• MLB Mar 28

    Musgrove Does it All in Final Padres Spring Training Start

    For the most part, Padres pitchers have not been swinging the bat during Cactus League play. Joe Musgrove bucked that trend in a big way on Sunday. In his final Spring Training start Musgrove threw 5.0 no-hit innings, striking out six and walking two in a 3-3 tie with Cleveland. The Grossmont High School alum was better with a bat…

  • MLB Mar 27

    Snell Super Sharp in Final Padres Spring Training Start

    The last time Blake Snell took the Cactus League mound he didn’t allow a run, but also didn’t get through four innings against the Angels. Afterwards he said he wasn’t happy with three walks and what he called inconsistency. The Padres left-handed ace fixed what was ailing him and more. On Saturday, Snell went 5.0 innings and allowed just...

  • baseball Mar 27

    6 Days From Opening Day, Padres Trim Roster

    The Padres can only keep 26 players on their Opening Day roster. So, they’re entering the part of Spring Training where they have a lot of tough conversations. On Friday the Friars optioned right-hander Anderson Espinoza to Double-A San Antonio. Espinoza is working his way back from a 2nd Tommy John (elbow reconstruction) surgery and has gotten widely popular reviews…

  • Padres Mar 25

    Tatis Feeling Good, Expected to Return Soon From Shoulder Injury

    Padres fans let out a collective groan Tuesday afternoon, which was followed by a sigh of relief Wednesday. After fielding a ground ball and making a throw to first base during the Padres’ Cactus League game against the Reds, Fernando Tatis Jr. immediately walked off the field. A day later, manager Jayce Tingler said the superstar shortstop is feeling good….

  • MLB Mar 22

    Padres Ace Blake Snell Challenges Angels on Sunday, Himself Every Day

    The Padres beat the Angels 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex. 2nd baseman Jake Cronenworth continued his solid Spring showing with a double, a walk and two runs batted in. However, as is the case with all Cactus League games, the final score is insignificant. What’s important is how the projected starting lineup is looking. Lefty...

  • MLB Mar 21

    Padres Rookie Weathers Shows Promise in Tie With Dodgers

    With the Padres likely keeping ace Dinelson Lamet off the Opening Day roster as they give him plenty of time to recover from last season’s arm issues the Friars have three young starters in the mix to open the season as the 5th starter. Adrian Morejon seems to have the inside track but Ryan Weathers and MacKenzie Gore can...

  • MLB Mar 14

    Padres Catcher Nola Out With Broken Finger

    When the Padres traded for catcher Austin Nola last August, one of the positive qualities we heard about was his toughness. They were definitely not lying. Nola fractured a finger on his glove hand when he caught a foul tip in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. We didn’t know this until Sunday because Nola didn’t pull himself...

  • MLB Mar 11

    Padres Walk Off With a Cactus League Win

    It had to happen eventually. Padres pitchers projected to make up the 2021 starting rotation started Cactus League play with 11 shutout innings. That string was snapped on Thursday against Cleveland but the Friars still won 5-4. Grossmont High School alum Joe Musgrove made the longest Spring Training start by any Padres starter, going 3.0 innings. After a scoreless first…

  • 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 7

    Darvish Dazzles in Padres Debut

    One of the few unknowns about the Padres during Spring Training 2021 is who the Opening Day starting pitcher will be. There are plenty of options, with four different guys on the roster who’ve done it before. After one trip through the rotation we don’t have much clarity on that. Everyone has looked fantastic. Yu Darvish made his case...

  • Padres Mar 5

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Cactus League Takeaways with Bob Scanlan

    Instead of real games with fake fans, we’ve finally got fake games with real fans. With the action underway in Arizona, Fox Sports San Diego Field Reporter Bob Scanlan joins the pod to share his takeaways from Spring Training. They discuss the return of fans before sharing what they’ve seen from MacKenzie Gore, Ha-Seong Kim, and CJ Abrams. Plus,...

  • Padres Mar 3

    Tatis Brings Slam Diego Back with Spring Training Bomb

    Fernando Tatis Jr. brought back some good memories Tuesday, and hopefully provided a glimpse of what’s to come in 2021. The Padres star hit a grand slam in the second inning of his team’s 7-2 win over Arizona. Tatis’ 441-foot blast came on a first pitch fastball against Caleb Smith. Tatis was responsible for the first leg of the...

  • 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…

  • Spring Training Mar 1

    Welcome Back: Optimism Abounds as MLB's Spring Includes Fans

    The sun and the baseball have returned to Arizona and Florida for spring training games, which began on Sunday

  • MLB Feb 27

    Padres Cactus League Games to Look a Little Different

    On Sunday the Padres open Cactus League play against the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Typically, the first few weeks of Spring Training games are used for pitchers to slowly stretch themselves out (lefty Adrian Morejon is the first pitcher out of the gate for the Padres). This year MLB is giving teams even more latitude to allow arms to…

  • Major League Baseball Feb 27

    5-Inning Games, 2-Out Innings? Odd MLB Spring Look on Deck

    Some MLB spring training games might not even get to a seventh-inning stretch

  • Padres Feb 25

    LISTEN: On Friar Podcast – Observations from Peoria

    Spring Training is going full speed. After a few days in Peoria Darnay shares some observations from his time at the Padres facility. He and Derek discuss the team’s outlook on their World Series potential. How is Ha-Seong Kim fitting in? Plus, a drill that brought the team back down to earth, and pitchers knocking off some rust. Oh,...

  • Padres Feb 24

    Today's the Day! Padres Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale

    San Diego Padres spring training tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Wednesday amid high optimism for one of their best seasons since entering the National League in 1969 thanks to several key offseason acquisitions following their first postseason appearance since 2006.

  • MLB Feb 20

    Padres Talented Catchers Are Much More Than Backstops

    Most Major League teams carry two catchers. While keeping a third on the roster, especially with rosters expanded to 26 players, is not like finding Sasquatch, it’s certainly not the norm. The Padres are looking seriously at doing just that. Austin Nola and Victor Caratini are shoe-ins for the Opening Day roster. Heralded youngster Luis Campusano (MLB Pipeline’s 45th...

  • MLB Feb 19

    Padres Spring Training Tickets On Sale Soon

    The last time Padres fans had a chance to see their playoff contenders in person was Spring Training of 2020. The next time they’ll get that chance will be Spring Training of 2021. The Peoria Sports Complex, in accordance with local, state and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols, will operate at 16% capacity, which adds up to 1,960 fans in…

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