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Friars on Base 7 hours ago

San Diego Padres: Back end bullpen depth an offseason priority

The San Diego Padres will be looking to improve this offseason. One area in which they must focus on is the back end of their bullpen. The excitement of hitting and the attention that a starting pitching rotation receives is seemingly all encompassing for the Padres sometimes. But there is one area on the roster […] San Diego Padres: Back end bullpen depth an offseason priority - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 14 hours ago

San Diego Padres go on muddling in the middle

It’s no surprise that the San Diego Padres aren’t contending this season. Unfortunately however, they aren’t doing a very good job of tanking either. The number 76 (as in wins) has been bandied about this week on Twitter and in at least one podcast and symbolizes the Padres’ perennial problem of muddling around in the […] San Diego Padres go on muddling in the middle - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Federal Baseball 16 hours ago
Washington Nationals’ lineup for finale with the San Diego Padres in Petco Park...

Washington Nationals’ lineup for finale with the San Diego Padres in Petco Park...

Washington’s offense came up short in what ended up a 3-1 loss in San Diego last night. Will the Nationals bounce back this afternoon? Back-to-back, two-out walks to Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman set red-hot Howie Kendrick up with an RBI opportunity early last night in Petco Park. Kendrick who’s come up big for Washington on a regular basis since he was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies last month, sent a fly to right for the final out of a 36-pitch first inning by San Diego Padres’ lefty Travis Wood. Wood retired eight straight after the first-inning walks, and 12 of 14...
Federal Baseball 21 hours ago
Daniel Murphy a late scratch from Nationals’ lineup: Dusty Baker on resting Murphy...

Daniel Murphy a late scratch from Nationals’ lineup: Dusty Baker on resting Murphy...

Daniel Murphy was penciled in as the Nationals’ second baseman and No. 3 hitter originally last night, but he was scratched before the start of the third of four with the Padres. Over his last ten games (eight starts), Daniel Murphy was 6 for 30 (.200/.294/.333) with a double and a home run, three walks, and six Ks in 34 plate appearances. Murphy went 1 for 7 with a walk and three Ks in the first two games of this weekend’s four-game set against the San Diego Padres before Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker made a decision to give the 32-year-old infielder a rest on Saturday...
Federal Baseball Aug 19, 2017
Washington Nationals drop 3-1 decision to San Diego Padres: Stephen Strasburg solid, but Nats’ offense struggles to produce...

Washington Nationals drop 3-1 decision to San Diego Padres: Stephen Strasburg solid, but Nats’ offense struggles to produce...

Stephen Strasburg put together a solid start, but the Nationals’ offense couldn’t get much done against Travis Wood or the Padres’ bullpen. 3-1 final in Petco Park. For the first time since July 23rd, Stephen Strasburg was on the mound tonight for the Washington Nationals, and he put together a solid start, going six innings total, giving up four hits, a walk, and two earned runs in what ended up a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Yangervis Solarte took Strasburg deep in the first for a two-out, two-run homer that accounted for the only runs the Nationals’ starter gave up, but the...
Friars on Base Aug 19, 2017

San Diego Padres: Spangenberg’s rise defined by consistency

The San Diego Padres have found a solution at the hot corner in Cory Spangenberg, a player who has brought stability to a streaky lineup. San Diego third baseman Cory Spangenberg is on fire right now. The 26-year-old has hit .423 over the last week, driving in nine runs on eleven hits. He has also […] San Diego Padres: Spangenberg’s rise defined by consistency - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Aug 19, 2017

San Diego Padres: Offseason starting pitching predictions

In my most recent article in which we discussed offseason decisions. Today, we examine the San Diego Padres organization and predict the most likely starting rotations. Since there is a lot of starting pitching depth throughout the Padres organization. This article will predict the starting five pitchers at every stop, from the major league team up through […] San Diego Padres: Offseason starting pitching predictions - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Federal Baseball Aug 19, 2017
Matt Grace comes up big for Nationals; Max Scherzer lands on 10-Day DL with left neck inflammation...

Matt Grace comes up big for Nationals; Max Scherzer lands on 10-Day DL with left neck inflammation...

Dusty Baker turned to Matt Grace was Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start vs the Padres, and the Nats’ lefty came up big in Petco Park. Max Scherzer left an August 1st start in Miami with spasms in the right side of his neck, but he returned for back-to-back seven-inning outings, showing no signs of a lingering issue. “It’s his neck, but it’s the other the side. And so we’re just taking the cautious route, and hopefully we’ll find out kind of what’s causing this...” - Dusty Baker on Max Scherzer Before Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres,...
Friars on Base Aug 18, 2017

San Diego Padres: A season of surprises

What has gone as expected for the San Diego Padres in 2017? Just about nothing, which keeps us all on our toes. When he stole second, fans applauded. When he stole third, fans were beyond impressed. And when he stole home thanks to an Austin Hedges rundown, fans were floored. It was the first time in […] San Diego Padres: A season of surprises - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base Aug 18, 2017

San Diego Padres: “Trader Jack” McKeon honored with card giveaway

The San Diego Padres are giving their fans another reason to come to the ballpark on Saturday when they take on the Washington Nationals. There aren’t many true legends in the history of the San Diego Padres. Tony Gwynn is undoubtedly the most valuable player to ever out on the uniform, but what about those […] San Diego Padres: “Trader Jack” McKeon honored with card giveaway - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Aug 18, 2017
Nationals 2, Padres 1: Zimmerman smashes Kirby’s Dreamland

Nationals 2, Padres 1: Zimmerman smashes Kirby’s Dreamland

Kirby Yates has had some pretty solid adventures with the Padres, but tonight he was bested by Ryan Zimmerman, who hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to suck the air out of Petco Park and put the Nationals on top. Jhoulys Chacin made it through five innings with just one run despite an incredibly shaky third inning, but the star of the game was clearly former Friar Edwin Jackson, who kept the Pads in check for seven innings. The Nats got on the board in the third when Howie Kendrick led off with a double that caromed off the left field wall. That might not have amounted to anything at...
Friars on Base Aug 17, 2017

San Diego Padres’ schedule gets tougher

Now deep into the dog days of summer, the San Diego Padres’ schedule for the remainder of the season gets tougher and will include a number of games against the top three teams in the National League West. Going into this tough stretch, the team swept the Phillies (who have the worst record in baseball) […] San Diego Padres’ schedule gets tougher - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Aug 17, 2017
Game Thread: 08/17 Padres vs. Nationals

Game Thread: 08/17 Padres vs. Nationals

Starting pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Edwin JacksonGame time: 7:10 pm PTTV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)Radio: FM 94.9, XEMO 860 (Sp.) Today's Lineups WASHINGTON NATIONALS SAN DIEGO PADRES Howie Kendrick - RF Manuel Margot - CF Wilmer Difo - SS Carlos Asuaje - 2B Daniel Murphy - 2B Jose Pirela - LF Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Yangervis Solarte - SS Adam Lind - LF Wil Myers - 1B Anthony Rendon - 3B Cory Spangenberg - 3B Matt Wieters - C Hunter Renfroe - RF Michael Taylor - CF Austin Hedges - C Edwin Jackson - RHP Jhoulys Chacin - RHP GO FRIARS!! KEEP THE...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 17, 2017
Padres Preview 08/17: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Edwin Jackson - The Return (and the Nationals)

Padres Preview 08/17: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Edwin Jackson - The Return (and the Nationals)

The Padres will welcome back a familiar face to Petco Park as the Montreal Expos Washington Nationals visit for a 4 game set. The not-Expos will be touching down in Petco Park for a 4 game set as the Padres continue their 7 game homestand tonight. Michael Owens-USA TODAY Sports “Fssshhoo!” - my sound effect again. On the mound for the Nationals is old friend Edwin Jackson (3-2, 3.86 ERA), now with his 12th team and 2nd stint in Washington. Padres fans may remember Jackson from his time in 2016 with the Friars, going 5-6 with a 5.89 ERA and playing as a...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 17, 2017
Padres 3, Phillies 0: Myers steals home, Clayton throws a CGSO, and the Friars sweep

Padres 3, Phillies 0: Myers steals home, Clayton throws a CGSO, and the Friars sweep

Wil accomplishes the rare self-RBI. Donning the flawless throwback ‘98 jerseys, and with targets on a sweep for the first home series off a long road trip, the Padres did everything they needed in order to give a middle-of-the-week day crowd a good experience. Coming off the announcement of Jered Weaver announced his retirement after 11 years with the Angels and 9 starts with the Padres, Clayton Richard decided to put up one of the greatest starts of his career. Richard went the full 9, allowing only 3 hits in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th inning. Outside of that, save an error and a walk,...
Friars on Base Aug 16, 2017

San Diego Padres: Baby Steps

The San Diego Padres are getting to where they want to be little by little, but now they must find ways to step up in the most critical of situations. San Diego’s team of August 2017 barely resembles last year’s assemblage on opening day. The average age has fallen from 28.1 years to 26.6 years, […] San Diego Padres: Baby Steps - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Gaslamp Ball Aug 16, 2017
Game Thread: 08/15 Padres vs. Phillies

Game Thread: 08/15 Padres vs. Phillies

Starting pitchers: Clayton Richard vs. Nick PivettaGame time: 12:40 pm PTTV: FSSD, Fox Deportes San Diego (Sp.)Radio: FM 94.9, XEMO 860 (Sp.) Today's Lineups PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SAN DIEGO PADRES Cesar Hernandez - 2B Manuel Margot - CF Freddy Galvis - SS Carlos Asuaje - 2B Rhys Hoskins - LF Yangervis Solarte - 3B Tommy Joseph - 1B Cory Spangenberg - LF Nick Williams - CF Wil Myers - 1B Maikel Franco - 3B Austin Hedges - C Cameron Perkins - RF Hunter Renfroe - RF Cameron Rupp - C Dusty Coleman - SS Nick Pivetta - RHP Clayton Richard - LHP GO FRIARS!! KEEP...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 16, 2017
Jered Weaver Calls It A Career

Jered Weaver Calls It A Career

The 12-year vet decided to hang ‘em up today. Hot off the “matter of time” press is news that 12-year veteran right-hander Jered Weaver has decided to retire from baseball. Jered Weaver announces his retirement from @MLB following a career that spanned 12 seasons: https://t.co/MwE1M5biVp pic.twitter.com/L2lm9VouMU— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 16, 2017 Signed to a 1 year deal worth $3 million, Jered’s stats with the Padres weren’t stellar (0-5, 7.44 ERA) and he was prone to the longball (16 surrendered in 42.1 innings overall). Still, the longtime Angels ace leaves the...
Gaslamp Ball Aug 16, 2017
Padres Preview 08/16: Clayton Richard goes for the sweep against Nick Pivetta and the Philadelphia Phillies

Padres Preview 08/16: Clayton Richard goes for the sweep against Nick Pivetta and the Philadelphia Phillies

The Padres will attempt to open the broom closet and bust out the sweep against the visiting Phillies. Today’s afternoon baseball action is either exciting for those looking for a sweep or depressing for those hoping the Padres would lay down against the winning-in-tanking-for-the-pick Philadelphia Phillies. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports This is a good look, I tell ya what. The Friars will send Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14 ERA) to the mound. Your favorite hat collector attended his last outing in Los Angeles: a three-run, eight-hit six-inning stint that could...
Friars on Base Aug 16, 2017

San Diego Padres look to sweep Phillies at Petco

The San Diego Padres will send Clayton Richard to the mound in Wednesday’s series finale day game in search of their third straight victory and a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Padres are a win away from doing something they haven’t done a whole lot of in 2017. With just two sweeps in 37 […] San Diego Padres look to sweep Phillies at Petco - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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