Tag: Pedro Alvarez

2015 First Base Recap: Defense Was a Problem For Pedro Alvarez...

Heading into the 2012 season, there were concerns about whether Pedro Alvarez could hit in the majors. Playing third base at the time, Alvarez was coming off a year where he posted a .191/.272/.289 line in 262 plate appearances, which was a far cry from the numbers he put up in his 2010 debut, where […]
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Gerrit Cole Finishes His Regular Season in Impressive Fashion In Pirates’...

PITTSBURGH — He didn’t have his best stuff today, but once again Gerrit Cole found a way to get the job done. Behind Cole and a grand slam from Francisco Cervelli, the Pirates cruised to an 8-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, keeping themselves alive in the Central division race and preventing the Cardinals […]
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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Bring Back Walker and Alvarez in...

These days, you don’t even need to look at the opposing lineup card to tell if the Pirates are going up against a left-handed pitcher. On most nights, if Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez are out of the lineup, that usually means the opponents are going with a left-hander on the mound. I’ve written many times […]
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Giles: Pirates Need Timely Contributions From Depth Players

With less than 20 games remaining in the season, the Pirates find themselves fighting the Cardinals for the NL Central title (again), while also attempting to fend off the Cubs for home field advantage in the Wild Card game should they fail to catch St. Louis. As Tim discussed the other day, this is perhaps the […]
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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Sell High on Pedro Alvarez This...

Pedro Alvarez is quietly having a good offensive season. After hitting his 22nd home run of the season tonight, Alvarez has a .770 OPS, which ties his 2013 mark, and falls just behind his 2010 and 2012 totals. The results this time around are a bit different than the 2012-13 seasons, even though they lead to […]
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Cole Dominates, Hurdle Makes Right Call on Alvarez in Pirates 2-1...

MIAMI — Gerrit Cole had a rough start to the month of August. In his first four outings, the Pirates’ ace combined for a 4.70 ERA and a 3.53 xFIP over 23 innings. There were some concerns at the time that he might be wearing down. There were also concerns over his play, which were probably combined […]
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Despite Many Options, the Pirates Still Lack a Good First Baseman

Over the past month, the Pittsburgh Pirates have loaded up on potential first base options. They already had Pedro Alvarez on the team, but then they acquired Travis Ishikawa, Aramis Ramirez, and Michael Morse in July. The only non-third baseman of that group is Ramirez, who just started taking grounders at the position to prepare […]
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Pirates Now Likely to Keep Pedro Alvarez

According to Jayson Stark, the Pittsburgh Pirates are telling teams that they are likely to keep Pedro Alvarez. Stark mentions that the Pirates will likely end their hunt for a first base upgrade, but I’m not sure they wouldn’t still look for help there just because they now plan on keeping him. They were willing […]
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Pirates Reportedly “Want to Get Rid Of” Pedro Alvarez

It should be no surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates are unsatisfied with their current first base situation. They brought in Travis Ishikawa in a waiver claim earlier this month, despite the fact that he is a left-handed hitting first baseman, just like Pedro Alvarez. And the reason they would be unsatisfied with first base is […]
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No Option B For Pedro Alvarez…Unless You Consider the Trade Market

There is no question about Pedro Alvarez’s long-term role in Pittsburgh — he basically has none with Josh Bell waiting in the wings in Altoona. Alvarez is only under team control through the 2016 season, and Bell could be in the majors by the middle of next season. But the Pirates might not be able […]
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