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Daily Friar 4.23.13 

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So how about them Padres? I’m telling you I love this team, but it becomes harder and harder to write about them after every loss. It seems like they just don’t want to play out there, and when they do get something going it all comes to an end very quickly. Also the strangest stuff seems to happen that help exacerbate the situation (I’m looking at you Everth Cabrera over sliding third). To put it simply last night Jason Marquis was completely off. Not only did he give up the wall scraper home run (which would have stayed in the park last year) to Ryan Braun, he then plunked two guys to get to Yuniesky Betancourt who then hit a three run home run. The highlight of the night, and I use that term loosely, was that the Padres scored a run in the fifth inning thus breaking their scoreless inning streak. The streak was at 25 innings before that run. Ever since the sweep of the Dodgers, the Padres have been outscored 17-3 and have moved their record to 5-19. This equates to a .263 winning percentage. Now to even hit double digits in the win column before the end of the month, the Padres need to win 5 of the next 7 games. Let’s say they just win those five and close the month at 10-21, they would still have a winning percentage of only .323. Good average for a hitter, not so good if you’re trying to win games. I don’t mean to be so pessimistic in this article, but the way they have been playing has got me down. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the articles below:
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Marquis’ rocky first too much for Padres to overcome – Padres.com

“San Diego snapped a stretch of 25 innings without a run by pushing one across in the fifth of a 7-1 loss to the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers, who have won eight straight. The Padres, meanwhile, have lost four in a row.”

Uncertainty remains over Maybin’s wrist injury – Padres.com

“Despite receiving a cortisone injection and wearing a protective splint, center fielder Cameron Maybin cannot say how the recovery process is going for his sore right wrist.”

Logan Forsythe to remove boot on Wednesday – NBC Sports

“He’s still a ways away from a return, as it will be two weeks after the boot is removed before he’s allowed to start a rehab assignment, an assignment that could last over a week. It sounds like a best-case scenario will have him returning in mid-May.”

Carlos Quentin returns tonight – Sporting News

“San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin will be back in the lineup tonight, having served his eight-game suspension for his role in the recent brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

Where have all the stolen bases gone? – Fangraphs

“Except, that trend has hit the skids in the first three weeks of 2013. The rate of stolen base attempts per opportunity so far this year is basically equal to the 2004 low point, and is actually even lower if you look at stolen bases per plate appearance.”

Padres fan makes impressive diving catch – Yahoo

“Check out the Padres fan who dives (on concrete!) to make the catch. Barehanded too. And he managed not to hit his head on the steel rail. Bravo, sir.”

An interview with Cody Decker – MadFriars

“SInce the Padres drafted him in the twenty-second round of the 2009 draft Cody Decker, 26, has always been one of the more interesting interviews in the organization.”

Rate last night’s game – Gaslamp Ball

“The Padres are able to lose against bad teams as well as good teams as well as teams that are in the middle of a streak, whether it be a winning streak, a losing streak or a streak of games with no discernible pattern of winning or losing.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-22-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Cody Decker and starting pitcher Sean O’Sullivan both collect a home run and 4 RBI as the T-Pads extend their winning streak to 6 games. Jose De Paula shut down the RoughRiders over 6 strong innings while Tommy Medica crushed his 5th home run of the year as the Missions cruise by the RoughRiders. Zach Eflin struggled as the TinCaps were beat by top pitching prospect Taylor Guerrieri.”

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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.