7:36 AM EDT, Fri July 01, 2016

Giants take series finale behind Madison Bumgarner, bats

Madison Bumgarner pitched, but nobody cared about that, and the Giants won, 12-6. As a science-loving heathen, I demand evidence. Proof. You think clutch hitters exist? Maybe they do. Probably, even. We can’t tell who’s who with the stats we have now, though. You’ll have to determine which players are clutch using your eyeballs and anecdotal evidence, and that is one steep, Crisco-slicked slope. Either give me evidence, or keep those guesses in your guess hole. At the same time, I’m also a dumb human who confuses correlation with causation all the time. Can’t help it! It’s kind...
Sons of Steve Garvey 15 hours ago

This is the Perfect Time To Panic

Well.... out with it. KERSHAW HEADS TO DL WITH BACK ISSUE.Kershaw received an epidural injection for pain relief, but the club did not release an injury diagnosis or explain whether the pain was caused by a disk issue or possible herniation.All back injuries are different, but teammate Scott Van Slyke missed nearly two months with a lower back injury and said he needed one month after receiving an epidural injection before he felt 100 percent.Roberts was asked the chances that Kershaw, with a four-day All-Star break included, would return after 15 days. The longer he is unable to throw, the...
McCovey Chronicles 15 hours ago

Not paying minor leaguers is actually very good

Like, the very best For too long now, some of baseball's coddled minor leaguers have insisted that they have "rights" and should be "paid at least minimum wage by the multi-billion dollar business that both employs them and will one day depend on them." Fortunately, Congress is taking action. Congressman Brett Guthrie and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos introduce the Save America's Pastime Act in House of Reps pic.twitter.com/AL8ohwqwuo — Josh Norris (@jnorris427) June 29, 2016 This might seem like a bad idea to you. Maybe you're one of those people on Twitter who just jumped right on the...
Gaslamp Ball 16 hours ago

Trade Rumor: Fernando Rodney heading to Miami

The days of archery at Petco Park may be numbered. It’s not even July, but A.J. Preller is ready to make a move. While some of the more promising Padres trade bait like Jon Jay and Tyson Ross sit on the disabled list, Fernando Rodney is turning in the best season of his career. An elite closer doesn’t do much good for a team not doing much winning, which makes him the perfect target for a team that might just need that little extra push. Like, say, the Miami Marlins. Heard the Padres and Marlins are nearing a deal for Fernando Rodney for a good A-ball prospect— keithlaw (@keithlaw)...
Friars on Base 19 hours ago

Padres Alex Dickerson Ready to Show What He Can Do

When the Padres put Jon Jay on the disabled list, they quickly recalled Alex Dickerson as he has been tearing up AAA. The Poway kid is ready to go. The Padres had other options, including top prospect Hunter Renfroe or Manuel Margot, but Dickerson provides them another left handed bat. It is his fourth call […] Padres Alex Dickerson Ready to Show What He Can Do - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Madison Bumgarner doesn’t need your stupid DH

The Giants' ace will hit for himself on Thursday. This is hilarious, kinda sad, and outstanding. In a move of either pure hubris or depressingly sound strategy, Madison Bumgarner is going to hit for himself in an American League ballpark. He’s the first pitcher to hit for himself in 40 years, with Ken Brett being the last one to do it in 1976. Now, this isn’t the same thing as Madison Bumgarner acting as his own designated hitter. It’s different. The Giants are declining to use the DH, which means that when Bumgarner exits the game, they’re essentially playing with a National...
Friars on Base 21 hours ago

Padres Andrew Cashner to Return This Weekend

The Padres Andrew Cashner will return from the Disabled List to start Sunday against the Yankees. He has not pitched since June 10th and pitched this week in Single A to get ready to come back to the Padres rotation. The Padres “Big Three” at the start of the season – James Shields, Tyson Ross, […] Padres Andrew Cashner to Return This Weekend - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jun 30, 2016

Orioles 12, Padres 6: Sloppy pitching wastes run support

I was pretty busy today and didn’t have a chance to check in on the game, so I guess I should probably see how the Padres did today. Oh. That’s, uh, not good. Christian Friedrich giving up six runs in five innings isn’t totally out of the ordinary. Two of those were unearned, but he committed the error that made them that way, so he really deserves those tacked onto his ERA. So yeah, that’s bad, but it’s not as bad as what apparently happened in the ninth inning. Wunderkind Ryan Buchter gave up five runs in a third of an inning, sending his ERA from 1.60 to 2.91. That’s all...

Giants memorably humiliated for second straight night

This time the bullpen was perfect, but the defense was appalling. And so it was that the night after the bullpen caught on fire, with flames licking the troposphere and changing weather patterns around the world, that the Giants played one of their sloppiest, ugliest games of the season. In the last 18 innings, the Giants were basically the worst of the 1962 Mets. Historically awful. You want to laugh at it because it’s so bad it’s good, but it’s so bad it’s bad, and everyone involved feels deep shame. Other than that, the Giants and A’s played a baseball game on Wednesday night,...
Friars on Base Jun 29, 2016

Padres Struggle in 12-6 Loss to Orioles

The Padres struggled in the starting pitching and the bullpen faltered in their 12-6 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. They have now lost three straight with the Yankees coming to town this weekend. The Padres saw lefty Christian Friedrich struggle in the 4th inning, punctuated by a Mark Trumbo home run to give the […] Padres Struggle in 12-6 Loss to Orioles - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Jun 29, 2016

Peter Seidler hoping to help bring MLS to San Diego

Padres lead investor Peter Seidler is one of three prominent San Diegans hoping to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Diego.  Apparently the plan is to eventually have them share a stadium with the San Diego State football team in Mission Valley. Retired Qualcomm executive and Mike Stone of FS Investors are also […] Peter Seidler hoping to help bring MLS to San Diego - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Joe Panik placed on 7-day concussion DL, Ruben Tejada added to 25-man roster

Chris Heston was placed on the 60-day DL to make room for Tejada. Joe Panik was out of the lineup on Tuesday because of delayed concussion symptoms related to getting hit in the head with a pitch during last week’s series against the Rays. On Wednesday, the Giants placed Panik on the 7-day concussion DL, purchasing the contract of Ruben Tejada to take his place. Tejada spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Mets organization, including parts of six years in the majors, where he hit .254/.328/.322. He became a household name last October, when he broke his leg on Chase...

Buster Posey has a slim lead in the 2016 NL All-Star voting

Just over 100,000 votes separates Buster Posey (Oreos) from Yadier Molina (Hydrox). This is not a drill. There are 30 hours left for All-Star voting, and for the first time since balloting updates have been released, Buster Posey is leading Yadier Molina by 107,000 votes. The Giants might have an All-Star starter after all. If you were wondering about the difference between the two, Posey is the catcher who’s effectively tied for the league lead in WAR according to Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. He’s the former MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Face of MLB, the player kids dream of...

The Giants are lucky, unlucky, or historically great

You can believe what you want to believe about the 2016 Giants. There's supporting evidence for optimists and curmudgeons alike. "The Giants are lucky," says the awful man, while the fires from the bullpen spread and destroy acres and acres of forest behind him. "They just keep getting hits in the right spot," he continues, unaware of the screams from the immolating wildlife and snapping trees. "Here, look at this expected record based on runs scored and runs allowwaaaahhhhh," he shrieks as the bullpen fires consume him and everyone he loves. So, no, you don’t want to hear about the...
Friars on Base Jun 29, 2016

Padres Melvin Upton Jr Continues to Flash the Leather

The Padres were disappointed to learn that Jon Jay would hit the DL with a broken forearm. Melvin Upton Jr.however didn’t miss a beat taking over in center field for the injured Jay in Tuesday’s loss to Baltimore. The Padres saw Upton Jr. rob JJ Hardy of a home run, reaching full over the wall […] Padres Melvin Upton Jr Continues to Flash the Leather - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Jun 29, 2016

Padres replace RAK and Jerry Coleman’s star on press booth facade

Back on April 21st I noticed that the Padres had painted the bare concrete around the ballpark and in doing so they painted over former owner Ray Kroc’s initials and Jerry Coleman’s star. I can’t seem to find a good picture of what it used to look like, but in the left hand side of this one you can see Jerry’s hanging star. The painter got a little carried away and now Jerry Coleman's ⭐️ and Kroc's RAK are gone. pic.twitter.com/0RHZugWANP— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) April 22, 2016 CMO Wayne Partello told us that the painted versions, while gone, would be replaced with...
Friars on Base Jun 29, 2016

Padres and Chargers Give San Diego Most Miserable Sports Town

The Padres have never a World Series. The Chargers have never won a Super Bowl. With the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Finals San Diego takes over the Sports Misery Index according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com. Now the Padres have made it to the World Series twice – but of course lost both and […] Padres and Chargers Give San Diego Most Miserable Sports Town - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Jun 29, 2016

Padres Top Prospects to Play in Futures Game

The roster of the Futures Game was announced Wednesday and the Padres will be represented by a slew of coaches and their Top 3 Prospects in Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Carlos Asuaje. The Padres will have Renfroe on Team USA managed by Trevor Hoffman, with Margot and Asuaje on Team World which will be […] Padres Top Prospects to Play in Futures Game - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com Jun 29, 2016

Same-day no-nos, 26 years ago today

Twenty-six years ago today, on June 29, 1990, the Oakland A’s Dave Stewart and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela threw no-hitters on the same day. Stewart threw his at the Toronto Skydome against the Blue Jays, striking out 12 for a 5-0 win. He told Sports Illustrated that it was the first no-hitter of …

The Giants scored 11 runs and lost

Seven Giants relievers combined to give up nine runs and allow two inherited runners to score. It wasn't ideal, but it was historic. That was one of the worst games in franchise history, and please do not mistake that for hyperbole. If you watched the game, you understand. If you didn’t watch the game, my job is to make you understand. While I don’t vividly remember when Glinch Tannentack blew an eight-run lead against the Superbas in 1911, I do have some statistics to support the claim. For example, this was the 20th game in the last 100 years in which the Giants scored 11 runs and...

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