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The Anomalous Defensive Outcomes of the 2015 Season

On Wednesday, we took a look at the anomalous offensive outcomes of 2015: we had oppo homers from batters who have never hit them before, some of the slowest men in baseball hitting triples, and a guy with below average ISO marks hitting an almost 500-foot home run. It was a great reminder that baseball is really, really weird, and every season there’s at least few events that...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Padres underwhelming offseason isn’t a bad thing

The San Diego Padres entered last offseason in full win-now mode. New general manager A.J. Preller made big move after big move in order to fix the slumping Padres, acquiring outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers, pitcher James Shields, catcher Derek Norris, and closer Craig Kimbrel, among other players. By trading a handful of good prospects and young players, including...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Signing SS Ian Desmond would be a perfect fit for San Diego

The San Diego Padres are having ongoing discussions with the agent for free-agent shortstop Ian Desmond, according to major-league sources. While there’s a natural fit between the parties, no deal appears close — yet.Two months into the offseason, the position-player sector of the free-agent market remains a multimillion-dollar staring contest. For those growing weary of the...
Via Fox Sports
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Did the San Diego Padres Have a Successful Season?

The San Diego Padres entered 2015 with plenty of buzz and hype. They signed James Shields, traded for Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, and Will Middlebrooks—and more. But the Padres finished in the bottom half of offenses despite a remade lineup and the top half of runs allowed—the wrong direction—despite playing in spacious Petco Park. Offense...
Via The Sports Post
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres and Pints: The Podcast! Episode 31

Rick and Chris catch up on all sorts of Padres topics in Episode 31, covering Matt Kemp’s cycle, Jedd Gyorko playing shortstop, the Padres’ manager sitch, and plans for 2016. Catch the fever! If you have any questions or comments, leave them down below or e-mail us. All the videos All the podcasts All the tweets All the pictures Padres Public | Padres and Pints: The Podcast! Episode 31.
Via Padres Public
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson And Patience At The Plate

Soon after their exit from the 2014 postseason, the newly formed brain trust of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi dealt Matt Kemp to San Diego and christened Joc Pederson as their starting center fielder. Suffice to say, it was a move that raised eyebrows. Pederson had only made 38 plate appearances in 2014 after being called up in September of the same year.The Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t Worry About What Order Offseason Moves Happen In

Remember last offseason, after Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, and friends came in to replace Ned Colletti? Looking back on it now, you probably recall it as a whirlwhind, with Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Hanley Ramirez, Brian Wilson, Jose Dominguez, & Chris Perez (among others) out the door, and Howie Kendrick, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Jimmy Rollins...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals set to hire Bud Black as manager

The Washington Nationals were almost certainly going to hire an experienced manager after striking out with first-time skipper Matt Williams for the past two seasons. That appears to be exactly the direction general manager Mike Rizzo is taking. According to The Washington Post‘s James Wagner, the Nationals are expected to hire Bud Black as their next manager. Since MLB prefers...
Via The Outside Corner
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets @ Dodgers Oct. 10, 2015: NLDS Game 2

Last night was a great baseball game. There was a little bit of everything for all baseball fans — except the whole “Dodgers winning” part. Mets Dodgers 6:07 p.m., TBS Los Angeles RF Granderson 2B Kendrick 3B Wright SS Seager 2B Murphy 1B Gonzalez CF Cespedes 3B Turner ...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Decisions, decisions, decisions

The 2015 season was a success for the San Diego Padres from a business and marketing standpoint. President and CEO Mike Dee and company greatly improved the quality and quantity of the giveaways and events at Petco Park. That, along with bringing in big-name players and announcing that the Padres will host the 2016 All-Star game, helped produce the largest fan attendance since the...
Via Friarhood
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Preller looking for manager to get Padres playing better

SAN DIEGO (AP) Admitting his San Diego Padres ''didn't have the right formula'' this season, general manager A.J. Preller says he's looking for a manager who can get the underachieving team to play at a high level. Preller fired interim manager Pat Murphy on Sunday after the Padres finished 74-88 and fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via AP on Fox
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: Padres' Kemp done for season

Shutdowns for everyone! OK, maybe not everyone, but we'll start today with Padres OF Matt Kemp, who is done for the season due to a "strained and partially torn tendon" in his right middle finger, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Kemp had a solid fantasy campaign, batting .265 with 23 home runs, and posting his highest totals in RBI (100), runs (80) and stolen bases (12...
Via Fox Sports
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp becomes first Padres OF with 100 RBI since '98

On Tuesday night, San Diego Padres right fielder Matt Kemp drove in his 100th RBI on the season, marking the first time a Padres' outfielder has reached that mark since Greg Vaughn had 119 in 1998. Kemp left the game later on with soreness in his right hand. Kemp's bat came alive in the second half of the 2015 season, which is typically the case with him, and has hit 15 home runs...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Ross loses final start as Padres fall 4-3 to Brewers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tyson Ross lost his final start of the season after allowing Jean Segura's two-run homer, and Matt Kemp left the game with a sore hand after getting his 100th RBI. The 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night sort of summed up the Padres' season -- a few good things, but not enough. Ross "gave us a chance to win every night he pitched," interim manager...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Dodgers Are Catching the Ball

Sometimes, we have long, in-depth, very well researched think pieces on cool topics. (Which is to say, sometimes Brim writes articles). And sometimes, it’s Friday and you see an interesting fact that you just want to share. This is the latter, from our friend Ryan Walton: The Dodgers have made only 71 errors this season with 10 games to go. The lowest in franchise history was...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Gyorko's 2-out single in 9th lifts Padres over Giants 5-4

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres turned down the lights and turned up the music in their clubhouse to celebrate a wild win, as well as the birthdays of the two guys who helped deliver it: Jedd Gyorko and Matt Kemp. Gyorko singled in Kemp with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night to give San Diego a 5-4 victory over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Kemp homers, doubles twice as Shields, Padres beat Rockies

DENVER (AP) -- James Shields helped the San Diego Padres end a disappointing trip with a win. Shields pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and Matt Kemp homered and doubled twice to lead the Padres past the Colorado Rockies 10-4 Sunday. Yangervis Solarte, Jedd Gyorko and Cory Spangenberg also homered for San Diego, which finished 3-6 on its penultimate trip. Justin Upton...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Kemp homers, doubles twice as Shields, Padres beat Rockies

DENVER (AP) Matt Kemp homered and doubled twice, leading James Shields and the San Diego Padres past the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Sunday. Yangervis Solarte, Jedd Gyorko and Cory Spangenberg also homered for San Diego. Justin Upton had three of the Padres' 15 hits and drove in three runs. Kemp, who was 3 for 29 in the first eight games of the road trip, struck out in his first at...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: the 2015 San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres found out the hard way that winning the offseason world championship doesn’t mean much of anything once April rolls around. The darlings of the winter, San Diego hoped their multitude of personnel moves would result in the team’s first playoff appearance since 2006; instead, barring a miracle they’ll finish under .500 for the fifth straight year. Even with...
Via The Outside Corner
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: the 2015 San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres found out the hard way that winning the offseason world championship doesn’t mean much of anything once April rolls around. The darlings of the winter, San Diego hoped their multitude of personnel moves would result in the team’s first playoff appearance since 2006; instead, barring a miracle they’ll finish under .500 for the fifth straight year. Even with...
Via Bloguin Best
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres Points: Kemp, Johnson, Decker

As the Padres enter the second half of September, the team looks to end the season on the high note. They are 69-78 and would need eight more wins to surpass their 2014 record. Achieving less than 77 wins would make this season even more disappointing and continue to raise questions of the flaws within this current roster. One player who has finally come around is Matt Kemp. Kemp...
Via Baseball Essential
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Kemp's 3-run homer lifts Padres over D-backs

PHOENIX -- Robbie Ray has had trouble going deep into games this season. Not much changed Wednesday night as Ray couldn't get out of the fifth inning in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Ray, who had limited the Padres to a single run in his first four innings, gave up a two-out, three-run homer to Matt Kemp in the fifth. The blast gave the Padres a 4-2...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Kemp's 3-run homer lifts Padres to over D-backs

PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer to back Andrew Cashner and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Wednesday night. Cashner (6-15) allowed seven hits and three runs, striking out six and walking two, in seven innings. He had lost 13 of his previous 17 decisions since April 24. Trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, Wil Meyers walked and then Yangervis Solarte...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Kemp's 3-run homer lifts Padres to 4-3 win over Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer to back Andrew Cashner and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Wednesday night. Cashner (6-15) allowed seven hits and three runs, striking out six and walking two, in seven innings. He had lost 13 of his previous 17 decisions since April 24. Trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, Wil Meyers walked and then Yangervis Solarte...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Resurgence of Matt Kemp last?

More so than any other trade in the 2014-2015 MLB offseason, the acquisition of Matt Kemp by the San Diego Padres was met with confusion on one end of the spectrum and downright ridicule on the other. Even worse than acquiring a player nearing the back half of his career with over $80 million remaining on his contract, the Padres also gave up a potential superstar catcher with strong...
Via Baseball Essential
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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