3:57 PM EDT, Tue May 31, 2016
Gaslamp Ball 37 mins ago

Padres traded Garry Templeton 25 years ago today

A quarter-century has passed since the Padres cut ties with longtime shortstop and eventual team Hall-of-Famer Garry Templeton, trading him to the Mets for another struggling infielder. Templeton was in his tenth season with the club and sixteenth overall, and adjusting poorly to a bench role after losing his starting job to the newly acquired Tony Fernandez. Through 49 team games, Templeton had appeared in 32, starting only eight - all at the unfamiliar position of third base. He was hitting a paltry .193 in 59 plate appearances, with an even more appalling .203 on base percentage and a...
Gaslamp Ball 2 hours ago

May 31 a good date for a Padres win

This 2016 incarnation of the Padres team is off to the eleventh worst start (three way tie) in franchise history.  With only 20 wins in their first 52 games, there is little hope for the remainder of the season.  And what's worse is that GM A.J. Preller traded away any hope for a happy future for this turd of a present.  These are dark, dark days in The Suck.  I don't ever remember being this disenfranchised by the team.  Thanks Mike Dee. Padres' records after 52 games Year Wins in first 52 First 52 Win % Season Wins Season Games Season Win...
Friars on Base 2 hours ago

San Diego Padres exploring James Shields trade

The San Diego Padres should trade James Shields. Why you ask? James Shields makes $21 Million dollars this year. And next year. And the year after that. So the San Diego Padres should trade him. Because they signed him to a contract that was a necessary dollar amount and length to get someone to come […] San Diego Padres exploring James Shields trade - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 4 hours ago

Bullpen trust power rankings

Who do you trust in the bullpen? Who do you not trust? Don't say "everyone" to that last question. That's mean. The Giants are having a very good month of playing baseball, and bully for them. The bullpen, however, is not having all that great of  a month. Even during the Giants' pitching-fueled rise to the top of the NL West, the bullpen was mostly watching the starters perform spectacularly and nodding at each other when someone would confidently proclaim, "Yeah, I could totally do that too." When they have gotten into the game, the bullpen has been shaky enough to make Giants fans...
Friars on Base 4 hours ago

Padres Use Christian Bethancourt as DH Against Mariners

The Padres used Christian Bethancourt as their Designated Hitter in their first Inter-league game of the season against the Seattle Mariners Monday afternoon. They lost the game 9-3 with Bethancourt going 2-4. The Padres do not exactly a problem of “too many” good hitters, and Bethancourt is still blocked by Derek Norris as the starting […] Padres Use Christian Bethancourt as DH Against Mariners - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
McCovey Chronicles 6 hours ago

SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/30

A night that had the cognoscenti dreaming of promotions. See? Look right here. Is this Adalberto Mejia's AA swan song? Pretty good way to say goodbye. — Roger Munter (@rog61) May 30, 2016 (I mean, if you'll excuse the overreach of my self-claiming cognoscenti status.)  Ok, if you need a more perfessional type: .@SFGiants pitching prospects impress at every level of @MiLB & one makes his @MLB debut too https://t.co/iX1VrKqHPm pic.twitter.com/gcSdig4HFp — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 31, 2016 Anyway, this was a night of stars that most certainly disappoint. Four of the...
NoNoHitters.com 6 hours ago

White Sox’s Benz no-hits Cleveland, 102 years ago today

Joe Benz threw the fifth a no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history, 102 years ago today. At Comiskey Park, on Sunday, May 31, 1914, Benz no-hit the Cleveland Naps for a 6-1 win in a game with six total blunders, three by each time. “Errors were plentiful on both sides,” noted one newspaper report. “Two …
Sons of Steve Garvey 13 hours ago

There. And. Here.

Not a newsflash to our more loyal readers, but I ain't from around these fair parts. I grew up in a faraway land of zero sales tax and a short commute to the epicenter of sports fandom depravity: Philadelphia. Sometimes a select few of the Dodgers Stadium faithful remind me of home... usually when they're being carted away by security or calling the opposing pitcher a word I'd rather not write. And then there's times when I realize how many miles lay between me and the Veterans Stadium of my youth. PHILLYHEREIf interested in said Yoga - which I understand involves bending parts of the body...
Friars on Base 18 hours ago

Padres Offense Suffered from May Gray

In San Diego, typically cloudy weather in May and June have come to be known as May Gray and June Gloom. The San Diego Padres’ seemed to follow the weather this May, as the team struggled offensively. As the calendar makes the change from May to June, the Padres are hoping a new month will help to […] Padres Offense Suffered from May Gray - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball 19 hours ago

Slump follows Padres up to Seattle

A 9-3 loss keeps the status of the Pads in a poor state. Today's loss came in a bit different shape. In place of an early meltdown was a bit of a late poor performance from one cog of the bullpen. San Diego earns another loss, and continues to try to stop their sliding deeper into last place. Andrew Cashner threw just about as good as you'd expect. This was his sixth game giving up 3 earned runs. Six innings, 4 runs (one of them a HR), and 3 strikeouts is about as average as one can anticipate from Cash this season. At the very least, he kept the game within reach, as he was pitching...
Friars on Base 21 hours ago

Padres Fernando Rodney Continues to Have a Stellar Season

One of brightest spots for the Padres this season has been the play of veteran closer Fernando Rodney. In 19 games, Rodney is 0-1 with 10 saves and a 0.00 ERA. He did allow one run, which was unearned. In 19 innings, he has allowed only eight hits and has 17 strikeouts. Rodney signed a […] Padres Fernando Rodney Continues to Have a Stellar Season - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Giants lose holiday stinker, 5-3

Jeff Samardzija wasn't sharp enough, and the Braves are suddenly rolling at home. To put Monday's game into perspective, that was the first time a non-Peavy starter allowed more than two runs since Matt Cain did it on May 4. That was 24 games ago. If you want even more perspective, here's the breakdown of what Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, and Madison Bumgarner have done since Cueto was tagged for six runs against the Reds on May 2: 0 runs allowed: 4 starts1 run allowed: 9 starts2 runs allowed: 3 startsMore than 2 runs allowed: 0 starts That's a [takes off socks] 16-start stretch from the...
Sons of Steve Garvey 23 hours ago

Game 52 Thread: May 30 @ Cubs, 2p

Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03) vs. Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17). Happy Memorial Day! I guess we can argue all day about whether these camo unis and caps are respectful or ridiculous, but there's beers to be drunk and thanks to be given. Go Blue!
Gaslamp Ball May 30, 2016

Padres Preview: 05/30 Andrew Cashner seeks first career win against Mariners

The Padres head up to Seattle for two games. Following their series loss in Arizona against the Diamondbacks, the Padres continue their road trip with a quick two-game swing through Mariners land before coming back home to San Diego. The opener of this four-game series against Seattle (with two games at Safeco and two games at Petco) will see righties Andrew Cashner and Nathan Karns square off on the mound. Five days ago Cashner made his return from the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, and he picked up about right where he left off. The 29-year-old made was strolling right...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 30, 2016

Buster Olney Marvels At Kershaw

From ESPN insider (link for subscribers only), Buster Olney opined on how incredible our own Clayton Kershaw is: We are witnessing the eighth consecutive season in which Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has an ERA below 3.00, and Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis mentioned in conversation Saturday that Kershaw has been so good for so long that you grow accustomed to his excellence. But what Kershaw is doing this season might be a case of the best pitcher of all time doing his best work, particularly in how he controls the ball-strike count. Kershaw, who is set to start against the...
NoNoHitters.com May 30, 2016

Eckersley no-hits Angels, 39 years ago today

The Cleveland Indians’ Dennis Eckersley threw a no-hitter against the California Angels, 39 years ago today. On Monday, May 30, 1977, Eckersely walked just one batter at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians topped the Angels 1-0. Eckersley, who also pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s, now does some studio work …
McCovey Chronicles May 30, 2016

SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/29

Joan Gregorio threw his hat in the "Matt Cain Temporary Replacement Pool" with some nasty swing and miss stuff. (OKC hitters immediately swung and missed at his hat). Before we get to Sunday's lines, let's start off with a Saturday night article courtesy of Hunter Cole, because I love me a good OF assist. Hozer! HIGHLIGHTS: Joan Gregorio Ks 8 in 5IP;  Martin Agosta allowed 2 Runs over 7 IP Sacramento lost to Oklahoma City Dodgers, 4-1 Name AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG 3b Mitch...
MetsBlog May 30, 2016

Familia struggles for second straight outing against Dodgers

New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia struggled against the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight outing, giving up two runs in the top of the ninth inning in a non-save situation as the Mets lost the final game of a three-game series, 4-2, Sunday at Citi Field.
Gaslamp Ball May 29, 2016

San Diego gets melted in series finale

The Dbacks take 2 from the Padres, beating them 6-3. This weekend was sort of like poetry. It rhymed. Yesterday, the Padres were trailing an early lead, fought hard to make up for that, and fell short in the 9th. Today, they fell early again, in the same inning, and made much less of an effort to catch up on a smaller lead. Drew Pomeranz stayed in much longer than Cesar Vargas, his younger, Saturday-starting counterpart. It hasn't yet been declared that Pomz is sore anywhere other than his head after his start, but that didn't make the results any less ugly. He gave up six runs, one on a...

Giants take rubber match, spray doubles all around Coors Field

The Giants have figured out that scoring more runs than they allow at Coors Field might be a sustainable path to success. There are just three games left at Coors Field for the entire year. That's it. Naturally, those games come in September, after a four-game series in Wrigley Field and in the middle of a 10-game road trip, which seems like a perfectly awful time to visit. Still, just three games left in 2016. We've already come so far in this baseball season. Sunrise, sunset. The weird part is that I'm almost sad to see the Giants leave. There's no way that I'll eat those words in a few...

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