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 (63-78) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (72-68), 3-0, in their four-game series finale last night at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (7-13, 4.78) shut the Cardinals out over six innings on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand each pitched one of the final three innings in relief.

Lance Lynn (10-7, 2.94) gave up one run on six hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings. Manuel Margot scored on Jose Pirela‘s infield single in the first inning. Wil Myers hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning.

The Padres head to Chase Field for three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks (82-58). Jordan Lyles (0-2, 6.71) gets the start tonight against Patrick Corbin (13-11, 3.83) beginning at 6:40pm 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 (59-74) scored more runs than the San Francisco Giants (53-82) last night, 5-0, in the finale of their three-game series at Petco Park.

Travis Wood (3-4, 5.70) pitched four and a third shutout innings, allowing six hits and four walks with one strikeout. Craig Stammen, Buddy Baumann, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand combined to shut the Giants out over the final four and two-thirds innings.

Ty Blach (8-11, 4.68) gave up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out one in five and two-thirds innings. Wood hit a solo home run in the third inning. Jose Pirela hit a solo home run, Wil Myers scored on a wild pitch by Kyle Crick, and Austin Hedges single drove in Jabari Blash in the sixth inning. Blash hit a single in the eighth inning to drive in Myers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (91-39) come to Petco Park for four games beginning tomorrow at 7:10pm PDT. Dinelson Lamet (7-5, 4.60) starts tomorrow against Clayton Kershaw (15-2, 2.04), who comes off the disabled list to make his first start since July.
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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 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 (48-60) scored fewer runs than the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-56) last night, 10-6, in the first of three games at PNC Park. The start of the game was delayed for two hours and five minutes because of weather.

Travis Wood (1-3, 6.49) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts. Ivan Nova hit a sacrifice bunt that Austin Hedges threw away to allow Francisco Cervelli to score and Josh Harrison singled to drive in Jordy Mercer in the fifth inning. David Freese led off the sixth inning with a home run and Jose Osuna scored on an Adam Frazier single. In the seventh inning, a three-run home run by Gregory Polanco, a Frazier sacrifice fly, and a two-run single by Harrison put the final nails in the Padres coffin.

Nova (10-8, 3.75) gave up four runs (one earned) in six innings on four hits and two walks while striking out five. In the fifth inning, Wood reached on an error that allowed Hedges to score and Carlos Asuaje hit a two-run home run (that actually hit a fan at the fence in the crotch). Yangervis Solarte hit a leadoff home run in the sixth inning. Manuel Margot hit a solo home run and Cory Spangenberg drew a bases loaded walk to score Asuaje in the seventh inning.

Dinelson Lamet (5-4, 5.62) starts tonight against Gerrit Cole (9-7, 3.97) beginning at 4:05pm PDT.
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Yesterday I wrote about the perceived trade value of three pitchers the Padres have already traded. Let’s just say it didn’t lock up the Padres Public servers. So, today, I thought I’d take a more conventional approach and discuss the relative trade value of the players still on the Padres roster.

I put everybody into made-up tiers.

Tier 1 is for primo guys. Andrew Miller‘s a tier 1 guy. Brad Hand isn’t, at least not unless he grows out the beard, steals some of Miller’s mojo, and hires Jeff Sullivan as his agent. In fact, the Padres don’t have any tier 1 players. (By the way, I didn’t consider young, unlikely-to-be-traded players like Manuel Margot in this exercise.)

Tier 2 is for good, solid trade chips. These are players that a bunch of teams are genuinely interested in, even if they lack some tier 1 mojo.

Tier 3 is for guys who aren’t good enough for tier 2. There’s some trade value here, but not a whole lot of it.

Tier 4 is for players who have little (or no) trade value.

Here we go.

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I’ve gotta admit, anytime a reliever like Kirby Yates—a 30-year-old righty who hasn’t been able to stick, or succeed, on a big-league roster—comes along, I’m skeptical. For the first 10 good innings, I barely pay much attention. There has to be something wrong with this dude, and it’s going to show up soon, I think to myself. For the next 10 good innings, still skeptical. Give me another 10 good innings, though, and you’ve got my attention. And for good measure, Yates has struck out 17 while walking just two over his last 10 frames.

With San Diego this year, Yates has pitched 31 1/3 innings with a 1.72 ERA, 48 strikeouts (!), nine walks, and three home runs allowed. His 37.7 percent strikeout rate ranks seventh in all of baseball among pitchers with at least 20 innings, just behind Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. In his prior three seasons split between the Rays and Yankees, Yates racked up 97 2/3 innings with a 5.25 ERA, 113 strikeouts, 41 walks, and a whopping 19 home runs, and in just a single inning earlier this year with the Angels, he allowed two more dingers. With the Padres, in an admittedly small sample, Yates has been able to all but eliminate his home run issues, while striking out more and walking fewer batters. That’s the pitcher’s trifecta.

The one thing that jumps out about Yates this season is his fastball whiff percentage. As I wrote about a couple of weeks back, Yates’ FB whiff rate is somehow second in the majors, behind only Craig Kimbrel, at 19.24 percent. There are at least two things that are crazy about that. For one, Kirby friggin’ Yates is second in baseball in fastball whiff rate. Most of the pitchers around Yates are certified studs (Kimbrel, Chris Sale) and/or throw really hard (Pedro Baez). Yates works in ordinary territory, around 94 mph.

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On Monday I wrote about Phil Maton, and how he’s using his high-spin fastball up in the zone, mostly to solid early success. In the process I found some interesting factoids on a few other Padres relievers.

Brad Hand—Speaking of spin rate, Hand actually has a higher four-seam fastball spin rate than Maton this season at 2,532 rpm, 10th-best in the league. He doesn’t have the same success as Maton with the heater, however, as he’s given up a .342 wOBA against so far this season on four-seamers. Part of those moderate struggles could be attributable to Hand’s release point. His release point extension is just south of five feet, the second-lowest figure in the league among pitchers with at least 100 fastballs thrown this year, behind only Jharel Cotton. That brings Hand’s perceived velocity from 93 mph down to 90.59 mph, which could explain part of the reason why hitters have found some success.

Of course, Hand’s been tremendous overall this season, in part because he’s thrown his filthy slider nearly 45 percent of the time. Hand gets a whiff on 20 percent of his sliders, twice the rate of his four-seamer. He’s also allowed a paltry 0.058 opponents ISO on the slider. With the most innings pitched among relievers since the start of last season, and two and a half years of team control left, Hand is expected to command a solid return at (or before) the oncoming trade deadline.

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

The Padres (38-49) scored more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (28-58), 2-1, yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (8-7, 4.32) allowed one run on three hits and two walk while striking out six in six and a third innings. Maikel Franco hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter, and Brandon Maurer allowed only one hit and one walk in the final two and two-thirds innings.

Aaron Nola (6-6, 3.59) gave up two runs in eight innings on four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. Carlos Asuaje tripled in the seventh inning to drive in Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges‘ single scored Asuaje.

The Padres try for the sweep as Trevor Cahill (3-2, 2.96) starts today’s series finale against Jerad Eickhoff (0-7, 4.93) starting at 10:35am PDT.
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Sometimes things can get a little fuzzy after an Independence Day at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (35-48) scored more runs than the Cleveland Indians (44-38) last night at Progressive Field, 1-0, in the first of three games.

Trevor Cahill (3-2, 2.96) returned from the disabled list and shutout the Indians for four and a third innings on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jose Torres, Kirby Yates, Ryan Buchter, Brad Hand, and Brandon Maurer combined to allow just one hit and one walk over the last four and two-thirds innings of the shutout.

Corey Kluber (7-3, 2.85) gave up one run on five hits and a walk with ten strikeouts over eight innings. Cory Spangenberg beat out a double play attempt, driving in Hector Sanchez in the fifth inning. Wil Myers struck out four times in four at-bats and Hunter Renfroe struck out three times in four at-bats.

Luis Perdomo (3-4, 4.71) starts this evening’s second game against Trevor Bauer (7-6, 5.24) beginning at 4:10pm PDT.
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