The Padres did a strange thing last season. They tried to put a legit contender on the field without upgrading at shortstop, which left them with 153 games of Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes at short and cameos from the likes of Will Middlebrooks and Jedd Gyorko. It wasn’t pretty.

So the Padres have finally solved their shortstop problem by inking Alexei Ramirez to a one-year deal worth a reported $4-5 million. Ramirez is 34 and coming off the worst season of his career, but it’s still easy to see how he’ll help the Padres in the short term. His 79 OPS+ last year—the second-worst mark of his career—is clearly higher than both Amarista’s and Barmes’ respective career figures, and he’s generally rated as a plus defender before tailing off over the last couple of seasons.

That’s the thing with Ramirez—he’s had a solid career, reeling off a series of 3-plus win seasons through his late 20s and early 30s, but it’s less certain that he’s still a valuable player right now. What matters to the Padres, since they only signed him for one season, is how he performs in 2016. We know a couple of things about projecting players . . . one, that at the player-by-player level, it’s extremely difficult. But also that players can generally be expected to regress back toward their career averages after particularly good/bad years and that players generally decline in their 30s, if not sooner. Generally.

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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 (73-85) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (68-90) last night, 5-0. The loss guarantees the Padres will not finish with a better record than last year. And, before the game, Matt Kemp was shut down for the remaining five games of the season with a torn tendon in his right middle finger. I’ll let Vocal Minority Nate handle the obvious joke.

Andrew Cashner (6-16, 4.34) actually pitched fairly well for the first five innings. It was the sixth inning that did him in. The Brewers scored all five runs in the sixth inning, all charged to Cashner, who struck out seven against five hits and two walks.

Justin Upton hit his head on the left field wall while trying to field a ball hit by Logan Schafer that ended up a triple in the first inning and was removed from the game.

Zach Davies (3-2, 3.71) pitched seven innings, giving up five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

This afternoon is the last home game of the 2015 season for the Padres. Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.38) gets the start versus Taylor Jungmann (9-7, 3.64) with first pitch scheduled for 3:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon at the pub, melting into a pile of viscous goo. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (67-74) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (58-82), 4-3, yesterday afternoon in the Rockies final game at Petco Park for 2015. The temperature at first pitch registered as 93°, the hottest game-time temperature since Petco Park opened.

Tyson Ross (10-10, 3.24) gave up three runs in seven innings of work on four hits — including three solo home runs — and no walks with six strikeouts. Nolan Arenado hit a home run in the first inning, Corey Dickerson hit another in the sixth inning, and Carlos Gonzalez connected for one in the seventh inning. Daniel Descalso then led off the eighth inning with a solo home run off Joaquin Benoit for the go-ahead run.

Jorge De La Rosa (9-6, 4.28) pitched five innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Matt Kemp led off with a solo home run. De La Rosa then loaded the bases on singles by Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte and a walk to Melvin Upton Jr. After Clint Barmes struck out, Ross hit a sacrifice fly to score Norris. De La Rosa loaded the bases again in the fifth inning with singles by Wil Myers and Jedd Gyorko and a walk of Kemp. Myers then scored on a sacrifice fly from Norris.

The Padres begin a nine-game road trip tonight in San Francisco at 7:15pm PDT as Andrew Cashner (5-14, 4.11) takes on Jake Peavy (5-6, 4.41) and the San Francisco Giants (72-68).

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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 (66-73) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (57-81), 2-1, last night at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (2-2, 4.26) pitched seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Kevin Quackenbush threw a perfect eighth inning. But Craig Kimbrel gave up a game-tying home run to Nolan Arenado with two outs in the ninth inning.

Jon Gray (0-0, 5.17) also shutout the Padres over his five innings of work with two hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Luckily, Walt Weiss pulled Gray and brought in Gonzalez German to pitch the sixth inning. Wil Myers led off the inning with a home run to left field. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Cory Spangenberg led off with a double and advanced to third base on pinch-hitter Clint Barmes‘ sacrifice bunt. Brett Wallace then pinch-hit for Travis Jankowski and hit a fielder’s choice to the shortstop. The throw by Jose Reyes was not in time as Spangenberg crossed the plate.

Tonight, James Shields (10-6, 3.83) takes the hill against Chris Rusin (5-7, 4.78). First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm 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 (65-71) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (77-58) last night, 2-0, in the third of four games at Petco Park.

Tyson Ross (10-10, 3.21) gave up just one run in six innings on five hit and two walks with three strikeouts. Andre Ethier doubled to lead off the fourth inning and was knocked in by Carl Crawford ground-rule double into the Petco Porch in right field. Against Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning, Ethier walked to lead off, Crawford singled, Yasmani Grandal bunted a ball into the air that was caught by Austin Hedges, then Joc Pederson singled to left field, scoring Ethier.

Alex Wood (10-9, 3.51) shutout the Padres over his seven innings on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts.  Chris Hatcher and Kenley Jansen each pitched a no-hit, shutout inning of relief.

The final game of the four-game series is this afternoon at 1:10pm PDT. Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15) takes the hill against Brett Anderson (8-8, 3.43).

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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 (64-69) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (70-62), 4-3 in ten innings last night at Petco Park,

Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.88) struck out twelve and allowed two runs on five hits and two walk in seven innings. But the Padres bullpen could not hold the one run lead Kennedy left in their hands. Joaquin Benoit walked Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder singled, bringing up Adrian Beltre, who hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three in the eighth inning. In the 10th inning, Bud Norris gave up a single to Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland hit a double that brought Andrus around to score the go-ahead run.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.70) also threw seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Clint Barmes hit a two-RBI double in the fourth inning to scored Jedd Gyorko and Matt Kemp. In the sixth inning, Justin Upton and Brett Wallace hit back-to-back singles and Upton scored on a Barmes ground out Fielder’s Choice.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers (75-57) come to Petco Park for four games. Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95) gets the ball against Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76) at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (63-67) finally scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (52-79), 9-4, at Citizens Bank Park yesterday, avoiding a season series sweep.

James Shields (10-6, 3.78) pitched seven innings while allowing one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Cameron Rupp hit a solo home run with two outs in the second inning. Odrisamer Despaigne pitched two innings and gave up the other three Phillies’ runs. Cesar Hernandez‘s RBI triple and Aaron Altherr‘s RBI single added two in the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, Andres Blanco tripled to lead off and Cody Asche ground out to score Blanco.

Alec Asher (0-1, 6.35) gave up four runs in five and two-thirds innings on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run with one out in the first inning. In the third inning, Justin Upton hit a solo home run with two outs. Shields helped his own cause with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh inning with a solo home run. In the eighth inning, pinch-hit RBI singles from Clint Barmes and Brett Wallace and an RBI single from Derek Norris added on. And Melvin Upton Jr. added the final run in the ninth inning with an RBI single.

The Texas Rangers come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) takes the mound versus Colby Lewis (14-6, 4.38)

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

The Padres (61-63) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (78-45), 10-3, yesterday afternoon in the final game of their three-game series at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52) had the wheels come off early, giving up four runs in the first inning. Tommy Pham walked with one out in the first inning, then took second and third bases on a throwing error by Rea on a pickoff move. Jhonny Peralta reached on an error by Yangervis Solarte that scored Pham. A single by Jason Heyward followed, then a single by Yadier Molina. Stephen Piscotty tripled to clear the bases. Rea lasted just four innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Piscotty also hit two home runs, a solo shot off Odrisamer Despaigne in the seventh inning and a two-run home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.

Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Yonder Alonso singled in the second inning, moved to second on a walk to Austin Hedges, and scored on a single to right field by Clint Barmes. In the ninth inning, a leadoff, pinch-hit double by Brett Wallace was followed by a single by Jedd Gyorko. After a pop-out by Solarte, Cory Spangenberg was hit by a pitch. Matt Kemp then singled to score Barmes and Gyorko. But, Justin Upton struck out and Alonso ground out to the first baseman to end the game.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Washington Nationals (62-61) for three games starting tomorrow night at 4:05pm PDT. James Shields (9-5, 3.74) gets the start versus Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 4.22).

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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 (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0.

Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season high ten strikeouts. In the seventh inning. Brandon Moss doubled and Tommy Pham singled off Kennedy to get Moss to third. Shawn Kelley, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bud Norris each faced and struck out one batter in relief of Kennedy.

Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85) kept it a close game, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Derek Norris led off the fourth inning with a triple, Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single, Kennedy laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Spangenberg to second base, and Travis Jankowski hit into an RBI groundout to bring Norris home.

The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Cardinals. Alexi Amarista led off with a pinch-hit single, Jankowski bunted for a single, then Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunted the runners over. Randy Choate relieved Martinez and proceeded to walk Yonder Alonso to load the bases. Seth Maness then came in to pitch and gave up a two-run single to Matt Kemp. Then a two-run double to Justin Upton. After getting Jedd Gyorko to ground out, Derek Norris reached on an error. Clint Barmes then doubled to drive in Upton and Amarista came up again and singled to score Norris. Maness was replaced by Tyler Lyons and Jankowski singled to drive in Barmes.

And now I need a break from typing.

This afternoon, Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) takes the mound against Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending the weekend on pain meds after a minor medical procedure. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. And I was in a Norco haze.

The Padres (53-60) scored more runs than the Cincinnati Reds (49-61) last night, 2-1, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Ian Kennedy (7-10, 4.37) allowed just the one Cincinnati run in five innings on Jay Bruce‘s solo home run, the 200th home run of his career, to lead off the second inning. Kennedy surrendered two hits and six walks with four strikeouts. Interim manager Pat Murphy was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

David Holmberg (1-1, 3.06) gave up both Padres’ runs over six and two-thirds innings on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Justin Upton hit a two-run home run, his 20th of 2015, with Matt Kemp on first base and no outs in the fourth inning.

Tonight, Colin Rea makes his Major League debut in a Padres’ uniform as he gets the start versus Michael Lorenzen (3-7, 4.84) at 7:10pm PDT.

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