Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Avg.
.172
 
Career Avg.
.233
Name  Pedro Alvarez
Born  2/6/1987
Height  6-3
Weight  235
Number  24
Position  3B
Bats  L
Throws  R
4/19/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is 6-for-13 (.462) against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The 27-year-old leads the NL in homers with six, but he's also batting .172 with 18 strikeouts. This is an all-or-nothing pick.
 
4/17/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-22 (.045) with 10 strikeouts against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs despite a .161 batting average. But this is an extremely unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
 
4/12/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-20 (.050) with nine strikeouts against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and eight runs. But this is an extremely unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
 
Hot4/10/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-5, but his one hit was a big three-run homer Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Alvarez' shot came in the top of the seventh inning and put the Pirates ahead 5-4. The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and eight runs. Alvarez also has a 6/6 K/BB (14.6% K rate) in 41 plate appearances; his K rate ranged from 30.3% to 30.7% in each of the last three years.
 
4/10/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez had another two-homer game Wednesday against the Cubs, but has an unfavorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Alvarez is just 1-for-15 (.067) with six strikeouts against Cubs starter Travis Wood. The Pirates slugger has continued where he left off last season (36 HR), but this matchup should be avoided.
 
Hot4/9/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez had another two-homer game Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: He also hit two round-trippers on April 4 and has gone 6-for-15 with four homers, seven RBI and a 1/6 K/BB in his last five games.
 
Hot10/7/2013 6:26:00 PM
Description: El Toro strikes again. Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez continued his torrid October Monday with a home run against the Cardinals.
Insight: The solo blast ended Michael Wacha's no-hit bid in the eighth inning. Three of Alvarez's four hits this postseason have come on home runs. Game 5 will be held Wednesday in St. Louis.
 
9/28/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has hit .313 with two homers over his last eight games and has a .500 average against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: After going 10-for-71 (.141) with one home run and 18 K from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18, Alvarez has picked up the pace recently and has a favorable matchup Saturday against Arroyo. He has gone 6-for-12 with three doubles and a homer against the Reds starter and is one RBI shy of 100.
 
9/27/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday at Cincinnati.
Insight: After going 10-for-71 (.141) with one home run and 18 K from Aug. 28 to Sept. 18, Alvarez has .313 with two homers over his last eight games. The third baseman is hitting .231 with 35 homers, 99 RBI and a .761 OPS this season.
 
Cold9/22/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has a .500 lifetime average against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: He has five hits, including three doubles and a homer, in 10 at-bats against Arroyo. After making the NL All-Star team, Alvarez has had a miserable second half, hitting .202 with 10 homers and a .669 OPS. However, he's tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the league lead with 34 homers and needs six more RBI for his first 100-RBI season.
 
9/11/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is 5-for-12 (.417) with a 1.083 OPS versus Texas starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The Pirates third baseman, with a career .235 batting average, has been a great option for most of the season (.232, 32 HR, 88 RBI) and Wednesday should help those totals.
 
9/3/2013 1:53:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-20 (.050) with nine strikeouts against Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: The Pirates third baseman has been a great option for most of the season (.232, 32 HR, 86 RBI), but is not a good choice for Tuesday.
 
8/29/2013 11:10:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is only batting .208 with a .696 OPS over his last 38 games and he has been shut down by Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo in their previous meetings.
Insight: Gallardo has limited Alvarez to one hit over 17 at-bats while striking him out eight times. The Pirates third baseman is not a good option Thursday.
 
8/27/2013 10:42:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 4-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Even with the big game, Alvarez is hitting .219 with 52 K in 36 games since the All-Star break and .233 with 34 K in 22 games this month. However, he is 10-for-27 (.370) with two homers and seven total extra-base hits over his last seven games.
 
8/15/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez hit his 29th home run of the season Wednesday night against the Cardinals.
Insight: Alvarez is in a slump -- he's hitting .192 with five home runs and a .634 OPS since the All-Star break and has zero multi-hit efforts over his last 20 games -- but he's been known to go into much worse downswings where he offers virtually nothing for 2-3 weeks; fantasy owners can't complain too much.
 
8/3/2013 7:09:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in Saturday's starting lineup. Josh Harrison will man the hot corner.
Insight: Alvarez is batting .240, but with tremendous power - 27 homers and 71 RBI. He still strikes out too much (127 times in 367 at-bats), but it's hard to keep him out of the lineup.
 
7/29/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk Monday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Alvarez came in 12-for-21 (.571) with two homers and a 1.543 OPS against St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook, and he greeted Westbrook with a first-inning blast Monday night. Alvarez' production tailed off somewhat this month after his monster June, but he still has seven homers in July and 27 on the year.
 
7/29/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez owns a stunning .571 batting average (12-for-21) with a pair of home runs and a 1.543 OPS against Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook.
Insight: The streaky Alvarez was a huge factor in June (.309, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 1.060 OPS), but July wasn't nearly as productive. Still, this matchup should warrant must-start status.
 
7/24/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has only faced Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg six times, but he's yet to get a hit and struck out four times. He did walk one time.
Insight: Alvarez is prone to long slumps due to his high strikeout rate, but he's one of the top power hitters in the game when he heats up. He's hitting .243 with 25 homers and 63 RBI this season after knocking one out of the park on Tuesday.
 
7/23/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez snapped out of a 1-for-21 (.048) slump by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Alvarez is prone to long slumps due to his high strikeout rate, but he's one of the top power hitters in the game when he heats up. He's hitting .243 with 25 homers and 63 RBI this season.