Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (21-34) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (31-22), 16-13, last night in the finale of the 2016 Vedder Cup at Petco Park.

Wade Miley (5-2, 5.85) gave up nine runs in four and two-thirds innings on twelve hits and two walks while striking out two. The Padres scored seven runs off Miley and reliever Mike Montgomery in the fifth inning. It looked like this:


It wasn’t so painful to watch.

Colin Rea (3-2, 4.85) pitched five and a third innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts. But Rea did not figure in the decision after the Padres bullpen of Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Matt Thornton combined to give up nine runs in the seventh inning. The Padres went from being in the lead by a score of 12-7 to being behind 16-12 after one inning. It looked like this:


It was painful to watch.

The Colorado Rockies (24-29) come to Petco Park for three games starting tonight at 7:40pm PDT. Drew Pomeranz (4-5, 2.48) gets the start tonight against Chris Rusin (1-3, 4.79).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (21-33) scored more runs than the Seattle Mariners (30-22). A lot more runs. Like 14-6. Like put a really bad beating on them. Like.

Christian Friedrich (2-1, 2.53) pitched five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and four walks while striking out four. Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run with no outs in the first inning to put the Mariners on the board first. Kyle Seager scored in the fifth inning on a Luis Sardinas‘ double play with runners on first and third base. A Seth Smith RBI double in the eighth scored Sardinas. In the ninth inning, Chris Iannetta‘s RBI double brought Seager around to score the Mariners’ sixth and final run.

Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) James Paxton (0-1, 7.32) came up from AAA Tacoma to replace Hernandez, who was placed on the disabled list before the game. Paxton surrendered eight runs (three earned) on ten hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in three and two-thirds innings pitched. The Padres decimated the Mariners’ pitchers, hitting four home runs. A solo shot from Wil Myers and a two-run from Adam Rosales came in the first inning. And Alexei Ramirez added two two-run home runs himself, one in the fourth inning and the other in the sixth inning. Myers ended up with three RBI and Ramirez had five.

Colin Rea (3-2, 4.47) gets the start tonight against Wade Miley (5-2, 4.95) in the final game of this year’s Vedder Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an afternoon at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (20-33) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (30-21). A lot fewer runs. Like 16-4. Like got beat really bad. Like.

James Shields (2-7, 4.28) lasted just two and two-thirds innings, giving up ten runs on eight hits and four walks with only one strikeout. Kyle Seager hit a three-run home run off Shields in the second inning and Seth Smith added another three-run shot off Shields in the third inning. Luis Perdomo relieved Shields and gave up a two-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez in the fourth inning, a solo home run to Smith in the fifth inning, and a three-run home run to Adam Lind, also in the fifth inning. That’s twelve runs just from home runs. I don’t even remember how they got the other four runs. Doesn’t matter anyway.

Of particular note, Christian Bethancourt played four positions, including pitching two-thirds of an inning in the eighth. Wil Myers moved from first base to left field and Derek Norris came into play first base, hitting in designated hitter Matt Kemp‘s spot. Alexi Amarista, who had come in for Alexei Ramirez in the sixth inning, finished up that inning, moving Adam Rosales to shortstop so Bethancourt could play second base. Rosales had replaced Yangervis Solarte at second base in the fifth inning. If you’re completely confused, join the club. I can’t make this stuff up, people.

Hisashi Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41) was perfect for the first four innings, until Solarte led off the fifth inning with a single. Iwakuma ended his day after seven innings pitched, giving up four runs on five hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Travis Jankowski hit a two-run home run and Matt Kemp followed up with a solo shot two outs later in the sixth inning. Hector Sanchez led off the seventh inning with a solo home run. That was all she wrote for the Padres.

Tonight, the series switches to Petco Park for two games starting at 7:10pm PDT. Christian Friedrich (1-1, 1.65) draws the short straw against Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during Memorial Day at the pub, soaking up all the hot Vedder Cup action. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (20-32) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (29-21), 9-3, in the first of two at Safeco Field.

Andrew Cashner (2-4, 4.87) started out well, throwing four scoreless innings and only giving up one hit. Cashner got out of trouble unscathed in the fifth when Kyle Seager walked and Adam Lind singled to begin the inning. Then the sixth inning happened. Nori Aoki reached on catcher’s interference with one out and scored on a Seth Smith double. After Robinson Cano struck out, Smith scored on Nelson Cruz‘s double. Seager then hit a two-run home run to right field. Cashner’s day ended after six and a third innings, four runs (three earned) scored on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. In the eighth inning, Brandon Maurer walked Cano, who advanced on a double by Cruz. Maurer then walked Seager and Lind singled to score Cano and pinch-runner Luis Sardinas. Dae-ho Lee then hit a three-run home run.

Nate Karns (4-1, 3.53) pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Designated hitter Christian Bethancourt‘s RBI single in the second inning put the Padres ahead 1-0. In the sixth inning, a Brett Wallace RBI double gave the Friars their second run. And, in the ninth inning, Alexei Ramirez singled to score Derek Norris for the Padres final run.

James Shields (2-6, 3.06) gets the start this afternoon against Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33). First pitch at Safeco Field is at 12:40pm 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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Here’s some stuff I read this week that you might enjoy:

  • The Mets Are Throwing the Dan Warthen Slider (FanGraphs) – Warthen, a former Padres pitching coach, is teaching a “different kind of slider” to his current Mets pitchers. Sounds a bit like a cutter, but he insists otherwise. Whatever the name, as Eno Sarris notes, it’s working well for Warthen’s pitchers. If talk of velocity, movement, and spin rate get you all hot and bothered, read this.
  • ASG or not, Padres plan to contend (Union-Tribune) – Earlier this week I discussed the Padres’ plan of hope, which hasn’t yet borne fruit. Team officials are still talking a good game. As lead investor Peter Seidler says, “It’s not in our DNA to have a fire sale and to tear down. It is in our DNA to make good business moves and good baseball moves.” Yeah, good baseball moves might help. As Seidler said back in 2013, “It’s much more fun to go to baseball games when the club’s winning.” He’s probably right, but for now, we’ll have to take his word on that.
  • The Savant of Spray Charts: Meet the New Star of Baseball Analytics (Rolling Stone) – The talented Daren Willman, of Baseball Savant fame, is profiled. If you haven’t visited Willman’s site, it’s all kinds of fun. You can do things like see how much harder Matt Kemp hit the ball during the week of June 15 than he did during the week of June 8, and compare that with, say, how hard Justin Upton hit the ball over those same periods. There’s a lot more to the site than just that, but you’ll figure it out. [h/t SABR; click through for additional great links]
  • Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories (FiveThirtyEight) – Noah Davis and Michael Lopez note that “the relationship between money and winning is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era” and that “fans of teams that win frequently expect them to continue winning, and management pays more to do so.” If you felt all warm and fuzzy after reading Moneyball, you may now return to a more cynical, enlightened view of the world. [h/t Tangotiger; click through for additional discussion]
  • Moyer (9-3) secures win for Seattle (ESPN) – A recent tweet from Jeff O’Meara caught my eye. Fifteen years ago this week, in an early Vedder Cup matchup, John Olerud doubled against the Padres to tie the game. The double was disallowed because first base umpire Jim Wolf (brother of former Padres pitcher Randy Wolf) had called time. Seattle manager Lou Piniella threw a fit before Olerud homered off Brian Meadows to give the Mariners the lead for good. Ruben Rivera, who went 1-for-4 in the game, is still knocking cuadrangulars in Mexico. Meanwhile, then-Padres skipper Bruce Bochy has been recently identified as the best manager in baseball.

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

The Padres (37-42) scored fewer runs than the Seattle Mariners (35-42) on Tuesday night, 5-0, at Petco Park.

Mike Montgomery (3-2, 1.62) threw a one-hit complete game, the only hit being a Yangervis Solarte one-out double in the seventh inning. Solarte never got to third. Montgomery walked four and struck out seven.

Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.86) had that pesky one bad inning thing happen to him again, as the Mariners increased a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 lead with two outs in the fourth inning on an Austin Jackson two-RBI single and a two-run home run by Brad Miller. In the third inning, Kennedy had Mike Zunino hit a one out home run to put the Mariners on the board. Nelson Cruz scored on a errant throw by Clint Barmes on a potential double play in the ninth inning for the Mariners’ fifth run.

The finale of the season series is this afternoon at 12:40pm PDT. James Shields (7-2, 4.24) shoulders the massive responsibility of keeping the Vedder Cup in San Diego for another year as he goes up against Taijuan Walker (6-6, 4.64).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub throwing shade at those dirty, stinking Mariners. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking from the Vedder Cup.

The Padres (17-17) scored fewer runs, 11-4, than the Seattle Mariners (15-17) yesterday at Safeco Field. And, quite frankly, it wasn’t even that close of a game. The Mariners tied a club Safeco Field record with six home runs in the game. Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison, Justin Ruggiano, and Nelson Cruz all had one home run. Mike Zunino had two in the game.

Ian Kennedy (2-2, 5.93) gave up four quick runs in the first inning, two of which came off Seager’s home run with two outs. In the third inning, Morrison’s home run put the Mariners up 5-0, and that would have been enough to win the game. Kennedy’s night was over after four and two-thirds innings after surrendering five runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

James Paxton (1-2, 4.31) shut out the Padres over six innings, giving up three hits and five walks with five strikeouts. Danny Farquhar came in to start the seventh inning and gave up three runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks in just one-third of an inning.

This evening at 7:10pm PDT from Safeco Field, James Shields (4-0, 4.25) tries to stop the bleeding versus Taijuan Walker (1-3, 8.13).

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Ready for some hot #VedderCup action? Oh yeah, bring it.

Since I watch a fair number of Mariners games, I thought I’d share some observations with you in advance of tonight’s first pitch. Do with these what you will.


Nelson Cruz. Everything revolves around Cruz. He will swing through a lot of pitches, but he has good plate coverage and can hit the ball a very long way. Cruz is in constant attack mode. He also gets down the line quickly for a guy listed at 6’2”, 230 lbs. Good athlete.

After a miserable start (.149/.197/.194 in 71 PA), Logan Morrison has given the Mariners a second legitimate weapon. He uses all fields and, like Cruz, can hit the ball out of any park.

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The Padres announced their 2015 regular season schedule this morning, along with every other MLB team.  If you want to read about all the Dodgers and when the Padres will face them in 2015, see the Padres Friarwire article here.  At least, it seems to me that’s what that article mostly focuses on.

The Friars will open their 2015 season with three games against the Dodgers in Los Angeles before starting their home schedule on April 9 against the San Francisco Giants.

The interleague schedule will feature games against teams from the American League West.  And with their Vedder Cup rivals, the Seattle Mariners, with two-game series in Seattle (May 12-13) and in Petco Park (June 30-July 1), of course.

The Houston Astros come to San Diego for the first time as an American League team August 27-29.

The Padres 2015 interleague schedule also includes home series against Oakland (June 15-16) and Texas (August 31-September 2). The Padres will also travel to Texas, Oakland, and Anaheim.

Times have not yet been announced.

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