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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 795 articles so far, you can find them below.


Luis Urias Off To Sluggish Start Since Recall

Since being recalled on July 20, San Diego Padres second baseman Luis Urias is 1-for-16 and batting .075 overall in 2019. However, he has drawn four walks and scored four runs since returning. The Padres No. 2 prospect was absolutely raking in Triple-A, posting a .998 OPS, but has yet to acclimate to the big... Read More

2 months ago

Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel Sign Four-Year Deals

The San Francisco Giants signed defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Thursday. With four-year deals, the Niners first two picks of 2019 will have a full training camp to prep for the season. Bosa, the second overall pick out of Ohio State was a beast with 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles... Read More

2 months ago

Eric Lauer Can't Survive Three Frames

San Diego Padres starter Eric Lauer was awful on Thursday, lasting just 2 1/3 innings against the New York Mets. It was death by a thousand cuts for Lauer who yielded six hits and three walks that led to four earned runs. Lauer has been volatile this season, with both spectacular starts and forgettable clunkers.... Read More

2 months ago

C.J. Beathard And Kendrick Bourne On Bubble

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch believes quarterback C.J. Beathard and wide receiver Kendrick Bourne are at risk of not making the team in 2019. Beathard has appeared in 13 games in his two-year career and was next man up last year after Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) went down. However, after posting a disappointing 8:7 touchdown-to-interception... Read More

2 months ago

Matt Strahm Rediscovering Groove From Bullpen

San Diego Padres reliever Matt Strahm picked up his fourth win Wednesday against the New York Mets. Spelling starter Dinelson Lamet, Strahm completed two perfect frames, fanning four. Since returning to the bullpen, Strahm has flourished with a 1.59 ERA and eight strikeouts across 5 2/3 innings. While he might make a handful of spot... Read More

2 months ago


Dinelson Lamet's Value Capped By Managed Workload

San Diego Padres starter Dinelson Lamet allowed two earned runs but lasted just four innings Wednesday against the New York Mets. Lamet was pulled after 80 pitches, missing out on his first victory despite striking out six. He relinquished four hits and a walk. Through four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, Lamet has... Read More

2 months ago

Michel Baez Tosses Scoreless Inning In Debut

San Diego Padres reliever Michel Baez recorded a scoreless inning in his major league debut Tuesday. Baez limited the New York Mets to a single in his middle-relief appearance to kick off his career. The Padres No. 5 prospect and No. 70 in baseball was recently promoted from Double-A where he registered a 2.00 ERA... Read More

2 months ago

Chris Paddack Inefficient In Queens

San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack was ineffective on Tuesday, allowing three earned runs in a loss against the New York Mets. The fiery rookie needed 88 pitches to survive five innings, yielding five hits and two walks. He struck out four and served up two critical long balls to veteran second baseman Robinson Cano.... Read More

2 months ago

Tevin Coleman In Driver's Seat

The Athletic’s Matt Barrows expects San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman to head the charge in 2019. Having formerly worked with head coach Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, Coleman’s incumbent role shouldn’t be a surprise after his signing this offseason. The dual-threat Coleman tallied 1,076 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns in 199 touches last season... Read More

2 months ago

Francisco Mejia Supplanting Austin Hedges

Since returning to the majors on June 18, San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia has raised his average from .167 to .218 and hammered four homers. Mejia finished Sunday’s contest 2-for-3 with a walk, including a game-deciding solo shot against the Chicago Cubs. While early-season struggles and injury prevented his ascent, Mejia is gradually supplanting... Read More

2 months ago


Trey Wingenter Demoted To Triple-A

The San Diego Padres optioned reliever Trey Wingenter to Triple-A on Sunday. Along with outfielder Josh Naylor, Wingenter was demoted to make room for top pitching prospects Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon. With a 12.6 K/9, the 25-year-old Wingenter offered tantalizing strikeout potential but lacked consistent control and was hit hard often. He’ll look to... Read More

2 months ago

Points Leagues Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 17

Welcome to the RotoBaller waiver wire column that skews towards points league. Yes, there is positive correlation to standard 5x5 scoring but in our format, specific categories matter less and the accumulation of total stats is the ultimate objective. We’ve hurdled the Midsummer Classic and turning towards home for fantasy baseball season. While some league... Read More

2 months ago

Adrian Morejon Making Debut Sunday At Wrigley

San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Adrian Morejon will start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. Initial reports indicated baseball’s No. 49 prospect would work out of the bullpen, but instead he’ll make his big league debut in a start at Wrigley Field. The 20-year-old was posting a 4.25 ERA and 11.0 K/9 in 16 Double-A starts... Read More

2 months ago

Padres Calling Up Prospect Adrian Morejon

The San Diego Padres will call up left-handed pitcher Adrian Morejon on Saturday, per The Athletic’s Dennis Lin. Morejon, the team’s No. 4 prospect and No. 49 in baseball, is expected to work out of the bullpen. Morejon has 16 starts under his belt in Double-A with a 4.25 ERA and 11.0 K/9 but will... Read More

2 months ago

Luis Urias Rejoining Padres Saturday

San Diego Padres prospect infielder Luis Urias will be called up Saturday, per The Athletic’s Dennis Lin. For Friars fans, this is a long time coming. Urias, the team’s No. 2 prospect and No. 20 overall has been hammering Triple-A pitching to the tune of a .998 OPS and 19 homers. He’ll likely supplant Ian Kinsler... Read More

2 months ago


Garrett Richards Targeting Late-August Return

San Diego Padres starter Garrett Richards (elbow) made his first rehab start on Wednesday and could return by late-August. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Richards put three pitches on display over two frames with a fastball riding between 93-95 MPH. The intent will be for Richards to have a 30-day rehab stint before determining if... Read More

2 months ago

Manuel Margot Back On Fantasy Map

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot came a home run short of the cycle in Thursday’s loss to the Miami Marlins. Margot finished the day 3-for-3 with a walk, lifting his slash to .251/.322/.403. While the overall numbers aren’t impressive, Margot has posted a 1.095 OPS in July with three homers, two steals and a... Read More

2 months ago

Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel Remain Unsigned

Approaching training camp, the San Francisco 49ers first two picks of 2019 remain unsigned. Defensive end Nick Bosa, the second overall pick, and wide receiver Deebo Samuel represent two of the eight total 2019 NFL draftees that have not reached a deal. Bosa, who many experts expect to make an immediate impact, could lift the... Read More

2 months ago

Chris Paddack Toes Rubber Against Former Club

San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack will attempt to stop the team’s four-game losing streak when he takes on the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Paddack, an eighth-round pick by the Marlins in 2015 and dealt in 2016, will have some extra motivation as he faces his former organization. The 23-year-old has been mostly spectacular in... Read More

2 months ago

Logan Allen Impaled By Marlins

San Diego Padres starter Logan Allen was battered for seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Miami Marlins. Allen lacked any semblance of control in the contest, surrendering seven hits and three walks while fanning none. Against a weak Marlins club, Allen surely disappointed a handful of streaming fantasy owners. The... Read More

2 months ago


Franmil Reyes Out Of Tuesday Lineup

San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes is out of Tuesday’s lineup against the Miami Marlins. Reyes was a rumored scratch but MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell indicated the confusion was due to lineup miscommunication. As customary during this time, trade speculation ran wild on social media, but his absence appears to be a routine day off. Reyes... Read More

2 months ago

Robbie Gould Re-Signs With Niners

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to a two-year deal with kicker Robbie Gould on Monday. The sides avoided a potential franchise tag controversy by guaranteeing Gould $10.5 million over two years with a team option for two additional seasons. There were rumors that Gould was unhappy in the Bay and preferred returning to his hometown... Read More

2 months ago

Andres Munoz Emerges As Fantasy Relief Option

Making his major league debut over the weekend, San Diego Padres reliever Andres Munoz recorded three strikeouts across 1 1/3 innings over two scoreless appearances. Signed out of Mexico in 2015, the 20-year-old Munoz has zipped through the minors, posting an absurd 14.6 K/9 across Double-A and Triple-A this season before the call-up. Munoz is... Read More

2 months ago

Cal Quantrill Has Best Start Of Season

San Diego Padres starter Cal Quantrill made the best start of his young career, firing six scoreless innings Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. The rookie yielded three hits and a walk, striking out three and settling for a no-decision as he battled pitch-for-pitch with impressive Braves starter Mike Soroka. Shuttling between spot starts and the... Read More

2 months ago

Manny Machado Stings Three Homers Over Weekend

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado crushed three more homers over the weekend against the Atlanta Braves. Machado went yard on Friday and stung two more dingers Saturday, finishing the series 5-for-14 with four runs and three RBI. After a slow start, Machado has been on a nearly three-month tear and sits at a... Read More

2 months ago


Fernando Tatis Jr. Records First Career Four-Hit Effort

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 4-for-5 in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves. Coming out of the break, the 20-year-old picked up where he left off, collecting seven singles and a steal over the three-game series. He’s now slashing .339/.406/.615 on the year with 14 homers, 14 steals and 80 runs-plus-RBI in... Read More

2 months ago

Points Leagues Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 16

Welcome to the RotoBaller waiver wire column that skews towards points league. Yes, there is positive correlation to standard 5x5 scoring but in our format, specific categories matter less and the accumulation of total stats is the ultimate objective. We’ve hurdled the Midsummer Classic and turning towards home for fantasy baseball season. While some league... Read More

2 months ago

Kaden Smith Could Make Noise As Slot Option

Drafted in the sixth round, San Francisco tight end Kaden Smith could have a path to reps even with star George Kittle holding court at the position. Pro Football Focus cited Smith lined up at the slot 157 times in college last season and averaged 2.06 yards per route (15th-most). With fellow rookie wide receiver... Read More

2 months ago

Jalen Hurd Offers Potential Positional Versatility

At 6’5’’ and 226 pounds, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd could be a versatile asset entering 2019. A former running back with the size to play tight end, Hurd has proven he can learn a new position and could be a matchup nightmare for defenses. His biggest hurdle will be learning head coach... Read More

2 months ago

Dinelson Lamet Makes Home Debut Friday

San Diego Padres starter Dinelson Lamet will make his 2019 home debut Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Lamet, who returned on July 4 from Tommy John surgery will face another stiff test. The Braves lead the NL in runs (491) and are second in wOBA (.336). Lamet nearly touched 99 MPH in his first start... Read More

2 months ago


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