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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“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

Spring Training is upon us once again. A time for optimism. A time for learning. A time for critiquing.

The Padres front office has recently been doing interviews where Mike Dee, Ron Fowler, and Peter Seidler all declare their belief in being big believers in belief, despite all apparent evidence to the contrary.

In other words, they have Great Expectations for this season.

What follows is my Padres brain dump for this spring, using select quotes from Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Great Expectations.

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The Fielding Bible Awards highlight the best defensive players across both leagues in Major League Baseball. They’re voted on by a panel of experts, and the results of the voting are made public.

This year’s awards were the most decisive ever with three unanimous decisions at. The winners headlined Tampa Bay centerfield prodigy Kevin Kiermaier who established a new record for defensive runs saved in a season at 42. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward were other unanimous selections.

Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso finished fifth. Once thought of as a defensive liability, Alonso garnered strong support from Bill James, the Baseball Info Solutions video scouts, and Hal Richman among others. Left fielder Justin Upton received high votes from the BIS video scouts, writer Joe Posnanski, and defensive data analyst John Dewan, among others. Derek Norris and Odrisamer Despaigne also received votes.

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 (73-85) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (68-90) last night, 5-0. The loss guarantees the Padres will not finish with a better record than last year. And, before the game, Matt Kemp was shut down for the remaining five games of the season with a torn tendon in his right middle finger. I’ll let Vocal Minority Nate handle the obvious joke.

Andrew Cashner (6-16, 4.34) actually pitched fairly well for the first five innings. It was the sixth inning that did him in. The Brewers scored all five runs in the sixth inning, all charged to Cashner, who struck out seven against five hits and two walks.

Justin Upton hit his head on the left field wall while trying to field a ball hit by Logan Schafer that ended up a triple in the first inning and was removed from the game.

Zach Davies (3-2, 3.71) pitched seven innings, giving up five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

This afternoon is the last home game of the 2015 season for the Padres. Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.38) gets the start versus Taylor Jungmann (9-7, 3.64) with first pitch scheduled for 3:40pm PDT.

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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 (73-82) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (74-81) last night at Petco Park, 3-0.

Robbie Erlin (1-1, 6.30) had a no-hitter through five and two-thirds innings, before giving up a triple to Ender Inciarte with two outs in the sixth inning. Erlin struck out Aaron Hill to end the inning, finishing his night with seven shutout innings pitched with two hits, a walk, and four strikeouts.

Jeremy Hellickson (9-11, 4.60) allowed just one run in six innings on four hits and two walk with five strikeouts. Cory Spangenberg doubled to lead off the sixth inning and scored on a Jedd Gyorko sacrifice fly. In the eighth inning, Spangenberg led off with a single, followed by Matt Kemp‘s single. Justin Upton then doubled to score Spangenberg. Kemp then came home on another sacrifice fly by Gyorko.

In this afternoon’s season series finale, James Shields (13-6, 3.86) takes the mound against Zack Godley (5-1, 3.48) at 1:10pm PDT.

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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 (71-81) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (79-72) last night, 5-4, on a walk-off single by birthday boy Jedd Gyorko to score birthday boy Matt Kemp in the ninth inning.

Andrew Cashner (6-15, 4.21) allowed two runs on two hits and five walks in six innings while striking out six. A Brandon Crawford two-run single in the first was the only damage on Cashner’s watch. Joaquin Benoit gave up a solo home run to Jarrett Parker in the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, with Craig Kimbrel pitching, a Kemp error put Buster Posey on base. Crawford then hit a double. After striking out the next two batters, a wild pitch from Kimbrel to Trevor Brown allowed Posey to score and tie up the game at four. Brown then ground out to end the Giants’ ninth inning.

Jake Peavy (7-6, 3.83) shut out the Padres in his six innings of work, allowing four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. The Padres tied-up the game at two in the seventh inning when Yangervis Solarte‘s double off Josh Osich scored Gyorko, who had singled, and Derek Norris, who walked. A Travis Jankowski double in the eighth inning scored Brett Wallace and Gyorko to tie the game at four. Then came the ninth and Gyorko’s RBI single to win the game. The Giants used ten pitchers in the game.

Tonight, Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.29) takes the mound against Madison Bumgarner (18-8, 2.84) at 6:10pm PDT in the season series finale.

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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 (70-81) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (79-71) last night, 4-2, in a game that featured a combined 27 strikeouts by both teams, 16 by the Giants’ batters and 11 by the Padres.

Tyson Ross (10-11, 3.17) struck out eleven in six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Trevor Brown‘s RBI double in fifth inning put San Francisco on the board. Brandon Crawford singled in the sixth inning to score Alejandro De Aza. In the seventh inning, Angel Pagan hit a two-run home run.

Chris Heston (11-10, 3.51) shutout the Padres over four and a third innings, striking out seven with two hits and five walks. Heston loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning and was pulled. But George Kontos got Matt Kemp to pop out to first base in foul territory and Justin Upton to fly out to center field. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and Brett Wallace added a pinch-hit solo home run in the seventh inning.

Andrew Cashner (6-15, 4.25) gets the start tonight against Jake Peavy (7-6, 4.08) at 7:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (70-80) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (63-86), 10-4, yesterday afternoon to avoid the series sweep and wrap up the season series.

James Shields (13-6, 3.86) gave up four runs in six and two-thirds innings on two hits and four walks while striking out eight. Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the first inning. After a wild pitch, two walks, and another wild pitch that scored Justin Morneau, Shields was relieved by Bud Norris. Norris threw another wild pitch then gave up a two-run single to Ben Paulsen.

Kyle Kendrick (6-13, 6.37) pitched four innings, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Padres on the board. Matt Kemp hit two doubles and added a solo home run in the third inning. Jedd Gyorko added a solo home run in the third inning as well. And Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your Saturday evening doing other things instead of watching the Padres. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were doing those other things.

The Padres (69-80) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (63-85) last night, 10-2.

Robbie Erlin (0-1, 21.00) lasted just three innings in his first Major League in a year, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Nolan Arenado hit an RBI single, an RBI single by Carlos Gonzalez scored Jose Reyes, DJ LeMahieu hit into a double play that scored Arenado, and Tom Murphy singled to score Gonzalez. In the second inning, Arenado added another run with an RBI single. Charlie Blackmon‘s RBI single, a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez, and an RBI single by Wilin Rosario added to the Rockies’ lead. Murphy hit his first Major League home run in the fifth inning. And LeMahieu added the final run with his double in the eighth inning.

Yohan Flande (3-3, 4.88) left the game in the third inning after being hit by a ball off the bat of Jedd Gyorko that ended up as a double. Right before that, Justin Upton drove in the Padres’ first run with a single that scored Wil Myers. Christian Bergman (3-0, 3.81) pitched three and a third innings of relief and was awarded the decision. Gyorko hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.

The Padres wrap up both the three-game and the season series with the Rockies this afternoon at 1:10pm PDT. James Shields (12-6, 3.80) takes the mound against Kyle Kendrick (6-12, 6.15).

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

The Padres (69-79) scored fewer runs than the Colorado Rockies (62-85) last night, 7-4, in the first of three games at Coors Field in Denver, CO. The loss ended any chance of the Padres getting into the postseason, which no one really expected to happen at this point anyway.

Ian Kennedy (8-15, 4.29) threw 110 pitches in six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. An RBI single from Corey Dickerson followed by a two-run double by Dustin Garneu in the second inning opened the scoring for the Rockies. Justin Morneau‘s RBI double in the third inning made it 4-1. Jay Jackson and Marc Rzepczynski allowed the other three runs in a combined two-thirds of an inning in relief in the seventh inning. Jose Reyes hit a two-RBI single and Nolan Arenado hit an RBI single two-batters later.

Chad Bettis (8-5, 4.46) allowed one run in five innings on four hits and a walk while striking out six. In the third inning, a groundout by Justin Upton allowed Wil Myers to score from third base to put the Padres on the board. Myers then hit a solo home run in the seventh inning. A single by Cory Spangenberg plated J Upton and Melvin Upton Jr. scored on a throwing error by Charlie Blackmon.

This evening at 5:10pm PDT, Robbie Erlin gets his first start of 2015 for the Padres against Yohan Flande (3-3, 4.95).

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