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Padres’ Points: Fast Starts, Kennedy, Upton Brothers

Entering Friday, the San Diego Padres are 10-7, off to their best start since 2010 when they were 11-6 through the first 17 games. More importantly, the offense has payed early dividends and A.J. Preller’s acquisitions have panned out on the hitting side. Four players with at least 35 at bats – Yonder Alonso, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, and Yangervis Solarte all have batting averages...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres and Pints: The Podcast! – Episode 23 w/ Special Guests John Conniff, Michael Collins & Tyler Zickel

On this weeks podcast, we are joined by both old friends and new friends. Now that the rosters have been set, John Conniff of Mad Friars returns to give the scoop on the Padres Minor League system. Bryant Webster of Woe, Doctor! fame makes his debut as the Padres & Pints Storm correspondent and interviews the Lake Elsinore Storm skipper Michael Collins. Lastly we chat with Tyler...
Via Padres Public
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres’ Michael Gettys Working Hard to Achieve his Dream

Baseball fans really look forward to the month of April. Not just because the weather is starting to get better, but more for the opportunity to see their favorite players and teams take the field to begin a six-month grind unlike any other sport. The excitement for the sport dubbed “America’s Pastime” is no different for the residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as locals enjoy...
Via Baseball Essential
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen Woes? And the Danger of Small Sample Size

At the beginning of the season there were question marks for the Padres. Were they too right handed heavy? Could they play defense? Could their starting pitching stay healthy? For now, it’s far too early to say what the answer to any of these questions were. But then there were the things no one questioned. The rock solid foundation upon which Preller’s grand experiment would...
Via Padres Public
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Tyson Ross throws a lot of sliders

Tyson Ross tends to use his slider…a lot. He thew it 276 more times than any other pitcher last year. Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley doesn’t think he’s over-relying on it though, according to U-T San Diego:“I’ll tell you why I don’t get concerned with him – he still throws 60 percent fastballs,” Balsley said this spring. “The major league average is anywhere...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: The ‘what if’ game

There was a good chance Justin Upton would never make to the Padres. There’s a funny game I like to play in my head when it comes to the San Diego Padres, and my favorite sports teams in general. Everybody does it, either subconsciously or intentionally. The “What if” game. It’s a torturous process to try and think what could have been had your favorite team just gotten...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Rotation problem?

Brandon Morrow The San Diego Padres have a problem, and I’m not sure how they’re going to fix it. Fortunately, this is 2015, the year everything seems to be going right for San Diego. That in and of itself is hard to fathom, but it’s the new culture general manager AJ Preller has created, and one I could definitely get used to. Now, about that problem. It’s the rotation...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking (At Altitude) 2015 Game 16 (SD at COL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub at a mile high of elevation. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (10-6) scored less runs last night than the Colorado Rockies (8-7) at Coors Field, 5-4. Even after a late-inning comeback by the Friars to take the lead. A lead that was eliminated by Corey...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres, Leading the way in Hitting

By Anthony Weber The 2014 San Diego Padres finished dead last in the MLB with 1,199 hits and a .226 team batting average.  Last season the Padres had 358 fewer hits than the MLB leader and 83 fewer hits than the team with the next lowest hit total.  The team’s lack of offense, which produced a league low of 535 runs, clearly prompted the need to rebuild the Padres’ lineup...
Via Beyond The Spread
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Myers sets the record straight

Wil Myers told U-T San Diego that he was misquoted in an article for where he is quoted as saying, "Almost everything I do is to be able to prove them wrong.""Them" certainly sounds like he's referring to the Rays, but apparently he didn't mean to single out his former team. Dennis Lin in the U-T clarified what Myers meant:"It was completely taken out of context," Myers told...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kennedy pitches six innings in extended-spring start

While Odrisamer Despaigne made quick work of the Rockies in Denver, Ian Kennedy threw 81 pitches in Peoria -- allowing one earned run and striking out eight -- in his bid to return to the rotation following a strained left hamstring. Kennedy is in line to start again this weekend, and according to U-T San Diego's Dennis Lin, "He stands a good chance to come off the DL Saturday."According...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Notes and observations

San Diego Padres The San Diego Padres won their third consecutive series when they took two out of three against the Cubs in Chicago. The Padres are 8-5, and if it weren’t for Adrian Gonzales losing his mind in the opening series they could very well be 9-4. What’s been most encouraging about the Padres’ start is they’re not just winning, but they’re also passing the eye...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: Gyorko, Kelley, Johnson

Through the first ten games of the season, some on the San Diego Padres have been played great, including Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, and Yonder Alonso, just to name a few. There are some players who are off to slower starts on the offensive side and pitching side. Should there be calm, concern, or panic when it comes to these players? 1) Jedd Gyorko – Concern Gyorko has...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Kris Bryant Homer In His First Major League At Bat?

Kris Bryant is scheduled to make his major league debut today against the San Diego Padres, against all star James Shields. Bryant has the opportunity to join a list of 7 Chicago Cubs and 117 MLB players who hit a home run in their first at bat.  Although the odds are slim, it’s fun to speculate on just how good Bryant will be, and whether or not he can join these fellow Cubs...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Padres fan saved from falling by alert cameraman

This is an insane video from a recent San Diego Padres game.  A fan tries a little too hard to go after a foul ball and risks falling an unknown height down to the ground.  However, he’s saved by a nearby cameraman who reaches out to grab his leg and prevent the head-first fall.  Somehow the cameraman is able to hold on to the camera with one hand while reaching out with...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 2: Padres Outfield Looking Powerful

With two weeks nearly in the books, let’s take a look at some early season performances that I’m either buying or selling. Buying: The Padres Outfield The Padres have been a polarizing team this offseason, both as an organization and what they offer as fantasy assets. No other outfield has faced more scrutiny than theirs, but so far the signs have been encouraging. Yes, Petco...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

A Padres cameraman saved a fan from falling to his death reaching for a foul ball

This past week a 'Team Franco...' San Diego Padres fan reached too far over the railing for a foul ball, getting stuck hanging perilously. A quick acting cameraman and some nearby fans quickly came to his aid -- saving him from certain death. Unbelievable. Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
Via Bob's Blitz
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-15-15

The Chihuahuas and the TinCaps both earned victories tonight due to solid performances by Austin Hedges and Ernesto Montas, respectively. The Storm were blown out by the Mavericks 9-2 and the Missions had the day off.   Hitting Prospect of the Day: Austin Hedges Pitching Prospect of the Day: Ernesto Montas   El Paso Chihuahuas 4, Reno Aces 2 Mike McCoy – SS: 0-4, 2K Jake Goebbert...
Via Friarhood
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 1 of 162 – Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Opening day came and went yesterday afternoon with a lot of excitement, fanfare, and ultimately disappointment for Padres fans. Despite the numbers on the scoreboard at the end of the day, it’s safe to assume that the new face Padres showed a lot of promise for the rest of the season. Sure, the game was for the most part a pitcher’s duel that featured little offensive prowess...
Via Friarhood
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres getting Craig Kimbrel sets ‘World Series or bust’ expectations for 2015

The internet typically rewards the quickest reaction. Had I written about the San Diego Padres trading for Craig Kimbrel in the hours immediately following that news breaking, I would have said that the Pads and general manager A.J. Preller made a great deal. Actually, I did say something like that on Twitter. #Padres finally give up a top prospect in Matt Wisler, but free up that...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Timing, trade partner most shocking parts of Craig Kimbrel deal

When the Atlanta Braves traded dominant closer Craig Kimbrel (and roster dead weight Melvin Upton Jr) to the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, baseball fans were shocked. Many Braves fans had a meltdown, seemingly in disbelief that a team projected to finish fourth in the NL East this season would want to trade the best closer in baseball. Why would you sell off that high-end sound...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the Prospects in the Craig Kimbrel Trade

Just when you thought A.J. Preller was done making moves, he goes and swings yet another blockbuster trade. Once more, the Padres traded away minor league talent in an effort to help the Padres win in 2015. In exchange for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, the Padres sent big league outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, B.J. Upton to Padres

You thought all of the major trades were over, huh? You thought there wouldn’t be any big names getting moved until the trade deadline, right? YOU ARE WRONG. The Atlanta Braves have traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and salary black hole Melvin Upton Jr. to the San Diego Padres for a package that includes outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin. Source: Braves have...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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