All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Lincoln Learning New Role in Bullpen

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Brad Lincoln made two starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, where he posted a 2.25 ERA with no walks and nine strikeouts over 12.0 innings, before getting recalled to Pittsburgh. Lincoln returned to the bigs on April 18 after the club placed righty Jeff Karstens (right shoulder inflammation) on the...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Confident in Alvarez, Batting him Cleanup

    Pedro Alvarez will bat cleanup for the Bucs on Saturday night for the first time this season. PITTSBURGH, Pa.  -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has continued to climb his way up in the lineup. After starting the season batting seventh, Alvarez has slowly but surely hit his way up to the cleanup...

  • Game Recaps
    Bedard Strikes Out 11 and Alvarez Homers in 6-3 Win Over Cardinals

    The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided the sweep and won game three at Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-2, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lefty Erik Bedard picked up his second win as a Bucco and Pedro Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat with his seventh homer of the season as the club...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Won’t Say I Told You So On Alvarez

    Throughout Spring Training, Pedro Alvarez was putting up some horrible numbers. He seemed lost at the plate, often working with three different batting stances in the same game, all revolving around a toe tap. The poor numbers, combined with his struggles last year, had the majority of people saying Alvarez should start...

  • Analysis
    Walker and McCutchen’s Power Outage

    With April 2012 now come and gone, Andrew McCutchen enters May with zero home runs.  This marks the first month in his career that he has not hit at least one home run.  Additionally, McCutchen has no triples and only 6 doubles.  The fewest extra base hits McCutchen has previously ever had in...

  • Game Recaps
    Poor Day From Pirates Defense Leads to 4-3 Loss

    The Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12) lost 4-3 to the Atlanta Braves (14-8) at Turner Field on Sunday in the third game of four-game set. Right-hander Kevin Correia allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits over 4.1 innings. He walked five and didn’t strike out a batter while throwing 101 pitches, 53 strikes....

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: The Bats of Alvarez, Tabata Are Taking Big Steps Forward

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been putting in early work in the cages, working on his swing with hitting coach Gregg Ritchie. And over the past several games it looks like the hard work is starting to pay off. The Pirates faced a lot of criticism for starting Alvarez...

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: Alvarez Crushing Off-Speed Pitches

    Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs today, both of which came on off-speed pitches. That's been the case with all of his home runs this year, with three homers coming off the changeup, and one coming off a curve ball. On the flip side, Alvarez has struggled against fastballs this year, with...

  • Game Recaps
    Bats Come Out Swinging in Game Two of Doubleheader

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday at PNC Park, the club was only able to plate one run off the Colorado Rockies pitchers as right-hander James McDonald flirted with a no-hitter. In game two, however, the Bucco bats came out swinging. “I thought we played good baseball...

  • Analysis
    Avert your eyes: The Pirates’ anemic offense

    Here are the Pirates' everyday position players, sorted by 2012 wOBA. Position Player PA wOBA CF Andrew McCutchen 62 .361 1B Garrett Jones/Casey McGehee 33/37 .319/.298 LF Alex Presley 58 .283 2B Neil Walker 54 .248 3B Pedro Alvarez 38 .175 RF Jose Tabata 50 .172 C Rod Barajas 35 .137 SS...

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