All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Who Wants to Hit a Left-Hander?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have a problem. The team has four spots on the field which could require a platoon, due to the fact that they have so many players who can't hit left-handers. The obvious player is Garrett Jones, who is established as a platoon player at this point. In his career,...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Should Travis Snider Be Starting Against Left-Handers?

    Should Travis Snider be getting more playing time against left-handers? Photo credit: David Hague It's a question I get often: Why isn't Travis Snider starting against left-handers? Sometimes it's straight up. Sometimes it's wondering if he's really done enough to establish a trend in the majors. Sometimes it's just complaining that Brandon...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

    We heard at the start of the season how the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the toughest early season schedules in the game. Despite that schedule, the Pirates are 17-14, in second place in the NL Central, and sitting with the fifth highest winning percentage in the National League. They swept the...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Five Things We Have Learned About Pirates Hitters

    It’s a three-word term you will hear often early in the season: small sample size. Carlos Gomez leads the NL in batting average? Small sample size. Chris Davis is second in the majors in OPS? Small sample size. B.J. Upton is last in the NL in on-base percentage? You get the point....

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Continue Their Late Inning Hitting to Beat St. Louis 5-3

    The Pirates have had a small trend this year with late inning comebacks. They’ve struggled against starting pitchers, but have managed comebacks against opponents bullpens. That appeared once again in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates were riding a good start by A.J. Burnett, who...

  • Game Recaps
    The Bullpen Didn’t Need Burnett’s Control Issues

    Looking at the stat line, A.J. Burnett didn’t have a terrible start. He gave up just two runs on five hits and three walks in five innings, while striking out seven. Looking beyond the stats, that start was definitely not what the Pirates needed right now. The bullpen is currently over-worked. That...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Beat Braves 4-2 to Complete Successful Homestand

    The Pittsburgh Pirates getting out to a 10-8 record to start 2013 would be far less impressive if half of those games were against, say, the Marlins, Padres and Astros. Strength of schedule plays a larger part in early-season stats and records than many of us want to recognize. Yes, the Texas...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez returned from injury Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and promptly mowed down the hottest team in baseball. Rodriguez was sharp from the¬†beginning and allowed just one hit in seven innings and combined with Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzarro to face the minimum of 27 batters in the Pirates’ 6-0 win...

  • Analysis
    Video: Clint Hurdle on Evan Gattis; Pedro’s Home Run

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle discusses Atlanta's Evan Gattis and his eighth inning pinch-hit home run. Pedro Alvarez speaks to the media about his fourth inning home run, his first of the 2013 season. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Pregame: Tabata, Not Snider, Starting in Right Field

    If you follow enough of the Pirates media on Twitter, then you noticed buzz surrounding the announcement of today's lineup when it was tweeted by the official Pirates account early this afternoon. Jose Tabata, not Travis Snider, is starting in right field tonight for Pittsburgh after Snider played well last weekend against...

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