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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 814 articles so far, you can find them below.


Joey Lucchesi Impresses At Coors Field

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi posted a quality start Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, allowing two earned runs over six frames. Lucchesi was in-line for the victory but was victimized by the Padres bullpen. He yielded five hits and a walk while fanning six. The outing nudges his ERA down to 3.74 and WHIP... Read More

1 year ago

Kirby Yates Blows First Save

San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates blew his first save Thursday against the Colorado Rockies. With two outs in the ninth, Yates surrendered a two-run homer to Ian Desmond to end the game in walk-off fashion. Since taking over closer duties in mid-July, he had converted all three of his previous save opportunities. Yates has... Read More

1 year ago

Brett Kennedy Flounders In Debut

San Diego Padres starter Brett Kennedy struggled in his major league debut, serving up 11 hits and six earned runs Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Kennedy endured a nightmare start to his career with a six-run first inning, including surrendering back-to-back-to-back homers. Encouragingly, he settled down to complete four total innings without conceding any more... Read More

1 year ago

Manuel Margot Knocks In Five

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot went 3-for-5 with a homer, triple and five RBI in Tuesday’s victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Margot finished a double short of the cycle and the monster game raises his slash to .258/.312/.393. Although he’s struggled most the year, Margot has hit safely in 15 of his last 17... Read More

1 year ago

Statcast Pitcher Risers/Fallers - Post-Break Contact Quality (Week 19)

Welcome back to Rotoballer’s series using Statcast to extrapolate, dig into, and commiserate over data to examine pitching performances. The weekly series will be dynamic as we fine-tune our findings and enlighten ourselves on the information and tools at our disposal. It’s August and we’re firmly in the dog days of baseball season. After a... Read More

1 year ago


Hunter Renfroe Cracks Homer Against Cubs

San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe blasted his ninth homer Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. Renfroe put the game on ice with a two-run ninth-inning bomb off Cubs left-handed reliever Randy Rosario. He finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and is riding a modest four-game hitting streak. Renfroe has seen the field sporadically this... Read More

1 year ago

Joey Lucchesi Fans Nine At Wrigley

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi gave up three runs (two earned) while striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. The southpaw surrendered seven hits and walked none in the no-decision. Despite the decent showing, Lucchesi’s endurance was again an issue with Sunday marking his 13th consecutive start without completing... Read More

1 year ago

Jordan Lyles Claimed By Brewers

Right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles was claimed off waivers on Sunday by the Milwaukee Brewers from the San Diego Padres. Lyles was serviceable for the Friars with a 4.29 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 in 24 appearances including eight starts. With former Padres starter Tyson Ross also claimed by the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego’s... Read More

1 year ago

Austin Hedges Powers Padres Past Cubs

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges launched a three-run homer to carry his team to victory Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. Hedges finished the evening 3-for-4 with a walk. The blast was his seventh of the season and third in his last six games. Hedges is batting .360 in his last 25 at-bats (nine hits)... Read More

1 year ago

Wil Myers Exits Thursday's Game

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers left Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the sixth inning with an injured foot. He hurt himself during his third at-bat and was replaced by outfielder Travis Jankowski on defense in the next half-inning. Myers has missed over two months of game action this season due to elbow... Read More

1 year ago


Eric Hosmer Possibly Turning A Corner

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer extended his hitting streak to eight games on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Since his average troughed at .245 on July 22, Hosmer's batted .345 (10-for-29) during his streak. The Padres were awful in July and Hosmer has likely contributed to the team's woes, with just... Read More

1 year ago

Statcast Pitcher Risers/Fallers - Middle-Inning xBA (Week 18)

Welcome back to Rotoballer's series using Statcast to extrapolate, dig into, and commiserate over data to examine pitching performances. The weekly series will be dynamic as we fine-tune our findings and enlighten ourselves on the information and tools at our disposal. Throughout the season, a common theme in our discussions has been pitcher efficiency. Whether... Read More

1 year ago

Anthony Swarzak Locks Down Mets Victory

New York Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak nailed down his third save Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Swarzak recorded a perfect ninth inning, retiring two via strikeout. The save is his second in the past week. The Mets bullpen situation has been fluid but Swarzak looks to be the preferred ninth-inning man. Although he holds a... Read More

1 year ago

Lourdes Gurriel's X-Rays Come Back Negative

Toronto Blue Jays middle infielder Lourdes Gurriel (leg) was diagnosed with a left knee contusion and left ankle sprain after injuring himself in a slide Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. The good news is X-ray's came back negative for Gurriel but he'll also undergo an MRI on Monday. Gurriel has been on fire lately,... Read More

1 year ago

Joey Lucchesi Scuffles Sunday

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi was ineffective in 4 1/3 innings Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, serving up three homers and five earned runs. The southpaw surrendered six hits and three walks while striking out three. Although Lucchesi has generally impressed in his rookie season, durability has been an issue and Sunday was no... Read More

1 year ago


Wil Myers Drives In Two Runs Sunday

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers knocked in two runs in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Myers finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with six extra-base hits since the All-Star break. Myers 2018 campaign didn't really get started until late June after dealing with various injuries but his... Read More

1 year ago

Franmil Reyes Optioned, Jordan Lyles Activated

The San Diego Padres optioned outfielder Franmil Reyes to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday and activated starter/reliever Jordan Lyles (forearm) from the disabled list. Reyes has played sparingly since his recall on July 11, making only 15 plate appearances. The right-handed power hitter should get regular at-bats back with the minor league club. Lyles has... Read More

1 year ago

Manuel Margot Riding Eight-Game Hitting Streak

The San Diego Padres have struggled lately, but outfielder Manuel Margot is riding an eight-game hitting streak. Margot went deep for his fourth homer en route to a 2-for-4 night Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Margot has 12 hits in 28 at-bats (.429 batting average) during his streak with four extra-base hits, lifting his slash... Read More

1 year ago

Luis Perdomo To DL With Shoulder Strain

San Diego Padres starter Luis Perdomo was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a shoulder strain. Perdomo was rocked for six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since his recall from Triple-A El Paso on July 4, Perdomo was 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in... Read More

1 year ago

Statcast Pitcher Risers/Fallers - RP Trade Candidates (Week 17)

Welcome back to Rotoballer's series using Statcast to extrapolate, dig into, and commiserate over data to examine pitching performances. The weekly series will be dynamic as we fine-tune our findings and enlighten ourselves on the information and tools at our disposal. We've rolled over the All-Star break and the trade deadline is fast approaching. With... Read More

1 year ago


Tyson Ross Cruises To Easy Victory

San Diego Padres starter Tyson Ross collected his sixth win in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ross was spotted a three-run lead in the first inning and never looked back, going five frames allowing two earned runs. He punched out five while surrendering five hits and three walks. The victory... Read More

1 year ago

Clayton Richard Blows Early Lead

Spotted an early lead, San Diego Padres starter Clayton Richard imploded for seven earned runs in three innings Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Padres hung four in the top of the first inning but Richard couldn't hold the advantage, getting pulled after just 60 pitches. He gave up four hits and walked four, striking... Read More

1 year ago

Kirby Yates Getting the Ninth-Inning Nod

San Diego Padres reliever Kirby Yates should inherit the closing role with the departure of reliever Brad Hand, who was traded to the Cleveland Indians on July 19. Yates should immediately slide into the driver’s seat for saves in the second half. The 31-year-old is enjoying the best season of his career and had done... Read More

1 year ago

Statcast Pitcher Risers/Fallers - Statcast Scoreboard (Week 16)

Welcome back to Rotoballer's series using Statcast to extrapolate, dig into, and commiserate over data to examine pitching performances. The weekly series will be dynamic as we fine-tune our findings and enlighten ourselves on the information and tools at our disposal. It's All-Star Week so rather than approaching the column in typical fashion, we'll use... Read More

1 year ago

Franmil Reyes Starting In Right Field Saturday

San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes will get a start in right field Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Reyes has played sparingly since his recall on July 11 but he'll bat fifth against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. The big Friars rookie has crushed six homers in 101 big league plate appearances but possesses a nosebleed-level... Read More

1 year ago


Austin Hedges Smashes Three-Run Bomb

San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges crushed a three-run homer en route to a 2-for-3 night Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hedges put the Padres on the board in the fifth inning with his fourth blast of the season and is now 10-for-35 (.286) with two dingers since his return from the disabled list... Read More

1 year ago

Eric Lauer Mows Down Dodgers

San Diego Padres starter Eric Lauer was marvelous in Tuesday's victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers, spinning 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball. An out away from a complete game shutout, Lauer surrendered a solo shot to Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy and was pulled after 115 pitches. The 23-year-old rookie was outstanding, serving up... Read More

1 year ago

Statcast Pitcher Risers/Fallers - wOBA - xwOBA Splits (Week 15)

Welcome back to Rotoballer's series using Statcast to extrapolate, dig into, and commiserate over data to examine pitching performances. The weekly series will be dynamic as we fine-tune our findings and enlighten ourselves on the information and tools at our disposal. We're rolling over another month of baseball which means it's time for split talk... Read More

1 year ago

Wil Myers Enjoys Torrid Weekend

San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers hit a game-winning home run in Sunday's 16-inning marathon against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Myers was 1-for-6 on the day but also drew two walks and swiped two bags. Despite sitting Friday's game, Myers wraps up the four-game weekend series 6-for-14 (.429) with five extra-base hits and seven RBI. Along... Read More

1 year ago

Eric Hosmer Trapped In Tailspin

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer continued his wretched slump Friday, going 0-for-4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hosmer is now hitless in his last four games and is without an extra-base knock since June 20. Hosmer's average has sunk all the way to .261 after peaking at .293 on June 4. The Padres prized... Read More

1 year ago


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