Andrew Cashner. Gone. Matt Kemp. Gone. Melvin Upton Jr. Gone. Fernando Rodney. Gone. James Shields. Gone. Twelve out of thirteen draft picks from the first ten rounds of the 2016 Amateur Draft signed. Over $60 million in international signings so far, and that’s just since July 2nd.

One thing that all of these trades, draft picks, and international signings say to me is that Lake Elsinore is going to be the perfect place for Padres fans to watch baseball on a regular basis. And, it’s looking like it’s going to be that way for a couple of years, at least.

I’ll be honest, I should have written at least part of this earlier in the season. But the influx of talent to the lower levels of the minor leagues made it relevant again.

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Ever hear that old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”

Sure you have, because people like to use it often when talking about really cheap automobiles or free merchandise or rebates on purchased concert tickets or Chris Paddack, the guy the Padres got back from the Marlins in yesterday’s Fernando Rodney trade.

Paddack, after being drafted in the eighth round last year and acquitting himself well enough in rookie ball, is in the midst of a breakout sophomore campaign. In six starts—and just 28 1/3 innings—so far this season, the right hander has a 0.95 ERA and just nine hits allowed. Okay, fine, you can chalk that up to good fortune in a small sample size, or whatever. But Paddack also has 48 strikeouts and just two walks, which . . . well, wow. He’s faced 98 batters and he’s struck out nearly half of them while walking barely north of two percent. There’s deception and good fortune and small sample sizes and then there’s smack-you-in-the-head dominance, and Paddack’s performance thus far falls squarely into the latter category.

But wait: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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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 (23-34) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (24-31), 4-3 last night in the second of three games at Petco Park.

Andrew Cashner (3-5, 4.78) threw 107 pitches in five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, three walks, with three strikeouts. Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley scored on Charlie Blackmon‘s double in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Reynolds hit a solo home run to center field for the Rockies’ third and final run of the night. Kevin Quackenbush, Brandon Maurer, and Fernando Rodney pitched three and a third innings of shutout baseball, giving up just a single hit in the process.

Chad Bettis (4-5, 5.58) allowed four runs in five innings pitched on ten hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Wil Myers put the Padres on the board first with a solo home run with one out in the first inning. In the second inning, Derek Norris hit a two-run home run with Brett Wallace on first and one out. And a Matt Kemp RBI single in the third inning plated Jon Jay with the eventual winning run.

This evening, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 10.10) gets the start in another Bullpen Day against Jon Gray (3-2, 5.76). Tonight’s game starts at 6:10pm PDT due to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon events in the morning.

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padrestwitterIt’s that time of year again. Two years ago, I published what I considered to be the most comprehensive list of Padres-related Twitter accounts that I thought every Padres fan should be following. I updated it as needed as players were traded or people changed jobs, but that just got time-consuming and monotonous.

I redid the entire thing exactly one year later, with new accounts added and others removed, mostly due to repetitiveness or just no longer existing.

I revisited it this month, and what follows are the results.

Some are informative follows. Some are humorous. Some are both. But all of them, I guarantee*, will improve your Padres Twitter experience.

*Guarantee void in Tennessee. And everywhere else, for that matter. I guarantee nothing except eventual death.
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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 (15-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-8) at Wrigley Field last night, 1-0, to sweep the day-night doubleheader and win the three-game series.

Drew Pomeranz (4-3, 1.80) had ten strikeouts in six shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Kevin Quackenbush, Brad Hand, and Fernando Rodney pitched the last three innings in relief. Rodney recorded his tenth save of the season after getting his ninth in yesterday’s early game of the doubleheader.

John Lackey (4-2, 3.54) pitched eight innings, surrendering the Padres’ only run on a Christian Bethancourt solo home run with two outs in the fifth inning. Lackey ended his night with seven strikeouts while giving up three hits and no walks.

The Friars start four games against the Milwaukee Brewers (14-20) at Miller Park tonight at 5:10pm PDT. James Shields (1-5, 3.60) gets the start with Jimmy Nelson (4-2, 3.74) going for the Brewers.

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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 (13-17) scored more runs than the New York Mets (17-11), 2-0, in the second game of four at Petco Park last night. The win was the first shutout of the season for Friars.

Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) allowed just one hit and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings. Kevin Quackenbush, Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Fernando Rodney each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.58) pitched six innings, allowing both Padres’ runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to score Jon Jay in the first inning. Jay hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to score Jemile Weeks.

Tonight starting at 5:40pm PDT, James Shields (1-4, 3.23) takes the mound against Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.56).

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

The Padres (12-17) scored more runs than the New York Mets (17-10) last night, 5-3, at Petco Park in the first of four games.

Colin Rea (3-1, 3.82) allowed just a walk to David Wright in the first inning and had a no-hitter going through six and two-thirds innings. Yoenis Cespedes hit a ground ball single to right field with two outs in the seventh to deny the Padres their first no-hitter in their history. In the ninth inning, Rea gave up a leadoff solo home run to Curtis Granderson. He was relieved by Brad Hand, who walked Wright and then retired Michael Conforto before surrendering a two-run home run to Cespedes. Fernando Rodney then came in and got the last two outs for his seventh save. Rea left having pitched eight innings and allowing one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Jacob deGrom (3-1, 1.99) gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in five innings pitched. Wil Myers hit a solo home run with one out in the first inning. Derek Norris was a triple short of the cycle, hitting a double in the second inning and scoring on Rea’s RBI single. In the third inning, Alexei Ramirez doubled to bring Brett Wallace home. Norris hit a solo home run with one out in the sixth inning, followed by an RBI-double by Jon Jay to score Jemile Weeks on a throwing error by Conforto.

Tonight’s second game of the series at 7:40pm has Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48) up against Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51).

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

The Padres (7-15) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (12-11), 13-9, yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park.

Andrew Cashner (1-2, 4.92) lasted just two and two-thirds innings while throwing 89 pitches, giving up six runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Michael Kirkman came in in relief and surrendered another four runs in his one and a third innings. Then Luis Perdomo gave up another three runs in his two innings. Brad Hand and Fernando Rodney finally stopped the bleeding to close out the game, but it was much too late at that point.

Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.86) gave up five runs on five hits and two walks over five and two-thirds innings. Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run off Samardzija in the third inning. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to twelve games. And Adam Rosales hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.

The Padres have the day off today as they travel to Chavez Ravine to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-10) for three games at Dodger Stadium. Friday’s game will pit Cesar Vargas (0-0, 1.80) against Alex Wood (1-2, 6.00) starting at 7:10pm 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 (3-8) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-7) last night, 3-2, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

James Shields (0-2, 4.05) pitched seven innings, striking out six while giving up two runs on six hits and four walks. Welington Castillo hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning. Shields shut out the Diamondbacks until two outs in the seventh inning, when Nick Ahmed‘s RBI double to right field brought Yasmany Tomas home. Fernando Rodney was saddled with the loss after giving up the eventual winning run in the ninth inning on a Phil Gosselin infield single.

Zack Greinke (0-2, 6.75) pitched seven and a third innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Alexei Ramirez‘s two-out single in the second inning to score Cory Spangenberg put the Padres on the board. And Alexi Amarista hit a single to left field in the fourth inning to tie the game at two.

Hey, at least they didn’t get shut out. Again. Right? RIGHT?

Tonight’s second game has Andrew Cashner (0-1, 8.00) taking the mound against Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.18) at 5:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an afternoon at the office, sneaking peeks at the Padres game from work as you also sneak sips from the bottle of bourbon you keep in your desk drawer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (3-4) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (2-5), 4-3, yesterday afternoon in the Phillies 2016 home opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Andrew Cashner (0-1, 8.00) went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Cesar Hernandez scored on a Odubel Herrera single in the fourth inning. Peter Bourjos hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to plate Cameron Rupp. And, in the sixth inning, a strange play involving the infield fly rule allowed Hernandez to score the Phillies’ third run.

Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) pitched seven innings, surrendering four runs on six hits and no walk with nine strikeouts. In the third inning, a Jon Jay double scored Alexei Ramirez and a ground ball out by Cory Spangenberg brought Alexi Amarista home. Wil Myers hit a solo home run leading off the fourth inning. An Amarista sacrifice squeeze bunt with one out in the seventh inning drove Derek Norris home with the eventual winning run.

The Padres and Phillies play the second of four games tonight. Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00) starts his first game of 2016 versus Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73) with first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm PDT.

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