The Luis Robert sweepstakes opened and closed on Saturday, with the Chicago White Sox and Robert agreeing to a deal in the neighborhood of $25 million by early afternoon. It’s almost like negotiations started before Saturday.

At this point, it’s kind of difficult to find much more to say about Robert and the Padres, given all the coverage he’s received right here at Padres Publicover at Gwynntelligence, and elsewhere in the Padres corner of the internet. My opinion remains unchanged: that losing out on Robert—even though the total price would have been in the $50-$55 million range—stings for a couple of major reasons.

  1. Robert is really good. He’s probably a cut below Yoan Moncada, subject of past Padres flirtation, but I’m not sure if the gap is as big as some think, and Moncada’s arguably the best prospect going right now. Maybe Yasiel Puig is a better comp, and despite his occasional struggles, he’s a special player. Robert, if everything works out, could be ready for the bigs in a couple of years, good timing for when the Padres are anticipated to get serious about winning again.
  2. There aren’t a lot of logical alternatives to spend the money. Again, this has been discussed in some detail, but where are the Padres going to spend the ~$50some million they saved by passing on Robert? Certainly not in the amateur draft, where bonus pools tap out at $14 or $15 million, and not in the international amateur market, either, with the new hard cap in place (plus two years of spending restrictions for the Padres). There’s just no guarantee that this money saved will go toward improving the team on the field in other areas—and let’s face it, this team could use some new shutters or something.

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

The Padres (16-30) scored more runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (26-19) at Petco Park yesterday, 5-1, in the finale of a three game series.

Clayton Richard (3-5, 4.31) threw a complete game, giving up one run on five hits and no walks with six strikeouts on ninety-six pitches. Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run with one out in the third inning.

Zack Godley (1-1, 2.45) gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out one batter in seven innings. In the fifth inning, Ryan Schimpf hit a leadoff home run, Hunter Renfroe scored on Austin Hedges single, and Hedges crossed the plate on a Richard single. Renfroe’s infield single drove in Allen Cordoba and Wil Myers scored on Cory Spangenberg‘s sacrifice fly.

The Padres travel to New York to start a three game series with the Mets (18-24) at Citi Field starting tomorrow at 4:10pm PDT. Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61) gets the start in tomorrow’s first game against Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.56).

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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 (15-30) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (26-18) last night at Petco Park, 9-1.

Luis Perdomo (0-1, 5.79) finally got his first decision of 2017, but he did it the hard way. Perdomo lasted just three innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Chris Owings and David Peralta scored on a Paul Goldschmidt single, Goldschmidt scored on a Jake Lamb double, and Chris Herrmann hit a two-run home run, all in the first inning. In the second inning, Yasmany Tomas‘ bases loaded single drove in Peralta and Goldschmidt. Peralta scored again in the fourth inning on Lamb’s single. In  the ninth inning, Brandon Maurer threw a wild pitch to Rey Fuentes, allowing Lamb to score.

Robbie Ray (3-3, 3.91) shutout the Padres over seven and two-thirds innings on just two hits and three walks while striking out six. Luis Sardinas hit an infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to drive in Hunter Renfroe.

This afternoon’s series finale, starting at 1:40pm PDT, will have Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.86) taking the mound against Zack Godley (1-0, 1.93).

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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 (15-29) scored fewer runs than the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-18), 10-1, last night in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Jered Weaver (0-5, 7.44) stunk. Seven earned runs on five hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. In fact, he surpassed Edinson Volquez‘ Padres record for futility.*

Fortunately, Dustin has already written a summation of Weaver’s not-even-an-inning of work, so I won’t bother with that. Craig Stammen pitched three and a third innings of relief, with David Peralta leading off the sixth inning with a solo home run and Jake Lamb hit his second bomb of the night one out later. In lighter news, Luis Sardinas pitched a shutout ninth inning of relief. So at least they had that going for them. Which is nice.

Taijuan Walker (4-3, 3.46) shut out the Padres over six innings on two hits and three walks while striking out three. Allen Cordoba scored the Padres lone run in the ninth inning on Ryan Schimpf‘s single.

Tonight’s second game pits Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.19) against Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.57) starting at 7:10pm PDT.

*I have no idea if that’s actually a record. But it was the worst pitching performance I’ve ever seen from a Padre, until last night that is.

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Sometimes The Hangover hits you fast.

The one great truth about baseball is that it’s extremely difficult to play competitively. Most people realize this sometime in Little League; others in high school; fewer still in college; a select handful in the minor leagues; and the rest—the very best and most determined and talented and lucky—they realize it in the major leagues.

Jered Weaver had surely brushed up against this truth at various points in his career, after a bad outing at Long Beach State or a night when his stuff wasn’t working in The Show. But he was always able to forge on, be it on natural talent or raw determination or whatever the heck it is that makes a big leaguer tick. Five years ago he won 20 games and finished third in the American League Cy Young voting, and just three years ago he pitched 213 1/3 innings with a 3.59 ERA. Through the first seven seasons of his career, he racked up 30 WAR. The game was still difficult, sure, but Weaver was able to rise above it.

Much like Weaver, though, the game too has forged on. The players have gotten younger, and better, another truth about baseball. The overall group of major-league baseball players is always getting better, and the older players are always fighting an uphill battle against time to keep up. Weaver fended off the inevitable for a while, but the wear and tear of counted innings and countless throws took its toll. No longer was he able to shake off a 125-pitch outing like he did when he was 26. All of the sudden he was 34 years old, with a fastball that’d barely raise eye brows at one of those pitch radar booths at the county fair.

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Allen Cordoba got a rare start at shortstop yesterday and went 0-for-3 with an error, although he drew a walk and turned a couple of double plays.

Cordoba, of course, is a Rule 5 pick, plucked from the Cardinals over the winter and dropped into the majors from Rookie Ball. That kind of disruption to the normal developmental process is supposed to backfire, but Cordoba’s hitting .263/.333/.456 through 63 scattered plate appearances, generally looking the part of a legit player. It’s a super small sample size, and those numbers don’t mean much in the long run, but it’s still impressive to see a player with Cordoba’s limited professional track record hold his own, and more, in a rushed big-league debut.

I got to thinking: maybe he’s faced a ton of left-handed pitchers or just a ton of really bad pitchers, and that’s inflating the numbers some. It’s possible that Andy Green and company have picked the perfect spots for Cordoba, and that his performance has come in situations that don’t quite reflect what a typical everyday player might face. In fact, that’d make perfect sense, as you’d want to ease Cordoba in as much as possible with favorable matchups.

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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 (15-28) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (24-18), 4-2, yesterday at Petco Park.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70) gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings pitched, a Eric Sogard single to drive in Orlando Arcia in the fifth inning, but the Padres’ bullpen blew it once again. This time, Ryan Buchter allowed two runs that were charged to Kevin Quackenbush to cross the plate. In the seventh inning, Sogard doubled in Keon Broxton and Arcia.  Broxton scored again in the ninth inning on a Jonathan Villar groundout.

Zach Davies (5-2, 5.44) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Hunter Renfroe hit a solo home run in the second inning. Luis Torrens ground into a double play in the fifth inning and Cory Spangenberg scored from third base.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (24-18) come to Petco Park for three games starting at 7:10pm PDT tonight. Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.05) takes the mound against Taijuan Walker (3-3, 3.91) in the first game.

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Okay, okay, there really isn’t much of an update since we last wrote about Luis Robert.

Robert, the heralded 19-year-old Cuban outfielder, will become eligible to sign with a major-league team on Saturday. Don’t expect the bidding war to last long, however. Since Robert will almost certainly sign with a team before the next July 2 international amateur period starts, the deadline to sign him is bumped up to June 15, when the current signing period ends. There may be a couple of weeks of negotiation, but there’s probably a better chance a deal gets hammered out relatively soon.

It’s an exciting time for Padres fans, with San Diego assumed to be one of the five or six favorites to sign Robert, joined by a handful of other teams that have already exceeded their international amateur bonus pools plus those pesky Chicago White Sox. The Padres have already added a well-documented international haul over the last 10 and a half months, and Robert would qualify as the cherry on the top.

Anyway, Padres Jagoff wrote an excellent three-part series this week on why the Padres must sign Robert. I was leaning in that direction before reading any of Jagoff’s articles, but I’m fully on board now. Consider his last article, in which Jagoff discusses the strategic reasons why the Padres must sign Robert. In short: where else are they going to spend the money?

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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 (15-27) scored fewer runs than the Milwaukee Brewers (23-18) last night, 3-1, at Petco Park.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61) pitched seven innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks while striking out eight. The Brewers scored one run in the first inning on Travis Shaw‘s single that drove in Eric Sogard. But Chacin retired the next nineteen batters before walking Jett Bandy in the seventh inning. Brandon Maurer gave up two runs on four straight hits and an RBI groundout in the ninth inning to take the loss.

Matt Garza (2-0, 2.43) gave up one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings. Yangervis Solarte‘s double in the sixth inning scored Wil Myers.

The series finale this afternoon at 12:40pm PDT has Jarred Cosart (0-1, 3.24) getting the start against Zach Davies (4-2, 5.80).

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The modern-day swing is all about bat speed (and launch angles!), borne out of strong hitters and maximum weight transfer. Today’s hitters generally start with some type of load mechanism, with their weight shifting back. Then, in a sudden shift of power, everything goes forward in violent yet controlled fury.

A hitter’s back leg is there to support that initial load and to provide something to pivot against, but by the time a hitter makes contact, it’s really just there for the ride. Here’s Mike Trout‘s first career home run (from hitting analyst Ryan Parker):

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