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Treading water

Pedro Alvarez’s time as a Pirate is likely drawing to an end, so it’s nice that he gave us an ultimate Pedro Alvarez Game before his departure. In the fifth inning, Alvarez and Jeff Locke botched a pretty simply looking Corey Dickerson ground ball resulting in a “single.” Cristhian Adams tripled in the next at-bat to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. In the sixth, Ben Paulsen...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro’s revenge

You have to take the good with the bad when it comes to Pedro Alvarez. We saw both on Thursday, but this time, the good won out: One of the best moments of the year, in my opinion. Time was running out on the Pirates – they were four outs from a loss that they really couldn’t afford at this point if they have any hope of catching the Cards. Pedro’s typical ugly defense at...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez’s latest hot streak isn’t all that different from his hot streaks of the past

For much of 2015 the answer to the question, “Is Pedro Alvarez’s offense good enough to make up for his defense,” has been obvious: the answer was no. Alvarez is having a historically bad season at first base, if you go by advanced defensive metrics. His UZR this year is -10.1, while the next closest qualified first baseman (Miguel Cabrera) is at -3.6. His UZR/150 is -24.9...
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Finds New Consistency

Pedro Alvarez is on a hot streak. In his last 10 games Pedro is hitting .382 with 4 Home Runs. The recent surge has lifted his OPS from .694 on May 14th to .822. But hot streaks are not unusual for Pedro Alvarez. We have seen him put together hot stretches like this in each of the last three seasons. What has convinced me that Pedro is a much improved hitter is what he accomplished...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez’s Mammoth Home Run Lands In Boat On Allegheny River (Video)

Pedro Alvarez did a little boating Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates slugger has proved in recent years that when he gets a hold of one, he’ll send it a very long way. Well, he got a hold of one Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, and the end result was a water landing of sorts. Alvarez ripped a 471-foot solo home run in the fourth inning that, off the bat, looked like it...
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: what to do with Pedro Alvarez?

After transitioning from third base over to first base this offseason, Pedro Alvarez began the season on a bit of a hot streak. Over the past month and a half however he has declined substantially and it is time for the organization to decide what their plans for the future are regarding Alvarez. While the Pirates have control over Alvarez until 2017, this year might be as good a...
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The Move to First Base Almost Done for Alvarez, Pirates

Through his struggles on defense and league lead in errors, Pedro Alvarez continues to battle something that has haunted him all season long for the Pittsburgh Pirates. No one knows exactly what is wrong with Alvarez, but everyone still holds their breath when he fields a groundball at third base, hoping that the 2013 NL […]
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August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The future of Pedro Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez throwing up the Zoltan sign (Photo Courtesy of USA TODAY) The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with Pedro Alvarez signing him to a 1-year deal worth $4.25 million dollars, a hefty raise over his 2013 $700,000 earnings. After hitting a career-high 36 home runs, Alvarez has rightfully earned his raise. Pittsburgh controls the slugger’s rights through 2016, but...
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: First base rumors

Ike Davis (Photo Courtesy of Andrew Mills/ The Star Ledger) Winter meetings have come and gone, and several names like James Loney are off the market. While the Pittsburgh Pirates still are in need of a first baseman. Garrett Jones has signed with the Miami Marlins after the Pirates designated him for assignment in November. What other options remain? Ike Davis seems to be the...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

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