The home opener is here, and we’ve gotten a week of real, actual, low quality Padres baseball to consume. It’s been great. And the Padres blogosphere ha been humming too. Of course, that hasn’t been the case over here at Gwynntelligence, where we had a quiet week. In related news, I’m introducing a hot new feature here for This Week In Padres Twitter:
Days Since Marver Has Actually Written Something: 31 Days
Hope everyone enjoys that great new feature! Let’s get to the going-ons on Padres Twitter this week.
Padres Blogosphere Posts:
Jbox covers all of the new additions to the ballpark for this season. There weren’t any wholesale changes, but they are pushing Carnitas Snack Shack pretty hard. The unfortunate thing is that zeros like Darren Rovell are reporting on the normal menu items from Carnitas Snack Shack like they’re novelty ballpark food. They aren’t! It’s just what they serve! Anyways, everytime I’ve eaten at Carnitas Snack Shack, I’ve felt terrible after, so I’ll probably stick to Lolita’s as my ballpark go-to.
Chamner wrote a great FanPost over at Gaslamp Ball. He wrote what many of us have thought, that Solarte is at peak value, and given the roster crunch in the infield, it might be time to trade Solarte. I agree with the premise, but here’s the thing about trading Solarte. I think (as we are wont to do around here in San Diego) Solarte’s profile is way higher here than it is elsewhere in MLB. He’s a good hitter ON THE PADRES which is a low bar, but he’s a platoon or part timer on competing teams. We love him because he wears truck nuts and talks about being sexy and is incredibly slow, but this isn’t the kind of player other teams give up the farm for. So I finally get the move to 2B because his good but not great hitting could add to his value at 2B much more than it could at 3B, assuming he can actually field the position.
When Fangraphs publishes something that doesn’t take a giant, steamy dump on the Padres, it’s cause for recognition. Jeff Sullivan analyzes Clayton Richard’s new repertoire and arm angle since he had thoracic outlet surgery and finds that there just might be something there. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Richard can continue this performance before turning back into the Clay Dick that we all loved to hate as he watched 37 home runs leave the park.
Miguel Diaz was the clear star of Opening Day, and Padres Twitter was afire with hot Miguel Diaz takes. Sac Bunt Dustin gave his usual measured and intelligence analysis of Diaz, who inarguably, has some exciting stuff. A guy that throws with his velocity and that kind of movement is exciting. His problem has always been command of the stuff, so that’s we’ll need to watch in the future.
The Golden Age of Padres Podcasts:
The annual Kept Faith Opening Day Party Pod is always an exciting event for Padres podcast listeners. And Dallas was there!
Tweet Of The Week:
The nut slurping in this U-T article was a little much.
Terrible Marver Tweet Of The Week:
Let’s all laugh at “1%er” Marver settling for a mere 55″ TV.