Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a morning at the office, sneaking in a Padres game in between customer calls and sips of the scotch you hid in your desk drawer. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were pretending to work.
The Padres (14-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (25-7), 7-4, at Wrigley Field this morning in the make-up game of Monday’s rainout.
Colin Rea (3-1, 4.24) allowed all four runs in five innings pitched on seven hits and four walk with three strikeouts. An Anthony Rizzo single in the first inning scored Ben Zobrist, who had an RBI single in the second inning. In the fourth inning, back-to-back doubles by Addison Russell and Tim Federowicz scored two more runs for the Cubs. Carlos Villanueva pitched a shutout inning of relief in the sixth and was credited with the win.
Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.03) pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight. Wil Myers reached and advanced to second base on a throwing error in the first inning, allowing Travis Jankowski to score. Matt Kemp then followed with a single to plate Myers. With two outs in the seventh inning, Myers singled to score Jankowski again, Kemp walked, and Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run to put the Padres ahead for good. A Kemp sacrifice fly in the eighth inning plated Adam Rosales and added an insurance run.
In the series finale and second game today, Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 2.12) takes the mound against John Lackey (4-1, 4.02) at 5:05pm PDT.
So … we’re back. Still mostly confused.
Last year when A.J. Preller took over as GM, he inherited a roster with a slight logjam at catcher. There was Rene Rivera and Yasmani Grandal at the major-league level, and Austin Hedges waiting on the farm. Then, like 17 trades later, the Padres had a more manageable logjam: Derek Norris as the main guy with Tim Federowicz as the (soon-to-be-injured) backup, and Hedges still on the farm. Rocky Gale‘s always around.
You wanna talk about logjams? Check out the current catcher situation. After a solid season, Norris is still the main guy. Hedges, who was called up last year, is also there and so is new guy Josmil Pinto. That’s a lot of catchers; certainly don’t need anymore, no no.
Oh, okay. Another catcher. That’s interesting.
Exactly 364 days ago, I compiled a list of all of the Twitter accounts that Padres’ fans should be following. It did not come without controversy, as I had complaints from people who thought they should be on it throughout the course of the year.
I updated it in January, adding some and removing others. Since then the Padres made moves on and off the field, changing who should and shouldn’t be on the list.
I have updated it once again. Some accounts are gone, others have been added. Some are still not on it.
To be honest, some of these accounts I don’t follow. On @GhostofRAK, that is. However, I’ve included them because they have some connection to the Padres or Padres’ fans that might interest you.
Why is this happening? Is this gonna be forever?
After being snubbed by both Pablo Sandoval (BOS) and Yasmany Tomas (ARI) the Padres offseason looked to be just more of the same — overpromising and under-delivering — by the time the Winter Meetings started.
It was even reported that the new GM A.J. Preller’s laptop was broken right before the meetings started. Out came the “Padres are too cheap to even replace a computer” jokes.
Padres’ fans started to show their frustration. We all knew what this team needed to do, but it seemed that Preller was just like the old GM. Refusing to drink the iced coffee instead of trying to upgrade the roster with quality players.
It was beginning to look like an almost exact repeat of the previous two offseasons, with only Brandon Morrow and Clint Barmes added as free agents for “roster depth.”
Padres sign IF Clint Barmes to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with a club option ($2 million or $200k buyout) for 2016
C’mon. After Everth Cabrera was DFA, you didn’t really think the Padres were going to put all their faith in Alexi Amarista at shortstop, did you? Although. Barmes is basically Amarista without the outfield experience. He was basically signed for infield backup and as a veteran presence.
Why Clint Barmes?
Padres sign RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year, $2.5 million deal (with incentives)
Tim Stauffer Part Deaux, is what it boils down to. Doesn’t cost much and if he doesn’t crack the rotation he’ll be the long reliever, most likely.
Brandon Morrow looking to make comeback with Padres
Then, the last day of the Winter Meetings happened. And that all changed. Big time.
The Padres have made an uncharacteristically loud splash this holiday season. As fans complained about inactivity at the Winter Meetings here in San Diego, the team tuned out the noise and dealt Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to the Dodgers for Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz, and $31 million.
With a laughably incompetent offense and a disillusioned fan base, the Padres have decided to commit large amounts of money to name players. There’s a new GM, a new hitting coach, and a relatively new ownership group. They want to make a positive mark on the franchise and the city.
Before the trade, the Padres had been linked to many marquee hitters this offseason. They missed on Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomás. Other names included Jay Bruce, Adam Jones, and Justin Upton. Some still think Upton might yet happen.
Ron Fowler, Mike Dee, and A.J. Preller had a budget and were going to use it. When Sandoval and Tomás landed elsewhere, they turned to Kemp. But was it worth the cost?
I’ve noticed a lot of links to “Top XX Twitter Accounts Padres Fans Should Be Following” popping up here and there. I think all of these lists I’ve seen have been severely lacking. They seem to leave out some of the major accounts associated with the Padres, some of the best accounts in terms of interaction, and some accounts that are just good follows. Quite frankly, I’m not sure who would want to follow some of the accounts suggested by the lists I’ve seen.
I’m including myself in that. I’m still amazed that I have managed to get
900+ 1000+ followers. You people must be bored out of your skulls.
So, I decided to compile my own list. The difference between my list and all these other ones that have popped up: I didn’t limit how many. You should be following most of them — if not all — if you consider yourself a fan and want to get all the news, information, and opinions that are out there.
I follow just about all of these people/accounts because they put forth some great, honest information and/or opinions on the Padres. From the Padres front office to the lowly fan in the cheap seats and from San Diego, CA to Seattle, WA to Washington, D.C. and everywhere in between.