2014 Recaps: Is Josh Harrison the Future at Third Base For the Pirates?

For the past few years, the third base recap has been a countdown to nothing. More specifically, it has been a countdown to when Pedro Alvarez would leave the Pittsburgh Pirates, at which point the Pirates had no internal replacements. After the 2014 season, the Pirates are now in a situation where they not only have a replacement at third base for Alvarez, but also could deal Alvarez...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around ...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis could be headed elsewhere this winter

Ike Davis was traded from the Mets to the Pirates in April, but he could soon be on the move again. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the story: It won’t be as high-profile as last winter, but former Met Ike Davis could be once again looking for another team this offseason. Davis batted .235 with 10 homers for the Pirates this year, and there is a strong chance that...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014-15 Off-Season Contract Situations

The MLB off-season is full of potential moves, whether those moves are free agency, option years, arbitration eligible players, or non-tender candidates. Earlier this week I looked at 14 of the biggest questions for the Pirates this off-season, which detailed a lot of the potential transactions. Below is a list of players who are eligible for off-season transactions, along with...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez will not need surgery on foot

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost last Wednesday in the National League Wild Card game to the San Francisco Giants by the score of 8-0. The loss ended he season for the Pirates, who won 88 games this season. There is good news on the injury front, as third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who struggled with a sprained left foot, will not need surgery.#455200252 / gettyimages.comI reported on September...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t necessarily capitalize on their 2013 success by making big additions to ensure that their return to the postseason wasn’t a one-year fluke. But that’s not the way the Pirates’ front office has done business, and it’s very unlikely to change. Besides, Pittsburgh has promising young talent that either gained more major league experience this...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL

During the first two months of the season, if I would have told you that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have finished the 2014 season with one of the best shortstop/third base combos in the NL, you would have said I was crazy. Pedro Alvarez couldn’t complete a throw to first base to save his life. Jordy Mercer was struggling offensively, finishing the month of May with a .508 OPS...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez to be reassessed Tuesday

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 88-72 on the season following a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Gaby Sanchez hit his seventh home run of the season, while Pirates pitchers scattered 11 hits and struck out seven. With the post season around the corner, there is concern on the injury front. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez will be re-evaluated next week to see when he...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the Red Sox future at shortstop and 3rd base

Peter Aiken/USA Today SportsConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterThe Red Sox have some decisions to make regarding the left side of the infield. 3rd base in particular has been a problem, at least on the offensive side of the ball. Since the start of last season, the Red Sox have gotten a slash of .247/.303/.366 according to Over the Monster. It seems like WIll Middlebrooks...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez could still play in NLDS

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday by the score of 1-0 behind shutout pitching of Vance Worley and Tony Watson. The win improved the Pirates to 84-71 on the season, second in the National League Central. With seven games remaining in the season, the Pirates are in excellent position for a wild card spot. There is some potential good news on the injury...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?

It’s safe to say that Pedro Alvarez’s stock in Pittsburgh is down, at least among Pirates fans. That may even be true for the organization as well. Alvarez has struggled this year at third base, leading to a move across the diamond to first. He has also seen a drop in his power numbers, which led to Josh Harrison and Ike Davis getting playing time over him. Despite the struggles...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez diagnosed with stress reaction in foot

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal of his left foot. The recovery time for the injury is four to six weeks, making Alvarez’s return to the field during the regular season unlikely. “With these types of injuries, they don’t show up until they start to heal,” manager Clint Hurdle...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez likely done for season

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 76-69 on the season following a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. The Pirates are three and a half games out in the division and tied at the top of the wild card race. It appears they will have to make their playoff push without Pedro Alvarez, who is likely done for the season with a left foot injury. #455200252 / gettyimages...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Has Pedro Alvarez Played His Last Game With the Pirates?

Today it was announced that Pedro Alvarez would be out 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. That pretty much ends his season, and unless the Pirates make it deep in the post-season, it means he’s probably done for the year. Then there’s the other situation involving Alvarez, where he is now finished with one of the worst years of his career, which featured a drop in power, and some...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez Out 4-6 Weeks With Foot Injury

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Pedro Alvarez will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress reaction of the fourth metatarsal on his left foot. The recovery time for that particular injury guarantees that he will be out for the rest of the regular season and the team would need to advance well into the playoffs for him to be an option. Effectively, the injury ends his season...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez suffers setback

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who has been dealing with a sprained left foot since diving for a ball on August 26, is not progressing as hoped, and, in fact, is feeling more pain after a pinch hit at-bat on Friday, reports Rob Biertempfel of Clint Hurdle described the injury as a sprain between two of Alvarez's toes. The Pirates are not...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Pedro Alvarez suffers setback

photo credit: WTAEPedro Alvarez recently suffered a setback with his left foot injury, which has kept him out the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup for 10 days. It was reported earlier on Sunday that the third baseman would not travel with the team to Philadelphia, but he would return to Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Later, it was decided he would make the trip with his teammates...
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez, Travis Snider

Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to pull out a victory against the Cincinnati Reds while not playing at full strength.  Both Pedro Alvarez and Travis Snider were unable to be in the lineup due to their respective injuries.It sounds like both Travis Snider (hamstring) and Pedro Alvarez (foot) will not be available tonight for #Pirates— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) August...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez exits with foot sprain

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 68-64 on the season following a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night. With the win the Pirates are five games out in the division and a game and a half back in the wild card race. There is a bit of concern moving forward, as Pedro Alvarez left the game with a foot sprain after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.  #454157306 / gettyimages...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates top Cardinals, 5-2, on Davis' homer; Alvarez, McCutchen hurt

Ike Davis understands why he has lost playing time to Pedro Alvarez. “Petey hit something like five home runs in two days,” Davis said with a smile. “He deserves to play. You can't really argue with that.” In a tense eighth inning Tuesday, Davis made a case that maybe he has earned another look. He smacked a pinch-hit, three-run, homer that lifted the Pirates to a 5...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 131: Cardinals 3 Pirates 2

I don’t know what to say about this game that hasn’t been said about one of the other million close losses the Pirates have to key divisional opponents this year: the Pirates hit John Lackey hard for most of his start tonight, but only ended up with Pedro Alvarez’s solo home run to show for it. Francisco Liriano looked great until he suddenly didn’t, then the bullpen came...
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Alvarez sparks another victory for Pirates over Brewers

It had been 42 days since Pedro Alvarez last homered for the Pirates when he launched a 1-0 fastball over the left-field wall Saturday night at Miller Park in the fourth inning to turn the game on a dime. His next took less than 20 minutes. Alvarez hit two opposite-field home runs off Wily Peralta in consecutive innings. Russell Martin hit a three-run shot, and Neil Walker had...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 129: Pirates 10 Brewers 2

When idiot bloggers say things like it’s “insane and inexcusable” to play Pedro Alvarez at first base in the pennant race, it sort of circumvents an entire discussion about Pedro Alvarez and Ike Davis. Ike Davis isn’t really hitting like an ideal first baseman, he’s consistently on base and Pedro Alvarez isn’t consistently anything. Alvarez, though, has more raw power...
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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