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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 805 articles so far, you can find them below.


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


Padres Check In On Matt Boyd

The San Diego Padres have shown interest in Detroit Tigers starter Matt Boyd, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. No surprise here since seemingly half the league remains in playoff contention and views Boyd as an asset they can capitalize on immediately and in future years. The 28-year-old Boyd is amidst a breakout season with a... Read More

2 months ago

Hunter Renfroe Ends First Half With Two Bangs

San Diego Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe collected four hits including two homers in 16 at-bats over the weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 27-year-old slugger continued his breakout season by smashing dingers in consecutive days Friday and Saturday. He had a mere two singles on Sunday. Renfroe has now surpassed his career high with... Read More

2 months ago

Manuel Margot Knocks Two Homers Over Weekend

San Diego Padres outfielder Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday’s victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Margot’s dinger was his second in consecutive days and he’s up to five on the season. With inconsistent playing time and a disappointing .242/.297/.371 slash, Margot has completely fallen off the radar. However, with... Read More

2 months ago

Kirby Yates Records Three Saves Against Blue Crew

San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates collected three saves in the four-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yates allowed only one baserunner in his 3 2/3 total innings and extended his major league leading saves count to 30. Yates will carry a sparkling 1.15 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and ridiculous 41 percent strikeout rate... Read More

2 months ago

Joey Lucchesi Shuts Down Dodgers

San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi locked down his seventh victory after 6 1/3 strong innings Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lucchesi yielded three earned runs via six hits while walking none and fanning four. Lucchesi’s performance secured the Friars first four-game series win at Dodger Stadium since 2004. After a bumpy April, Lucchesi... Read More

2 months ago


Fernando Tatis Jr. Smashes Two Homers

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. popped a pair of homers in Sunday’s victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tatis went yard to lead off the game and followed up with a three-run blast in the fifth inning. The 20-year-old superstar now has 14 homers, 13 steals and 79 runs-plus-RBI while slashing a marvelous... Read More

2 months ago

Trent Taylor Expects To Learn From Wes Welker

After a disappointing 2018 campaign, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor hopes the arrival of new wideout coach Wes Welker can round him back into form. Taylor showed promise in his 2017 rookie season but a lingering back injury held him to just 215 receiving yards last year. Taylor, who emulated Welker as a... Read More

2 months ago

Dante Pettis Holds Breakout Potential

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis enters 2019 with considerable hype after a strong finish to last season. Although he missed a handful of games, Pettis tallied 27 grabs, 467 yards and five touchdowns in limited action. He did most of his damage between Weeks 12-15, nabbing 17 passes for 338 yards and four... Read More

2 months ago

Matt Breida Facing Uphill Battle For Snaps

According to a Sports Illustrated insider, San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida could be the odd man out in 2019’s backfield timeshare. With the signing of Tevin Coleman and the return of Jerick McKinnon (knee), Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan could have the similar one-two punch he enjoyed as the Atlanta Falcon’s offensive coordinator... Read More

2 months ago

Jerick McKinnon Should Be Cleared By Training Camp

The San Francisco 49ers expect running back Jerick McKinnon (knee) to be medically cleared by training camp. The 27-year-old McKinnon, who signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the Niners before the 2018 season, missed the entire campaign with a torn ACL. Despite the team’s depth at running back, McKinnon is expected to share the... Read More

2 months ago


Franchy Cordero Out Until September

San Diego Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero (quad) will likely be out until September, per manager Andy Green. Cordero, who is on the 60-day IL and has just 20 plate appearances this season, is experiencing tendon issues alongside his quad injury. This is another serious blow for the exciting 24-year-old who is probably staring at another... Read More

2 months ago

Dinelson Lamet Fans Seven In 2019 Debut

San Diego Padres starter Dinelson Lamet allowed three earned runs in five innings in Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Making his first start since 2017 after recovering from Tommy John Surgery, Lamet fired 80 pitches and fanned seven. He yielded three hits and two walks. The 26-year-old fireballer nearly touched 99 MPH and... Read More

2 months ago

Fernando Tatis Jr. Scores On Another Pop Out

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. tripled, stole a bag and walked in four plate appearances Monday against the San Francisco Giants. For the second time in a week, Tatis scored from third on a shallow pop out to provide some excitement in the blowout loss. Through 49 games, the 20-year-old is slashing a... Read More

3 months ago

Logan Allen Shellacked By Giants

San Diego Padres starter Logan Allen suffered his first career loss Monday, surrendering six earned runs in four innings against the San Francisco Giants. Allen fared well in his first two starts but faltered against the Giants, allowing seven hits and two walks while fanning three. He was surely a popular DFS pick due to... Read More

3 months ago

Jimmy Garoppolo Gearing Up For Training Camp

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) will spend time before training camp with renowned throwing coach Tom House. Garoppolo, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury after three games in 2018 will work on improving his timing and rhythm. He’ll also be joined at House’s training facility by some 49ers receivers. Before the injury, Garoppolo... Read More

3 months ago


Kirby Yates Is An All-Star

San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates will be the team’s representative at the 2019 All-Star Game. To no one’s surprise, Yates earns his first All-Star appearance with a stellar first half and league-leading 27 saves. After tossing a scoreless inning on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Yates sits with a 1.27 ERA, 0.85 WHIP... Read More

3 months ago

Manny Machado Can't Be Stopped

San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado smacked three home runs over the weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Machado’s 13-game hitting streak ended on Friday but he followed up with a pair of homers on Saturday and went yard again Sunday. The 26-year-old has surged in June, slashing .320/.376/.690 with 11 long balls... Read More

3 months ago

Matt Strahm Rebounds With Nine Strikeouts

San Diego Padres starter Matt Strahm struck out nine batters in six frames to collect his third victory Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. Strahm yielded four earned runs, but the outing was much needed after he had posted a 12.08 ERA over his last three starts. The recent swoon has his ERA sitting at an... Read More

3 months ago

Eric Hosmer Reaches 100 Runs-Plus-RBI

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer homered and collected four RBI in Wednesday’s win against the Baltimore Orioles. Hosmer added two singles to his 12th long ball of the season and continues his steady campaign, slashing .287/.342/.450 with 100 runs-plus-RBI. Although he isn’t a prototypical first baseman, the 29-year-old veteran is on pace to... Read More

3 months ago

Franmil Reyes Sends Two Baseballs Into Orbit

San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes blasted a pair of homers in Wednesday’s victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Reyes launched a tape-measure 452-foot solo shot in the third inning and followed up with a two-run job in the fifth to cap a 2-for-5 afternoon. The big day was his fourth multi-homer game, giving him 22... Read More

3 months ago


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