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 (55-76) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (49-83) in the first of three games at Turner Field, 7-3.

Edwin Jackson (3-5, 6.26) gave up five runs in two and two-thirds innings on seven hits and three walks with no strikeouts. The third inning did Jackson in, as you can see:


In the fifth inning, Dansby Swanson‘s double drove in Tyler Flowers and Jace Peterson.

Julio Teheran (4-9, 3.12) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight. Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Ryan Schimpf scored the third and final Padres’ run after hitting a triple and coming home on Arcia’s groundout in the ninth inning.

Tonight’s game has Paul Clemens (2-3, 5.06) taking the mound against Matt Wisler (5-11, 4.92) starting at 4:10pm PDT.

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I promise I’ll stop writing about second basemen. But not yet. Presented here mostly without comment, are the combined wRC+ and WAR totals for Padres second baseman the last 15 or so years. You might notice a light shining from the heavens on Mark Loretta. The worst mark came last year thanks to the awful start to Jace Peterson‘s career, and my boy Jedd Gyorko not exactly picking up Jace’s slack.

I’ll leave the analysis for elsewhere. For now there’s just context.

2015 89 0.8
2014 60 -0.7
2013 98 2.3
2012 88 1.5
2011 74 1.1
2010 82 3
2009 78 -0.4
2008 80 -0.1
2007 76 0.1
2006 97 3.4
2005 94 3.1
2004 137 5.8
2003 118 4.8
2002 81 1.8
2001 77 -0.3
2000 92 3.1

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 (57-62) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (53-65) last night in the first of three games, 5-3. Jedd Gyorko started at shortstop for the first time since 2010 at West Virginia University.

Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) got his second win after pitching five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Former Padre Cameron Maybin hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Maybin later scored another run in the sixth inning on a single from A.J. Pierzynski. In the ninth inning, a single off Craig Kimbrel by another former Padre, Jace Peterson, drove in Nick Markakis for the Braves’ final run.

Williams Perez (4-4, 4.34) pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts. In the second inning, Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso reached on a single and a ground-rule double, respectively. Derek Norris drove in Upton with a single, then reached second on a wild pitch to Will Venable. Venable then singled to right field scoring Alonso and Norris, who hustled and barely beat the throw home. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. Alonso added a solo shot with two outs in the eighth inning.

Tonight, James Shields (8-5, 3.89) gets the start in the second game with former Padre Matt Wisler (5-2, 4.74) getting the start for the Braves. First pitch is set for 7:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after calling in sick from work to get a late breakfast at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (31-31) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (29-31), 6-4 in 11 innings yesterday, to split the series at Turner Field and finish up the road trip with a 4-3 record.

Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) gave up four runs in six and two-third innings on seven hits and four walk with just one strikeout. Freddie Freeman hit an RBI double in the first inning and a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning. Jace Peterson had an RBI single and Cameron Maybin hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the seventh to cap the Braves scoring.

Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.78) surrendered four runs in seven innings on four hits and three walk with seven strikeouts. The Friars got out to an early 1-0 lead on Derek Norris‘ single to score Matt Kemp, who reached base after being hit by a pitch which then cleared both teams’ benches in the first inning. In the eighth inning, Alexi Amarista scored on a passed ball, Yangervis Solarte then came in on a Yonder Alonso RBI single, and Cory Spangenberg reached on catcher’s interference with the bases loaded. In the top of the eleventh, Spangenberg and Melvin Upton Jr. scored on a Solarte single to right field to put the Padres ahead for good.

The Padres come home to Petco Park for three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-25) starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.72) gets the start tonight against Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.36).

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

The Padres (30-30) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (28-30), 6-5, yesterday in the second game of their four game series at Turner Field

James Shields (7-0, 3.79) came away with a no-decision again, as the Braves came back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning. Nick Markakis started the Braves’ scoring, reaching on an error to plate Jace Peterson. Juan Uribe walked and Andrelton Simmons then hit a bases-loaded double to clear the bases. Jonny Gomes then had an RBI-single to score Simmons. Shields allowed five runs (four earned) in five and one-third innings on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

The Braves took the lead on a Joey Terdoslavich pinch hit leadoff home run in the eighth inning off Joaquin Benoit. The home run was Terdoslavich’s first of his career.

Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 4.72) didn’t fare much better than Shields, giving up five runs in five and two-third innings on twelve hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Clint Barmes hit an RBI double in the second inning to score Cory Spangenberg. Will Venable hit a solo home run in the third inning. Derek Norris scored in the fifth inning on a Yonder Alonso single. Venable and Norris had back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth inning.

Tonight, Tyson Ross (3-5, 3.75) takes the mound for the Friars opposite the Braves’ Williams Perez (1-0, 3.55) at Turner Field at 4:10pm.

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It’s Tuesday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve got the day off work. I went grocery shopping, cleaned the kitchen, and I should be doing laundry, but I’ll save it for a bit later. I’m fully moved into my new apartment, for the first time in my life, I have a washer/dryer right outside my bedroom, and yet I’m still just letting the dirty clothes pile up. Instead, I’m having a back and forth with a Dodgers fan on Twitter who really didn’t like the trade proposal I tweeted about how the Padres could sensibly land Matt Kemp.

He thinks I’m high and know nothing about baseball. I’m not really engaged, just throwing barbs back. There’s no point actually dealing in facts with this kind of Dodgers fan. Scrolling through his tweets and re-tweets, he really doesn’t want to trade Kemp. I get that, but not understanding what might actually make sense for both teams in order to get a deal done is just being an arrogant Dodgers fan.

The problem is that the Padres will absolutely have to over-pay to get a deal for Kemp done. I’ve come to terms with that. The Dodgers have the upper hand. They don’t need to trade Kemp and they don’t care about money because they’re literally billionaires. They’re asking for the moon, and like a celebrity who actually wants to go to the moon, they’re willing to pay tens of millions of dollars to get it. If they don’t get what they want, there’s no deal. Negotiating with that is not easy.

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I call it a “Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage”

It’s been a while since I wrote anything that wasn’t a While You Were Drinking or a news item.  And let’s be honest.  There’s only so many ways someone can say “this team sucks” and not come off as a total prick.  But make no mistake, this Padres team definitely sucked this year.

Yeah, sure, they finished with more wins than any of the previous three seasons.  By one.  One win.  I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and tell you how the Padres have exceeded expectations after their horrific offensive start.  Sorry if you think I will.

Despite what some people may think they know about my opinions of other Padres’ fans, I believe the majority of fans are smarter than given credit for.  And that you all deserve straight talk, not bulls**t.

I’ve been writing bits and pieces of this over the course of the last couple weeks.  It’s very stream of consciousness, so it’s all over the place.  I don’t even know if it’s readable for anyone who’s not me.  But, there you go.  You’ve been warned.

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In a recent chat at the Union-Tribune, Dennis Lin, in response to a question about Everth Cabrera‘s outlook for next season and his potential replacements, typed these 35 words into his browser:

I believe there’s a decent chance Alexi Amarista starts at shortstop next April. He’s obviously not a long-term solution, but he’d be serviceable. The Padres were really impressed by his play in the second half.

What may be most disconcerting about Lin’s response is that it’s an entirely reasonable one.

Everth Cabrera, the incumbent Padres shortstop, has a trio of potential roadblocks surrounding his return as a full-time starter: (1) the pending legal issues from the arrest on September 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, (2) the hamstring injury which cost the shortstop nearly 70 games last year and also sent him to the disabled list in 2013 and 2010, and (3) the inconsistent performance.

As we discussed last week, Cabrera’s campaigns have yo-yoed between productive and complete wastes since his 2009 out-of-nowhere debut. In 2013, Cabrera made major offensive strides and finished with a .283/.355/.381 line in 435 plate appearances. His 2013 walk rate was nearly identical to his 2012 walk rate, but he struck out just 69 times (in 14 less plate appearances) compared to 110 whiffs in 2012. Last year all of those positive gains were lost — the slash line fell back to .232/.272/.300 in 391 PAs and both the walks (20) and the strikeouts (86) traveled in the wrong direction. The defense, depending on your metric of choice, has hovered in the area just below average, but the base stealing has fallen off drastically (44-48 on steals in 2012 compared to 18-26 last year).

Despite all of the issues, Cabrera remains a legitimate candidate for the job next season, which might tell you a little something about the alternatives. He’s shown in the past that he’s been able to bounce back following a dismal campaign, and the talent — the ability to put up 2-plus WAR in partial seasons — is obviously there. Further, Cabrera should remain relatively cheap after making just $2.45 million last year, and he’s (super-two) arbitration-eligible through 2016. Heck, I was campaigning for an extension just prior to the start of last year.

Let’s just consider, though, that the Padres aren’t comfortable entrusting the starting shortstop job to a player battling legal issues, health issues, and production issues. Who would they turn to?

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We’re now a week into September, which means that we’re a week into expanded MLB rosters, as teams may now promote any player on their 40 man roster to the active roster. The Padres are finished with their call ups, leaving them with 32 players on the active roster. That should be plenty of extra beef, right? You’d think, but it wasn’t.

On Saturday night against the Rockies, the Padres played 12 innings, using 7 relief pitchers after Joe Wieland’s return from Tommy John surgery lasted just 2.1 innings. Thankfully, it was performance and pitch count that got Wieland, not anything relating to injury. However, because of the short start, the number of pitchers used, and the number of pinch-hitters that the Padres were forced to use throughout the game, they ran out of position players. In the top of the 11th, with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs and the pitcher’s spot coming up in the lineup, all 14 position players on the roster were either in the game or had already been used and removed, and the Padres were left with using Andrew Cashner, who lined out to center and end the scoring opportunity.

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Yesterday I posted about Jesse Hahn probably being shut down for the year in September.  Later yesterday the Padres optioned Jesse to AA and called up LHP Frank Garces.  A coincidence, or action/reaction?

Challenge accepted.  Hey Padres – play Jace Peterson more!


They probably need a better argument than just that. 

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