In case you missed it, Sac Bunt Chris and myself had the awesome honor of being on Padres Social Hour last Friday, mere hours after the trade deadline. We both had a blast and a huge thank you goes out to Jesse, Blooper (Seth), Nicky and the poor intern who had to fetch us unwrapped Watermelon Jolly Ranchers, cut into 3rds and soaked in a bowl of strawberry lemonade, during every commercial break. We are so demanding.
Ahh, baseball’s weird. A.J. Preller and the Padres treated the offseason like that trade-happy guy in your fantasy league when everyone expected them to be quiet. Now, with the baseball world anticipating another run of trades, the Padres responded by sending Abraham Almonte to Cleveland for Marc Rzepczynski. They stood pat, basically.
I’ve tried to write about this a few times and I really don’t know what to say. If the Padres really think they are contenders this season, that’s a little scary. Baseball Prospectus has their playoff odds at three percent. They have to make up six or seven games on teams like the Pirates, Giants, and Mets, a proposition made tougher because each of those teams projects to be significantly better than the Padres going forward.
Of course, there’s a chance the Padres really do contend down the stretch. The schedule’s not too bad, a few players should improve, and heck, anything can happen. Baseball’s weird, remember. But fans are supposed to be the ones with unrealistic dreams about miracle pennant runs. At some point, a front office is expected to sit down, evaluate what it has, and move forward in a direction best suited for the franchise’s long-term success.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending your morning drinking coffee and eating Cocoa Puffs before heading to the pub before it opens. And then waiting for the game to resume at lunchtime. And then realizing it’s time to think about dinner after the game finally is done. Oh, and the whole time watching to see if Padres’ GM AJ Preller makes any trades. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking AFTER doing all of that.
The Padres (49-53) scored more runs than the New York Mets (52-50), 8-7, in the final rain-delayed game of three at Citi Field.
Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.13) did not get the decision after pitching five and a third innings and allowing all seven Mets’ runs (five earned) on six hits and two walk with three strikeouts. Curtis Granderson hit a three-run home run with one out in the fifth inning. Juan Uribe had a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.
Jon Niese (5-9, 3.63) also did not figure into the decision after giving up one run in six innings on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Matt Kemp drove in Melvin Upton Jr. with no outs in the sixth. Derek Norris hit a grand slam off Hansel Robles with one out in the seventh inning to make the score 7-5.
The ninth inning started with the Padres down by two runs. With two outs, Norris fell behind 0-1 when the game was delayed for 44 minutes. When play resumed, Norris hit a bloop single to right field off Jeurys Familia, followed by Kemp’s single past the shortstop. Justin Upton then sent a ball over the right field fence for a three-run home run to give the Friars the lead.
The rain started back up again, stopping play, and the grounds crew had trouble getting the tarp back out over the infield. Since this was the last game of the season between these two teams they had to finish the ninth inning after a two-hour and 52 minute delay. Craig Kimbrel retired the Mets in order to record his 30th save of 2015.
Tonight at 4:10pm PDT, the Padres start a three game series against the Miami Marlins (42-60) at Marlins Park. Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.58) is the scheduled starter with David Phelps (4-7, 3.86) scheduled for the Marlins.
Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.
The Padres are off today, then welcome the New York Yankees to Petco Park for the first time ever. As of right now, Andrew Cashner faces C.C. Sabathia on Friday, Tyson Ross squares off against Ivan Nova on Saturday and newcomer Ian Kennedy takes the hill versus Phil Hughes on Sunday.
In other news, the Padres completed a trade deadline deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Ian Kennedy. The Diamondbacks get Joe Thatcher, AA pitcher Matt Stites, and “a 2014 Competitive Balance Round B Draft pick,” whatever that is.
Also, Everth Cabrera may finally be getting suspended for his involvement with Biogenesis. Reports having the hammer coming down as early as
Friday Saturday Monday. Left Coast Bias will have a unique perspective as an attorney on this issue coming very soon.
Continuing the week’s Trade Deadline theme, I decided to go a slightly different route than Avenging Jack Murphy and Vocal Minority. They looked at completely useless Padres trade deadline acquisitions, but I want to look at what could be the worst trade deadline deal in Padres history. And — no surprise — it has to do with the 1993 “Quality for Quality” Fire Sale.
(That’s right people. It’s been 20 years. Don’t you feel old now?)
Not everything that happens around baseball relates back to the Padres, but several happenings around the majors this week may have a potential impact on what happens to members of the Padres going forward, this year and beyond. Today, I’ll focus of 3 different news pieces, specifically.
Ryan Braun Accepts Suspension for Remainder of Season
If I were writing a headline for what happened with Ryan Braun this week (oh hey, I just did!), my headline would definitely include a caveat noting that a deal was made. Stating that Ryan Braun was suspended by Major League Baseball, but not that a deal was made between Ryan Braun and MLB that Braun would sit for 65 games is not telling the whole story.
Braun, who is currently injured, could have potentially been suspended for 100 games next year if he had chose to keep fighting. By accepting a 65 game suspension, he doesn’t lose time in a meaningful season for his team, which is out of contention, and he loses less money than he would have if he had received the same suspension next year when his pay increases. This is, to be sure, a win for MLB, but it’s also not a great loss for Braun, other than to his reputation. Read More…
In case you weren’t paying attention…
We were a little light this week. Everyone was either on vacation, in the process of moving, or just being straight up lazy.
What do you people expect for free? Anyway…
— Rally Plantain (@RallyPlantain) July 4, 2013
Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive.
It’s July 1st and the Padres are potentially buyers as we move towards the July 31st trade deadline. It’s a minor surprise, at least, and once again, after failing to do so in the offseason, the Padres are looking to upgrade their pitching staff. Lead owner Ron Fowler said so himself, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin.
Why does Fowler keep talking before acting when he so famously said the ownership group would “under promise and over deliver”? Why is he giving interviews to the LA Times in the first place? Shouldn’t he take a cue from Tom Garfinkel and stop talking for awhile? I’m not going to pick apart the Shaikin article. I’m much more interested in potential trade deadline moves the Padres could make in the next 30 days. Read More…