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Daily Friar 4.2.13 

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Well that was an ugly game to watch yesterday (Steve Adler thinks so too as you will see in the links below). There are so many questions I have about it all though that leave me scratching my head. The most glaring one has to be Edinson Volquez. He pitched for his country in the World Baseball Classic and was phenomenal for them. That was the equivalent of the world series for him he said, so you would think he would be more nervous with more pressure and thus pitch worse. Yet here he was yesterday in game one of the season losing control of every pitch he was throwing. Volquez didn’t even make it out of the fourth inning before Bud Black decided to go to the bullpen. To have to use all those arms in the bullpen this early in the season spells trouble. One more big question is the decision making of Bud Black. Yes Volquez pitched well in the WBC, but he didn’t put up great numbers in spring. Also he pitched Opening Day last year against the Dodgers and wasn’t very good then too. Lastly, he has had a history of not pitching well against the Mets. So, why did you let him pitch Opening Day? It just doesn’t make sense. Anyway I will let the articles below do more of the talking as I am done ranting:
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Volquez’s brief start spells trouble for Padres – Padres.com

“Volquez yielded six earned runs in three-plus innings as the Mets ran away with an 11-2 victory over the Padres in front of a sold-out crowd of 41,053 fans at Citi Field.”

Jedd Gyorko had a busy first day in the bigs – Union Tribune

“Gyorko was moved from second base to third when manager Bud Black worked a double-switch in the fourth. Immediately after Yonder Alonso opened the sixth inning of a blowout loss with a home run, Gyorko doubled down the line for his first big league hit.”

Chase Headley takes soft grounders – NBC Sports

“The injured third baseman has also been lifting weights and taking one-handed swings in a batting cage. He has a checkup with doctors next Monday and is hoping to be cleared for higher-intensity workouts.”

Player Profile: Burch Smith – MadFriars

“The righty from Texas has found added velocity by tightening up his mechanics and building strength. And in his professional debut last season, Smith posted an impressive 137:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 138 Cal League innings.”

Cameron Maybin in the Chatting Cage – Gaslamp Ball

“And though I wouldn’t expect him to speak negatively of the team anyway, it’s still good to hear the confidence he has in his teammates and the front office to put together a season the fans can be proud of.”

Vocal Minority talks about the prospects – Padres Public

“It’s an exciting time in the Padres system, where there’s a lot of depth and some exciting talent in the lower levels of the minor leagues. Our system should be churning out talent on a regular basis, replacing players who move on (and yes,  every team has players move on). It’s a new phenomenon for the Padres, one I hope to continue seeing.”

A peak at who could possibly be throwing out the first pitch at the home opener – Lob Shots

“Does this mean that the Chargers new dynamic duo will be throwing out the first pitch for the home opener? Has to, right?”

Good, Bad and Ugly from yesterday’s game – The Friarhood

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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.