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About ale522

sports and financial markets enthusiast. Native San Diegan, diehard Padres, adopted Warriors and ex-Chargers fan

ale522 has written 557 articles so far, you can find them below.


Ty France Shredding Triple-A, Getting Reps At Second

San Diego Padres infielder Ty France has been getting reps at second base while putting on an offensive showcase in Triple-A El Paso. Before smashing a pair of homers on Sunday, France was slashing .431/.500/.847 with seven dingers and 47 runs-plus-RBI in 84 plate appearances. Although not in the team’s top 30 prospects, the 24-year-old... Read More

2 days ago

Kirby Yates Reaches Double-Digit Saves

San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates notched his 10th save Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. Yates had been dormant this week due to the Padres six-game skid but he worked around a hit to slam the door. The save expands Yates’ brilliant early-season resume and he sits with a 0.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and unreal... Read More

2 days ago

Wil Myers Helps Snap Friars Skid

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. Myers’ two-run double in the third inning proved the decisive factor in the victory and the 28-year-old is now slashing .303/.346/.553 with five dingers, two steals and 21 runs-plus-RBI on the season. With the Padres offense scuffling,... Read More

2 days ago

Joey Lucchesi Bounces Back Sunday

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi collected his third victory Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. Lucchesi fanned eight in 5 2/3 innings and lost his chance at a quality start when he was yanked after giving up a pair of two-out baserunners in the sixth inning. He yielded five hits and two walks on the... Read More

2 days ago

Manuel Margot Reinstated From Paternity, Luis Urias Returns To Triple-A

The San Diego Padres reinstated outfielder Manuel Margot (paternity) on Sunday and designated infielder Luis Urias for assignment. Margot returns after a two-game absence and will bat second against Cincinnati Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle. Margot has cooled recently but is off to a nice start slashing .288/.300/.475 with two homers and a steal. With the... Read More

2 days ago


Points Leagues Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 4

It’s Week 4 of RotoBaller’s points league waiver wire extravaganza and we’re back after a one-week hiatus to discuss the thrills of fantasy free agency. If your teams are scuffling in the cellar after the opening weeks, it’s turnover time. By now the bottom of any squad is subject to intense scrutiny and available players... Read More

3 days ago

Fernando Tatis Jr. Stuffs Scorecard

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. finished 1-for-3 with a homer, two walks and three stolen bases in Thursday’s loss against the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres offense has swooned lately but Tatis remains a bright spot, slashing .296/.370/.606 with 24 runs-plus-RBI. He’s up to six dingers and four steals on the year. The 20-year-old’s... Read More

4 days ago

Matt Strahm's Gem Goes To Waste

San Diego Padres starter Matt Strahm lasted was excellent in eight frames of one-run ball Friday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres eventually lost in extra innings but the southpaw was brilliant, surrendering just two hits and zero walks. He struck out five. After a rough opening start, Strahm has allowed only three earned runs... Read More

4 days ago

Eric Hosmer Stuck In A Rut

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer collected his first knock in five games Thursday, going 1-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds. He also made a critical baserunning error that killed a potential rally. After starting the season 7-for-22, Hosmer has only seven total hits in 13 games since. The veteran is slashing just .197/.269/.282 this... Read More

4 days ago

Chris Paddack Fans Five But Takes Loss

San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack registered his first quality start Thursday, yielding three earned runs in six innings in a loss against the Cincinnati Reds. Paddack struck out five and only allowed three hits and a walk but was the victim of two long balls. The 23-year-old rookie now holds a tidy 2.25 ERA,... Read More

4 days ago


Fernando Tatis Jr. Leading Off Thursday

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is hitting leadoff Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds. Tatis has slotted mostly sixth this season but he’ll have a chance to play table-setter against Reds right-handed starter Tanner Roark. The 20-year-old star rookie is riding a six-game hitting streak and slashing a healthy .281/.347/.578 with five homers and... Read More

5 days ago

Joey Lucchesi Stumbles Again

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi lost his second consecutive game Monday after allowing five earned runs to the Colorado Rockies. Lucchesi was bit by a pair of walks and seven hits, including two homers, and he only struck out four. Positively, he survived past the seventh inning, which has been a rare feat for... Read More

1 week ago

Trey Wingenter Poaches First Career Save

San Diego Padres reliever Trey Wingenter recorded his first career save Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With closer Kirby Yates unavailable, Wingenter was shaky with two walks but struck out two D-Backs to preserve the one-run victory. The 24-year-old fireballer has been a staple in the Friars bullpen, holding a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and... Read More

2 weeks ago

Austin Hedges Launches 449-Foot Homer

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hedges’ second blast of the season traveled 449 feet and he’s now slashing .214/.313/.429 with six RBI. The defense-first backstop is fulfilling his primary mandate in mentoring the Friars young pitching staff and has been serviceable on... Read More

2 weeks ago

Manuel Margot Crushes Game-Winning Homer

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot smacked a game-clinching home run Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Margot entered the game as a defensive replacement and promptly recorded his first long ball of the season. In part-time duties, Margot is slashing .333/.351/.500 on the year with a homer and steal apiece. While he’s yielded center field... Read More

2 weeks ago


Manny Machado Pops Third Homer In Seven Games

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. Machado’s third long ball of the season was a go-ahead opposite-field shot in the sixth inning that proved to be the winning run. After going homerless in his first six contests as a Padre, Machado... Read More

2 weeks ago

Nick Margevicius Brilliant Once Again

San Diego Padres starter Nick Margevicius fanned six San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in six frames to earn his first major league victory. For the third time in as many starts, Margevicius was brilliant, allowing just five hits and zero walks. The 22-year-old rookie has been a major positive surprise in the Padres rotation with... Read More

2 weeks ago

Joey Lucchesi Roughed Up In San Francisco

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi suffered his first loss Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. His seven earned runs allowed in four innings were the first he’s let in all season. Most of the damage occurred in a six-run second inning and in total he yielded seven hits and two walks while punching out... Read More

2 weeks ago

Hunter Renfroe Launches Another Homer

San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe smacked his fourth homer in Tuesday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants. Renfroe now has an absurd 12 percent home run rate and 57 percent HR/FB in just 33 plate appearances. He’s slashing .333/.394/.833 with 12 runs-plus-RBI. Due to his defensive limitations, Renfroe has played the minority’s share of... Read More

2 weeks ago

Wil Myers Starting At First Base, Eric Hosmer Sitting

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers is starting at first base on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. First baseman Eric Hosmer will sit against Giants left-handed starter Derek Holland. Myers crushed his third homer of the season on Monday and is slashing .316/.350/.579 with 10 runs-plus-RBI and two steals this season. With a career... Read More

2 weeks ago


Eric Lauer Escapes With Second Victory

San Diego Padres starter Eric Lauer allowed five earned runs in six innings but salvaged his second victory Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Lauer’s eight strikeouts were a season high but he became undone in a five-run fourth inning. Despite relinquishing four hits and three walks, the Padres offense gifted him a win by... Read More

2 weeks ago

Franmil Reyes Caps Off Padres Rally

San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes blasted a go-ahead two-run homer Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Despite quality at-bats and hard contact, Reyes had endured some tough luck to start the year. The home run was his first and just his third hit all season. With a .304 expected average entering Monday, Reyes’ numbers... Read More

2 weeks ago

Fernando Tatis Jr. Sparks Comeback Victory

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Tatis went deep in the fifth inning for his third long ball to kickstart the Friars comeback victory. He was also hit twice by pitches and scored an additional run. Entrenched at sixth in the batting... Read More

2 weeks ago

Matt Strahm Absorbs Second Straight Loss

San Diego Padres starter Matt Strahm dropped to 0-2 after Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Strahm was decent through five innings, allowing four hits, two walks and two runs (one earned) but struck out just two. Strahm was victimized by an error in the fourth inning which led to two decisive runs scoring... Read More

2 weeks ago

Manny Machado Riding Six-Game Hitting Streak

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Machado’s first two-bagger of the season extended his hitting streak to six games. He has bashed two homers with a .519 on-base percentage over that span. After a slow start, Machado’s slash line is now... Read More

2 weeks ago


Points Leagues Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 2

Happy baseball season to all our diamond-dwelling RotoBallers! For the past five months, we’ve settled for pass interferences, technical fouls and busted brackets but now it’s time to pull up our stirrups for summer’s pastime. One week into the season, the clouds of Opening Day fireworks are starting to subside, and it’s time to begin... Read More

2 weeks ago

Fernando Tatis Jr. Helps Spoil Cardinals Home Opener

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 2-for-4 with his second big league home run Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Tatis’ two-run blast in the seventh inning provided the insurance the Friars needed to secure the victory and spoil the Cards home opener. Through eight contests, the 20-year-old has started each game and... Read More

3 weeks ago

Nick Margevicius Fires Five Innings Of One-Hit Ball

San Diego Padres starter Nick Margevicius threw five innings of one-run ball in a no-decision Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Margevicius surrendered a hit, walk and struck out just one in the brief 54-pitch outing. He likely had more in the tank but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. The surprising... Read More

3 weeks ago

Francisco Mejia Capitalizes On Pinch-Hit Appearance

San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia delivered a game-winning, pinch-hit double Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mejia broke a scoreless game in the fifth inning with his first extra-base hit of the year, which proved to be the difference-maker in the contest. Through seven games, Mejia has only received two starts and is batting .333... Read More

3 weeks ago

Manny Machado Belts First Homer As Padre

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado smacked his first home run of the year on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Machado provided insurance for the Friars with a two-run job in the seventh inning to secure the victory. He finished the day 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and two RBI. After a quiet... Read More

3 weeks ago


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