If Alvarez heats up, the Pirates could put up a big month.

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have the easiest schedule in the month of April.  Their opponents included the 17-9 Colorado Rockies (twice), the 18-9 Florida Marlins, and the 16-13 St. Louis Cardinals.  Combined, their opponents put up a 117-105 record, as of tonight.  Despite this, the Pirates managed a 13-15 record, heading in to tonight's series opener with the San Diego Padres.

The impressive part was that the Pirates held their own against the winning teams.  The Cardinals, Rockies, and Marlins have combined to win 62.2% of their games this season.  They won 61.5% of their games against the Pirates, which basically puts the Pirates on par with the rest of their opponents.  The big area of success came against the two .500...

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