It’s doesn’t make much sense to talk about the 2018-2019 free agent class for a lot of reasons, perhaps most obviously because it’s a long time away. But we’ll do it anyway.
When the Padres went for it a few years back, it was exciting. Even though there were some questionable deals, it was still exciting. Looking back, though, with the knowledge we have now, it was maybe a little less exciting. Matt Kemp was getting older and was, in many ways, in severe decline. Justin Upton was only brought on for one year. Wil Myers didn’t have a clear position to play. Derek Norris was just, kind of, a guy. Will Middlebrooks. Never did understand why Will Middlebrooks was always mentioned as one of the big acquisitions of that offseason, but it feels right to mention him here. James Shields was surprisingly available for relatively cheap, and for good reasons. Craig Kimbrel was still good—great, even—but he wasn’t Craig Kimbrel.
The Padres were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, essentially, and instead . . . well, maybe they did catch lighting in a bottle. Catching lightning in a bottle doesn’t sound too pleasant, really. Either way, things didn’t work out. Just looking back at that offseason retrospectively—and we kind of knew this in real time, too—we can say that the Padres tried to half-ass their way into a contending team. Sure, they bumped the payroll up over $100 million and added some legitimate talent, but they also moved prematurely, without a winning cast of players surrounding the high-priced newcomers.
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 (33-46) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (47-30), 12-6, getting swept in a quick two-game series at Petco Park.
Christian Friedrich (4-3, 3.96) gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. Jonathan Schoop doubled in the fourth inning to score Adam Jones. Schoop then scored on a Manny Machado single and Machado then scored on a Mark Trumbo two-run home run. In the fifth inning, a throwing error charged to Friedrich brought Yovani Gallardo and Schoop in to score. Andy Green came out to argue that Chris Davis was out of the basepaths and was thrown out of the game. Brad Hand relieved Friedrich in the sixth inning and gave up another run on Jones’ single to score Francisco Pena. Ryan Buchter started the ninth inning and had five runs scored against him: Two on a Machado ground-rule double and two more on another double by Trumbo. Trumbo then scored when Joey Rickard ground into a fielder’s choice.
Gallardo (3-1, 5.77) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning with Melvin Upton Jr. and Wil Myers on base. In the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez doubled to score Derek Norris. Myers then doubled to bring Alex Dickerson and Ramirez home.
The Padres are off today. The New York Yankees (37-39) come to Petco Park for three games starting tomorrow at 7:40pm PDT. Colin Rea (4-3, 5.05) takes the mound against TBD.
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 (33-45) scored fewer runs than the Baltimore Orioles (46-30) in the first of two games last night, 11-7, at Petco Park.
Erik Johnson (0-6, 8.33) gave up four runs on seven hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Adam Jones led off the game with a solo home run in the first inning. Jonathan Schoop scored on a Chris Davis sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. A two-run home run by Hyun Soo Kim with J.J. Hardy on base came in the fifth inning. Carlos Villanueva came in to pitch the sixth inning, and the Orioles scored seven runs off him in just two-thirds of an inning.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.63) pitched five innings, surrendering one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five. Melvin Upton Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run that hit the batter’s eye in center field and made two spectacular catches, the first of which robbed a home run from Hardy in the second inning. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run with Alexei Ramirez and Ryan Schimpf on base in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Travis Jankowski and Myers scored on Adam Rosales‘ double and Rosales came home on a double by Yangervis Solarte.
This afternoon’s game has Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60) taking the mound against Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.04). First pitch is scheduled for 12:40pm PDT.