The Padres announced that they have placed left-hander Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Aug. 19, with a shoulder strain. The team recalled righty Luis Perdomo to take Pomeranz’s place on its roster.
This is an awful blow to a Padres bullpen that has gotten marvelous production from Pomeranz in the first season of a four-year, $34MM contract. The 31-year-old has yet to allow a run through his first nine innings this season, and opposing offenses have managed a meager one hit off him. Pomeranz has also logged 12 strikeouts against three walks, converted all four of his save chances and added five holds. All things considered, he has been one of the elite relievers in baseball in 2020.
Pomeranz aside, San Diego’s relief corps has been anything but elite thus far. Despite Pomeranz’s near-flawless output, the unit currently ranks 27th in ERA (6.08), 26th in FIP (5.46) and 22nd in K/BB ratio (2.17). Cal Quantrill and Matt Strahm are the only other relievers on the team with sub-5.00 ERAs, but their success has come in spite of far less encouraging peripherals.
It’s unclear how much time Pomeranz will miss, but the fact that he’s dealing with a shoulder issue is a troubling development. Even if San Diego believes he’ll be back in short order, the 15-12 club – which has its sights set on its first playoff berth since 2006 – figures to seek bullpen help prior to the Aug. 31 trade deadline. That likely would have been true even with a healthy Pomeranz.
Marcus was already taken
Fuck! Just what the team needed
Next arm up!
They have 5 top relievers out now. What’s left aren’t performing and they have to be used in high-stress situations – and are blowing it. Trades will be necessary.
They will be in the playoffs. Considering how the Nats used starters as relievers last October, it will be interesting to see if other teams try that this year. Don’t trade for a reliever. Get someone like Lance Lynn, who is a better bet than any possible reliever they can bring in. Then work the post-season rotation so starters can get key late-inning outs. Just gotta be careful not to overuse someone. Bringing in someone like Lamet to get a couple of outs would be quite a weapon.
Lamet is currently San Diego’s best starter by far. I don’t see him coming in for relief.
Texas seems to be expecting quite a haul for Lance Lynn. I would love to see some Texas fans trade suggestions for Lynn. I don’t doubt for a second that every Padre fan on this site would go crazy over the ask. But I would be happy to be proven wrong! Texas fans? Let’s hear from you!
I personally wouldn’t give up Quantrill and Morejon. I am guessing they will be looking for guys like Patino, Abrams and Campusano.
With the emergence of karichnack (probably butchered that), would be interesting to see what Cleveland could get in a brad hand deal. See if the return is much greater with so little time left and so many teams desperate for closers/relievers.
Brad Hand’s performance has been trending down and his velocity has been dropping. But if you want a trade proposal how about Brad Hand and Adam Cimber for Francisco Mejia?
Oh no doubt he isn’t as valuable as when Cleveland for him. I doubt they would trade him. I would right now because some one would give something decent for him just because he can save games. I think they would regret it later, or it wouldn’t of crossed my mind. But Mejia lost more value since that trade then hand has. And I know you are smarter than the average fan that chases save stats. I don’t do proposals, not a gm. But as a fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing hand traded and karinchack given the reigns.
Marvel's MAGA Man
I’d like to see the Padres bring back Anthony Bass if the Blue Jay’s decide to sell or Trevor Cahill/Tony Watson package.
Toronto has one of the playoffs spots atm. I don’t see it happening…
wild bill tetley
Think 2021 and beyond. Jays should be looking at a soft sell with their bullpen arms like Bass and Cole. SD is a team loaded with young talent. Take advantage while you still can.
Are those actually proven “top relievers,” or are those just hyped prospects with little to no track record?
The 10 western division teams have still had zero interruptions due to COVID-19. If I just jinxed someone, I apologize.
Bruh I’ve thought about that but why would you say it
Living on the edge, I guess. It is interesting seeing as how California, Texas, and Arizona have recently been considered hotspots.
Ducky Buckin Fent
This is – yet – another example of personal responsibility.
My fantasy teams are in shambles.
There is an unwritten that says do not talk about your fantasy team in a public forum. Nobody cares.
Well put me in front of a firing squad.
I’ll do worse. I’ll trade you Steven Matz to single-handedly wreck your fantasy pitching staff.
Perdomo is going to be lights out. You just watch!
We’ve been watching. The lights only appear to be out because your eyes are closed.
If Emilio Pagan is your closer, you are going to have a bad time.
We were all dead wrong about that trade.
Only the people who liked it.
Pagan French-fried instead of pizzaing…he’s having a bad time.
Strahm has pitched well. He needs to step up.
Don’t make a trade you will regret. This year doesn’t matter.
The issue with the Padres pitching is the pitching coach.
Darren Balsely to this guy, double DBs salary and bring him back asap
The Yankees pitching was at the top of the league under Rothchild.
In home runs
If Balsley was so good, why didn’t he ever show up on top of any “Best Pitching Coach” lists/articles?
Now Tingler is another story. He is so far in over his head it isn’t funny.
You can tell because the team is doing so poorly?
Marvel's MAGA Man
You can tell cause only someone in over his head would risk creating a bad relationship with the face of your franchise by backing the opposing team.
That and telling your star player to take up 3-0 with a 7 run lead…..completely ignoring that your bullpen had a 6.19 era at the time, had already blown 5 saves.
You know how many times the Padres have given up 4+ runs 7th inning on? 6 times this year. 6 times in 26 games.
I actually agree with you. You don’t hang your star player out to dry. It was definitely a mistake. It was wrong. But you can always cherry pick instances from any person’s career where they made mistakes. If you are only looking for negatives that is all you will find.
What I am looking at is are the Padres better? The answer is yes, they are quite a bit better than they have been in recent years. Is it because of all the talent the Padres added this offseason? I don’t think so. Grisham and Davies have been very good, Pham hasn’t. But a whole lot of the holdovers are playing much better. At least some of their improvement must be due to Tingler.
wild bill tetley
MAGA nailed it. These need GMs want to hire their guy instead of hiring THE guy.
Edward John Smiths
Anyone over Green would be an improvement. My big left toe being an example. That being said I also agree Tingler is well in over his head, which was to be expected to some degree, but what he’s displayed over the course of 26 games is painful to watch unfold.
You’re correct, the Padres are better this season despite their self-sabotage ways. There’s also something to be said about Cronenworth. That kid just continues to amaze with the bat and glove at any position.
At this point we’re all just waiting for the fleecing of AJ to commence as he will try to Rockstart GM his way this deadline so he can go home with an asterisked title.
Javia,which position player,that is a holdover,is actually playing better than last year except Meyers? This teams talent is better than last years. Tingler makes mistakes every darn game. I have heard the announcers and post game guys constantly talk about certain decisions in every game without outright criticizing Tingler. He moved Tatis from leadoff to the #3 spot for two games and they scored 14 and 6 runs. Next game he moves him to the # 2 spot. This guy is all over the place. He even admitted to drawing things up in the dirt last night. Wow! When Pham was struggling, he continued to hit him in the 3 and 4 spots. He refused to move him down or give him a day off. When he did give him a day off, he still had him as the DH even though he was hitting under .200. Wow! I could give you many many more examples but I think I made my case. If you don’t see these things you just aren’t looking.
Tingler was hired to be Preller’s Puppet. And his bullpen use has been consistently questionable, win or lose.
Let’s see nutznboltz, there are 8 position players on the field aside from the pitcher. We have 2 regular Catchers so that makes 9. Myers and Hosmer are both playing much better than last year. That’s 2. Machado is about the same, Tatis is even better than last year and his defense is better. That is 3 out of 4 who have improved. Mejia and Hedges both sucked last year and both suck this year. Mejia may have actually taken a step back with the bat, so that is one negative. Grisham, Pham and Cro are all new. Pham has been injured and has not met expectations. That is 2 negatives. I think it is fair to say that both Cro and Grisham have far exceeded expectations. That makes 5 playing better to FAR better, 2 playing worse and 2 playing the same. I would call that a very big improvement.
First, I disagree that Tatis and Hossmer are playing much better than last year. Tatis is making less errors, but not making the spectacular plays like last year so that’s kind of a wash. You said many “ holdovers” were playing much better,so Grisham and Cronenworth don’t count. S0, we are back to just Meyers which =1. If I give you Tatis which is 2 but still not close to many or a lot like you said in your original post.
Are the Padres better this year? Yes or no? Is Tingler superior to Green? Yes or no? Are the Padres, with their current record, a playoff team? That would be a yes.
You can try and pick at what I said all you want: “You said many and I think it is only 1! I expected Tatis to lead the world in every offensive category! Eric Hosmer isn’t better, even though there have been articles written about his change in launch-angle and his results disagree with you.” Hosmer’s OPS is up over 100 points compared to his lifetime average. He is hitting a HR every 12-AB. But whatever. You will never admit to being wrong. Fine.
One thing that you cannot argue with no matter how much you want to blame someone for every problem the Padres have: THE PADRES ARE A BETTER TEAM THAN THEY WERE.
Javia, yes the Padres are better than they were last year, but not for the reasons you stated. It’s not because of the holdovers or Tingler like you think. Is everyone suppose to take what you say as gospel. If You don’t mean exactly what you write then don’t write it.
Is Tingler superior to Green? The answer to that would be no they’re both terrible.
Tingler is just Green v2.0, aka Preller’s Puppet.
The Karma Police have issued a citation and Padre fans are paying the price. Yes yes yes a blood debt must be paid.
Did you think after Tatis hit that 3-0 Grand Slam that you were going to ride off into the sunset? Oh no that’s not how the baseball Gods work. Just when you were all up on your high horse you got to get slapped down and brought back to reality.
There are no free rides. There’s always a price to pay. It’s not personal, the baseball gods must have their due.
Ummmm…sure? Pom goes on the 10-day IL. Oh no!! Whyyyyy!?!?! Considering all the injuries we have been seeing this year in this shortened season, I would consider the Padres to be among the more favored of the baseball gods.
Karma police, we have won 5 straight games. That’s my type of karma.
Hey, Dave. They’ve won 5 straight.
Marvel's MAGA Man
5 game winning streak.
Mlb record of 4 straight games with a grand slam
Hell if they want to take Strahm along with Yates and Pomeranz for a world series victory go right ahead and teach us a lesson.
You seem to be referring to an “unwritten rule” that nobody’s ever heard of. Karma doesn’t apply.