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 (31-46) scored fewer runs than the Atlanta Braves (37-39), 3-0, last night in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (6-7, 4.76) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in seven innings. Johan Camargo doubled in the fourth inning to drive in Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers. Camargo was thrown out trying to take third base. Ender Inciarte scored on Nick Markakis‘ sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Sean Newcomb (1-2, 1.48) shutout the Padres over six innings, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out eight. In total, the Padres struck out fourteen times, seven of which were on called strikes.

Tonight Luis Perdomo (2-4, 4.56) gets the start against Bartolo Colon (2-7, 7.78) starting at 7:10pm PDT.
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It’s a little odd at this point, but every day or two I see someone in the Padres corner of the internet wondering if the Padres will, at some point this year, send Manuel Margot down to the minor leagues to manipulate his service-time clock. If Margot, who’s currently injured but inching closer to a return, spends a few weeks in the minors (rehab time not included), the Padres will gain an extra year of pre-free agency control over him. They’d have him through 2023 rather than 2022.

From purely a cold, hard business perspective, it makes sense. From every other perspective, it doesn’t.

First of all, it’s unclear that even the Padres would want to do this. They had the absolute perfect opportunity to do it, right out of spring training. Margot had a rough spring offensively, he was dealing with a couple of nagging injuries, and he was still just 21 and coming off a good but unspectacular year in Triple-A El Paso. Nobody would have questioned it, at least not too hard, if the Padres decided to send Margot back to El Paso for a few weeks, to get fully healthy and be in the best position to succeed against major-league pitching. In fact, it arguably would have been the smartest thing to do, and that’s before you even consider service time.

But they didn’t. They started Margot in the majors, signalling right then that a year of extra control more than a half decade away wasn’t a priority. In all likelihood, the Padres figured one of two things would happen: 1) that Margot would perform well, leading to a future contract extension that would make that extra year of control moot. (Sure, it’d be a little bit more expensive of an extension, without 2023 as an arbitration-eligible bargaining chip, but what’s a few million bucks to a big-league team?) Or 2) that Margot wouldn’t perform well, and that an extra year of control in his late-20s wouldn’t end up being something that anybody was all that concerned about losing.

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Manuel Margot wasn’t in the lineup last night against the Washington Nationals because he’s nursing a calf injury. It sounds like he’ll likely be heading for the disabled list, which makes this as good a time as any to take stock in where Margot is right now. It’s still super early in the year, and in Margot’s career, so these are just initial thoughts based on observation and numbers. Nothing set in stone, of course.

For simplicity, let’s just roll with the traditional five tools.

Hit tool 

I thought there was a chance that Margot would step right into the majors and rake right away. He’s holding his own, of course, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. The slash line is down to .259/.305/.389, with a 6.5 percent walk percentage and a 19.5 percent strikeout percentage. By comparison, Margot struck out just 11.5 percent of the time in the minor leagues. There was an expected bump, sure, but with a 20 percent strikeout rate and medium-hard contact, Margot’s probably not going to be threatening .300 anytime soon.

That’s not a bad strikeout rate, per so; it’s right between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, for example. But those guys are Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Despite all of the strikeouts in today’s game, there’s still a class of hitters that don’t strike out much. Yangervis Solarte, who’s had struggles of his own, only whiffs one in every 10 plate appearances, and there are five players who strike out less often than him. Margot’s overall contact rate is 78.3 percent, which ranks 157 out of 401 players with at least 100 pitches seen. Again, it’s not bad, but if Margot’s to reach his offensive potential, he’ll have to make more contact.

Adjustments are key for any young player. There’s definitely a foundation for a good hitter here, but hopefully Margot will be able to make more (and harder) contact and better identify which pitches to swing at as the year goes on.

Grade: C+

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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 (17-31) scored more runs than the New York Mets (19-25) last night, 6-5, at Citi Field.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.50) was hit by a line drive comebacker on the first batter he faced and was pulled after two and two-thirds innings. The Mets scored four runs off Cosart on four hits and four walks with one strikeout. In the third inning, Wilmer Flores‘ bases loaded double drove in Michael Conforto, Jose Reyes, and Lucas Duda. Flores then scored on a single by Curtis Granderson. Conforto’s RBI single in the fourth drove in Juan Legares.

Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.45) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings while striking out three. Yangervis Solarte hit a RBI single to score Luis Torrens in the third inning. Solarte’s two-run double in the fifth inning drove in Torrens and Matt Szczur, who had come in for an injured Manuel Margot in the third inning. In the seventh inning, Wil Myers drove in Szczur with a single. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Tonight’s game marks the Major League debut of Dinelson Lamet (0-0, 0.00) getting the start against Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56) in the series finale at Citi Field beginning 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 (15-26) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (22-18), 6-2, last night at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.86) gave up six runs — five in the first inning — in six innings on ten hits and no walks while striking seven. His first inning looked like this:

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Jimmy Nelson singled in Eric Sogard in the sixth inning for the Brewers’ final run of the night.

Nelson (2-2, 3.86) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in six innings. Wil Myers hit a sixth inning leadoff home run to get the Padres on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, Matt Szczur doubled to drive in Hunter Renfroe for the Padres’ second and final run of the night.

Tonight’s third game pits Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 5.12) against Matt Garza (2-0, 2.66) starting at 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 (14-24) scored fewer runs than the Chicago White Sox (16-17) last night at Guaranteed Rate Field, losing 5-4 in a walk off.

Trevor Cahill (3-2. 3.27) gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. Avisail Garcia hit a solo home run in the second inning. In the fourth inning, Jose Abreu reached on a throwing error by Ryan Schimpf, took second base on a wild pitch, took third base on another wild pitch, and then Cahill walked Garcia on yet another wild pitch, allowing Abreu to score. Kevan Smith scored on Leury Garcia‘s ground out and Melky Cabrera‘s RBI single drove in Tyler Saladino in the fifth inning. In the ninth inning, Saladino scored on Yolmer Sanchez‘ single to win the game.

Dylan Covey (0-3, 7.98) pitched four and a third innings, surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out nine. For the second game in a row, the Padres had a home run to leadoff the game on the first pitch, this time by Manuel Margot. Allen Cordoba hit a solo home run in the third inning. In the fifth inning, Hunter Renfroe scored on Wil Myers‘ sacrifice fly.  And Myers hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Today’s rubber game pits Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.81) against Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.46) starting at 11:10pm 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 (13-23) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (13-20), 5-2, on a walk-off three-run home run by Mike Napoli last night at Globe Life Park.

Clayton Richard (2-4, 4.34) pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Richard started the eighth inning and gave up a solo home run to Napoli and a single from Carlos Gomez before being relieved by Brad Hand. In the ninth inning, Brandon Maurer surrendered three straight one out singles that brought Elvis Andrus around to score before giving up a three-run walk-off home run to Napoli.

Martin Perez (1-5, 3.89) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six and a third innings pitched. Ryan Schimpf‘s RBI single in the first inning drove in Matt Szczur. In the seventh inning, a Manuel Margot sacrifice fly scored Austin Hedges.

The Padres head to Guaranteed Rate Field for three games against the Chicago White Sox (15-16). Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.26) gets the start tonight against Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.18) starting at 5:10pm PDT.

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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 (13-21) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (14-20), 11-0, at Petco Park yesterday.

Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.81), not to put to fine a point on it, sucked. Weaver allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks in three innings, striking out four. Two of those four hits were home runs, a three-run shot by Ryan Rua in the second inning and a two-run blast in the third inning by Joey Gallo. Kevin Quackenbush gave up another two-run home run by Robinson Chirinos in the seventh inning.

A.J. Griffin (4-0, 2.45) pitched a complete game shutout, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out four. The closest the Padres came to scoring a run came in the sixth inning after Manuel Margot walks and Cory Spangenberg singled with one out. But Wil Myers hit into an inning-ending double play.

The Padres head to Arlington for another two games against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.03) takes on Yu Darvish (3-2, 2.76) starting this evening at 5:05pm 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 (13-20) scored more runs than the Texas Rangers (13-20) in the first of two games at Petco Park last night, 5-1.

Trevor Cahill (3-2, 3.06) gave up just one hit in five and a third shutout innings with five walks and seven strikeouts. Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo home run off Brad Hand in the seventh inning for the Rangers’ lone run.

Nick Martinez (0-2, 5.18) surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings. Austin Hedges‘ RBI single in the second inning put the Padres on the board and Hedges later scored on Manuel Margot‘s single. Ryan Schimpf hit a solo home run in the third inning. Hedges hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run in the seventh inning.

This afternoon Jered Weaver (0-3, 5.51) takes the mound against A.J. Griffin (3-0, 3.54) starting at 12:40pm 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 (12-16) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (16-11) last night, 6-2, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.60) limited the Rockies to one unearned run over six innings on three hits and no walks while striking out seven. In the second inning, Ian Desmond stole second base and came home on a two-base throwing error by Austin Hedges. The Rockies loaded the bases in the eighth inning and Alexi Amarista scored on Nolan Arenado‘s single that followed.

Tyler Chatwood (2-4, 5.40) gave up five runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in five and a third innings. In the sixth inning, Cahill drew a walk and Manuel Margot‘s triple drove him in. Wil Myers hit a double one out later to drive in Margot. Yangervis Solarte and Ryan Schimpf then hit back-to-back home runs. In the seventh inning, Cory Spangenberg‘s single drove in Erick Aybar from second base.

Tonight at 7:10pm PDT, Jered Weaver (0-2, 4.71) gets the start in the second game of the series versus Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 2.81).

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