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Part three in the intermittently-timed season preview-type posts as the 2012 season approaches.I've started and abandoned at least three different Pedro Alvarez posts this winter. The problem with all of them was that every single time I get the basic Pedro Alvarez facts laid out, I have no idea where to go with them next. Here are the things about Alvarez that I am sure of on March 27, 2012:
When the Pirates called Pedro Alvarez up in 2010, there sure didn't seem like there was any reason to keep him in the minors any longer.
The number of times Pedro Alvarez struck out after his call-up in 2010 was concerning to me, but in general his rookie performance wasn't all that far out of line from what I had expected from him.
Alvarez was abjectly terrible last year, and he was terrible in a way that genuinely worried me.
Alvarez is absolutely too young to be considered a bust based on what we've seen from his Pirate career.
Spring training stats are useless.
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#Pirates GM confirms: If healthy, there is NO chance 3B Pedro Alvarez starts season at Triple-A. Yes, even if he’s struggling @ plate.
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 25, 2012
This topic has been heavily debated now for weeks. However, Huntington stated that there have been no internal discussions about Pedro Alvarez not starting the season in Pittsburgh.
I am not...
Yesterday Neal Huntington essentially announced that Pedro Alvarez will be starting the season with the Pirates if he’s healthy. As you might expect, that has generated a good bit of controversy. We all know how awful Alvarez was last season, and he hasn’t done anything this spring to make me think he’ll be any better this year.
I’m still not really sure how I feel about...
Pedro Alvarez will remain the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting third baseman, despite a deep batting slump that began last season and has carried over into spring training.
In Grapefruit League play, Alvarez is hitting .133 and has struck out in 13 of 30 at-bats.
However, two of his four hits were home runs, and general manager Neal Huntington cast aside the notion that Alvarez...
Part four of my meandering season preview, in which we close out The Four Horseman of The Original Cavalry.Andrew McCutchen is a very good young baseball player. In his three years with the Pirates, he's been impressively consistent at the plate, with wOBAs of .368, .363, and .360 and wRC+s of 125, 125, and 129. With the Pirates' new coaching staff and the outfield shift...
The Phils defeat the Pirates in the bottom of the ninth with a two out, walk-off home run, winning 5-4.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead two batters later as...
Pirates (8-14) at Phillies (10-13)
1:05 PM EST–Bright House Field, Clearwater
TV: MLB.TV, MLB Network
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
The Bucs take on the Phillies today. The Phils will be a familiar foe over the next couple weeks. You can watch on the MLB Network.
Chris Resop is starting, as Jeff Karstens will pitch in a minor league game instead. Cliff Lee will go for Philly.
National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere gives Pirates fans something to look forward to in this video. There are some exciting up-and-comers in the organization headlined by Gerrit Cole. Piliere discusses Cole and others in this preview.
Orioles (9-9) at Pirates (8-13)
7:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton
TV: ROOT Sports
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
The Bucs will be trotting out their Opening Day lineup tonight against the Orioles. You can watch on ROOT Sports – the last ROOT broadcast of the spring.
Tommy Hunter will start for Baltimore.
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