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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Eno Sarris joins Padres and Pints: the Podcast! to reminisce about the time Chris felt Eno’s hair. They also chat about Eno’s Book, “A Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to Baseball” with suggestions from local craft beer and baseball nerds for their home cities all across the country, including San Diego nerds Rick and Chris.

They also discuss Eno’s Favorite San Diego Brews, and some Padres chat including whether the team should or will trade Wil Myers, why Andrew Cashner didn’t seem to pan out as some expected, Eno’s suggestion for better handling of the James Shields trade, Matt Kemp, and insight from Eno’s insider discussions with Padres players and baseball personnel.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.

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

The Padres (26-37) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (29-33), 5-3, during yesterday afternoon’s second game of three at Coors Field.

Erik Johnson (0-3, 7.71) made his Padres debut after being acquired last Saturday from the Chicago White Sox for James Shields. Johnson gave up all five Rockies’ runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings. A Carlos Gonzalez three-run home run in the first inning with Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu on base put the Rockies on the board. Blackmon led off the fifth inning with a solo home run and Gonzalez hit an RBI single for the Rockies’ fifth run of the game.

Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 2.89) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two. The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead after batting in the first inning. A Yangervis Solarte ground out scored Wil Myers and an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. scored Matt Kemp. In the fifth inning, a single by Jon Jay scored Alexi Amarista, but Jay was caught in a rundown between first and second bases to end the inning.

The series finale is this afternoon starting 1:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (2-1, 2.57) gets the start against Eddie Butler (2-3, 5.48) Tyler Anderson, who is making his Major League debut.

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When the Padres signed James Shields toward the end of A.J. Preller’s “rockstar GM” phase, I noted that they were putting the future on hold. The Shields acquisition, at the time, represented yet another bet on that team, on the present, on winning. That team’s still together, somewhat, but they’re still mostly failing and they’re starting to come unglued.

Shields is in Chicago now, sent away with money in a deal that returned Erik Johnson, a fringy 26-year-old right hander, and Fernando Tatis Jr., a Dominican shortstop who was not yet four months old when this happened. The timing for the deal is somewhat odd—it came just four days after Shields surrendered 10 runs in Seattle, bumping his ERA up over a full run, and three days after Ron Fowler’s radio rant, in which he specifically called Shields “embarrassing.” So much for dealing players at peak value.

Ignoring some potential trade value lost from one really bad start and a public tear-down by the team’s executive chairman—and the too-obvious irony of Fowler calling somebody else embarrassing—and maybe this was just what the Padres needed to kickstart a rebuilding process that seems plainly obvious from the outside. The Plan didn’t work, in part because it probably wasn’t a very good plan and in part because baseball’s baseball. We all kind of stink at predicting it, even the executives and general managers and scouts and analysts who are paid real money—sometimes real good money—to chronically obsess over it, study it, and put their jobs on the line for it. Players get hurt and players under-perform and other teams do smart things and randomness is always sitting in the corner, ominously waiting to pounce when things are finally going well. Oh, yeah, and sometimes non-baseball ops people get involved in baseball decisions.

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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 (23-35) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (25-31) last night at Petco Park, 10-3, in a game that started at 6:10pm PDT due to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon street closures downtown earlier in the day.

Luis Perdomo (1-2, 10.38) allowed six runs on eight hit and a walk with three strikeouts in four and a third innings pitched. Perdomo started because it was decided that yesterday’s game would be another Bullpen Day, thanks to the trade of starter James Shields to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. Carlos Gonzalez hit the snot out of two, two-run home runs in the game, the first coming in the first inning and the second coming in the ninth inning. Nolan Arenado was on base both times and also hit a two-run home run of his own in the fifth inning.

Jon Gray (4-2, 5.33) struck out a personal best twelve batters in seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Wil Myers hit an RBI double in the fourth inning to score Jon Jay. Myers then hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. And, finally, Brett Wallace hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.

The Atlanta Braves (16-40) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (2-1, 2.53) takes the mound tonight against Williams Perez (2-1, 3.86).

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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 afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (19-29) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (30-19), 4-3 in ten innings, yesterday afternoon in the series finale at AT&T Park. The Friars have yet to win a game this season against the Giants in nine chances.

James Shields (2-6, 3.06) pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. In the second inning, Kelby Tomlinson hit an RBI single to bring Brandon Crawford into score. Matt Duffy hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to drive in Gregor Blanco. In the seventh inning, Denard Span‘s double off Ryan Buchter scored Trevor Brown. Crawford hit an RBI single off Brad Hand in the tenth inning to bring Duffy across the plate for the Giants’ victory.

Jake Peavy (1-5, 7.26) gave up one run in six and two-thirds innings on six hits and a walk while striking out four Padres. An Alexei Ramirez RBI scored Brett Wallace in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, a two-run home run by Yangervis Solarte with Christian Bethancourt on tied the game at three runs. But that was it for the Padres.

The Padres have the day off today as they travel to Phoenix for three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting Friday at 6:40pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (0-1, 2.89) gets the start tomorrow against TBD of the Diamondbacks.

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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 (17-25) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (25-18), 3-1, getting swept by the Giants in three games at Petco Park.

James Shields (2-6, 3.07) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. In the first inning, after a leadoff walk to Denard Span and Joe Panik‘s single, Matt Duffy grounded out to advance the runners. Span scored on a sacrifice fly by Buster Posey, but Panik was tagged out trying to advance to third base. Leading off the fourth inning, an error by Matt Kemp allowed Duffy to reach base and take second. Duffy scored after a two-out single by Hunter Pence. Brandon Crawford then led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to right-center field for the Giants’ final run.

Jeff Samardzija (6-2, 2.66) pitched eight innings, surrendering one run on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Alexi Amarista doubled to score Christian Bethancourt from second base. Samardzija retired every batter after that until he left the game after the eighth inning. Jon Jay singled to lead off the ninth inning and advanced to third base on two consecutive instances of defensive indifference, but Brett Wallace lined out to end the game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (21-21) come to Petco Park for a three-game weekend series starting tonight at 7:40pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (0-1, 1.50) takes the mound against Scott Kazmir (3-3, 4.89).

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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 (16-20) scored more runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (14-21) at Miller Park last night, 3-0.

James Shields (2-5, 3.12) pitched seven shutout innings on seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. The Brewers never really threatened to score after the first inning, when Domingo Santana led off with a single and advanced to third on a Scooter Gennett single. But Gennett was thrown out between first and second on the play then Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy both grounded out to end the inning.

Jimmy Nelson (4-3, 3.51) surrendered two runs five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in eight innings. Melvin Upton Jr. pretty much beat the Brewers by himself, starting with a single to score Wil Myers in the fourth inning. In the seventh inning, Upton scored on an Alexei Ramirez sacrifice fly. And in the ninth inning, Upton hit a solo home run off Tyler Thornburg.

Derek Norris was hit on the hand with a pitch in his first at-bat in the second inning and left the game prior to starting the next half-inning with a contusion.

Tonight at 5:10pm PDT, the Friars will send Christian Friedrich out to start the game in his Padres debut against Junior Guerra (1-0, 6.00).

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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 (13-18) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (18-11), 6-3, in game three of four at Petco Park.

James Shields (1-5, 3.60) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits (Including two two-run home runs. More on those in a bit) and five walks with eight strikeouts. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Bartolo Colon (Yes, that Bartolo Colon) hit a two-out, two-run home run, his first career home run. He’s 42 years old and the oldest player to hit the first home run of his Major League career. The Mets added two more runs with one out in the ninth inning with back-to-back solo home runs off Carlos Villanueva by David Wright and Michael Conforto.

Colon (3-1, 2.82) gave up three runs in six and two-thirds innings on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Jon Jay hit a three-run home run with one out in the third inning to score Derek Norris and Shields. That was it.

Oh, I nearly forgot. Jemile Weeks left the game with a right hamstring strain and had to be helped off the field. So…

Today has Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85) getting the start against Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76) starting at 1:40pm PDT.

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