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In Which Derek Norris is Blamed for Home Run Problems, Plight of Humankind

Note: The conclusions reached herein do not necessarily match the title; Derek Norris is neither fully to blame for the home runs problems or the plight of humankind. We’re just following standard internet get-readers-riled-up headline making.  A couple of week ago I wrote about Derek Norris’ pitch framing struggles, noting that Norris’ early numbers, perhaps surprisingly...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 46 (SD at LAA)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (21-25) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (23-22), 4-3, last night in the first of three games at Angel Stadium. Neither Tyson Ross (2-4, 3.84) nor Jered Weaver...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

James Shields leading Padre pitchers in run support

Earlier this season, Padres manager Bud Black called James Shields “just as advertised.” He’s currently 6-0 and leads the National League in strikeouts (82) through 10 starts. Yet he hasn’t been as perfect as those numbers indicate, with his 3.75 ERA and 15 home runs given up.The negative though has been neutralized by the amount of runs the Padres have scored in his starts...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Earl Averill

With the Angels playing the San Diego Padres this week, it got me thinking about Earl Averill, one of the original Angels, who won a Most Valuable Player award while playing for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League in 1958.  The Major League Padres began as a franchise in 1969, but there had been a team in San Diego in the PCL called the Padres ever since 1936 when they...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals’ Prospect Joe Ross Excelling for Harrisburg Senators

You could forgive Washington Nationals’ fourth-ranked prospect Joe Ross for feeling a little miffed when a December trade sent him from the San Diego Padres organization to the Nationals as part of the trade that brought Wil Myers to San Diego. The 22-year-old Ross, the Padres’ first round pick in 2011, was about to enter his crucial first full season at the Double-A level, which...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Matt Kemp’s struggles

Matt Kemp Matt Kemp arrived with the San Diego Padres in the first wave of major acquisitions from general manager A.J. Preller last December. The Friars saw a chance to relieve the Dodgers of Kemp, who had apparently worn out this welcome in Los Angeles. The trade was essentially Kemp and $30 million for catcher Yasmani Grandal. Kemp got off to a hot in April, hitting .326/.357...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Padres 0 (5/21/15)

OSS: A 25-year old starter shut the Padres out, and a 23-year old and a 21-year old provided the power. Three Up 1. Kyle Hendricks had a game score of 84. That’s tied for 9th-best this year, and it was doozy. He was 9 pitches away from a Maddux, and struck out 7. Really impressive game, and it makes you wonder if he attacked the zone more since he was in Petco Park. Whatever...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Derek Norris leading NL catchers in hitting, cool nicknames

Perhaps it is because Derek Norris is hitting so well that he deemed it appropriate to give himself the nickname of “Norrisaurusrex,” according to Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego. Norris’ two-run double in the eighth carried the Padres to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night. It was the catcher’s 15th double of the season. According to a tweet by Friar Figures, Norris...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres scouting director unfazed by drafting first at No. 51

When Mark Conner took over the job of Padres scouting director last November, the Padres were set to pick at No. 13 and No. 41 overall. Now the team won’t be picking until the secong round at No. 51 overall, thanks to A.J. Preller’s offseason moves. Although initially resistant to lose the 13th pick in exchange for James Shields, Conner has a positive spin on it now, according...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Padres’ Biggest Problem

Even after a win Tuesday, the Padres stand at a flat 20-20, and there’s talk that manager Bud Black might be on the hot seat given ownership expectations. Curiously, the Padres aren’t letting minor-league coach Pat Murphy talk to the Brewers, and while there’s any number of potential explanations, one could be that the team […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

What Will the Padres Do With Melvin Upton?

Question no. 1: When Melvin Upton returns from his 50-plus at-bat minor league rehab assignment, what will the Padres do with him? Why this question shouldn’t be answered: Upton plays center field, the same position where Wil Myers used to attempt to play — that is, until Myers moved to first base after Yonder Alonso hit the disabled list. Then Myers himself hit the DL, which...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Welcome Bryant and the Cubs

One of my favorite things about living in the greater Los Angeles area is the versatility of activities I can do with my free time. On Sunday I can head up to the mountains to go camping, on Monday I could enjoy a nice beach day, and on Tuesday I could take a drive down to San Diego to catch the Padres take on the Chicago Cubs in the three-game series opener. Coincidentally, that’s...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Hold on for 4-3 Win Over Chicago Cubs

San Diego Padres starting pitcher James Shields throws to a Chicago Cubs batter during the first inning in a baseball game Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in San Diego. (Mandatory Credit: Gregory Bull/AP) In a season where their pitching staff has been under heavy criticism, the San Diego Padres were able to get a much-needed 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, after starter...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What Happened to the Padres Dominant Pitching Staff?

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross wipes his face as rain falls, after Ross faced one Washington Nationals batter before a rain delay was called during the first inning in a baseball game Thursday, May 14, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Last season the San Diego Padres finished second in the National League in team ERA with an impressive 3.27 mark. The pitching...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Promote Wilmer Difo for Some Reason

A few weeks ago, the Padres promoted one of their best remaining prospects, Austin Hedges, to join the Major League club to serve as Derek Norris‘ backup. It was a bit of an odd move, given that Hedges might have just been figuring out how to hit professional pitching, but the Padres wanted to upgrade […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (21-16) at San Diego Padres (19-20)

The Cubs face the Padres for the second (and presumably final) time this year. It’s a west coast roadtrip, one of the few times I’m glad that I don’t live in the greatest time zone. I should be able to catch all of these games, or at least fall asleep on the couch around the eight innings or so. Or drive to see some of them in person Team leaders Current and projected listed...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rapid Reaction: Nationals 4, Padres 1

  View image | The Washington Nationals have now won 14 of their last 18 games, as they topped the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Saturday night. With the win they are now just one-half game behind the New York Mets for first place in the National League East. The Nationals are 4-2 on their west coast swing, and look to take the four-game series with San Diego in...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres’ Points: SS Trade Rumors, Myers, Morrow

The Padres have begun 8-5 to start the month of May. Even so, it hasn’t felt as though the club has had a winning record in the month of May. The team has been shut out three times this month, while scoring 6+ runs in in six games in May. It’s been an up and down month for the club. For instance, coming into Friday night, Padres’ pitchers had given up 51 home runs in 35 games...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres groundskeeper dances, slides on tarp during rain delay (GIF)

A Petco Park groundskeeper provided entertainment to San Diego Padres fans during a rain delay in the top of the first inning of Thursday's game against Washington. After covering the infield, the groundskeeper danced up a storm (pardon the pun) and played slip-and-slide with the tarp.The game resumed after a rain delay of 1 hour and 55 minutes. Interestingly enough, it was only...
Via Holdout Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

An Inning With Craig Kimbrel’s Command

The other day, Craig Kimbrel blew a save for the first time in — I don’t know — awhile. He was given a two-run lead and he retired the first two batters he faced, but then he unraveled. In a pinch, the game was off to extras. Kimbrel is one of those relievers for whom […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Alonso’s stalled season

Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has long been somewhat of a punching bag for the fan Yonder Alonso base ever since he was acquired as part of the Mat Latos trade in 2011. Most of the scorn had to do with then-general manager giving up on top prospect Anthony Rizzo after only a handful of at-bats. Byrnes flipped Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Andrew Cashner, and it’s...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson Star in the Making

When the Dodgers shipped off Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres in the Offseason, fans knew it was Pederson’s time to shine in center field. Pederson is showing phenomenal plate discipline with his 24 walks and 38 strikeouts so far this season. The 23 year old centerfielder has already hit 9 home runs this... The post Joc Pederson Star in the Making appeared first on The Garbage Time.
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres Place Yonder Alonso on Disabled List

San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso grimaces on the field during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 11-0. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has been placed on the disabled list after suffering a shoulder injury late in Thursday night’s game against...
Via The Sports Journal
17 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...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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