Ramblings: The Waiting Game Blows

The highlight of the season is upon us. Sit back, and enjoy A.J. Preller’s cocaine binge. Ramblings: It’s smart baseball to try and get the best possible package of players in any trade. It’s what I hope Preller and company are doing, not settling for anything. On the other hand, COME ONNNNNNNNNNNN. Toss us a goddamn bone. Give us something, anything to discuss. Listen, I...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking 2015 Game 95 (SF vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an afternoon at the pub while playing hooky from work. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (44-51) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (51-44), 7-1, dropping the last two gamed after taking the first of the three game series at Petco Park. James Shields (8...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramblings: Relievers Aren’t Real People

It’s been a couple weeks since I last posted. Some of it had to do with a busy schedule, but mostly it was because I ran out of things to talk about. But whoa hey look at all the **** that’s gone down! It’s like the Padres threw me a lifeline while still attempting to drown me. Just an FYI I will be giving my thoughts  on True Detective towards the end, so if that’s not...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 92 (COL vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (43-49) scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies (39-51), 5-4, at Petco Park to clinch the three game series at Petco Park. Tyson Ross (6-7, 3.38) pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres have combination to turn season around

The San Diego Padres sit at 42-49 on the 2015 season, putting them in fourth place, 9.5 games back from the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers (51-39). The Padres have recovered from a six-game losing streak to win their last three. A small sign that they have what it takes to turn the season around. No, a three-game winning streak does not mean that a team is about...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates complete sweep of Padres, 5-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 5-2 win Wednesday night, getting their 10th series sweep of the season to tie a club record. Gregory Polanco, Andrew McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang had RBI singles in a three-run eighth, all with two outs. Andrew Cashner allowed one hit in his first six innings for San Diego, but was gone in the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were (Day) Drinking 2015 Game 83 (SD at STL)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an entire day searching for parking anywhere near the beach. Or gorging yourself on hot dogs and hamburgers at your friend’s barbecue. Or braving the traffic and the crowds in Coronado to watch the Independence Day parade. Or passed out after drinking a little too many Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas before the Big Bay Boom. Here’s a...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

June players of the month

Hitter of the month: 1B – Yonder Alonso June totals:  290/371/376 – 1 HR, 5 2B, 10 RBI The offense took a pretty serious hit in the month of June.  Regular contributors cooled considerably, as evidenced by the fact that the hitter of the month posted a sub-400 SLG.  The Padres first baseman continued his penchant for putting the ball in play with 27 hits.  The trouble with...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramblings: This Feels Familiar

As my ex-girlfriend would say, let’s just get this over with. It really sucks that I’m not an Astros fan, because then I would have SO MUCH to talk about, like Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers and George Springer and a bunch of randoms. No, instead I’m stuck with the Padres. The same middling, painfully average Padres team that’s a bigger dick tease than any Star Wars trailer...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Might Padres reliever Brandon Maurer be an All-Star?

The conventional choices for Padres All-Stars this year are outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Derek Norris. Both have been among the leading vote-getters at their positions this season, and both have been putting up All-Star caliber numbers.However, points out that there might another Padres player just as deserving -- right-handed relief pitcher Brandon Maurer. In 33 relief...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Amarista drives in go-ahead run in Padres win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Alexi Amarista singled in the go-ahead run and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in 11 innings Tuesday night. Brandon Maurer (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory while Craig Kimbrel earned his 18th save. Derek Norris doubled against Hunter Strickland (0-1) with one out in the 11th and went to third on Justin Upton's single...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

End The Madness

It’s been tough to watch the Padres this week.  They blew a 2-0 lead against the Dodgers Sunday and lost 4-2 in extras.  Oakland pretty much ran roughshod over them.  Buddy Black was fired, Dave Roberts lost his only game as manager, Pat Murphy started 0-2. Why is a combination of factors; not enough timely hitting (or hitting in general).  Sloppy defense.  Inconsistent starting...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 47 (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 (22-25) shutout the Los Angeles California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (23-23), 4-0 in 10 innings, last night at Angel Stadium. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 5.23) pitched six shutout innings to start the game...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

While You Were Going In Through The Out Door (Game 25) COL vs SD

Sometimes, things can get a little hazy after you’ve attended a fireworks show.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking. The San Diego Padres (13-12) returned to the land of winning records, besting Colorado (11-12) 4-2 in front of 28,058 people who decided not to spend $90 to watch some boxing match.  Brandon Morrow (2-0) pitched six...
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May 03, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: Big Papi takes the field

Last week, I bought Padres closer Joaquin Benoit for $12 in an NL-only auction. Later in the proceedings, I snatched up San Diego setup men Brandon Maurer and Kevin Quackenbush. Clearly, I'd have this team's saves covered. Or, maybe not. On Sunday, the Padres acquired Craig Kimbrel from the Braves, turning Benoit into a setup guy and Maurer/Quackenbush into minor leaguers. Ryan...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Twitter Q&A: 2/17/15 Edition

Having run out of Padres-related writing topics but still wanting to Cal Ripken my way through another article this week, I relied on Twitter to provide me questions to answer, and again, Twitter reluctantly obliged. Here we go. @sacbuntdustin@PadresPublic How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? — Ghost of Ray Kroc (@GhostofRAK) February 16, 2015...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on FOX: What The Padres Have, And Might Have, in Brandon Maurer

Trades don’t get a lot cleaner than the deal we just recently saw between the Mariners and the Padres. The Mariners needed a left-handed semi-regular outfielder, and had relievers to spare. The Padres needed a reliever, and had left-handed semi-regular outfielders to spare. So the two agreed to swap Seth Smith and Brandon Maurer, and […]
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What the Padres Have, and Might Have, in Brandon Maurer

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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Final Piece Departs

Last summer when the Padres extended outfielder Seth Smith without a full-time general manager in place, I wrote: The problem, like Dave Cameron said yesterday, is the opportunity cost. There are only so many roster spots and, more specifically, so many outfielders that can play in one game. Like Hundley, Smith might end up getting in the way of a youngster like Rymer Liriano or...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

A Brief Note about Seth Smith

The Padres didn’t need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more on Brandon Maurer, who was the Padres’ return for Smith, in the next couple of days, but until then I wanted to type up a […]
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Ruggiano, Seth Smith: Mariners Buy Low, Win Big

The Mariners made it official today, announcing the trade with their NL “rival” Padres to acquire veteran OF Seth Smith. In exchange for Smith, the Mariners will send third year pitcher Brandon Maurer to San Diego. This move comes on the heels of another deal two weeks ago when the Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs, who is expected to be the platoon counterpart...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Acquire Seth Smith from Padres

The San Diego Padres continued with their busy offseason on Tuesday, sending outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer. Padres General Manager A.J. Preller has been very aggressive this winter. With the earlier acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton, Smith became expendable. Smith was acquired from the Oakland...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Seth Smith traded to Mariners

getty images The Mariners have acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the Padres in exchange for relief pitcher Brandon Maurer. Smith signed an extension with the Padres last summer and had apparently been told that he would get some say over whether or not he would be traded. The 32-year-old is coming off a solid 2014 season after he hit .266/.367/.440 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI...
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres acquire RHP Brandon Maurer from Mariners

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith. Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the announcement.  Maurer, 24, (pronounced MAO-er) split the 2014 season between Triple-A Tacoma and the Mariners, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners acquire outfielder Seth Smith from Padres

The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed reliever Brandon Maurer. The news was first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Seth Smith for Brandon Maurer deal is done, source says. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 30, 2014 The 32-year old Smith, signed a two-year extension with the Padres last year and...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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