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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 739 articles so far, you can find them below.


Deebo Samuel Makes Two Grabs

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel caught two of three targets for 27 yards Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. After two solid preseason games, Samuel had a relatively quiet evening. The second-round rookie has demonstrated electric upside and could be in-line for a meaningful role immediately in the Niners offense. With a stellar... Read More

18 hours ago

Jalen Hurd Still Dealing With Back Tightness

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd (back) did not play Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Hurd also sat out last Monday due to back tightness so two consecutive missed games is not a positive development. The 2019 third-round pick made noise with two touchdowns in the first preseason contest but has dealt with... Read More

18 hours ago

Dante Pettis Gets Five Looks Against Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis grabbed three balls on five targets for 36 yards Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Following two quiet games, Pettis was finally in the mix after he indicated he was playing “explosive and consistent” earlier this week. Despite being pushed by rookies Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd (back),... Read More

19 hours ago

Matt Breida Hits Paydirt Saturday

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida recorded nine touches for 75 yards and a touchdown Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Breida toted the rock seven times for 44 yards and added two catches for 31 yards including a 20-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo in the first quarter. While Breida will share snaps with... Read More

19 hours ago

Jimmy Garoppolo Struts His Stuff Saturday

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 14 of 20 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Garoppolo bounced back in a big way after an ugly game last Monday, finding running back Matt Breida for a 20-yard score in the first quarter. In his second game... Read More

19 hours ago


George Kittle Out For Saturday's Preseason Game

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (calf) will not play Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kittle suffered a calf injury a couple weeks ago but has been practicing and assured his fantasy enthusiasts he’ll be ready for Week 1. Kittle deserves top-3 tight end consideration in all leagues this season. Other notable inactives... Read More

23 hours ago

Manny Machado's Nightmare August Continues

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 0-for-2 before being lifted in Friday’s blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox. Machado is still looking for his first homer in August as he endures a brutal month, slashing .197/.247/.224 with just two extra-base hits. The swoon has his season OPS down to .801. For the... Read More

1 day ago

Chris Paddack Thrashed By Red Sox

San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack was thrashed for six earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings Friday against the Boston Red Sox. Four of the seven hits surrendered went for extra bases and the whiff artist failed to strike out anyone. The flop spikes his season line to a 3.84 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.... Read More

1 day ago

Dante Pettis Rediscovering Explosiveness

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis believes he’s finally playing “explosive and consistent.” Entering training camp as a presumed starter, Pettis has been pushed by rookies Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd who have both turned heads. Meanwhile, Pettis has apparently lacked assertiveness. The 2018 second-round pick emerged at the end of last year, compiling... Read More

2 days ago

CJ Beathard And Nick Mullens Competing To The End

The competition between San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks CJ Beathard and Nick Mullens to earn backup duties will come down to final cuts. The two signal-callers both made starts in 2018 after Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL and present different skillsets to the offense. Beathard is a risk-taker with a longer tenure with the squad... Read More

2 days ago


Nick Bosa And Jason Verrett 50-50 For Week 1

Speaking Thursday, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch indicated defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) and cornerback Jason Verrett (ankle, Achilles) are 50-50 for Week 1. Both players suffered injuries two weeks ago and their absence would impair an already-shaky defensive unit. Bosa, the second overall pick in 2019, could emerge as a quality IDP... Read More

2 days ago

Jordan Matthews' Prospects Brightening

Based on the praise heaped upon San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jordan Matthews recently, his chances of making the team appear bright. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has “a lot of confidence” in Matthews and believes they can “win with [him].” Once an ascending talent with three straight 800-plus yard seasons to start his career, Matthews... Read More

2 days ago

Jimmy Garoppolo Will Play Entire First Half Saturday

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan expects quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to play the entire first half this Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Returning to his first game action since going down with a torn ACL in Week 3 of last season, Garoppolo struggled in 11 snaps last Monday, completing just one of six passes... Read More

3 days ago

Francisco Mejia Emerging As Quality Backstop

San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia cracked a solo homer in four at-bats Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. The long ball was Mejia’s eighth of the season as he continues ascending as the Friars everyday backstop. Since his recall on June 18, the 23-year-old has lifted his OPS from .466 to a now-sturdy .776. After... Read More

3 days ago

Trent Taylor Could Return By Week 1

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot) could be back by Week 1. The oft-hobbled third-year player underwent foot surgery on August 10 with an expected rehab of 4-6 weeks, although head coach Kyle Shanahan believes he won’t miss any regular season action. Limited by injuries, Taylor has tallied just 645 yards across his... Read More

5 days ago


Raheem Mostert Making Case For Playing Time

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert tallied 58 yards and a touchdown on six carries along with two catches for 42 yards in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Mostert was the most effective offensive player on the field and further made his case for a roster spot. As a special teams lifer,... Read More

5 days ago

Jerick McKinnon Not Close To Practicing

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) could return to individual drills this week, per head coach Kyle Shanahan. McKinnon received a platelet-rich plasma injection 17 days ago after dealing with knee soreness as he recovers from a torn ACL. While individual work is encouraging, he will not participate in team drills as the... Read More

5 days ago

Marquise Goodwin Still Viewed As A Starter

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin played in all 11 snaps with the first team Monday against the Denver Broncos. With the offense struggling, Goodwin did not record a stat but with a solid camp thus far, is still viewed as a starter. However, with receiver Dante Pettis hovering and rookies Deebo Samuel and... Read More

5 days ago

Deebo Samuel Keeps Making Plays

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel was not targeted but ripped a 45-yard run in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. After collecting 75 yards last Saturday, the rookie made another splash, nearly scoring on a third quarter reverse. Samuel was taken in the second round this past offseason and continues to port... Read More

5 days ago

Jalen Hurd Dealing With Back Stiffness

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd (back) played just eight snaps in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. This is a letdown after Hurd exploded for two touchdowns on five targets in his first game, but head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Hurd dealt with back stiffness all week and was therefore limited. The... Read More

5 days ago


Dante Pettis Still Running With First Team, For Now

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis went catchless in 11 snaps in Monday’s preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Pettis’ action all came alongside starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but he failed to record a stat as the signal-caller struggled in first game action since Week 3 of last season. Recent reports suggested that rookie... Read More

5 days ago

Jose Castillo Activated, Adrian Morejon To IL

The San Diego Padres activated reliever Jose Castillo (forearm) from the 60-day injured list and placed reliever Adrian Morejon (shoulder) on the 15-day IL. Castillo’s next pitch will be his first in 2019 as he’s battled forearm issues since spring training. The 23-year-old was a stud from the bullpen last season with a 3.29 ERA,... Read More

2 weeks ago

CJ Abrams Tears Up Rookie Ball, Earns Promotion

Since being picked sixth overall in the 2019 draft, San Diego Padres shortstop prospect CJ Abrams has been raking. In 156 rookie ball plate appearances, Abrams registered an absurd .401/.442/.662 slash with three homers and 14 steals. He’s already earned a quick promotion and should finish the season in Low-A. The 18-year-old is a bonafide... Read More

2 weeks ago

Luis Patino Promoted To Double-A

San Diego Padres pitching prospect Luis Patino was promoted to Double-A on Wednesday. The 19-year-old rattled off a 2.69 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 in 87 High-A innings to rightfully earn the promotion. Patino, the team’s No. 4 prospect, has progressed swiftly since beginning his pro career in 2017. Patino will join fellow starter... Read More

2 weeks ago

Nick Bosa To Miss Entire Preseason

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) will miss the entire preseason. Bosa suffered a “significant ankle sprain” in Wednesday’s practice and the Niners will be extremely cautious with their rookie. Bosa earned a second-overall draft prize with an elite skillset but has endured his share of injuries in... Read More

2 weeks ago


Nick Bosa, Jason Verrett Undergoing MRIs

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) and cornerback Jason Verrett (ankle, Achilles) will undergo MRIs after suffering ankle injuries on Wednesday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan expected Bosa, the 2019 second overall pick, to be “alright” but did not have comment on Verrett. Depending on the results, a significant injury for Bosa would negatively... Read More

3 weeks ago

George Kittle Making Plays In Camp

It’s been business as usual for San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle in training camp. Kittle has built a solid rapport with starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo including two touchdown grabs in Wednesday’s practice. The third-year pro emerged as a superstar in 2018 by leading the team in targets (136), catches (88) and yards (1,377)... Read More

3 weeks ago

C.J. Beathard Likely Starter For First Preseason Game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard is listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. With starter Jimmy Garoppolo ruled out for the first preseason game, Beathard will likely get the start as he fights to make the team. The third-year pro has been mediocre in 13 career games with a 74.6 QB... Read More

3 weeks ago

Nick Bosa, Marquise Goodwin Suffer Leg Injuries

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (leg) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (leg) both suffered injuries on Wednesday. The more concerning injury is to the 2019 second-overall pick Bosa who walked off on his own power but did not return. Pending an update, an extended absence for Bosa could spell doom for his IDP... Read More

3 weeks ago

Luis Urias Slowly Figuring Things Out

San Diego Padres second baseman Luis Urias went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. Urias provided an RBI single in the fifth inning then scored when his buddy Fernando Tatis Jr. launched a homer two batters later. Since popping his first big league dinger this year on July 29, Urias... Read More

3 weeks ago


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