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Jul 21, 2017

Twitter Mailbag: The Id Seeks Pleasure

How does the 2nd/3rd base situation play out? Do we try to trade aybar? If so who would replace him?— Kent Weaver (@weavdaddy93) July 21, 2017
Jul 20, 2017

The Padres Public 2017 Midseason Top 20

Fernando Tatis Jr. is special. His success comes as no surprise. He, Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon are top 20 dudes in the sport for me— Chris Kusiolek (@CaliKusiolek) July 8, 2017
Jul 19, 2017

Brad Hand Update

What’s up with Brad Hand? Recently, both the Nationals and Yankees acquired multiple relievers in single trades, with Washington picking up Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson and New York getting David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle (along with third baseman Todd Frazier). Among those two teams, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Washington look for more help. They lost Blake Treinen in the deal, who has a 5.59 ERA on the season but better peripherals and even better stuff. Plus, Madson’s old and Doolittle’s an injury risk, which, combined with the loss of Treinen, makes the Nationals bullpen...
Jul 19, 2017

Padres and Pints: The Podcast! Episode 39

A podcast in back-to-back weeks! HUZZAH! This time Rick & Chris get back to the basics and podcast without a guest. They chat about the All-Star game, the trade deadline, what to expect in the 2nd half and a little #bobblechat. ENJOY! If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us. All the videos All the podcasts iTunes | Google All the tweets All the pictures
Jul 18, 2017

The Stats We Use: DRS And UZR

Thing Im curious about tonight: Jedd Gyorkos defense. Hes on par with Nolan Arenado in Defensive Runs Saved. Guessing positioned well— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) July 17, 2017
Jul 17, 2017

Why The Padres Should Have Their Own Version Of Giants Outsiders

Prior to the season, there was a lot of discussion about what kind of weird, outside-the-box ideas the Padres could unveil on the field in 2017. So far, outside of carrying three Rule 5 players through the middle of July and shifting frequently, none of them have really come to fruition. There’s a vast gravitational pull that draws major-league teams back toward the ordinary, and these Padres haven’t yet found the antidote to its force. It got me thinking, though. What kind of weird, outside-the-box ideas could the Padres try off the field for the rest of the season? After all, it is ...
Jul 13, 2017

Padres and Pints: The Podcast! Episode 38 with Dustin Palmateer

Longtime baseball and Padres writer Dustin Palmateer joins Chris for some in-depth Padres chat. They discuss whether the Padres are meeting their goals for the 2017 season, what the trade deadline might bring, especially regarding Padre reliever Brad Hand, the Padres signings during the most recent July 2 international signing deadline, and more. Follow Dustin on Twitter and check out his writing with The Sacrifice Bunt right here at Padres Public! If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us.   All the videos All the podcasts iTunes | Google All the...
Jul 12, 2017

Notes On Some Other Relievers

On Monday I wrote about Phil Maton, and how he’s using his high-spin fastball up in the zone, mostly to solid early success. In the process I found some interesting factoids on a few other Padres relievers. Brad Hand—Speaking of spin rate, Hand actually has a higher four-seam fastball spin rate than Maton this season at 2,532 rpm, 10th-best in the league. He doesn’t have the same success as Maton with the heater, however, as he’s given up a .342 wOBA against so far this season on four-seamers. Part of those moderate struggles could be attributable to Hand’s release point. His...
Jul 12, 2017

The Sweenalysis Drinking Game

I like getting gwynns perspective. I certainly dont miss #sweenalysis right now.— Nate (@taterz1021) July 1, 2017
Jul 9, 2017

While You Were Drinking – 2017 Game 87 (SD at PHI)

Maikel Franco sure knows how to pimp a HR for a guy who sucks.— Oscar (@haha1721) July 8, 2017
Jul 6, 2017

What’s Brewing On The Farm: July 6, 2017

Michael Baez, RHP, Single-A Fort Wayne I was initially going to begin this post with a graphic description of Michel Baez’s fastball, but thought better of it because Baez’s fastball is already nasty (folks!!!!!!!!!!!!). Signed out of Cuba last year for $3 million, the 6-foot-8 right-hander’s been pitching professionally in Cuba since 2014. He started the year in Arizona Rookie League, where he flexed (10 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 16 K) his power fastball at the expense of some poor, poor bastards. How good is his fastball? Here’s what MadFriars (people who actually know what they’re talking...
Jul 5, 2017

Padres Find More Prospects

The July 2 international signing period opened on Sunday, and as we predicted back in May, the Padres have been plenty busy. According to Baseball America, they’ve already signed 22 prospects from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, and Australia. Unlike last year, however, they can’t go past $300,000 on any player this year (Mexican loophole notwithstanding), so the strategy this time around has been quantity over quality. According to the BA’s signing tracker, here are the number of signings by each team so far: There are the Padres, third in all of baseball, only a few...
Jul 5, 2017

While You Were Drinking – 2017 Game 83 (SD at CLE)

Padres have never won a series versus the Indians. Halfway there now.— Sean D. (@WonkoSD) July 5, 2017
Jul 3, 2017

Revisiting (And Ranking) The Moves Of The 2014-2015 Offseason

The 2014-2015 offseason was a time of great excitement, with the Padres shocking the baseball world by making several blockbusters in the span of a few months, rapidly assembling an on-paper contender. It’s been two and a half years since it all went down, so we’ve all read (or written) numerous postscripts. In a few words: it didn’t work out. Anyway, I was listening to the Make the Padres Great Again podcast the other day, and Craig and John briefly touched on the Wil Myers-for-Trea Turner three-team trade, classifying it as the worst move from that period. That’s a fair take, but ...