Saturday was the annual Padres FanFest. Originally, I was going to write a recap of my day. But I was so bored there I didn’t even bother taking any notes and only took a couple of photos. I’ll let Ryan sum up the rest of my feelings on the last few FanFests:

Now that we have¬†that (not unexpected) disappointment out of the way, I ended up going to Bub’s at the Ballpark with your good friend and mine, Nathan Zack. The plan was to meet Dave and Laura Perek there, which has become sort of an annual tradition for Nathan whenever he’s in town. I had never met Dave or Laura before, even though we’ve followed each other on Twitter for years, so I was excited to finally get to do that.

Over the course of the two hours we spent at Bub’s, I was introduced to a little game the three of them play amongst themselves where they make predictions about the upcoming season. I was intrigued, to say the least, so I joined them for this year’s edition.

What follows is all of our selections for this¬†game. We don’t know how it’s going to end yet, but I’m pretty sure I nailed every category. I’ve put my selections in bold.

There¬†are no stakes. There is no prize. It’s all for fun.

So, relax, let’s have some fun out here! This game’s fun, OK?

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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 (42-56) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (58-40) last night, 3-2, last night in the second of three games at Nationals Park.

Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.30) gave up two runs on six hits and three walk while striking out one in six innings. Ben Revere scored on a Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly in the third inning. Revere’s RBI double in the fifth inning scored Danny Espinosa. Anthony Rendon scored the winning run on a walk-off triple by Stephen Drew off Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth inning.

Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.92) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and no walk with ten strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run with Yangervis Solarte on base in the second inning.

The series finale at Nationals Park this morning will have Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55) starting against Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.70) at 10:35am PDT.

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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 (28-42) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (43-26), 7-3, in the third of four games at Petco Park last night.

Neither¬†Colin Rea (3-3, 5.15) nor¬†Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.29) figured in the decision. Rea gave up two runs on four hits and two walk with six strikeouts in six and a third innings. Daniel Murphy‘s RBI single in the first inning scored Michael Taylor. In the seventh inning, Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single to bring Wilson Ramos home. And a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single in the eighth inning scored Taylor again.

Scherzer pitched six innings while surrendering just one run on four hits and no walk with ten strikeouts. Wil Myers hit a solo home run with one out in the first inning. Felipe Rivero came into pitch the eighth inning, and proceeded to load the bases with no outs. Myers then hit a two-run double. After Matt Kemp walked to load the bases again, Brett Wallace hit a ground ball to Rivero that he threw away trying to get Jon Jay at home on a force out. After a pitching change, Myers scored on a walk to Melvin Upton Jr. Yangervis Solarte then hit a two-run single to score Kemp and Wallace. There were still no outs.

In this afternoon’s finale the Padres¬†will send out Drew Pomeranz (5-7, 2.88) in an attempt to split the series. Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.96) goes for the Nationals with first pitch scheduled for 1:40pm PDT.

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The San Diego Padres ended their 2015 season by telling interim manager Pat Murphy he would not be returning as full-time manager in 2016. And they waited slightly more than an hour after the last out of the season to tell him.

There has been plenty of speculation already on who the Padres are going to hire for the manager’s job. Most of it is just that, speculation. There aren’t many details¬†other than a few reports on people being granted permission to interview. Which is better than no news, I suppose.

Let’s take a look at the candidates, no matter how ridiculous their candidacy seems, shall we?

It’s time to play Whack-a-Manager!

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

The Padres (19-19) scored just one run against the Washington Nationals (21-17) last night at Petco Park. And it only took them eight and two-thirds innings to do it, in the process of dropping the third of four games by a score of 4-1.

Andrew Cashner (1-7, 3.24) got in trouble early, giving up three runs in the first inning. Cashner gave up all four runs in his six innings on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Max Scherzer (4-3, 1.75), on the other hand, was perfect for the first three innings. Will Venable walked and Matt Kemp hit a single with one out in the fourth inning. The Friars managed to load the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Will Middlebrooks popped out to end the threat.

The lone Padres’ run came with two outs in the ninth inning, when Alexi Amarista drove in Justin Upton from second base with an opposite field single. But that was it.

This afternoon at 1:10pm PDT, Ian Kennedy (2-2, 5.92) takes the mound in the fourth and final game of the series against Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub. And when Gyorko and Nady both go yard, you get so excited to raise your glasses in celebration. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

Tyson Ross out-pitched Max Scherzer in yesterday’s 5-1 Padres win over the Detroit Tigers. Ross went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and a walk with 7 strikeouts. Scherzer lasted just 5 innings, surrendering 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 10 strikeouts. The problem was one of those hits against Scherzer was a home run by Jedd Gyorko and another was a 2-RBI double by Will Venable. Xavier Nady added a huge pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning to put an exclamation point on the Friars win of the game and their first series win of the season.

Tonight, Eric Stults goes against Jordan Lyles and the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park at 7:10 pm PDT. This is the first series of the season between the two teams.

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Yesterday Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers received recognition as the best pitcher in the National League when he was awarded the 2013 CY Young award. It was Kershaw’s second CY Young, interrupted only by a second place finish to R.A. Dickey last season.

Kershaw finished with a 16-9 record for the National League West champion Dodgers but the W/L record barely does the lefty justice. He led the league in ERA (1.83), the lowest for a left-hander since Sandy Koufax posted a 1.73 ERA in 1966 during his final season. Kershaw also led the National League in strikeouts (232) and WHIP (0.915).

In 2013 Clayton Kershaw absolutely dominated Major League Baseball . . . unless his opponent was a little team from San Diego.

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