Pitch framing has lost a bit of its luster of the last few years, simply because everyone knows about it. Whereas a few years ago it was the latest and greatest development in sabermetric thinking, now seemingly every team has a good framing catcher or three. Just as notably, the really bad framers—the Ryan Doumits of the world—have mostly disappeared, either forced out of the game or forced to improve at their craft.

But don’t tell Hector Sanchez.

Here’s the strike zone plot versus left-handed hitters that I pulled from last night’s game around the time Sanchez left after taking a foul ball off the foot:

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Look at those green squares. There are three of them clearly in the rule book strike zone and another couple safely in the area generally called a strike. Part of that’s on the umpire, sure, and part of it’s maybe just small sample whatever. But we already know that Sanchez is not a particularly good framer. Last year, by Baseball Prospectus’ framing metric, Sanchez had the second-worst CSAA (-0.032) in all of baseball among catchers with at least 500 chances, ahead of only then-Reds catcher Ramon Cabrera. That was Sanchez’s worst year by the numbers, but he’s always rated as a well below average framer since debuting with the Giants back in 2011.

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

The Padres (11-16) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (9-17), 5-2, in twelve innings yesterday at AT&T Park.

Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.29) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five and a third innings pitched. Joe Panik scored on a Ty Blach sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, Michael Morse‘s RBI double drove in Hunter Pence.

Blach (0-1, 2.55) shut out the Padres over seven innings on three hits and two walks while recording just one strikeout. The Giants’ bullpen imploded again, with Mark Melancon giving up a two-run home run by Hector Sanchez to tie the game in the ninth inning. And George Kontos surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run by Wil Myers in the twelfth inning.

The Padres are off today as they travel back home to Petco Park for three games against the Colorado Rockies (16-10). Trevor Cahill (1-2, 4.50) gets the start tomorrow at 7:10pm PDT versus Tyler Chatwood (2-3, 4.88).

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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 (10-16) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (9-16) last night at AT&T Park, 12-4.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.82) gave up three runs in five innings on five hit and two walks while striking out six. In the fifth inning, Eduardo Nunez drove in Conor Gillaspie and later scored on a bases loaded two-run single by Brandon Belt. Gillaspie scored again on a Gorkys Hernandez single in the sixth inning.

Matt Cain (2-0, 2.30) pitched five innings, giving up just one run — on a single by Erick Aybar in the fourth inning to drive in Ryan Schimpf — on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts, but didn’t get a decision after the Giants’ bullpen gave up eleven runs in relief. In the sixth inning, Chris Stratton lasted just one out while giving up five runs and Neil Ramirez lasted an inning and a third while giving up six runs.

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In the seventh inning, Allen Cordoba hit a three-run home run.

Today’s series finale, starting at 1:05pm PDT, matches Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.45) against Ty Blach (0-1, 4.22).

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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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The Padres (60-84) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (77-66), 4-0, last night in the first of three games at AT&T Park.

Paul Clemens (3-5, 4.94) pitched five innings — all while suffering effects of the flu — shutting the Giants out on three hits and a walk while striking out two. With two outs in the second inning when Brandon Belt walked and Joe Panik was hit by a pitch, but Conor Gillaspie ground out to end the inning. With one out in the fourth inning, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back singles, Belt flied out, and the runners advanced on a wild pitch to Panik who then ground out.

Jeff Samardzija (11-10, 4.07) surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk in six inning with six strikeouts. Luis Sardinas scored on a Yangervis Solarte single in the fourth inning. Solarte grounded into a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning and Clemens scored when Solarte beat the throw to first base. Hector Sanchez hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Clayton Richard (2-3, 2.78) gets the start tonight against Albert Suarez (3-3, 4.37). First pitch is set for 7:15pm PDT.

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The Padres (57-81) scored fewer runs than the Boston Red Sox (77-61) in the second of three games at Petco Park, 5-1.

Paul Clemens (2-5, 5.44) once again couldn’t make it through five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walk with three strikeouts in four innings. With no outs in the fourth inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run home run and Chris Young followed immediately with a solo home run. Hanley Ramirez‘ RBI single with no outs in the fifth inning ended Clemens’ night and Young hit into a bases-loaded RBI groundout against reliever Jose Dominguez.

Clay Buchholz (6-10, 4.99) surrendered one run on eight hits and no walks while striking out six in six and two-thirds innings. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Padres’ lone run.

Jarred Cosart (0-2, 5.14) takes the mound in the series finale tonight against David Price (14-8, 3.92). First pitch is set for 6:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (56-80) scored less runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) yesterday at Dodger Stadium, 7-4.

Christian Friedrich (4-10, 4.99) gave up four runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four and a third innings. Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, a Chase Utley single drove in Justin Turner and Puig scored on a single by Yasmani Grandal. Grandal hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

Jose De Leon (1-0, 6.00) won his Major League debut while surrendering four runs on six hits and no walks with striking out nine in six innings. Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run with Travis Jankowski on base in the third inning. Alexi Amarista scored on a throwing error on a Jankowski bunt single and Jankowski scored on a Solarte sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

The Padres return home to Petco Park for three games against the Boston Red Sox (76-60) starting this afternoon at 1:40pm PDT. Edwin Jackson (3-5, 6.26) gets the start against former Padre Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 3.00).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a morning at Dark Horse Coffee Roasters. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (55-78) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (51-83) at Turner Field, 9-6, yesterday.

Jarred Cosart (0-2, 5.14) gave up seven runs on five hits and three walks while striking out just one batter in four and a third innings. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, Freeman’s bases-loaded walk drove in Mike Foltynewicz, a Matt Kemp single drove in Ender Inciarte and Adonis Garcia, and Anthony Recker‘s single scored Freeman. Garcia drove in Chase d’Arnaud with a single in the sixth inning. Brandon Snyder scored on a Inciarte single in the eighth inning.

Foltynewicz (8-5, 4.31) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on four hits and no walks with three strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Hector Sanchez hit a solo home run. Wil Myers hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. In the ninth inning, Myers scored on Yangervis Solarte‘s double, Solarte came home on a triple by Alex Dickerson, and a Ryan Schimpf sacrifice fly drove Dickerson in for the Padres’ final run.

The Padres head to Los Angeles for three games against the Dodgers (74-59) at Dodger Stadium starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Clayton Richard (1-3, 3.51) takes the mound versus Julio Urias (5-2, 3.71).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an afternoon at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (20-33) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (30-21). A lot fewer runs. Like 16-4. Like got beat really bad. Like.

James Shields (2-7, 4.28) lasted just two and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on eight hits and four walks with only one strikeout. Kyle Seager hit a three-run home run off Shields in the second inning and Seth Smith added another three-run shot off Shields in the third inning. Luis Perdomo relieved Shields and gave up a two-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez in the fourth inning, a solo home run to Smith in the fifth inning, and a three-run home run to Adam Lind, also in the fifth inning. That’s twelve runs just from home runs. I don’t even remember how they got the other four runs. Doesn’t matter anyway.

Of particular note, Christian Bethancourt played four positions, including pitching two-thirds of an inning in the eighth. Wil Myers moved from first base to left field and Derek Norris came into play first base, hitting in designated hitter Matt Kemp‘s spot. Alexi Amarista, who had come in for Alexei Ramirez in the sixth inning, finished up that inning, moving Adam Rosales to shortstop so Bethancourt could play second base. Rosales had replaced Yangervis Solarte at second base in the fifth inning. If you’re completely confused, join the club. I can’t make this stuff up, people.

Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41) was perfect for the first four innings, until Solarte led off the fifth inning with a single. Iwakuma ended his day after seven innings pitched, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Travis Jankowski hit a two-run home run and Matt Kemp followed up with a solo shot two outs later in the sixth inning. Hector Sanchez led off the seventh inning with a solo home run. That was all she wrote for the Padres.

Tonight, the series switches to Petco Park for two games starting at 7:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (1-1, 1.65) draws the short straw against Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

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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 (20-30) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (22-29) last night, 8-7, in game two of three at Chase Field.

Cesar Vargas (0-3, 5.03) lasted just one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout. Jake Lamb singled to score Michael Bourn in the first inning. In the second, the Diamondbacks scored six runs. Singles by Chris Owings and Zack Greinke and a Nick Ahmed walk loaded the bases with no outs. Jean Segura hit a sacrifice fly to score Owings, Bourn singled to plate Greinke and Ahmed, and Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run. A wild pitch in the fifth inning by Luis Perdomo to Brandon Drury allowed Lamb to come home for the Diamondbacks’ eighth run and final run of the game.

Greinke (6-3, 4.71) pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two. Matt Kemp put the Padres on the board with a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Greinke then effectively shut the Padres down until the sixth inning, when an RBI double by Jon Jay scored Alexi Amarista. After a walk by Wil Myers and Kemp’s pop fly out, Jay scored on an RBI double by Yangervis Solarte. Myers scored on a Melvin Upton Jr. sacrifice fly. In the ninth inning, Solarte scored when Derek Norris reached on a two-base throwing error. Norris and Upton later scored on a pinch-hit single by Hector Sanchez.

This afternoon’s series finale pits Drew Pomeranz (4-4, 1.70) against Archie Bradley (1-0, 7.84) at 1:10pm PDT.

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