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 (57-70) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (64-63) in their three-game series finale at Busch Stadium last night, 4-3.

Luis Perdomo (6-8, 4.84) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts over six innings. Jedd Gyorko doubled in the fourth inning to drive in Dexter Fowler. Paul DeJong scored on a single by Yadier Molina in the sixth inning. Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run off Brad Hand to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning.

Carlos Martinez (10-9, 3.48) gave up two runs (one earned) in seven innings on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Manuel Margot scored when Cory Spangenberg reached on an error and Matt Szczur singled to drive in Carlos Asuaje in the sixth inning. Asuaje drove in Jabari Blash with a single in the top of the ninth inning and Margot scored on Jose Pirela‘s sacrifice fly.

The Padres take on the Miami Marlins (63-63) for three games at Marlins Park beginning tonight at 4:10pm PDT. Travis Wood (3-4, 5.81) starts tonight’s game against Adam Conley (6-5, 4.93).
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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 (56-70) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (64-62), 6-2, last night at Busch Stadium.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-9, 4.10) gave up five runs (four earned) on six hit and three walks while striking out three in four and two-thirds innings. Chacin also put four batters on base by hitting them with a pitch. Kolten Wong scored on a double by Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler drove in Pham with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Jedd Gyorko hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Wong in the third inning. Chacin committed an error on a pickoff throw in the fourth inning and Greg Garcia scored. In the fifth inning, a Chacin wild pitch allowed Fowler to score. In the eighth inning, Gyorko singled to drive in Wong, but Pham was thrown out at home to end the inning.

Luke Weaver (2-1, 2.31) shut the Padres out over seven innings, striking out ten and allowing three hits and a walk. Matt Szczur scored on a Manuel Margot triple in the eighth inning. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run in the ninth inning.

Luis Perdomo (6-8, 4.93) starts tonight’s series finale against Carlos Martinez (10-9, 3.57). First pitch is set for 4:15pm PDT.
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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 (56-69) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (63-62) last night, 12-4, in the first of three games at Busch Stadium.

Clayton Richard (6-12, 4.89) gave up four runs over five and two-thirds innings on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning by Jedd Gyorko (two-runs) and Stephen Piscotty (solo) put the Cardinals on the scoreboard. Yadier Molina hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Lance Lynn (10-6, 3.17) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. In the third inning, a bases-loaded double by Yangervis Solarte scored Richard, Manuel Margot, and Jose Pirela. Solarte doubled again in the fifth inning, driving in Margot. In the seventh inning, Margot scored on a Pirela single, Matt Szczur‘s single drove in Carlos Asuaje and Pirela, and Austin Hedges hit a three-run home run. Solarte hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 3.98) starts the second game tonight against Luke Weaver (1-1, 3.31) with first pitch set for 5:15pm PDT.
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Last night, this tweet appeared on my timeline:

Jedd Gyorko does indeed rank second in baseball in Defensive Runs Saved, at +13, behind only Nolan Arenado, and five whole runs ahead of Evan Longoria in third place. Last year, in a full season, only three third baseman (Arenado, Adrian Beltre, and Kyle Seager) contributed more positive value by DRS than 2017 Gyorko has racked up in half the playing time, and Beltre and Seager nipped him by just two runs a piece.

Either Gyorko, once a so-so second baseman in San Diego, has transformed himself into one of the best third baseman in the league in St. Louis, or something fishy is going on here. Let’s take a step back.

Today’s two most frequently cited fielding stats, DRS and UZR, both use batted-ball data and fielding zones to determine how well defenders are performing. Where offensive stats are somewhat concrete—a home run is a home run and a double is a double, for the most part—fielding stats are essentially estimates based on various assumptions, like how hard a ball was hit and where a fielder was initially standing. In an era where the exact data on how hard a ball was hit and where a fielder was initially standing exists, somewhere, thanks to Statcast, today’s advanced fielding metrics feel a tad archaic.

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Four years ago, I started a project out of, quite frankly, spite and disappointment.

I now feel a responsibility to maintain this thing I started.

Because the Padres Twittersphere is an ever-evolving entity. Players and people leave, sometimes even of their own accord. Some who have stayed have changed their Twitter usage to not be all that interesting of a follow anymore. Still others just seem to have given up the medium altogether.

Some do a bit of all of that, sailing off into the distance in silence, like a sailboat in the night.

So, here we are. The fourth iteration of my “Padres Must-Follow” Twitter list.

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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 (41-55) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (51-44), 6-5, last night at Busch Stadium.

Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.15) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single and Ramirez came around to score on Travis Jankowski‘s double. Jankowski was thrown out to end the inning trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Ramirez doubled in Schimpf again in the seventh inning and scored on a single by Alex Dickerson. Yangervis Solarte hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.79) gave up just one run on three hits and no walks in five and two-thirds innings while striking out eight. Greg Garcia hit a ground-rule double to lead off the sixth inning and advanced to third on a groundout by Jedd Gyorko, and scored on a single by Aledmys Diaz. Cashner then hit Matt Holliday in the face with a pitch and was pulled for Brad Hand. In the eighth inning, a single by Gyorko scored Jeremy Hazelbaker and Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run home run, all off Ryan Buchter. Carlos Villanueva loaded the bases in the ninth inning and a walk-off RBI single by Diaz won the game for the Cardinals.

The Padres travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Nationals (57-39) at Nationals Park for three games starting tonight at 4:05pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (3-4, 7.36) gets the start against Tanner Roark (9-5, 2.82) in the first game.

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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 (41-54) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (50-44) in the third game of four last night, 3-2, at Busch Stadium.

Paul Clemens (1-1, 4.91) pitched five inning, surrendering three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Jedd Gyorko had two home runs, a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run with Greg Garcia on base in the fifth inning.

Jaime Garcia (7-6, 3.98) gave up one run on six hits and two walks in five and two-thirds innings while striking out five. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning and Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

The series finale starts at 4:15pm PDT this evening. The Padres will try to avoid a four-game sweep with Andrew Cashner (4-7, 5.05) taking the mound against Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.15).

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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 (41-53) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (49-44), 4-2, in the second game of four at Busch Stadium. This game was the first of a day/night doubleheader necessitated by Tuesday night’s rainout.

Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01) gave up four runs in six innings on eight hits and three walks while striking out two. In the second inning, Matt Holliday hit a leadoff solo home run. Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run with Matt Adams on base in the fourth inning. And Yadier Molina hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.

Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.85) pitched seven inning, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The Padres’ two runs came in the first inning on Ryan Schimpf‘s two-run home run. Travis Jankowski led off the game with a double.

This evening at 5:15pm PDT, Paul Clemens makes his Padres debut against Jaime Garcia (6-6, 4.11) at Busch Stadium.

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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 (41-52) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (48-44), 10-2, last night in the first of four games at Busch Stadium.

Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55) gave up four runs (three earned) in five and a third innings on six hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Aledmys Diaz scored in the fifth inning on a Matt Holliday single. In the sixth inning, Matt Adams’ double scored Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia, Adams scored on a Diaz triple, and Stephen Piscotty hit a single to bring in Diaz. In the seventh inning, Randal Grichuk hit a two-run home run with Yadier Molina on first base and Gyorko followed him with a solo home run. Piscotty hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Mike Leake (7-7, 4.00) pitched six innings, surrendering one run on six hits and no walks while striking out eleven. Wil Myers got the Golden Sombrero, striking out four times in four at-bats. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Ryan Schimpf scored the other Padres’ run on an Alexi Amarista pinch-hit groundout in the seventh inning.

The second game at Busch Stadium is tonight at 5:15pm PDT. Colin Rea (5-3, 4.95) takes the mound against Carlos Martinez (8-6, 2.85).

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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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