Pedro Alvarez is playing horrible this Spring. I don't think anyone can deny this. He's also coming off a down year last year.
Matt Hague had a good year in Triple-A last year, which was mostly carried by a strong six week stretch in June and early July -- the only part of the season where he was better than an .750-800 OPS guy. He's now having good numbers in another six week stretch: Spring Training.
Pirates fans want to send Pedro Alvarez down to Triple-A because of his Spring numbers. The justification for this is that they can start Casey McGehee at third base, and either platoon Hague and Garrett Jones at first base, or give Hague the starting job, depending on how they look at Jones.
Let's break down the logic of all of this, step by step.
Sending Pedro Alvarez Down
It makes sense to send Pedro down. Look at his numbers from last year. He hit for a .223 average. He only got on base at a .280 rate. He had an OPS of .626. Those aren't...
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