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Andrelton Simmons makes the ridiculous look easy.
On Monday, Padres outfielder Will Venable hit a grounder towards shortstop but when the ball took an odd bounce, Simmons adjusted on the fly and barehanded the ball before rifling it to first just in time to get the out.
Credit to @CJZero for the gif.
Simmons is widely known for his defensive...
The San Diego Padres and their usually inept offense managed to do something truly remarkable Thursday night during a 13-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Friars scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning. What’s more, every Padre in the lineup scored a run in that inning. The sixth inning was crazy, as the Padres sent 15 men to the plate in what was their biggest inning...
Ghost has the recap, but I wanted to add a couple of thoughts in addition to his usual excellent work.
Tonight was the best I’ve seen the Padres execute in hitters counts all season. A hitters count is 2-0 or 3-1. Tonight’s results:
Seth Smith (B1) 2-0 count: 3-unassisted (and he didn’t move from the batters box. Oh well)
Yasmani Grandal (B2) 3-1 count: HR to RC...
Baseball players are multi-dimensional and it is paramount that we understand each of these dimensions when looking at any individual player. For instance, people might look at Gerardo Parra and wonder why he is playing every day. That becomes much more clear when you look at his fielding numbers. Most people in the industry prefer to look at defensive runs saved (DRS) from the Fielding...
Padres Week 10 Recap
Friday @ White Sox: 4-1 Win
Saturday @ White Sox: 4-2 Win
Sunday @ White Sox: 1-4 Loss
Chicago Series Recap:
As discouraging as last week was, I found this series against the Chicago White Sox a new start filled with hope. Winning two out of three is nice, but it was the fashion in which they did so that has me believing that the jury is still out on the 2014...
For years, Will Venable has searched for ways to pull himself out of the slow starts that have weighed on him like an anchor in the early months of a season. One truth learned along the way stands above others.
“You can’t force it,” Venable said after collecting his first four-hit game of the year Saturday in a 4-2 win over the White Sox. “We all have the things that we...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Tyson Ross would have liked to have had better command when he faced what has been a tough Chicago White Sox lineup Saturday. Yet the San Diego Padres' right hander had no trouble handcuffing a White Sox offense that is suddenly scuffling.
Ross limited the White Sox to two runs -- one earned -- on five hits in six innings, and Huston Street remained perfect in...
SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable homered and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Sunday for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
The surging Padres offense, which has scored 24 runs in the three games, also got two hits and two RBIs from Chris Denorfia.
Robbie Erlin (2-4) scattered five hits in 6 1-3 scoreless innings before giving way to three Padres relievers...
On a rare visit to Petco Park, the Royals started the hardest thrower in baseball. Yordano Ventura, a 22-year-old fast establishing Rookie of the Year candidacy, fired aspirin tablets toward the plate.
By comparison, Eric Stults proved a most comfortable at-bat. Monday, the free-swinging Royals amassed 10 singles and a double against Stults, a 34-year-old left-hander dependent on...
The Royals have to be wondering now what they have to do to win a game.
The Royals dropped their fifth straight in the most painful fashion, 6-5 to the Padres on Monday night in 12 innings.
This likely was the most distressing loss of the season.
The Royals had leads of 3-0, 4-3 and 5-4 before a two-run double by Will Venable rallied the Padres to the win.
Mike Moustakas had given...
SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable hit a two-run single in the 12th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Venable singled off Tim Collins (0-2) and over the head of right fielder Lorenzo Cain to score Chris Denorfia with the tying run and Yonder Alonso with the winning run from second base.
Denorfia led off the inning with a single off...
I wasn’t buying Will Venable entering the 2014 season because he was older player coming off a career year that was heavily influenced by a fluky performance in August (table below).
This year his strikeout rate increased nearly six percentage points (to 28.7%) and his...
Defense is a pitchers best friend. So in this case, the San Diego Padres speedy right fielder Will Venable is Ian Kennedy’s new best friend. Venable completely robs Washington Nationals slugger Jayson Werth from at least two bases, maybe three on a full diving catch just inside the right field line. Watch the robbery (via MLB.com). Your browser does not support iframes.The...
At this point in his career, Padres outfielder Will Venable still isn't sure what it's like to be a part of a team that bolts fast from the gate in April, though he's quite familiar with the other side and how exasperating it can feel.
Ian Kennedy struck out seven in an encouraging outing and Will Venable drove in two runs with a pair of doubles to help the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Friday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ian Kennedy struck out seven in an encouraging outing and Will Venable drove in two runs with a pair of doubles to help the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 Friday night.
Kennedy held the Mariners to two runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings.
"His fastball command was good, especially on the inside part of the plate to the left-handed hitters...
As a Padres fan, there’s nothing I love more than when our team takes the field and comes off victorious. Hell, I even just love them taking the field. Call me a romantic, but there’s something infinitely soothing and exciting when it comes to the beautiful simplicity that is a baseball game. I’ve been playing the game for most of my life, and you can bet I have taken each...
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent 17-year-old Julio Urias to the mound to make his spring debut on Saturday. He wasted no time in showing off what has made him a top prospect striking out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect first inning.
After starting with a 3-0 count to Will Venable, Urias impressively came back to strike him out. After a ground out, Yonder Alonso looked...
This is where we gather from time to time to talk about something big in the Padres world or just the Padres or just baseball. It’s a roundtable discussion. Except, you know, no round tables. This is a Public House . . . so we’re at the bar.
With recent injuries to Chase Headley and Cameron Maybin the organization’s depth is being tested early and often. Fortunately it is...
Being an East Coast writer sometimes makes it difficult to appreciate or notice players from the other coast. After all, most of their games are starting just when I am thinking about going to bed. I would like to think that I keep track of what's going on pretty well still. But I question that when looking at Will Venable's 2013 season and being surprised at the numbers...
I cruised down to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world today, the Peoria Sports complex! This isn’t your Dad’s PSCX, the facelift the Padres complex had during the offseason is impressive. It oozes with a major league feel, from the curb appeal, to the locker room. As they say, perception is reality, and it’s clear the new Padres owners want the players...
In the spring of 2012 I stood on a sidewalk that connected the backfields of the Peoria Sports Complex. By virtue of a friendship with Rick and Beau of RJ’s Fro I had come impossibly close to the white lines which our Padres crossed each sun-baked Arizona morning.
As we stood chatting in a protective circle, Jerry Coleman walked right past us. This simple action of walking had...
A day after naming Andrew Cashner the Padres’ pitcher of the year, The Padres announced today that outfielder Will Venable was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The 31 year old veteran, who has played the entirety of his 6-year career in San Diego, received a contract extension...
San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable says the Chicago Cubs made a "great hire" in choosing former Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their next manager.
"He's a guy that knows the game as much as anyone I've been around," Venable said via phone Thursday. "He's got a fire in him that you love having in the clubhouse ... More than anything...
In case you weren’t paying attention…
Consider this a petition for Will Venable to start wearing his dad's glasses. pic.twitter.com/yA31Vc9bvU
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