Found June 18, 2013 on The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril— The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are mirror images of each other. Kansas City stands 34-34 while the Padres are a half-game better at 35-34. Yet, they have achieved their success by completely different means. The Royals have just pulled back to .500 by preventing enough runs to keep an anemic offense afloat. Meanwhile, the Padres position players have accumulated the 2nd highest fWAR in the National League to carry a below replacement-level pitching staff. If these two teams want to stay in contention, they need cut a deal with one another. The Padres have excess hitting, while the Royals have excess pitching—especially with 2012 starters Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino soon to return from rehab assignments in the minors. The two clubs match up too well for a deal not to happen. Right now, the Padres have multiple effective utility players sitting on their bench and power-hitting outfielder Kyle Blanks unable to crack the lineup. The Royals lead the America...

Royals' Kelvin Herrera again is in command

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most perplexing pitcher on the Royals' staff the first two months of the season was right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera. Blessed with a 100-mph fastball and a devastating changeup, Herrera, 23, has tantalized Royals fans with such electric stuff that he often appears unhittable. And for the most part, he was in 2012, sporting a 2.35 ERA in 76 appearances...

Will Venable makes amazing diving catch

San Diego's Will Venable made an incredible full extension diving catch into the center field dirt to prevent the winning run from scoring in the bottom of the 12th last night. Your browser does... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Haiku-arrhea: Week 11 in Padres Baseball

In an effort to stay close to our roots, the staff at Padres Public, will offer-up a haiku each Monday to describe the previous week in Padres Baseball. Restricting our feelings to 3 lines and 17 syllables to describe a week of play is a massive undertaking, but (un) fortunately, we are more than up to the task. What an amazing week. The Padres play six games at home against the...

Video: Will Venable makes catch of the year so far

On Monday night San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable made the catch of the year in Major League Baseball so far. Not only was the catch itself incredible, but it also saved the game for the San Diego Padres against the rival San Francisco Giants. In the bottom of the 12th inning with the game tied 3-3, San Francisco’s Juan Perez strolled to the play with the winning run on...

The Padres, as No Team has Been Before

It is a fact undeniable that people don’t often talk about the San Diego Padres. The reasons for this, presumably, are numerous. The Padres haven’t been good for a while. They have a relatively small fan base, and a limited payroll, and they’re overshadowed by bigger deals up north. They play out West, for whatever that might matter. They don’t have any stop-what-you’re...

The San Diego Padres And A Trip To Petco Park

I recently took a vacation with my wife to San Diego, where we enjoyed cool days at the beach, followed by a slight sunburn. The highlight of the trip for me, however, was visiting Petco Park. As an Arizona native, I have been to many games at Chase Field. The biggest issue I have with Chase, they can’t control, the temperature inside the park. Even with the roof closed and the...

Padres farmhand Tate reports to extended spring

The San Diego Padres say minor league outfielder Donavan Tate has reported to extended spring training in Arizona. Tate, the third pick overall in the 2009 draft, did not report to regular spring training due to a personal issues. In a statement, Tate says he feels he's put those problems behind and has ''surrounded myself with positive people in my life and that I...

Will Venable's game-saving catch

Will Venable is not somebody who you expected to hear being compared to Ozzie Smith, but the play he pulled off to save the Padres in the 12th inning of Monday night's victory over the Giants is incredible enough to make the Wizard of Oz blush. This catch is as do-or-die as they come: if Venable doesn't rob Juan Perez right here, the game is over. Instead, the Padres live...

WATCH: Will Venable makes best catch of the year!

Will Venable makes an outstanding diving catch to rob Juan Perez Will Venable did his best Jim Edmonds impression, as he made an outstanding diving catch to rob Juan Perez. The diving catch was extra special because it also saved the game for the Padres. With two outs in the bottom of the twelfth Perez crushed a pitch to the center field warning track that Venable ran down for arguably...

The House Flight: Week of 6/10 to 6/17/2013

In case you weren’t paying attention… With Mattingly and Sax, the right side of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Softball Team is involved in this fight. #PPLive — Vocal Minority (@VocalMinoritySD) June 12, 2013 Always enjoy responsibly. Don’t read and drive. Padres Add Promotions Now that that’s done, BRING BACK THE BROWN! We’re Crashing Ships In The Night   Bullpen...

TV Ratings: Padres Set Another Record on New RSN (Also: K.C. Royals, Confederations Cup)

The San Diego Padres set a new ratings record Tuesday — albeit with a small sample size. In other news, the Royals continue to scorch the ratings in Kansas City, and UniMás hit an eight-year [...]

Will Venable makes catch of the year to save game for San Diego Padres (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable made the catch of the year at a crucial time during his team’s win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. With two outs and a runner on second, Juan Perez stung a ball to center field that looked like it was [...]

Visiting the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians

Welcome to Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. This game was played on June 17..ikv4{position:absolute;clip:rect(471px,auto,auto,419px);}secured cash advance On the mound for Cleveland is Carlos Carrasco( ERA is 15.26). The Indians uniform of the day is all white with red and blue trim, letters and numbers. On the mound for Kansas City is James Shields (ERA 2.79)....

Padres 5, Giants 3(13)

Andrew Cashner provided quite the thrilling warmup for his Tuesday start against San Francisco: a tiebreaking bunt as a pinch hitter in the 13th inning Monday night. Will Venable made an incredible catch to save San Diego, Cashner drove in the go-ahead run with a perfect safety squeeze, and the Padres extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over...

Giants “Brain Cramp” and Lose 5-3 to Padres in Extras

It took 13 innings for the San Francisco Giants to lose 5-3 against their division rival San Diego Padres on Monday night. Barry Zito struck out 8 through 5.2 innings of work at AT&T Park. He gave up the Padres’ first run after opposing pitcher Edinson Volquez started off the third inning with a double down the left field line. The Giants came back in the bottom of the fourth...
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