If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year about Pedro Alvarez, it’s that he doesn’t just have one good game. He’s been a very streaky player, and in most cases when he has a big game, it is usually the start of a nice hot streak.
We saw this in mid-April. Alvarez snapped out of a 1-for-24 start to the season by going 1-for-3 with a homer on April 18th. From then until May 4th, he hit for a .367 average and a 1.224 OPS in 49 at-bats, with six homers.
Alvarez had a few good games after that, but didn’t see another streak until June 16th. After seeing his average drop to .189 and his OPS drop to .627, the third baseman went 2-for-4 with two homers. It was the start of a hot streak that lasted over a month, seeing Alvarez hit for a .308 average with a 1.115 OPS in 104 at-bats, along with 13 homers.
He started to cool again in late July, and carried that cold streak in to August. In the first 15 games in August, Alvarez hit for a .200/.289/.200 line in 40 at-bats. Then on August 16th ...