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Mad Padres: 4/20 Edition

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About this Padres market...

ALRIGHT, WELCOME BACK to Mad Padres. I’ve finally calmed down after the off day WHICH I THINK WAS DESPERATELY NEEDED after that series FIASCO. What, were you expecting a 4/20 joke? The only thing green here is MY FACE AFTER LOSING SO BADLY TO THE DODGERS.

-slide whistle-

WELL. They say speak it into truth, right? APPARENTLY WHEN I SPEAK THE OPPOSITE HAPPENS. FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS.

-enthusiasm curbed-

The Padres laid down against a superior opponent and saw their uptick in stock value after the Giants game take a nosedive. Now we’re BACK to the lower prices and doom and gloom that accompanied it. You know what? That’s fiiiiiine.

Look, going into the season the stock value didn’t carry a lot of weight, right? It was a developmental year for the team and most investors, me included, have invested in the futures stock for the team. So CALM DOWN, TWITTER. WE’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE WINNING YET. PUT THE PITCHFORKS AND HOT TAKES AWAY.

The futures are still trading pretty high EVEN THOUGH there have been some adjustments. WHOA. What am I talking about?

Fernando Tatis, Jr. THE FUTURE for this franchise. The piece that is SUPPOSED TO BRING US TO THE LONG SOUGHT-AFTER PROMISED LAND is not having a strong start on the market this year.

-choir-

DON’T PANIC, they say. HE STARTED SLOW LAST YEAR. Well, that may be all well and true, and there might be sample size anomalies there as well, BUT THE STATLINES DON’T LOOK GREAT. ARE WE ALREADY HITTING THE BUST ALARM!?

-BUST ALARM-

HOLD ON. CALM DOWN. DON’T GO THROWING YOUR 2021 WORLD SERIES BANNER OUT THE WINDOW YET.

San Diego Padres Photo Day
LET THE KID GROW.
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

So he’s having a rough go at AA. He’s also 19 years old. There’s going to be some expected regression from the jump out of Low A. Is it TIME TO PANIC OVER A RUSHED PROMOTION? I don’t think so! NOT YET. One of the forgotten traits of good players...NAY, GREAT players...is their ability to adapt and overcome. We’ve seen what FT2 is capable of, and we should give him the opportunity to GROW and EXPERIENCE FAILURE at the level. Maybe he turns it around and this conversation becomes moot? Maybe. MAYBE IT’S STILL BAD? Then we let him season more, maybe let him go back to High A to get a confidence boost. DON’T LET YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF WHEN HE SHOULD BE A MAJOR LEAGUER TAMPER WITH THE REALITIES OF DEVELOPMENT. Good things come to those who wait, right?

-tick tock-

I’M NOT SAYING FT2 IS THE ABSOLUTE when it comes to you hanging your precious 2021 WORLD SERIES BANNER either. It’s going to have to be a COLLECTIVE EFFORT from the rest of the farm, of which a LOT LOOKS REALLY GOOD. Go on up and catch a game at Elsinore and watch Buddy Reed, Adrian Morejon, and Reggie Lawson. You’ll feel better watching them rather than the TIRE FIRE that is the current roster.

-fire-

Alright, player stock time:

  • EVERYONE WAS PROBABLY JUMPING UP AND DOWN when they heard Luis Perdomo was sent down to AAA. WHOOP DE DOO, HE SUCKED, HE NEEDED TO GO DOWN! Look, I’m with friend of the show Pog Lankford on this one. The KID CAME UP FROM LOW A to pitch in the bigs FOR 3 SEASONS. He essentially got away with having 2 pitches and developing in the HIGHEST LEAGUE. The knee-jerk thing is to CHEER that he’s sent down, but in reality it’s just a JERK THING TO DO.
  • BE MORE UPSET THAT BRYAN MITCHELL IS UNDERWHELMING. I know I said last time that I didn’t mind the attempt at a value add, especially at the price his stock cost. I WAS JUST HOPING FOR EVEN A SMIDGEN OF VALUE TO OCCUR.
San Francisco Giants   v San Diego Padres
NOT GREAT, BOB
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
  • CHASE HEADLEY. What an at-bat, but I’m guessing you’re thinking stock rise? WRONG. Look, I’m a big fan of the late-inning heroics shtick, and my face was in the palm of my hand when he came up to hit against Kenley Jansen. ONE HIT DOES NOT A TREND MAKE. Once is an anomaly, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend. Keep that money in your pocket or better yet, invest in Christian Villanueva for the time being. RIDE THE HOT HAND AT THE HOT CORNER.
  • Speaking of late-inning junk, WHAT ABOUT THAT CLUNKER of an at-bat from Renfroe? I know, I know, I just said one at-bat does not a trend make. BUT WOW. I’m only buying into the idea that Hunter needs more at bats just so the market can make out what he’s worth.
MLB: San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
THIS SUMS UP MY FEELINGS PRETTY SUCCINCTLY.
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
  • I want to say ditto for Franchy Cordero. The power is tantalizing. BUT HE STRIKES OUT 37.5% OF THE TIME RIGHT NOW. Every time I see a pitch inside I see a swinging strike! I WANT TO LIKE YOU FRANCHY BUT YOUR STOCK IS TOO VOLATILE RIGHT NOW.
  • I’m wanting a bounceback from Jose Pirela and Freddy Galvis in Arizona, but the investor in me is just not seeing it. AS MUCH AS I raved about Pirela in the last episode, I’m going into this series cautious on his stock. Galvis might be seeing his market correction though MAN was his hitting fun for a while.

I’ll let you go with Tyson Ross: if you haven’t bought back into the right-hander, I highly recommend it. We’ll see how he plays tonight against the 1st place D-Backs, but I expect good things.

GET OUTTA HERE.