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Daily Friar 4.14.13 

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The Padres just can’t find a way to win this year against the Rockies. It doesn’t help though that the pitching has been abysmal and won’t allow the offense to stay in the game at all. My theory is that if your offense can give you five runs then you should be able to win that game. Last night the Padres did just that; they put five runs on the board. However, Edinson Volquez (the staff ace) only last 3 1/3 innings while giving up 7 runs (6 earned). This guy should not be our number one. He has always had control problems and we know that and it is showing on the field this year more than ever. Last year he had some bad outings, but he would always seem to come back and have a good one the next time. Volquez even had a one hitter last year. This year is a completely different story as he is 0-3 with an 11.68 ERA and a 2.27 WHIP. Because of all the runs Bud Black has had to turn to his bullpen a lot earlier than he wants to. Usually after three starts you would like to see that guy have between 15 and 20 innings under his belt, if not more. Volquez has only pitched 12 1/3 innings this year, which leaves the other 14 2/3 innings all in the bullpen’s hands. A lot to get to today as the Padres close the series against the Rockies. Enjoy your Sunday and let’s hope they can win today.
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Cabrera’s highlights eclipsed by Volquez’s struggles – Padres.com

“The Padres shortstop finished a double short of the first cycle in franchise history in an otherwise disappointing 9-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Petco Park.”

Padres recall Kyle Blanks – Padres Press Release

“The San Diego Padres today announced that they have recalled infielder/outfielder Kyle Blanks from Triple-A Tucson and have optioned right-handed pitcher Thad Weber to the same Tucson club.”

Quentin likely to start serving suspension Monday – Union Tribune

“A ruling on the appeal – and a possible reduction of the eight-game suspension – could be made as early as Sunday. However, if the appeal process isn’t completed there is also a strong chance that the left fielder will drop the appeal and begin his suspension Monday.”

Headley could be activated as soon as Tuesday – NBC Sports

“Headley needs to test out the thumb on defense, which he will do on Sunday and likely Monday. If he passes that test, he could be in the lineup on Tuesday against the Dodgers.”

More news on Headley – MLBTR

“Scouts and GMs say Chase Headley could be the most sought-after player at the trade deadline. Part of it is that the Padres star plays third, is a good hitter, and teams in contention believe he would really thrive if he played for a winner.”

Daily Farm Report: 4-13-13 – MadFriars

“On a night when Edinson Volquez threw nearly 100 pitches without escaping the 4th inning, two top prospects show the system how it is done.”

Carlos Quentin interviewed by the media – Gaslamp Ball

“Quentin saw Zack Greinke express an expletive towards him. ‘That was the tipping point.’ If Greinke had waved him off or said he was sorry, then Quentin would have gone to first base. ‘I would have had to.'”

Analysis of free agents linked to Padres – Chicken Friars

“Although the Padres didn’t make a significant move last off-season they were linked to several players. So far most of the players have not found success. However, there is one player who is having a monster season.”

The curious case of the Padres cycle – Padres Public

“The Padres have existed since 1969 which makes this the 44th season in franchise history. And in 44 years, not one player has been able to hit a single, double, triple and home run in one game. Not once. In that same time frame, there have been 133 cycles in MLB.”

The Padres are happy? – Brandon Cline of The Friarhood

“I then remembered Krasovic’s tweet following the loss and started thinking, are the Padres really happy about the job that Josh Byrnes has done? Let’s review his tenure so far.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.