On December 17, 2011, the Edinson Volquez Experience opened to tepid reviews. Mostly because he directly replaced Mat Latos, the best Padre pitcher since Jake Peavy. This past Saturday the curtain rang down a final time, after an all-too-familiar ineffective start.
Edinson Volquez has as many Padre career wins as Greg Maddux (20).
Well we’re two years removed from Josh Byrnes’ first major trade as the GM. How does that trade look today? Not too good. As a reminder, Latos went to Cincinnati in exchange for Volquez, Brad Boxberger, Yonder Alonso, and Yasmani Grandal.
Two weeks ago I wrote a piece about possible targets for the Padres at the trade deadline. The Padres were looking to buy, and I was looking for ways they could spend. At the time, the Padres were 40-42. They’d lost two in a row and things hadn’t been great for a week or so, but hey, no big deal.
At the end of the post, I decided to throw in a small caveat:
“Of course, all this could be moot by the All-Star Break. If they play poorly the next two weeks, they could potentially go from buyers to sellers. If they’re going to buy, maybe they shouldn’t wait that long to make their moves.”
I had no idea. Read More…
It’s July 1st and the Padres are potentially buyers as we move towards the July 31st trade deadline. It’s a minor surprise, at least, and once again, after failing to do so in the offseason, the Padres are looking to upgrade their pitching staff. Lead owner Ron Fowler said so himself, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin.
Why does Fowler keep talking before acting when he so famously said the ownership group would “under promise and over deliver”? Why is he giving interviews to the LA Times in the first place? Shouldn’t he take a cue from Tom Garfinkel and stop talking for awhile? I’m not going to pick apart the Shaikin article. I’m much more interested in potential trade deadline moves the Padres could make in the next 30 days. Read More…
LA dumped the Padres 6-1 last night. The score wasn’t as lopsided as it looks.
Sure, Zack Grienke was real good, allowing only 3 hits and 1 run through eight. Their offense? Dodger offense consisted of two solo HR, Pedro Ciriaco’s error, and two questionable calls by the first base umpire.
Those two calls were frustrating to say the least. AJ Ellis appeared to swing at a 2-2 pitch which was called a ball and upheld on appeal. That might not have been so bad had, on an almost identical pitch an inning later, Juan Uribe not taken a similar swing and been awarded strike 2. Then there’s the safe call on Skip Schumaker’s slow roller/dive into the first base bag that got LA on the board. Replays clearly showed the throw beating Skip’s hand to the bag.
In no particular order, here is a stupid list:
- Edinson Volquez wears uniform number 37.
- He wore numbers 40, 38, and 31 with the Rangers, and number 36 with the Reds.
- His hero is Pedro Martinez, who wore number 37 with the Expos in 1994 and 1995.
- Volquez was once traded, with Danny Herrera, for Josh Hamilton.
- According to Baseball-Reference, his most similar pitcher is Roger Pavlik.
- Volquez led the National League with 105 walks in 2012.
- He led the NL with 14 HBP in 2008.
- The first batter Volquez hit in the big leagues was the fifth man he faced, Aaron Rowand.
- The next batter, Jermaine Dye, hit the first homer Volquez allowed. Read More…
The Padres have now played 40 games so far this season which brings us just about to the quarter poll of the 2013 campaign. As that is the case, I thought it might be a good moment to take stock of what the Padres have, what they don’t have, where they’ve been, and where they may be going. So, with the Padres back home for a 7-game homestand, let’s see what we have.
To say it’s been a roller coaster opening quarter would be an understatement. The Padres have been involved in 8 sweeps so far this season. 4 times being swept, 4 times sweeping. For reference sake, the Padres were involved in their 8th sweep in 2012 on July 4th when they completed a sweep of the Diamondbacks. Considering this you’d be excused for waffling on whether this team is good, bad or something else entirely.
Most weeks, you’ll find my stuff on Wednesday. This week the start of the Padres season, in combination with pure, unadulterated laziness, caused it to be moved to Thursday.
Not that anyone is reading this garbage.
I was going to title this “The Padres Are Blowing It: Starting Off On the Wrong Foot.” But we’re trying to be more positive around here at Padres Public.
As if it isn’t bad enough to have to watch this Padres team live down to expectations, this was revealed yesterday:
Now, I understand what the Padres are doing. I really do. You have to squeeze as much cash out of ticket sales as you can. And the Yankees first visit to Petco definitely qualifies as a big deal.*
*To some people. I don’t care. I’m not going to any of those games.