All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • 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...

  • Game Recaps
    Burnett Solid in Debut, Alvarez Knocks in Two in Shutout Over Cardinals

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Plans changed quickly for right-hander A.J. Burnett on Saturday. Originally slated to make his final rehab start with Double-A Altoona, the 35-year-old was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and made his 2012 Pirates debut at PNC Park against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2-0 shutout. Burnett took the mound...

  • Game Recaps
    Strong Pitching Nabs Series Win vs. Dbacks

    The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first road series victory on Wednesday after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Chase Field. It also marked the first time the Bucs won back-to-back games since winning two straight during their Opening Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 7-8. In all three starts during...

  • Top Stories
    Hurdle Will Pick Spots for Alvarez vs. Lefty Pitching

    When the opposing team sends a left-handed starter to the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, third baseman Pedro Alvarez  will likely be on the bench. During Alvarez’s rookie season in 2010, the third baseman hit .228 over 114 at-bats against lefty pitching compared to .270 over 233 at-bats against a right-hander. The...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Two More Starters to Join Club By End of April

    PITTSBURGH, PA. — The Pirates starting pitchers so far this season have been impressive. But two more...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Hit Second Straight Walkoff Win Against Phillies

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After walking off to the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10 inning on Saturday night at PNC Park, the club showed their resiliency yet again against the tough Philly team. The Bucs hit up their second straight walkoff win in the bottom of the 9th inning in front of 19,856 on Sunday. Casey McGehee picked up...

  • Top Stories
    Several Possible Platoons This Season for Pirates

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — After trading for infielder Casey McGehee over the offseason, the Pirates were expecting to enter the 2012 season with a platoon at first base. McGehee would face the left-handed starters, Garrett Jones would start when a righy was on the mound. But after solid spring training campaigns by several younger...

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