Saturday was the annual Padres FanFest. Originally, I was going to write a recap of my day. But I was so bored there I didn’t even bother taking any notes and only took a couple of photos. I’ll let Ryan sum up the rest of my feelings on the last few FanFests:

Now that we have that (not unexpected) disappointment out of the way, I ended up going to Bub’s at the Ballpark with your good friend and mine, Nathan Zack. The plan was to meet Dave and Laura Perek there, which has become sort of an annual tradition for Nathan whenever he’s in town. I had never met Dave or Laura before, even though we’ve followed each other on Twitter for years, so I was excited to finally get to do that.

Over the course of the two hours we spent at Bub’s, I was introduced to a little game the three of them play amongst themselves where they make predictions about the upcoming season. I was intrigued, to say the least, so I joined them for this year’s edition.

What follows is all of our selections for this game. We don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I’m pretty sure I nailed every category. I’ve put my selections in bold.

There are no stakes. There is no prize. It’s all for fun.

So, relax, let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?

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It’s doesn’t make much sense to talk about the 2018-2019 free agent class for a lot of reasons, perhaps most obviously because it’s a long time away. But we’ll do it anyway.

When the Padres went for it a few years back, it was exciting. Even though there were some questionable deals, it was still exciting. Looking back, though, with the knowledge we have now, it was maybe a little less exciting. Matt Kemp was getting older and, in many ways, in severe decline. Justin Upton was only brought on for one year. Wil Myers didn’t have a clear position to play. Derek Norris was just, kind of, a guy. Will Middlebrooks. Never did understand why Will Middlebrooks was always mentioned as one of the big acquisitions of that offseason, but it feels right to mention him here. James Shields was surprisingly available for relatively cheap, and for good reasons. Craig Kimbrel was still good—great, even—but he wasn’t Craig Kimbrel. 

The Padres were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, essentially, and instead . . . well, maybe they did catch lighting in a bottle. That doesn’t sound too pleasant, really. Either way, things didn’t work out. Just looking back at that offseason retrospectively—and we kind of knew this in real-time, too—we can say that the Padres tried to half-ass their way into a contending team. Sure, they bumped the payroll up over $100 million and added some legitimate talent, but they also moved prematurely, without a winning cast of players surrounding the high-priced newcomers.

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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 (42-55) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (57-40) last night at Nationals Park, 5-3 in the first of three games.

Luis Perdomo (4-4, 6.93) pitched his longest outing of the season, seven innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Jayson Werth hit a solo home run and Wilson Ramos singled in Bryce Harper in the first inning. Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Tanner Roark (9-6, 3.05) gave up five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Melvin Upton Jr. singled in Brett Wallace and later scored with Ryan Schimpf on Kemp’s three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Tonight’s second game features Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76) going up against Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.94) starting at 4:05pm 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 (27-42) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (43-25) in last night’s second game of four, 7-5, at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (3-2, 3.15) gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings while striking out three. A sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon in the second inning scored Ryan Zimmerman. In the third inning, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper scored on Daniel Murphy‘s double. And Zimmerman hit a two-run home run with Murphy on base. Murphy led off the sixth inning with a solo home run. And a seventh inning RBI single by Harper scored Michael Taylor.

Joe Ross (6-4, 3.13) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Matt Kemp‘s RBI single scored Jon Jay to put the Padres on the board in the first inning. Jay hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to bring Alexei Ramirez across the plate. Derek Norris hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, a Wil Myers groundout scored Christian Bethancourt and a Yangervis Solarte groundout scored Jay.

Colin Rea (3-3, 5.37) gets the start tonight at 7:10pm PDT against Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.40).

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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 (27-41) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (42-25), 8-5 last night, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Erik Johnson (0-4, 7.66) gave up five runs in six innings on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Nationals got on the board on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Drew to score Wilson Ramos. Back-to-back home runs by Bryce Harper and Ramos in the third inning added three more runs. In the sixth inning, Anthony Rendon added solo home run. Clint Robinson‘s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning added to the Nationals’ lead. And a throwing error by Christian Bethancourt allowed Ben Revere to score in the ninth inning.

Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14) pitched six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. In the first inning, Matt Kemp opened up the scoring with an RBI single to bring Travis Jankowski across the plate. One out later, Wil Myers scored on an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. Myers hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. A Bethancourt RBI groundout in the sixth inning scored Upton Jr. And a Kemp sacrifice fly in the ninth scored Jankowski for the final run.

Tonight’s matchup pits Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.12) against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (5-4, 3.01). First pitch is scheduled for 7:40pm PDT.

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The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him.

There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t many details other than a few reports on people being granted permission to interview. Which is better than no news, I suppose.

Let’s take a look at the candidates, no matter how ridiculous their candidacy seems, shall we?

It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager!

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

The Padres (62-64) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (63-62) last night, 6-5, at Nationals Park.

Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) gave up four runs in six innings on six hit and two walks with nine strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Bryce Harper drew a walk, advance to second base on a groundout, stole third base, and scored when Ryan Zimmerman ground out. Zimmerman’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Anthony Rendon. In the seventh inning, Ross hit pinch-hitter Clint Robinson with a pitch then gave up a double to Denard Span. Shawn Kelley came in to pitch and walked Jayson Werth to load the bases and then walked Rendon to score Robinson. Marc Rzepczynski was then brought in to pitch to Harper, who singled to score Span and Werth. Yunel Escobar then ground into a double play to end the Nationals’ threat.

Gio Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) lasted just four and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Matt Kemp and Justin Upton combined to drive in four runs in the third inning; two on Kemp’s double and the other two from Upton’s home run. In the fourth inning, Austin Hedges crossed the plate on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Upton hit a solo home run off Doug Fister in the seventh inning.

Tonight, Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03) gets the start in the series finale against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) at 4:05pm PDT.

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

The Padres (61-64) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (63-61), 8-3, last night in the first of three games at Nationals Park.

James Shields (9-6, 3.89) threw 121 pitches in just five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run with two outs in the second inning. After being relieved by Marc Rzepczynski in the sixth with two outs and one base runner, Bryce Harper appeared to ground to first base to end the inning. The umpire called it foul however after Harper feigned like the ball hit his foot. Harper drew a walk. Rzepczynski was taken out in favor of Bud Norris, who then walked Yunel Escobar. Ryan Zimmerman then came up and hit a Grand Slam. Pat Murphy stewed over the Harper call for about a half-inning before he was tossed in the top of the seventh inning.

Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.14) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters. Jedd Gyorko was the Padres’ entire offense, hitting a two-run home run off Strasburg with no outs in the second inning and a solo shot with two outs in the seventh inning.

Tonight at 4:05pm PDT, Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.92) takes the mound versus Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98).

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

The Padres (19-20) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (22-17) yesterday at Petco Park, 10-5. The final score doesn’t show how close this game wasn’t. The Friars dropped the last three of four to lose the weekend series.

Ian Kennedy (2-3, 6.75) gave up six runs in five innings on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts. The big blow came from Danny Espinoza’s three-run home run with two outs in the fifth inning. The Padres were up 2-0 at that point. Then, in the sixth, the wheel’s came off Kennedy’s start, as he loaded the bases with no outs. Frank Garces relieved Kennedy and proceeded to give up an RBI single to Bryce Harper. Dale Thayer then came in to the game for Garces. A sacrifice fly and a 2-RBI double later, the Nationals were up 7-2 and never looked back.

Stephen Strasburg (3-4, 5.98) came back to San Diego and gave up three runs in five innings on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Justin Upton had a solo home run in the third inning off of Strasburg and another in the eighth inning off of Tanner Roark. Jedd Gyorko added another with his solo home run in the ninth inning off of Sammy Solis.

The Padres are off today. The Chicago Cubs come to Petco for three games beginning tomorrow. James Shields (5-0, 3.91) takes on Jason Hammel (3-1, 3.11) at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (19-18) scored zero runs against the Washington Nationals (20-17), who scored ten. It was an ugly, boring game that could be considered cruel and unusual punishment if any Padres fan was ever forced to rewatch it.

Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2, 6.75) lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and two walks with just one strikeout. The only thing you could say that was a positive: Despaigne didn’t allow a home run in those three innings. That honor was reserved for Shawn Kelley, who gave up a home run to Bryce Harper in the fourth inning.

Jordan Zimmerman (3-2, 3.66) combined with A.J. Cole to shutout the Friars. Zimmerman pitched six innings with six hits, a walk, and six strikeouts. Cole gave up just one hit [a two-out single from Yangervis Solarte in the ninth] while pitching the last three innings in relief to record his first Major League save.

This evening, the third of four games pits Andrew Cashner (1-6, 3.07) against Max Scherzer (3-3, 1.99) at 5:40pm PDT. Everyone in attendance will receive a long-sleeved hoodie-style t-shirt.

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