Welcome to the show: Kris Bryant strikes out in first major-league at-bat

Kris Bryant was called up to the Chicago Cubs in time for their game Friday, but his debut didn't get off to the best start. The phenom prospect was in the lineup batting fourth and got his first at-bat right away in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo drew a two-out walk to bring him to the plate to face Padres pitcher James Shields. And then this happened: Three pitches. Three swings...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres @ Cubs - Shields vs. Hammel; Game 9 Thread

Probably the two most talked about teams from the offseason face-off at Wrigley today. Jason Hammel vs. James Shields #Fowler CF Myers CF *Rizzo 1B Norris C Soler RF Kemp RF Bryant 3B Upton LF *Coghlan LF *Alonso 1B Castro SS Middlebrooks 3B Castillo C Gyorko 2B Hammel P *Amarista SS #Herrera 2B Shields P Before the game, the Cubs announced Neil Ramirez and Mike Olt will head to...
Via Cub Reporter
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: San Diego Padres (6-4) vs Kris Bryant (5-3)

Happy Kris Bryant day, everyone! Team Leaders Numbers taken from the depth charts/projections from fangraphs Padres: WAR: Shields (3.9), J. Upton (2.8), Tyson Ross (2.7) OBP: J. Upton (.339), Kemp (.335), Norris (.328) SLG: Kemp (.444), J. Upton (.442), Myers (.422) Defense: Alonso (3.1) SP K/9: Ross (9.0) SP BB/9: Shields (2.1) RP K/9: Kimbrel (13.6) RP BB/9: Thayer (2.6) Cubs...
Via Obstructed View
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shields aims to top former boss Maddon

Whether the reminders come from agent Scott Boras' criticism, a billboard advertisement across the street from Wrigley Field or Kris Bryant himself, the Chicago Cubs' decision to leave their top prospect off the opening day roster has been met with plenty of controversy. Now that the Cubs officially have turned his 12 days in the minors into another year of control, many are wondering...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Stay Hot in 2015

Just like the end of the 2014 season, the Royals are hot yet again in the start of 2015. Since September 28, 2014, the Royals are 18-5 (Including postseason). During that span, they completed postseason series sweeps of the Halos and the O’s, were 90 feet away from tying up game 7 of the World Series against arguable one of the best postseason pitchers of any era in Madison Bumgarner...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Royals Begin Right Where They Left Off…

And We’re Off…2015 Royals Begin Right Where They Left Off… With the first seven games under their belts, The Kansas City Royals appear to have not let a little set back like game seven of the 2014 World Series get to them. In fact, it probably has spurred them on to even bigger heights. Standing alone at 7-0, have secured sole possession of first place in The American...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

What Do We Know About These Royals?

    We are now six games (seven days) into the odyssey of the 2015 season and everywhere you look throughout Royals nation, heads are spinning, heart-rates are increasing, and productivity is decreasing as we all try to reorder our lives as we live into the glorious and beautiful reality that baseball is back.  And after the first week of the regular season, the Kansas City...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants to celebrate Bumgarner's special October this week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner's return to AT&T Park will be filled with fanfare, from an MVP bobblehead giveaway to all of the postseason honors he will collect in a special ceremony. Not that the big San Francisco lefty is thinking about any of it much as he concentrates on a new year with the reigning World Series champions. ''I try to keep everything as simple as I...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner struggles, Casey McGehee Injured in San Franciso Loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO – James Shields was unable to defeat Madison Bumgarner and San Francisco during the 2014 World Series while pitching for Kansas City, losing games one and five. On Saturday, Shields (1-0) exercised some postseason demons as the right-hander pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven during San Diego’s 10-2 win over National...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 6 (SF vs SD)

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 (3-3) defeated the San Francisco Giants (3-3) handily last night by a score of 10-2. The Friars collected twenty hits, tying their Petco Park high. James Shields (1-0, 2.08) pitched seven innings, giving up one run on three...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields outpitches Bumgarner in Padres' 10-2 win vs Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) New Padres ace James Shields was masterful in outpitching October nemesis Madison Bumgarner, who lasted only three innings in San Diego's 10-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. Shields (1-0) held the Giants to one run and three hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one for his first victory with the Padres. He signed as a free...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: April 11

By and large we've made a full run through every team's rotation. If off days lined up for any teams, that means we have some pretty good matchups still coming down the line today, and it appears this slate fits that bill. Check 'em out (all times Eastern): Michael Wacha (STL) vs. Johnny Cueto (CIN) 1:10 PM Wacha has made about a full season worth of starts between his two...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Shields-Bumgarner; Price vs Kluber on tap

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday: --- MARQUEE MATCHUP San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, the MVP of the World Series, and San Diego's James Shields, who lost twice to MadBum in the Fall Classic, are scheduled to start against each other. ''It's hard to be believe it's happening already, this early in the season,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Far From Out Of Contention

This past offseason, the Royals lost Nori Aoki, Billy Butler, and, most notably, James Shields. To replace these departed pieces, all of whom contributed to Kansas City’s World Series run, the team brought in Edinson Volquez (13-7 3.04 ERA with Pirates in 2014), Kendrys Morales (.218/.274/.338 +8 HRs between Twins and Mariners in 2014), and Alex Rios (.280/.311/.398 with Texas...
Via Baseball Essential
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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 1 (SD at LAD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy in the pub after waiting 189 days since the Padres last played a regular season game. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were on drinking and experiencing that strange emotion that Padres fan felt during the offseason. I think it’s called “joy.” Opening Day 2015. After an offseason that was unprecedented...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Opening Day Part 2

Now that Opening Night is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to Opening Day for the remaining 28 clubs while the Cardinals and Cubs get a much-deserved day off—I kid. As we noted yesterday, there are 19 first-time Opening Day starters—the most in baseball since 2005. Also, these columns are going to be daily, as I try like heck to keep up with that sort of...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Add Kimbrel, finishing a stellar offseason

The Padres are making moves; now making them contenders.   You can argue that something in San Diego was already brewing as they added Justin Upton, Will Myers, James Shields and Matt Kemp this offseason, but on Opening night they added one of if not the best closers in baseball Craig Kimbrel (1.61 ERA last season) and Melvin Upton Jr. reuniting him with his brother Justin.   Their...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Each team’s 2015 Opening Day starter

Do you feel that? Do you feel that euphoric sensation? That’s baseball baby. The long nightmare is over. It’s back. The Cubs and the Cardinals open the season Sunday night but everyone else gets going on Monday. My contribution to this two day celebration is a comparison of every every team’s 2015 Opening Day starter. The following tables represent the last 3 years of MLB...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Armed with Shields, Kemp, Upton, Padres eager to win now

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. ''What are we, the Yankees?'' Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

From here to there (or, is “Why not the Pirates?” good enough?) (or, The One About the Payroll)

Chances are pretty good that you’ve seen someone pick the Pirates to win the World Series this year. Buster Olney did it. Grant Brisbee did it. I’m sure they’re not alone, either, though I can’t think of anyone else right off the top of my head. Here’s the thing about this prediction: neither one of those guys thinks that the Pirates are the best team in baseball this...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

5 MLB Off Season Moves That Would Have Made Great April Fool’s Jokes

April is here. You know what that means. A lot of dumb jokes attempting to fool those who obviously don’t know what the date is. However, here are some real stories in Major League Baseball that could easily pass as April Fool’s jokes. You are not being Punk’d, these actually happened. Alex Rodriguez Apologizing in Writing The New York Yankees had to say goodbye to a legend...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres newcomer James Shields to start on opening day

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day. Padres manager Bud Black made the announcement Saturday. San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields signed a $75 million, four-year deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Armed with Shields, Kemp, Upton, Padres eager to win now

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. ''What are we, the Yankees?'' Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less team planted near the bottom of the NL West. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields, Hammel dominate early innings; Padres top Cubs 6-1

MESA, Ariz. (AP) James Shields pitched five no-hit innings and Tommy Medica hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth as the San Diego Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Sunday. It was Medica's fourth home run of the spring and came in a pinch hit appearance in the eighth off Chicago reliever Francisley Bueno. Shields and Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel, who played together...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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