All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

    During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for...

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    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Getting Back to Last Season’s Form

    Jeff Karstens has been working hard to get back to his 2011 form. After missing two months of the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury, Karstens has shown over his last four starts that he’s getting there. Karstens tossed seven scoreless frames in the Pirates 3-0 shutout over...

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    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196)....

  • Analysis
    Hurdle and Alvarez Share a Bond

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knows the challenges of high expectations. They were put on him when he was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by the Kansas City Royals in the 1975 draft. At just 20-years-old, Hurdle made his Major League debut and was on a Sports Illustrated cover being labeled as the...

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    Pirates Notebook: Karstens Looking Like the 2011 Version

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Jeff Karstens has been very sharp over his last two outings with Pittsburgh, showing a glimpse of what we saw from the right-hander during the 2011 season. After missing two months of this season due to right-shoulder inflammation, and a set back during a rehab outing with a hip...

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    Pirates Notebook: Bucs Playing With Confidence, Finishing the First Half Strong

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Today marked the halfway point of the season. If the first half is any indicator for what is in store in the second part of the season, Pittsburgh Pirate fans and the city better buckle up, because it’s going to be a fun team to watch. The club entered game...

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    Pirates Notebook: Perhaps This Year IS Different

    PITTSBURGH, PA — Drew Sutton hasn’t been wearing Black and Yellow for very long, but he had quite the moment on Tuesday night. After Joel Hanrahan blew just his third save of the season to the Houston Astros on a two out, two-strike RBI double, the game went to the bottom of...

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    Pirates Notebook: The New Lumber Company?

    PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started...

  • Analysis
    Air Pedro v. Ground Pedro

    Prior to Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Pedro Alvarez had virtually the same amount of plate appearances in 2012 as he did in his injury/performance-marred 2011 campaign.  Here's the stat lines for those two seasons: 2011 Pedro (262 PA's) -- .191/.272/.289 (561 OPS), 9.2% BB, 30.5% K, .272 BABIP -- 4 HR's 2012...

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    Pirates Notebook: McKenry’s Hot Bat Making the Case For More Playing Time

    Since Rod Barajas was injured on a play at the plate in Philadelphia earlier this week, Michael McKenry has been making the most of his playing time.  When McKenry was acquired from Boston mid-June of last season, he started the majority of the remaning games behind the plate for Pittsburgh. In his first...

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