• MLB May 10

    The Return of Chris Paddack, Padres Ace

    Two years ago, almost to the day, Chris Paddack became “The Sheriff.” It was May 7, 2019 at Petco Park. The Padres rookie right-hander threw 7.2 scoreless innings and struck out 11 Mets hitters, including a couple of high-profile punchouts of eventual National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso, and outdueled Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. Paddack did…

  • MLB May 9

    Padres Bats (And the Old Chris Paddack) Show up in Win

    When he burst on the scene as a rookie in 2019, Chris Paddack made a name for himself with his fire on the mound and a 97-MPH fastball that hitters had all kinds of trouble catching up to (just ask Pete Alonso). In 2020 and most of 2021 Paddack was a different guy. After two weeks on the Injured List…

  • Padres Apr 21

    Burnes Whiffs 10 in 6 Innings, Brewers Blank Padres 6-0

    Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six spotless innings, extending his incredible start to the season, and the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the San Diego Padres 6-0

  • Padres Apr 16

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Tatis Looks Good, Lamet and Dodgers Coming to Town

    The Padres closed out their first road trip on a solid note, and now the fun begins. Derek and Darnay pass along some promising updates on Dinelson Lamet and Fernando Tatis Jr., who appear ready to rejoin the team soon. Derek shared some of headlines from his chat with Padres CEO Erik Greupner about Petco Park capacity and giveaways. Then…

  • Padres Apr 8

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Tatis' Injury and Promising Signs From a Tough Week

    The guys try to find the bright side on the heels of a rough few days for the Padres. Derek and Darnay discuss the injury to Fernando Tatis Jr., the questions it presents going forward, and some potential options for filling the void at shortstop. They assess the season-opening homestand and the sliding scale of expectations, before launching into the…

  • Padres Apr 5

    Paddack Dinged Early, Tatis Homers Late in Loss to Arizona

    Rookie Taylor Widener flustered San Diego’s potent offense for six scoreless innings to win his first big league start and David Peralta hit a two-run triple for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who beat the Padres 3-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. Widener (1-0) held the Padres to three hits while striking out five and walking three. The Padres avoided...

  • Padres Mar 31

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Pitching Ninja on Darvish and the Padres' Filthy Rotation

    He’s the man behind one of the best baseball accounts on social media, and he loves the Padres’ pitching staff. Rob Friedman of Pitching Ninja fame joins the pod to share his thoughts on a rotation filled with aces. Derek and Darnay begin with some thoughts on Tatis’ injury scare, and Lamet’s spring debut. Then Rob joins the conversation...

  • Padres Mar 30

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Padres 2021 Opening Day Preview

    It’s almost here, and it’s gonna be glorious. Derek and Darnay look ahead to Opening Day, which will feature the return of fans and the arrival of a World Series caliber club. They discuss the Ryan Weathers news and a possible area of opportunity for the promising lefty. After some talk about Chris Paddack and the starting rotation they...

  • Padres Mar 11

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Spring Training Trends and Signs of Hope

    There is hope on the horizon, with three weeks to go until Opening Day. Derek and Darnay reflect on the last year, then discuss the possibility of fans in the stands at Opening Day. What did we learn this week from team CEO Erik Greupner? Then they turn their attention to the action on the field, and what to make…

  • MLB Mar 1

    Padres Pitcher Paddack Prepares for Rebound Season

    By this own admission, 2020 was not a great year for Chris Paddack. The Padres starter was expecting to follow up a dynamic rookie season with a dominant sophomore campaign. Instead, Paddack struggled to find himself. His strikeout rate dropped, his home run rate jumped, and things just never really fell into place. Over the off-season Paddack did some self-scouting…

  • Padres Feb 11

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Spring Training Preview with AJ Cassavell

    MLB.com Padres beat reporter AJ Cassavell joins the guys to set the table for Spring Training. Who’s the first player he wants to watch once players take the field? What will the environment be like around a new group of starting pitchers – and how will that impact MacKenzie Gore and Chris Paddack? How’s a Trevor Rosenthal-less bullpen look?...

  • Padres Jan 28

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Predicting the Padres 2021 Stat Leaders

    Who’s going to lead the Padres in homers in 2021? What about OPS and innings pitched? Derek and Darnay took a stab at what players might pace the Friars. First things first, they discussed the return of Jurickson Profar and what makes him a good fit. Then they turn their attention to the guys they expect to put up big…

  • Padres Dec 18, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Preller's Offseason Update and a Padres Holiday Wish List

    After hearing from A.J. Preller this week, Derek and Darnay passed along his insight on the key storylines of the Padres offseason. From talks of a big contract for Tatis, to the decision to bring back Tommy Pham. Pitching continues to be a major topic, Preller gave an update on Dinelson Lamet and shared his thoughts on Chris Paddack,...

  • Padres Dec 16, 2020

    Pursuit of Pitching May Lead Back to Familiar Crop

    There is a great ‘what if’ from the Padres 2020 season. It’s not hard to imagine, and countless fans no doubt have. What if Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger hadn’t gotten injured? The club’s top two starters went down late in the regular season with elbow injuries. Lamet never returned, but is on schedule with his normal offseason throwing...

  • Padres Oct 7, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – More Storms to Weather

    Mike Clevinger’s return barely lasted more than an inning. Once again the Padres had to rely on their bullpen, and it seemed to finally catch up to them in their NLDS opener. Derek and Darnay discuss the pitching quandary, where things went wrong Tuesday night, and what the Padres need to do to get back in the series.

  • Padres Oct 1, 2020

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Where Do We Go From Here? Wild Card Game 1 Recap

    The Cardinals wasted little time deflating the excitement around the Padres first playoff game in 14 years. Chris Paddack’s tumultuous season continued in the biggest start of his career, setting up a must-win with Zach Davies on the mound. Derek and Darnay recap Game 1, discuss Paddack’s struggles, the domino effect of Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger’s absence, Davies,...

  • Padres Sep 30, 2020

    Paddack Starts Game One, Lamet and Clevinger Out for Wild Card

    In their long-awaited return to the postseason, the Padres were faced with adversity before they got a chance to take the field. Recent injuries to their top starting pitchers, Dinelson Lamet (biceps tightness) and Mike Clevinger (elbow impingement) made their status uncertain for San Diego’s Wild Card Series against St. Louis. On the morning of game one, we learned...

  • Padres Sep 11, 2020

    Paddack Sprains Ankle But Streaking Padres Stop Giants, 6-1

    Jorge Oña homered for his first major league hit, Manny Machado also went deep and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 Thursday night despite an injury to starter Chris Paddack

  • Padres Aug 26, 2020

    Paddack Struggles, Mariners Snap Padres' Seven-Game Win Streak

    J.P Crawford homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Seattle Mariners, who beat the Padres 8-3 Tuesday night to snap the Padres’ seven-game winning streak. The Mariners jumped on Paddack early, taking a 4-0 lead on Crawford’s shot to straightaway center field with one out in the second, his first. Dee Gordon was aboard on a single....

  • Padres Aug 14, 2020

    Paddack Struggles, Betts Tees Off in Padres Lopsided Loss

    A two-run lead with Chris Paddack on the mound would usually seem like a promising formula. It didn’t turn out that way Thursday night for the Padres in an 11-2 loss. Paddack gave up three home runs, including two in the first inning to wipe out San Diego’s early edge. After Corey Seager and AJ Pollock took the second-year...

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