The Fielding Bible Awards highlight the best defensive players across both leagues in Major League Baseball. They’re voted on by a panel of experts, and the results of the voting are made public.

This year’s awards were the most decisive ever with three unanimous decisions at. The winners headlined Tampa Bay centerfield prodigy Kevin Kiermaier who established a new record for defensive runs saved in a season at 42. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward were other unanimous selections.

Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso finished fifth. Once thought of as a defensive liability, Alonso garnered strong support from Bill James, the Baseball Info Solutions video scouts, and Hal Richman among others. Left fielder Justin Upton received high votes from the BIS video scouts, writer Joe Posnanski, and defensive data analyst John Dewan, among others. Derek Norris and Odrisamer Despaigne also received votes.

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

The Padres (64-68) scored fewer runs than the Texas Rangers (69-62) last night at Petco Park, 8-4, in a game that saw Matt Kemp come up a triple short of a cycle, three Padres’ players injured, and a straight-up steal of home plate.

Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.15) pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and no walks with four strikeouts. In the first inning, Prince Fielder hit a two-run home run. Shin-Soo Choo hit an RBI double in the third inning. Yonder Alonso left the game with lower back tightness after that inning. An Elvis Andrus sacrifice fly in the sixth inning added another run. In the seventh inning, Andrus singled with the bases loaded to score three runs. Derek Norris was injured when his arm was caught in the wrong position on Adrian Beltre‘s slide. After Norris was removed, pitcher Shawn Kelley threw one warmup pitch to Austin Hedges and walked off the mound, removing himself after feeling tightness in his forearm. After Kevin Quackenbush came in and faced Will Venable at the plate, Andrus stole home.

Yovani Gallardo (11-9, 3.27) allowed four runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts over five innings. A Kemp double in the third inning scored Yangervis Solarte and Brett Wallace. In the fifth inning, Kemp hit a two-run home run. Jedd Gyorko‘s RBI single and Hedges sacrifice fly scored two more in the ninth inning.

The series wraps up tonight at 7:10pm PDT with Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.94) taking on Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.89).

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

The Padres (64-67) scored more runs than the Texas Rangers (68-62) last night, 7-0, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Tyson Ross (10-9, 3.27) pitched seven shutout innings with three hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. The Rangers’ were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Prince Fielder was the only Ranger to get to second base, with a first inning double and getting hit by a pitch and advancing on a walk to Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning.

Colby Lewis (14-7, 4.50) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. In the third inning, Travis Jankowski singled, stole second base, and scored on a Yonder Alonso single. Matt Kemp then drove in Alonso with a double. Alonso doubled to lead off the sixth inning, Kemp walked, then a Jedd Gyorko sacrifice fly scored Alonso. Kemp scored on an RBI double by Cory Spangenberg, Austin Hedges was intentionally walked, and Tyson Ross singled in Spangenberg. Jankowski reached on an error and Yangervis Solarte singled in Hedges. In the eighth inning, Brett Wallace doubled to drive in Jankowski again, who had hit a triple.

Tonight starting at 7:10pm PDT, Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.05) gets the start in the second game versus Yovani Gallardo (11-9, 3.14).

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The Padres (62-67) scored fewer runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (52-78), 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park last night.

Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95) pitched five innings, allowing all four Phillies’ runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. In the second inning, Darnell Sweeney hit a two-run home run with no outs. Domonic Brown scored on a Freddy Galvis double in the fourth inning. Adam Morgan followed that double with an RBI-single to score Galvis.

Morgan (5-4, 4.03) pitched six innings while giving up two unearned runs on four hits and no walks with three strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Matt Kemp reached base on a throwing error by Galvis. After Justin Upton lined out and Derek Norris struck out, Yonder Alonso singled, scoring Kemp, who had stolen second base during Norris’ at-bat. Alonso ended up at second after an error by catcher Cameron Rupp. Melvin Upton Jr. then singled to plate Alonso. In the seventh inning, Jedd Gyorko added an RBI single.

In today’s series finale, James Shields (9-6, 3.89) goes up against Alec Asher (0-0, 0.00), who’s making his Major League debut. First pitch is scheduled for 10:35am PDT.

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I’ve had the pleasure of writing Yonder Alonso’s player comment in each of the last three Baseball Prospectus annuals, and it has become my custom to compare him to other players. Here are the career statistics (through August 27) of those players and Alonso:

Player/food PA BA ISO BB% OPS+ wRC+
Lyle Overbay 5802 .266 .163 11.0 106 105
Bruce Bochte 5994 .282 .114 10.9 113 112
Denny Walling 3287 .271 .119 9.4 107 108
Yonder Alonso 1793 .271 .119 9.0 107 105

I’m leaving out many columns here, but this gives some idea of the types of information I find useful in describing a hitter. Batting average has its limitations, of course, but still tells us how often someone gets base hits. ISO, which is batting average subtracted from slugging percentage, gives a good indication of a player’s power. BB% shows a player’s ability to reach base via walk. The advantage to using ISO and BB% over SLG and OBP is that they remove batting average from the equation, leaving only the component that we wish to examine. OPS+ and wRC+ are added at the end to provide an overall feel for the level of hitter.

It’s clear at this point that Alonso lacks Overbay’s power. My original hope that Alonso would be that type of hitter was both a low bar and one that he has failed to reach. Bochte likewise seems overly ambitious due to the batting average and walk rate. This leaves Walling, who was a decent enough player in his day and whose numbers are alarmingly close to those of Alonso.

What Walling wasn’t, however, was a starting big-league first baseman. And that got me wondering: Has anyone with Alonso’s offensive skill set had a long career as a starting big-league first baseman?

Spoiler alert: no.

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The Padres (62-65) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (64-62) in the finale of their three game series at Nationals Park.

Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.05) threw 121 pitches in five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walk with six strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Jayson Werth scored after Cashner loaded the bases and then hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch. Ryan Zimmerman‘s RBI single followed, scoring Anthony Rendon. Werth hit a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning. And Zimmerman hit a solo home run off Kevin Quackenbush in the seventh inning.

Joe Ross (5-5, 3.24) pitched six innings while allowing one run on one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts. A Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly scored Cory Spangenberg in the fourth inning. Yonder Alonso added an RBI single in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon.

The Friars head 134 miles Northeast to take on the Philadelphia Phillies for three games at Citizens Bank Park starting tonight at 4:05pm PDT. Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) goes up against Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.59) in the first game.

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

The Padres (61-63) scored fewer runs than the St Louis Cardinals (78-45), 10-3, yesterday afternoon in the final game of their three-game series at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52) had the wheels come off early, giving up four runs in the first inning. Tommy Pham walked with one out in the first inning, then took second and third bases on a throwing error by Rea on a pickoff move. Jhonny Peralta reached on an error by Yangervis Solarte that scored Pham. A single by Jason Heyward followed, then a single by Yadier Molina. Stephen Piscotty tripled to clear the bases. Rea lasted just four innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Piscotty also hit two home runs, a solo shot off Odrisamer Despaigne in the seventh inning and a two-run home run off Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.

Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Yonder Alonso singled in the second inning, moved to second on a walk to Austin Hedges, and scored on a single to right field by Clint Barmes. In the ninth inning, a leadoff, pinch-hit double by Brett Wallace was followed by a single by Jedd Gyorko. After a pop-out by Solarte, Cory Spangenberg was hit by a pitch. Matt Kemp then singled to score Barmes and Gyorko. But, Justin Upton struck out and Alonso ground out to the first baseman to end the game.

The Padres are off today as they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Washington Nationals (62-61) for three games starting tomorrow night at 4:05pm PDT. James Shields (9-5, 3.74) gets the start versus Stephen Strasburg (7-6, 4.22).

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

The Padres (61-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-45) last night in the second game of three at Petco Park, 8-0.

Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with a season high ten strikeouts. In the seventh inning. Brandon Moss doubled and Tommy Pham singled off Kennedy to get Moss to third. Shawn Kelley, Marc Rzepczynski, and Bud Norris each faced and struck out one batter in relief of Kennedy.

Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85) kept it a close game, allowing just one run through the first six innings. Derek Norris led off the fourth inning with a triple, Cory Spangenberg reached on an infield single, Kennedy laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Spangenberg to second base, and Travis Jankowski hit into an RBI groundout to bring Norris home.

The seventh inning was a nightmare for the Cardinals. Alexi Amarista led off with a pinch-hit single, Jankowski bunted for a single, then Yangervis Solarte sacrifice bunted the runners over. Randy Choate relieved Martinez and proceeded to walk Yonder Alonso to load the bases. Seth Maness then came in to pitch and gave up a two-run single to Matt Kemp. Then a two-run double to Justin Upton. After getting Jedd Gyorko to ground out, Derek Norris reached on an error. Clint Barmes then doubled to drive in Upton and Amarista came up again and singled to score Norris. Maness was replaced by Tyler Lyons and Jankowski singled to drive in Barmes.

And now I need a break from typing.

This afternoon, Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) takes the mound against Michael Wacha (14-4, 2.85) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PDT.

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

The Padres (60-62) scored more runs than the St Louis Cardinals (77-44), 9-3, in the first of three games at Petco Park.

Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03) gave up just one unearned run in six innings on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Stephen Piscotty reached on a fielding error by Alexi Amarista and later scored on a Yadier Molina single. Bud Norris started the seventh inning in relief of Cashner and gave up two runs without recording an out. Mark Reynolds doubled and Tommy Pham tripled, scoring Piscotty. Marc Rzepczynski then came in to pitch and proceeded to hit Brandon Moss with a pitch. After getting Matt Carpenter to fly out to left field, a Piscotty sacrifice fly let Pham come across the plate for the last Cardinals’ run of the night.

St Louis’ starter John Lackey (10-8, 2.99) also pitched six innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The Friars scored five runs in the fifth inning on an Amarista single followed by a bunt attempt by Cashner that resulted in two throwing errors on the play, bringing Amarista around to score. Rookie centerfielder Travis Jankowski, who made his first Major League start and batted ninth, hit his second single of the night to drive in Cashner. Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run to make it 4-1, Padres. Yonder Alonso then walked, took second base on a wild pitch, and scored on a Justin Upton single. In the eighth inning, an Amarista leadoff double was followed by a Brett Wallace two-run home run. Solarte singled and scored on a Matt Kemp two-run home run. And that was all she wrote.

Tonight’s second game of the series stars at 5:40pm PDT with Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20) taking the mound against Carlos Martinez (12-5, 2.78).

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

The Padres (57-62) scored more runs than the Atlanta Braves (53-65) last night in the first of three games, 5-3. Jedd Gyorko started at shortstop for the first time since 2010 at West Virginia University.

Colin Rea (2-0, 4.22) got his second win after pitching five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Former Padre Cameron Maybin hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. Maybin later scored another run in the sixth inning on a single from A.J. Pierzynski. In the ninth inning, a single off Craig Kimbrel by another former Padre, Jace Peterson, drove in Nick Markakis for the Braves’ final run.

Williams Perez (4-4, 4.34) pitched six and a third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts. In the second inning, Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso reached on a single and a ground-rule double, respectively. Derek Norris drove in Upton with a single, then reached second on a wild pitch to Will Venable. Venable then singled to right field scoring Alonso and Norris, who hustled and barely beat the throw home. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. Alonso added a solo shot with two outs in the eighth inning.

Tonight, James Shields (8-5, 3.89) gets the start in the second game with former Padre Matt Wisler (5-2, 4.74) getting the start for the Braves. First pitch is set for 7:10pm PDT.

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