Pedro Alvarez has been a very streaky hitter. The Pittsburgh Pirates hope his latest outburst can continue for a while.
He'll look to stay hot Tuesday night as Pittsburgh opens a three-game home series against the Minnesota Twins.
Alvarez is coming off a big weekend, homering twice in back-to-back wins over Cleveland. After driving in three runs Saturday, Alvarez had a career-high six RBIs in a 9-5 victory Sunday with three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings.
The third baseman went 5 for 8 in those two games after his average had dipped to .189 following a hitless series opener.
"He's worked hard to get to a better place," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He had a very good day at the plate."
However, it's not the first time Alvarez has seemed poised to turn things around. After opening the season in a 2-for-30 slump, he batted .395 with five homers and 13 RBIs over the next 12 games. He would hit .106 without a homer in his next 15.
Alvarez also had consecutive two-homer g...