If you don’t follow me on the twitter, I’m cutting back on writing for now. The mailbag has survived, however, and the mailbag is here.

Put me in the “sure, why not?” bucket here. When the Braves moved Freddie Freeman from first to third earlier this season, I thought it was an interesting experiment. Maybe the process behind it wasn’t great—the Braves moved their franchise cornerstone to clear room for a then scorching-hot Matt Adams—but I like the general idea of challenging guys to swim upstream on the defensive spectrum, particularly if there’s some athleticism/defensive skills present.

When Wil Myers moved from the outfield to first base initially, back toward the end of 2015, it looked like it might work out okay. The numbers said he played really good defense there last year, and he also added a bunch of runs on the bases. This season, however, he’s backpedaled in both of those areas, especially defensively, where the numbers and the eye test agree on the regression. Maybe his defensive skill-set just doesn’t work that well at first in the end, and he’ll be better off returning to an outfield corner, or even to third. He’d have more overall appeal if he could make things work defensively elsewhere on the diamond, though you could say that about any first sacker. Thing is, Myers hasn’t yet shown enough bat to cut it at first, at least not when other facets of his game aren’t firing.

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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 (54-67) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (72-47) last night, 2-1, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 3.98) allowed one run on three hits and four walks while striking out six in five innings. Adam Lind‘s sacrifice fly scored Howie Kendrick in the third inning. Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo home run off Kirby Yates in the eighth inning.

Edwin Jackson (4-2, 3.43) gave up one run in seven innings on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Jose Pirela singled to drive in Manuel Margot in the third inning.

Luis Perdomo (6-7, 4.95) starts tonight against Max Scherzer (12-5, 2.25) with first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm 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 (52-66) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (43-73) last night, 7-4, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Travis Wood (2-4, 6.46) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings with three strikeouts. Odubel Herrera singled to drive in Cesar Hernandez but the third inning was ended by a great throw and tag, relay, and throw by Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, and Austin Hedges to get Freddy Galvis at home. Rhys Hoskins hit a solo home run — his first as a Major Leaguer — in the fourth inning. Hernandez reached on a fielding error and Tommy Joseph came home in the sixth inning. Hoskins hit his second home run in the seventh inning.

Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.33) gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings on five hits and three walks while striking out five. An Hedges sacrifice fly in the second inning drove in Wil Myers. Cory Spangenberg scored when Margot reached base on a throwing error in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Spangenberg scored on a Hedges single, Hedges took second base on the throw, Matt Szczur scored on Asuaje’s sacrifice fly, and Jose Pirela singled to drive in Hedges and Margot. Spangenberg led off the seventh inning with solo home run.

Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.00) gets the start in tonight’s second game of the series against Mark Leiter (1-2, 4.08) with first pitch set for 7:10pm PDT.
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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 (51-66) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-34) yesterday, 6-4, in the finale of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Luis Perdomo (6-7, 4.95) gave up five runs on four hits and a walk in six innings while striking out one. Justin Turner hit a three-run home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Turner hit a solo home run off Jose Valdez in the eighth inning.

Kenta Maeda (11-4, 3.76) allowed four runs (three earned) over five and a third innings on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run and Jose Pirela scored on a Wil Myers sacrifice fly in the first inning. Spangenberg hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

The Padres head home to face the Philadelphia Phillies (43-72) for three games beginning tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Travis Wood (2-4, 6.71) starts tonight against Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.45).
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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 (51-65) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (82-34), 6-3, last night at Dodger Stadium.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.06) gave up one run on four hits and four walks while striking out three in five innings. Chris Taylor scored on a Justin Turner sacrifice fly in the first inning. Corey Seager‘s bases-loaded single in the sixth inning scored Yasmani Grandal, Chase Utley, and Yasiel Puig. Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning. Taylor hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.63) allowed three runs in five innings on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Jose Pirela scored on a double by Hunter Renfroe in the third inning. Chacin singled in the fourth inning to drive in Yangervis Solarte. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Luis Perdomo (6-6, 4.81) starts this afternoon’s series finale against Kenta Maeda (10-4, 3.69). First pitch is set for 1:10pm 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 (51-64) scored more runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (81-34) last night, 4-3, in the first of three games at Dodger Stadium.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14) allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out five in six innings. In the first inning, Justin Turner scored on a Cody Bellinger single but Bellinger was thrown out trying to take second base. Bellinger had another RBI single in the third inning to drive in Chris Taylor. Bellinger scored in the fifth inning on a double by Austin Barnes.

Rich Hill (8-4, 3.44) gave up two runs in six innings on five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Manuel Margot hit a solo home run and Carlos Asuaje scored on Cory Spangenberg‘s single in the third inning. Margot hit another solo home run in seventh inning. Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with a home run.

Hill was grazed in the neck by a pitch while attempting a bunt in the fourth inning, but stayed in the game.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.15) gets the start in tonight’s second game of the series against Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-6, 3.53) with first pitch set for 6:10pm PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after a morning at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (50-64) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (48-67) yesterday, 10-3, in the finale of four games at Great American Ballpark.

Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.12) gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings with five strikeouts. Tucker Barnhart hit a two-run double in the second inning. In the seventh inning, with one out, Kirby Yates walked a batter, hit the next one, and went to two balls & two strikes against Joey Votto before Brad Hand was brought in. Hand walked Votto to load the bases and one out later Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam and Eugenio Suarez hit a solo home run back-to-back. In the eighth inning, Zack Cozart hit a two-run home run and Votto hit a solo home run back-to-back off Phil Maton.

Luis Castillo (2-5, 3.64) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings. Wil Myers hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, Cory Spangenberg‘s double drove in Luis Torrens and Jose Pirela singled to drive in Spangenberg.

The Padres head to Dodger Stadium for three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers (80-33) beginning tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.17) gets the start tonight against Rich Hill (8-4, 3.47).
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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 (50-62) scored more runs than the Cincinnati Reds (46-67) in the second of four games at Great American Ballpark, 7-3, last night.

Luis Perdomo (6-6, 4.81) gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six-plus innings. Tucker Barnhart hit a three-run home run off Jose Torres in the seventh inning.

Sal Romano (2-4, 5.35) allowed five runs in six innings on nine hits and two walks while striking out two. Carlos Asuaje came home on Yangervis Solarte‘s groundout and a wild pitch to Wil Myers allowed Jose Pirela to score in the first inning. Cory Spangenberg scored on Dusty Coleman‘s sacrifice fly in the second inning. In the fifth inning, Pirela scored on a Myers’ sacrifice fly. Austin Hedges led off the sixth inning with a home run. Solarte hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

Travis Wood (2-3, 6.49) gets the start in the third game against Asher Wojciechowski (2-1, 4.15) beginning this evening at 4:10pm 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 (49-62) scored fewer runs than the Cincinnati Reds (46-66), 11-3, in the first game of a four-game series at Great American Ballpark last night.

Jhoulys Chacin (11-8, 4.15) gave up five runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a triple and scored on Joey Votto‘s single in the first inning. Votto hit a two-run home run in the third inning. In the sixth inning Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run. Zack Cozart added another two-run home run in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning Patrick Kivlehan hit a grand slam home run.

Tim Adleman (5-9, 5.35) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in four and two-thirds inning with four strikeouts. Jose Pirela was the Padres offense, hitting two home runs: a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a solo in the eighth inning.

Luis Perdomo (5-6, 4.92) starts tonight’s second game against Sal Romano (2-3, 4.88) with first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm PDT.
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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 (49-61) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-57) in twelve innings yesterday at PNC Park, 5-4.

Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.17) allowed four runs — all unearned — in six innings on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. In the third inning, Andrew McCutchen singled to score Chris Stewart and Jose Osuna hit a bases-loaded double to drive in Starling Marte, McCutchen, and David Freese. Sean Rodriguez led off the twelfth inning with a game-winning home run off Buddy Baumann.

Jameson Taillon (6-5, 4.60) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out eight in six and a third innings. Cory Spangenberg singled to drive in Manuel Margot and, after a single by Wil Myers, Taillon threw a wild pitch to Hunter Renfroe that brought Spangenberg home in the first inning. Margot hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to drive in Renfroe and Matt Szczur.

The Padres begin a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (45-66) at Great American Ballpark tonight at 4:10pm PDT. Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.99) starts the first game against Tim Adleman (5-9, 5.42).
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