All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Struggling Bats Come Alive

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bats broke out for eight runs on 12 hits on Tuesday against first place Cincinnati. Most of the damage came from three players — who combined to drive in six of the club’s eight runs — that have struggled to get their bats going this season. Clint Barmes and...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McDonald Snubbed For Pitcher of the Month Award?

    Those in Pittsburgh or fans of the Pirates are well aware of James McDonald’s solid 2012 season. He posted a 2.97 ERA over five starts in April, and followed that up with an even better month of May. The right-hander posted a 1.54 ERA over five outings. He whiffed 39 batters over...

  • Analysis
    Know your PITCHf/x strike zone

    One of the more useful additions to Pirates broadcasts over the past few years has been the Range Resources strike zone, which is the ROOT Sports version of the PITCHf/x strike zones seen at places such as Brooks Baseball and MLB.com. This allows broadcasters and viewers to see the location of a...

  • Analysis
    Expectations Should Be Fluid

    Many times in life, what we expect to happen does not come close to what actually happens.  We have to adjust our plans accordingly and move on, whether it is a positive change or a negative one.  The same should be true with expectations as they relate to the Pirates. Expectation #1...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bats Break Out for Season-High 10 Runs

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has struggled to score runs this season. But on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, the bats came out swinging against the Chicago Cubs. The club pounded out 10 runs — the most they’ve scored in a game during the 2012 season. It passed their previous...

  • Analysis
    Hurdle Impressed By Alvarez’s Hard Work at Third

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- When Pedro Alvarez was coming up through the system, after being drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft (second overall), he was projected to eventually move to first base due to his range and size. But so far in 2012, Alvarez has made some sparkling plays at...

  • 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...

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