All posts tagged "Pedro Alvarez"

  • Analysis
    McCutchen & His Value To The Team

    Discussing MVP votes in late June is a rather pointless exercise.  Players fade late in the season or get injured or just not perform as well.  But it's not too early to at least put a working list together and show how valuable a player like Andrew McCutchen is to his team.  After...

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    Pirates Notebook: Hot Hitting Continues Against the Twins

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Josh Harrison broke camp with the Pirates out of spring training knowing that he was going to be limited to a bench role with the club. But the super utility man makes the most out of his opportunities when he is in the starting lineup. Harrison put up a...

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    Pirates Notebook: Alvarez Looking Locked in at the Plate

    CLEVELAND, OH — Pedro Alvarez has been locked in at the plate the past two games against the Cleveland Indians. The third baseman drove in a career-high six RBI on Sunday and nine overall over his last nine at-bats. In the Pirates win on Saturday, Alvarez connected for two long balls. “Just...

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    Pirates Notebook: Bucs See a Power Surge

    CLEVELAND, OH — After the Pirates failed to score a run in the 2-0 shutout on Friday night in Cleveland, Manager Clint Hurdle said their biggest challenge at the plate this season has been not being ready for good pitches to hit. The club whiffed 10 times on the day and connected for...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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