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The San Diego Padres, who boast the second-worst record in the major leagues, just completed a three-game sweep of the defending world champion Chicago Cubs. They did this largely on the strength of outstanding performances by rookies Dinelson Lamet, Hunter Renfroe, and Franchy Cordero and second-year man Luis Perdomo.

The 2017 Padres are a bad team. The 2018 Padres will almost certainly be a bad team. But the kids are coming, and the kids are all right. Watch out for 2019.

Opening Day

Apr. 3rd, 2017 08:39 pm
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Today, the Padres scored more runs in one game than they scored in their first three games last year.

This, of course, was not hard.

I'm still modestly pleased. This is going to be a bad year; they have an exciting offense, good defense (especially behind the plate and in the outfield), a solid bullpen, and a starting rotation of wannabes, has-beens, and never-weres.

I'm looking forward to the 2019 season, when the Latin tide starts to reach SD, or maybe 2020....
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I just removed "Yahoo! Sports NFL" from my bookmarks.
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Three days ago, the San Diego Padres had lost every game they played against the Giants this year.

Today, they have swept the Giants in a three-game series, including last night's hilarious extra-inning victory, in which a Giants pitcher fell off the mound and was charged with a balk - with a runner on third.

I don't expect much from the rest of this season, nor from the next - but the current team is game, and the players en route look exciting. Margot, Renfroe, Asuaje, Hedges....
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
When I went to bed last night, the Padres were leading the Seattle Mariners 12-2.

When I got up this morning, I learned that they had lost the game, 16-13.

I'm strongly tempted to go back to bed.
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
Good news: The Padres broke their scoreless-innings streak at 30 last night, erupting for a 13-6 win over the Rockies in Colorado. (Of course they broke the streak in Denver. If they hadn't, there'd be no hope whatever for them.)

Also good news: The writing of my taxonomy paper is proceeding, if slowly; basically, I'm progressing one proposition at a time, having to hammer out the clumsiness of each proof before continuing. I've pretty much finished the discussion of first-order classes of triangles, with a general proposition about all orders as lagniappe.

Not-so-good news: The formatting methods of SWP v.6 continue to elude me. Most irritatingly, cut-and-paste has unpredictable effects inside math mode, and the Undo command is even worse there. If I make a wrong move (and I don't know what the wrong moves are) the entire passage may disappear irrevocably, at which point the only option is to quit without saving. (I'm being careful to save regularly, after last week's scare.) There's something weird going on when I try to mix propositions, proofs, and numbered lists - the indentation gets funky, and I don't know how to fix it. (Wrong moves abound in this area.)

Also not-so-good news: We keep sliding back into subfreezing temperatures. Right now it's just above freezing, and I need to get groceries. It's supposed to reach the mid-40s F by about 2:00, so I'll hold off till then.

The current song is rather apropos.
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
Three games into the 2016 season, the Padres have been outscored 25-0. They are the first team in major league history to open the season by being shut out three times. Not even the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20-134) did that.

It's going to be a l-o-o-n-g season.

Play Ball!

Apr. 4th, 2016 06:00 pm
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The Padres begin their season tonight, with the EBE visiting: Clayton Kershaw vs. Tyson Ross.

I do not think this will be a good season for the Friars. I do think it will be an interesting season; I'd like to see what Spangenberg and Solarte can do with a full season, and Jabari Blash could be exciting. I hope Myers can stay healthy....

But the most exciting part of the season will be the draft and the international signing period, I'll bet.
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I was just browsing one of the blogs I regularly visit, and saw a link to an article on "the new slide rule". Of course, my metaphorical ears pricked up.

It took me several seconds to remember that I was looking at a baseball blog.
stoutfellow: (Winter)
Clayton Kershaw, ace pitcher for the EBE - three-time Cy Young winner, 2014 MVP, five-time All-Star - is the great-nephew of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the ex-planet Pluto.

Small world (pun only semi-intentional).
stoutfellow: (Winter)
Thirty-one years ago today, the San Diego Padres won a World Series game.

Never happened before.

Hasn't happened since.

:sigh:

Despair

Jul. 11th, 2015 11:59 am
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There are two or three fan websites devoted to the San Diego Padres. I have been visiting them regularly for years.

Right now? I feel more like avoiding them. It's just too painful.

Whatchoo gonna do now, A.J.?
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
I would kind of like to know how many times in their overlapping major-league careers Jim Gott pitched to Tim Teufel, and what the results were.
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The Padres season has started in an... interesting fashion.

They lost a game. 1.
They won a game. 1.
They lost two games. 2.
They won three games. 3.
They lost last night. If this stretches into a five-game losing streak, I am going to freak out.

A New Week

Apr. 12th, 2015 11:50 am
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
Last week was kind of a bummer. The Sad/Rabid Puppies crap, a less-than-stellar Annual Evaluation, the Padres' sluggish start, and a couple of other things I'm not going to talk about.... There are times when I just get so tired of everything.

Not that the week was a complete wreck. Monday night, as I was trying to get to sleep, the answer to a research question that had been bothering me for a couple of years finally came clear; the Padres came back with wins on Friday and Saturday (beating up Bumgarner pretty badly last night); the weather's been good - a few things on the right side of the balance.

My dinners the last two weeks have been reruns - jambalaya, and beef and barley soup - but this week I'm trying my hand at chicken cacciatore (that dish beloved of the American revolutionaries, back in '76). It's still got about six hours to cook, but it's already smelling good.

Here's to a new week, and better fortune!

Play Ball!

Apr. 6th, 2015 08:52 am
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On a happier note, today is Opening Day, and my beloved Padres appear set to make a splash.

MLB Trade Rumors has a poll going as to which team had the best offseason, and the Padres are far in front, with nearly a majority of votes cast. I'm still a bit hesitant about "best", but "most exciting", certainly. Last night's acquisition of Craig Kimbrel was completely unexpected, and gives the Padres easily the best bullpen in the major leagues. Their starting rotation - Shields, Ross, Cashner, Kennedy, and Morrow - can bear comparison with any other. It's not quite as good as the Dodgers or Nationals rotations, but it's not far behind. Offensively, barring injuries, they're a force to be reckoned with - Kemp, J. Upton, and Myers to start with, plus possible rebounds from Norris, Alonso, Gyorko, and Middlebrook. Defense... :wince: They could be less than stellar in the outfield, and Norris is not the pitch-framer that Grandal and Rivera both were. Shortstop is still a weak spot, as well.

Overall? I think they'll definitely be in the hunt for a playoff spot, and if the EBE stumbles they could charge all the way to a division title. The playoffs themselves are a crapshoot, and I think the Padres would have as good a chance as anyone to win the pennant if they get in.

I'm pegging them at about 90 wins. :crosses fingers:

Rock Star

Feb. 9th, 2015 04:40 am
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I have to admit being nonplussed by the fact that, for fans of the San Diego Padres, the number one hero at the moment is A. J. Preller - the GM.

I don't recall "Trader Jack" McKeon getting this kind of adulation back in the day. Of course, even in his best off-season, he didn't execute the kind of roster overhaul Preller has.

I like the Shields signing, and for the most part I like the trades AJP's pulled off. I'm still wistful about Trea Turner (but he was years off at best) and Jesse Hahn (but, even without him, the rotation and bullpen are both stronger than last year).

Should be an exciting year.

:crosses fingers:

Cap Anson

Jan. 30th, 2015 05:07 pm
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One of the e-books I'm currently reading is A Ball Player's Career, the "autobiography" of the 19th century baseball star Cap Anson. (That it's ghost-written is painfully obvious.) It's moderately interesting, reading, for example, Anson's descriptions and evaluations of his fellow players (a few of whom I've actually heard of, like Al Spalding and "Old Hoss" Radbourne). But I've hit a couple of passages that stand out a little more than that.

First: I knew that Anson was a virulent racist, and was one of the main reasons baseball imposed the color bar, refusing to play against another team that had a black player. Naturally, most of the narrative doesn't touch this, but there's a passage where he enlists a young black man as the team mascot, and the language with which he describes the youngster - well, the phrase that begins with "no-account" is the mildest of it. Nasty man....

There's another bit, describing a barnstorming tour that led them across the continent and all the way to Australia. At one point, they spend a couple of weeks in San Francisco; Anson found its geography and architecture disappointing. The passage reads:
The really fine buildings, too, were few and far between, the majority of them being low wooden structures that looked like veritable fire-traps. They are built of redwood, however, and this, according to the natives, is hard to burn. The fact that the towns had not burned down yet would seem to bear out the truth of their assertion, though the Baldwin Hotel was built of the same material, and that went up in flames a little over a year ago[...]"
The book was published in 1900. (Anson played for the Chicago team, though he went there some years after that city's great fire.)

It isn't an eye-opening book, but it's decently interesting.
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This article in The Hardball Times makes a pretty good case: Rene Rivera, who started the season as the Padres' third-string catcher, has emerged as one of the best defensive catchers in the league, and was a major reason for the outstanding pitching the team displayed in 2014. There's a reason Andrew Cashner insists on having Rivera catch when he pitches.

Bad Deal

Nov. 18th, 2014 08:17 pm
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I see that Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young award this year. It turns out that Kluber was once a Padres farmhand. The Padres shipped him to Cleveland as part of a three-team deal; St. Louis was the third team. In exchange, the Padres got... Ryan Ludwick.

In his brief career with the Padres - parts of two seasons - Ludwick provided them with -0.9 WAR. His offense was pathetic, and his defense was worse.

It wasn't the worst deal the Padres have ever made, but it's definitely up there.

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