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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Sometimes letters never reach their intended targets, instead becoming lost, abandoned, or otherwise discarded amongst the abundance of flyers and coupons in the mailperson’s sack. Sometimes those letters end up at the doorstep of the Padres Public headquarters, where we promptly publish them. Here are some of those letters.

Mr. Mike Dee
CEO, San Diego Padres Baseball Club.
April 20, 2016

Dear Mr. Dee—I just wanted to write to tell you how much I like the new Sycuan sign at Petco Park. What a beaut! It’s such a delight to be patrons of a team that cares so much about quality advertising, and that, my friend, is some quality advertising. I went to the game the other night with my boy and the first thing he asked me about was that glowing monstrosity looming over the batter’s eye, and we proceeded to have a wonderful conversation about my past tribulations with a game called blackjack . . . but I digress.

We marveled at the incandescent light shimmering off each letter, a gorgeously centered backdrop to the drubbing the home nine were taking on the field. It’s really a great location for such aesthetic mastery, boldly affixed atop the field of play. What a beaut!

Shoot, more I think about it, I can’t even remember what was there before. And now I’ve got an eight-year-old son who wants to hit the Vegas Strip. I just wanted to make sure you know how much we appreciate that sign, and for that matter, everything else you do—although I’m sure fans around the park are always telling you the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheers,
Sam in Escondido

P.S.—Can any other team in the majors boast a one-two advertising punch like the Padres, with the aforementioned Sycuan sign and the now slightly overshadowed—but impressive in its own right, darn it—National University sign in left-center? That’s a heckuva combo. Keep up the good work.

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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 (7-12) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (10-8), 8-5, in the finale of their three game series at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (1-1, 5.06) pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hit and two walks while striking out two. The Padres had a two-run lead when Kevin Quackenbush came into relieve Rea in the sixth inning, and Quackenbush gave up back-to-back solo home runs to Jedd Gyorko and Aldemys Diaz with no outs. Ryan Buchter pitched the next two inning without a run scored. Then Brandon Maurer came in to pitch the eighth inning and proceeded to give up three runs.

Mike Leake (0-2, 5.64) also pitched five innings, but gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Christian Bethancourt hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning for one RBI and a solo home run in the fourth inning for another. Melvin Upton Jr.‘s RBI groundout in the second inning and an RBI single in the fifth inning added two more, before he was ejected for arguing balls & strikes in the seventh inning. An RBI single by Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning was the final time a Padre crossed home plate for the rest of the afternoon.

Tonight, the Friars travel to AT&T Park to face the San Francisco Giants (9-11) for three games. Drew Pomeranz (2-1, 2.04) takes on Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.91) tonight at 7:15pm 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 (7-11) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (9-8), 11-2, in the second of three games at Petco Park last night. In his return to San Diego since being traded for Jon Jay, Jedd Gyorko took a dump on the Padres’ lawn in a big way. Gyorko started at third base for the Cardinals and went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run to left field in the eighth inning.

Padres starting pitcher Cesar Vargas (0-0, 1.80) pitched five innings, giving up just one run on five hits and three walks while striking out three. Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run in the sixth inning off Vargas. Kevin Quackenbush got the loss in relief after giving up two runs in one and a third innings. Brad Hand gave up another run while not recording an out in the seventh inning. Carlos Villanueva threw a gas can into the fire, giving up a pinch-hit three-run home run to Jeremy Hazelbaker in the seventh inning and Gyorko’s bomb.

Michael Wacha (2-0, 2.82) gave up both Padres’ runs on four hits and four walks in six innings pitched. Wil Myers scored on a Melvin Upton Jr. sacrifice fly in the first inning. And an Alexei Ramirez sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Matt Kemp.

This afternoon the series wraps up with Colin Rea (1-1, 5.51) taking the mound against Mike Leake (0-2, 5.71) at 1:40pm PDT.

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