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 (45-57) scored more runs than the New York Mets (47-53) in the finale of four games last night at Petco Park, 7-5.

Luis Perdomo (5-5, 4.76) allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings. Manuel Margot hit a leadoff solo home run in the first inning. In the second inning, the Padres loaded the bases and Margot hit a double to drive in Jabari Blash, Dusty Coleman, and Luis Torrens. Coleman hit his first Major League home run, a three-run opposite field shot, in the fifth inning.

Chris Flexen (0-1, 9.00) gave up four runs (three earned) in three innings on five hits and four walks while striking out two in his Major League debut. Michael Conforto scored in the first inning on a Jay Bruce fielder’s choice. In the seventh inning, Conforto scored on Yoenis Cespedes‘ double, Jose Torres was called for a balk to bring Asdrubal Cabrera home, and Bruce hit a two-run home run.

The Pittsburgh Pirates (50-52) come to Petco Park for three game starting tonight at 7:10pm PDT. Travis Wood (1-3, 6.91) gets his first start as a Padre against Chad Kuhl (3-7, 4.92).
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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 (44-57) scored more runs than the New York Mets (47-52) last night at Petco Park, 6-3.

Jhoulys Chacin (10-7, 4.22) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in five and a third innings with five strikeouts. Jose Reyes drove in Jay Bruce with a single in the second inning. In the sixth inning, Reyes drew a bases loaded walk to score Asdrubal Cabrera. Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Steven Matz (2-4, 5.51) gave up six runs in three innings on nine hits and no walks while striking out four. Manuel Margot hit a two-run home run in the first inning. Margot scored again in the third inning on Wil Myers‘ double and Myers, Hunter Renfroe, and Cory Spangenberg scored on a bases loaded triple by Luis Torrens.

Luis Perdomo (4-5, 4.71) starts tonight’s series finale against Chris Flexen in his Major League debut. First pitch is set for 6:10pm 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 (43-56) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (46-51) last night, 5-3, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Clayton Richard (5-11, 5.37) pitched eight innings, giving up five runs on twelve hits and two walks while striking out eight. Wilmer Flores led off the second inning with a home run. In the third inning, Yoenis Cespedes tripled to drive in Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce singled to score Cespedes. Bruce singled in the fifth inning to drive in Michael Conforto. Jose Reyes scored in the eighth inning on a Travis d’Arnaud single.

Jacob deGrom (12-3, 3.30) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in eight innings with eight strikeouts. Hunter Renfroe hit two solo home runs: the first landed on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Company building in the seventh inning and the second was to dead center in the ninth inning. Carlos Asuaje doubled to drive in Jose Pirela in the eighth inning.

Tonight Jhoulys Chacin (9-7, 4.26) starts against Seth Lugo (4-2, 4.05) with first pitch set for 7:10pm PDT.
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When I wrote about Dinelson Lamet‘s upcoming debut a couple of days ago, I noted that his biggest challenge would be Mets left fielder Michael Conforto. The reasons were pretty obvious: Conforto is friggin’ good at hitting, he’s been red hot, he makes his living by mashing righties, etc. And to compound things, Lamet has struggled big time against left-handed hitters throughout his career. It looked like a matchup from hell, at least for anyone rooting for the Padres rookie.

What happened last night was an eye opener for anyone throwing a little shade Lamet’s way, including myself. Let’s go at-bat by at-bat.

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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 (18-31) scored more runs than the New York Mets (19-26) at Citi Field last night, 4-3.

Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 1.80) made his Major League debut, giving up one run on three hits and two walks in five innings while striking out eight. Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning. In the eighth inning, Duda drove in Neil Walker with a single. Jose Reyes ground into a fielder’s choice in the ninth inning to score Michael Conforto.

Rafael Montero (0-4, 8.24) started in place of Jacob deGrom, who was held back because of the weather. Montero pitched just three innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. In the first inning, a bases loaded single by Cory Spangenberg drove in Yangervis Solarte and Matt Szczur drew a bases loaded walk scoring Wil Myers. Szczur hit an RBI single to score Hunter Renfroe in the third inning. Spangenberg drove in Allen Cordoba with a double in the ninth inning.

The Padres head to Washington D.C. and Nationals Park to start a three-game series with the Nationals (28-18) tomorrow at 4:05pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (0-1, 5.79) starts the first game with Max Scherzer (4-3, 3.02) going for the Nationals.

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Jarred Cosart turns 27 today, which seems like as good a time as any to try something different.

Players are doing just that all across baseball, both having birthdays and seemingly willing themselves into better players simply by changing their style. Many pitchers are throwing more breaking balls, like Rich Hill, Trevor Cahill (here), or Brad Hand (here), going from also-rans to effective big-league hurlers in the snap of a curveball. Eric Thames went to South Korea and learned the strike zone, returning a slugging star. Daniel Murphy decided to start lifting the ball, and he racked up 77 extra-base hits last season. Middling first baseman and former Padres enigma Yonder Alonso tried something novel—hitting the ball hard—and suddenly he’s a guy who hits the ball hard.

Simple as it is, it’s still a weird concept to grasp, and it doesn’t necessarily jibe with what we know about baseball. Players aren’t supposed to be able to change so easily, and find success so quickly. Of course, it doesn’t always work. Still, there are enough positive cases that for any player just hanging on to a major-league career, or perhaps stalling after a promising debut, or both (*cough*Cosart*cough*), it makes sense to give it a shot—whether “it” is more curves or an uppercut swing.

Cosart had a typical Cosart start last night, hobbling his way through 2 2/3 innings, with four runs allowed, four hits, four walks, and one strikeout. That is the Cosart start, right there. Since joining the Padres last season, eight (eight!) of Cosart’s 13 starts have resulted in at least as many walks as strikeouts. What was sort of working early in his career—a bad K:BB ratio but a lot of ground balls and not many homers—just isn’t working anymore, as evidenced by pretty much any advanced pitching metric you want to look at (and even all the old school ones).

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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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Jhoulys Chacin‘s struggles continue

The most often cited Chacin split is the home-road one, where he’s somehow posted a 0.67 home ERA this season and a 8.77 one on the road, and that doesn’t include last night’s clunker in New York. That Chacin split is explainable to a degree (Petco’s pitcher friendly, players perform better at home, etc.), but with that large a gap it’s mostly just a good helping of statistically noise. The more meaningful Chacin split is probably the lefty-right one (not that it’s bereft of noise), as he’s allowed .894 OPS against lefties this season, with six homers allowed, 10 walks, and 10 strikeouts in 99 plate appearances—and, again, that doesn’t include last night’s game.

If you watched Chacin’s 10-pitch battle with Michael Conforto (more on him in a second) to lead off yesterday’s game, it never felt like it was going to end well for Chacin. Conforto ultimately fouled off five straight pitches before taking a slider out to right field. Chacin will have to figure out how to not turn every lefty hitter into Bryce Harper (or Conforto) if he’s to turn things around this season.

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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 (16-31) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (19-24), 9-3, last night in the first of three games at Citi Field.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.74) continued the disturbing trend of Padres starters giving up a lot of runs in the first inning, allowing seven runs on eight hits with no walks or strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning. Michael Conforto led off the Mets’ first inning with a home run and it just got worse from there.

Conforto added another solo home run in the fourth inning. In the seventh inning, Lucas Duda singled to drive in Juan Lagares. Hunter Renfroe threw out Wilmer Flores at third base on the same play.

Matt Harvey (3-3, 5.36) gave up two runs on three hits and four walks in five inning while striking out six. Cory Spangenberg drove in Ryan Schimpf with a single and Hunter Renfroe scored on Austin Hedges‘ groundout in the second inning. Schimpf hit a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70) gets the start tonight against Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.75) starting at 4:10pm 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 (13-18) scored fewer runs than the New York Mets (18-11), 6-3, in game three of four at Petco Park.

James Shields (1-5, 3.60) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits (Including two two-run home runs. More on those in a bit) and five walks with eight strikeouts. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning. In the second inning, Bartolo Colon (Yes, that Bartolo Colon) hit a two-out, two-run home run, his first career home run. He’s 42 years old and the oldest player to hit the first home run of his Major League career. The Mets added two more runs with one out in the ninth inning with back-to-back solo home runs off Carlos Villanueva by David Wright and Michael Conforto.

Colon (3-1, 2.82) gave up three runs in six and two-thirds innings on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Jon Jay hit a three-run home run with one out in the third inning to score Derek Norris and Shields. That was it.

Oh, I nearly forgot. Jemile Weeks left the game with a right hamstring strain and had to be helped off the field. So…

Today has Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85) getting the start against Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76) starting at 1:40pm PDT.

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