norris and Shields. That was it.
Oh, I nearly forgot. Jemile Weeks left the game with a right hamstring strain and had to be helped off the field. So…
Today has Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85) getting the start against Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76) starting at 1:40pm PDT.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (48-53) scored more runs than the New York Mets (52-49), 7-3, at Citi Field.
Tyson Ross (7-8, 3.38) gave up just one run on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Lucas Duda was the entire Mets’ offense, hitting three solo home runs; the first off Ross to lead off the second inning, the second off Kevin Quackenbush with two outs in the sixth innings, and the last off Marcos Mateo to lead off the ninth inning.
Bartolo Colon (9-10, 4.96) only lasted two and a third innings, surrendering six runs on ten hits and no walks with one strikeout. After surrendering two Padres’ runs in both the first and second innings, back-to-back home runs by Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso to start the third inning — followed by a single from Jedd Gyorko, a line out by Alexi Amarista, and a single by Austin Hedges — ended Colon’s night.
Today’s series finale at Citi Field pits Andrew Cashner (4-10, 3.93) against Jon Niese (5-9, 3.75) at 9:10am PDT for some Breakfasttown baseball.
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 (41-55) started off the proverbial “second half of the season” in much the same way they ended the first half, losing to the New York Mets (46-50) by a score of 5-4. Joaquin Benoit gave up a run to the Mets in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie. The Padres were then shutout in their half of the inning to end the game.
Ian Kennedy gave up four runs quickly in the first inning, then settled down to pitch five innings with six hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon also pitched five innings on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
Before the game the Padres called up Chris Nelson from AAA El Paso to replace Irving Falu, who was reclaimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. Nelson went 2-for-4 with a RBI and had a couple of nice plays at second base.
After the game the Padres announced Huston Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott were traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for four minor leaguers: Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon, and Elliot Morris.
Tonight at 5:40 pm PDT the Friars will have Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) taking the mound following his non-appearance in the All-Star Game on Tuesday against the Mets and Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56). It’s Andrew Cashner Camo Replica Jersey Night for all in attendance.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Then you give up on the game and do other, more interesting things. Like washing the dishes or playing solitaire on your laptop. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres (28-39) dropped their fifth game in a row last night in the first of three games with the New York Mets (30-37) in Citi Field, a new high for consecutive losses in this quickly becoming forgettable season. Andrew Cashner (2-6, 2.47) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The Padres only runs came on a Rene Rivera 2-run home run in the second inning.
Bartolo Colon started for the Mets — yes, that Bartolo Colon — and gave up just the two runs in 7 1/3 innings on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Bobby Abreu — yes, that Bobby Abreu — went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
I stopped watching after Cashner came out of the game. What’s the point?
This afternoon, Jesse Hahn (0-1, 9.82) gets another start that hopefully goes much smoother than his first one. The Mets will trot out Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19) at 1:10 pm PDT at Citi Field.