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Pedro Alvarez (1B,3B)

Pittsburgh Pirates - 62% owned

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Pedro Alvarez' bat has gone cold

Sun, Aug 30th 7:15am EDT
By Rick Briggs

Pedro Alvarez entered August with a .235 batting average. By August 18th, he had it up a full 20 ;points to .255. Since August 20th, Alvarez has gone 2 for 20 and his average has dipped back down to .245. Alvarez suffered through another 0 for 3 game against the Rockies last night as the Pirate won 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: Owners were enjoying a fine first half of August with Alvarez in their lineups, but this slump has been hurting. When the slump started, Alvarez was still hitting the ball hard, but now it appears he has entered one of those periods when his bat goes dormant.

 

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Pedro Alvarez hit his 21st home run of the season last night off Miami pitcher, Justin Nicolino. It proved to be the winner as Pittsburgh held on for a 2-1 win. The victory ended Gerrit Cole's winless drought as he won his 15th game.

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez continues to hit the ball hard. It is interesting that out of the 21 home runs hit, this was Alvarez's 18th solo shot. Fantasy owners would love to see this power utilized in situations when men are on base. Still, I would recommend keeping Alvarez in your lineup.

 

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Pedro Alvarez hit his 20th home run, a solo shot in the 7th inning against San Francisco. Alvarez was 1 for 3 in last night's win over the Giants. He also drove in a run with a sacrifice in the first inning. The negative news is he committed his 18th error of the year.

Fantasy Impact: As Alvarez continues with the hot August bat, you should have him your lineup. While he can be inconsistent, now isn't the time. He's batting .321 with 5 home runs and 13 RBIs in August. He now has 20 home runs and 64 RBIs for the year.

 

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Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Arizona in 15 innings. Alvarez also scored a run in a wild 9-8 Pirates victory. Alvarez was 2-for-4 and has gone over 60 RBI for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Batting .370 in the month of August with four home runs and 10 RBI, Alvarez has raised his seasonal batting average a full 20 points to .255. Additionally, his on-base percentage (OBP) is .383 in August compared to .262 in July. His slugging percentage (SLG) is also .674 in August, while he posted a paltry .436 slugging percentage in July.

 

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Pedro Alvarez homers in loss

Tue, Aug 18th 7:05am EDT
By Rick Briggs

Pedro Alvarez hit his 19th home run of the season, his second in as many games, in a losing effort for the Pirates against Arizona. Alvarez was 2-for-4 and was the only Pirate who had a multi-hit performance.

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez has nine hits in his last 13 at bats, posting three home runs and five RBI. He is a must-have in your lineup while streaking like this, as he is batting .357 in August.

 

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Pedro Alvarez hit his 18th home run of the year as the Pirates swept the three-game series with the East leading Mets. Alvarez drove in two runs to up his RBI total to 58.

Fantasy Impact: After a miserable July, Alvarez is batting a blistering .342 in August. His slugging percentage is .632 in August, up from a sluggish .436 in July. Alvarez is someone owners can certainly use in their fantasy lineup. Use him while he is hot.

 

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Another home run for Pedro Alvarez

Thu, Aug 13th 10:51pm EDT
By Rick Briggs

Pedro Alvarez hit his 17th home run of the season in the 7 run explosion in the first inning against the Cardinals. Alvarez hit the two-run shot to dead center, as the Pirates bombed St. Louis pitcher, Lance Lynn. Alvarez added two more hits on his way to a nice 3-for-4 evening as the Pirates won 10-5.

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez has earned his way into fantasy lineups. He is hitting .310 in the month of August with two home runs and four RBIs. Ride Alvarez during this stretch because his power can add some punch to your fantasy team.

 

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Pedro Alvarez had a strong outing Tuesday night in a 4-3 loss to St. Louis. Despite striking out twice, Alvarez was 2-for-4, collecting his 16th home run and 16th double of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It is good to see Pedro Alvarez hitting with a bit more authority. Since August 5th, he is 5-for-13 with three RBI. He seems to be one of those players that is feast or famine as far being in your fantasy line-up. His consistency, or lack thereof, will continue haunt owners.

 

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Pedro Alvarez delivered a clutch pinch-hit in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Pirates take the first game of the series against Western Division leading Los Angeles. With the game billed as a pitcher's duel, pitting Clayton Kershaw against Gerrit Cole, neither pitcher was sharp and a plethora of relief pitchers were used.

Fantasy Impact: While only collecting five hits in his last 23 at bats, Alvarez has driven in six runs, a very encouraging statistic for Alvarez owners. Owners would like to see him hitting with more power, but delivering RBI when given the chance is just what the doctor ordered.

 

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Alvarez recorded a hit, a run, and two RBI in the Pirates win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: With those two RBI, Alvarez has recorded 15 for the month of July. That is his single month high for the season. While it has been a disappointing season for Alvarez, July has shown he can still be a productive player.

 

The Pirates used 12 hits, including three home runs to defeat the Nationals on Friday, 7-5. Pedro Alvarez got in on the act with his 14th home run of the season. He drove in two and is now batting .233 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although Alvarez will never give much in terms of batting average and on-base percentage, he's on pace to hit 25 home runs. Owners not getting enough power production from their first baseman may want to consider Alvarez.

 

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Amidst trade rumors, Alvarez hit a solo home run and drove in a second run on the night as well.

Fantasy Impact: While Alvarez's average has not been impressive in July, he has managed nine RBI and two home runs. He is not fantasy relevant in standard leagues, but can provide decent pop and run production in deeper or NL only leagues.

 

Alvarez recorded two hits, scored a run, and drove in two runs on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez hasn't been a great fantasy option this season and is best used in daily fantasy formats.

 

Pedro Alvarez singled in the ninth inning to give the Pirates a walk-off win over the Padres. It was his only hit of the game.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez now has four RBI in July and eight in the past two weeks. In that span, Alvarez has seen his average rise from .234 to .242 as well.

 

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The home run was Alvarez's only hit of the game.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez now has two home runs on the month after hitting only one in June. Without providing power he has little fantasy value, but due to his ability to get hot, it is worth keeping an eye on him moving forward this season.

 

Alvarez tagged on another hit for a total of two on the night, and also scored two runs and had an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez is on a nice roll as he has six RBI in the last week. His average has also risen to a respectable .248. Alvarez is eligible at two deep positions so he is not fantasy relevant in most standard leagues, but if you need a power fill in, keep him in mind.

 

Pedro Alvarez drove in two runs, had two hits, and also scored a run on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez now has four RBI on the weekend, however Alvarez's power production is still disappointing. Owners looking for a speculative add to help at a corner infield position might be happy adding Alvarez however, as he seems to be heating up.

 

Alvarez had two hits and two RBI in the Pirates win on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: June has been a struggle for Alvarez, but maybe this performance can get him on track to make a push to fantasy relevance in July. We have yet to see him get on a true power tear this season, which we have become accustomed to in the past few seasons.

 

Pedro Alvarez got back on track with the rest of the Pirates offense on Tuesday night as he recorded an RBI double, scored a run, and also walked.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez was in the midst of a slump, so his owners will hope this gets him on track. With the injury to Freddie Freeman, Alvarez could be a possible replacement at first base.

 

The home run was Alvarez's tenth of the season and his only hit of the game.

Fantasy Impact: The season has to be considered a success for Alvarez to this point, as he maintains a .242 average. Unfortunately his move to first base diminishes his value as it is the deepest position in baseball.

 

Alvarez hit a double to the opposite field to drive in two runs on Tuesday night. He also singled in the seventh inning.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has had a solid season thus far but has been prone to wild swings in production as many power hitters are. That won't change, but when he is hot, fantasy owners are happy to have him on their team.

 

Alvarez appeared as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and drove in a run and scored a run as well.

Fantasy Impact: This continued a nice streak for Alvarez as he now has his average up to .246. If he can keep his average there and continue his power production, Alvarez will have some very nice value.

 

The Pirates were led by the bats of Francisco Cervelli and Pedro Alvarez. Cervelli has the three run shot, but Alvarez had a line drive home run over the left-center field wall. Alvarez showed off his muscle and power with that home run that gave the Pirates a little cushion over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez is starting to get hot. If you can buy him low, buy him now. Alvarez is going to have a 20 and potentially a 30 home runs season if he gets hot enough in June and July.

 

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Alvarez homered for the second straight game Monday and now has nine home runs on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has flashed his power potential recently but also has raised his average to .241. It was unclear what kind of season Alvarez was going to have, but his recent performances suggest that he has a legitimate chance to hit 30 home runs, making him a valuable fantasy asset.

 

Pedro Alvarez hit his seventh home run of the season on Tuesday night. The solo shot traveled 461 feet and landed on a boat in the Allegheny River.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez could be getting into one of his torrid hot streaks after a long slump, as he now has two home runs in his last four games.

 

Pedro Alvarez homers Friday

Fri, May 15th 8:25pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus

The home run was Alvarez's sixth of the year. He had two other hits, improving his season average to .218.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez continues to be a boom or bust player but is a good source of power if that is what your team needs.

 

Although he had one RBI Friday night, Alvarez left six men on base and continues to struggle at the plate as he is now hitting .211 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has fallen horribly after a hot start to the season. Although it is hard to watch him not produce for games at a time, he will provide power in bunches.

 

Alvarez has cooled off since his hot start to the season, which continued Wednesday night with a hitless performance and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has always been a streaky hitter, and this season has proven to be no different. When owners draft Alvarez, they should be ready for hot and cold streaks. Right now, he is in the midst of a cold streak.

 

Pedro Alvarez homers Sunday

Sun, May 3rd 8:03pm EDT
By Daniel Marcus

Alvarez broke out of his slump Sunday and hit a home run.

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has settled into his expected role for fantasy owners, providing pop but little other value.

 

Pedro Alvarez has hit only .222 in the past week with no home runs.

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez had a hot start to the season but has not hit a home run since April 19. These are the slumps we have seen from Alvarez throughout his career that have made him an unreliable fantasy option.

 

Alvarez hit his fourth home run of the season on Sunday and also walked once and scored two runs. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has had a great start to the season and is poised to return great value for the price his owners had to pay on draft day.

 

Pedro Alvarez had a hit, run, RBI, and walk on Friday night. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has been a bright spot for his owners this year. He has shown that he can return to his 2013 form this season.

 

Pedro Alvarez had a solo shot against the Tigers, which was his third on the season. Alvarez is being given the opportunity to build his confidence at first base, instead of playing a platoon system.

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez needs to be on your fantasy team because of his offensive ability that has been showing itself for the first time since 2013. Alvarez lead the NL in home runs in 2013, but he slumped in 2014. The Pirates success will be largely dependent on how their first baseman is playing.

 

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Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run in as many days and ended the game with two hits, two runs, and two driven in. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez is off to a hot start and seems to be putting his poor 2014 season behind him.

 

Pedro Alvarez hit the Pirates only home run on Thursday. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has started well this year, as he now has back-to-back games with extra base hits. It seems as if he is primed to return to his 2013 form.

 

Alvarez drove in one run with an RBI double off of Mike Leake. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez has been batting sixth, but with the talent ahead of him he should continue to have the opportunity to drive in plenty of runs this season.

 

Alvarez went zero-for-three Monday and was replaced by Sean Rodriguez for defensive purposes late in the game. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez may be on a short leash this season, so if his struggles continue monitor his playing time carefully.

 

Pedro Alvarez seems to be adjusting to playing first base for the Pirates. He made a nice pick on a Jung-Ho Kang throw and recovered to record an out after bobbling another throw. (Source: Bill Brink on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although defense does not matter for fantasy value, this is a good sign for Alvarez. First, his poor fielding seemed to affect his hitting last year, and if defense is on his mind less this year, he can focus more on hitting. Second, it will give the Pirates faith in his fielding and more confidence in playing him everyday. Alvarez continued his strong spring Wednesday with another home run.

 

Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs on Monday, one a grand slam, in the Pirates 18-4 win over the Phillies. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is a very encouraging sign as Alvarez seems prepared for the season. Alvarez is a candidate for 30 home runs and could be a power asset later in your draft.

 

Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the spring yesterday off Philadelphia Phillies lefty Mario Hollands. This is a good sign for Alvarez, who has been battling elbow problem as of late. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez needs to continue to show power as he recovers from a series of injuries dating back to last season. He is expected to provide middle of the order type power this season, and could be one of the biggest fantasy sleepers.

 

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Pedro Alvarez will be out at least few more games after it was revealed he is battling a hyperextended elbow. There is, however, some good news to report as it was announced that he can begin to take on drills as long as the elbow holds up. (Source: SI.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez is a key piece to the Pirates' success in 2015. Should he continue to recover in a timely matter, and resume his solid Spring Training start, look for him to be a staple in the middle of the lineup for the Bucs.

 

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Pedro Alvarez has missed the past few games of Spring Training for an unknown reason. Today, it was announced that he hyperextended his elbow and will miss the next few spring training games, but will return soon. (Source: Travis Sawchik on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Alvarez had been off to a hot start this spring in an effort to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 season. While this setback does not seem serious, it is worth keeping an eye on throughout the rest of the spring to see if it affects Alvarez's swing.

 

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Pedro Alvarez crushed a 3-run home run on Tuesday in Florida against the Toronto Blue Jays. It gave the Pirates an early 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. (Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez had a fantastic game on Tuesday hitting a 3-run bomb to the opposite field, and he played outstanding defense. Alvarez is making the shift from 3rd to 1st and it seems to be going well so far. This game was a little indicator showing that Alvarez still has the amazing power that he showed in 2013. Alvarez has been playing great defense over at 1st base, although he still has things to learn that can only come through game experience. He is proving already that his intent is to be at the top of the NL in offensive production this season.

 

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According to an MLB.com article, Pedro Alvarez will permanently make the switch from third to first base in 2015. Manager Clint Hurdle declared Alvarez to be their primary option going into next season. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Pedro Alvarez will look to have a bounce back year in 2015 after playing in just 122 games last season. His production dipped all around, posting just 18 home runs while driving in 56. Although he is not known as an injury-prone player, Alvarez will take less strain on his body by playing first base and this could lead to a return to form, most notably in 2012-13 when he hit at least 30 home runs and drove in at least 85 for the Pirates. This move is more commonly used to transition catchers (see Buster Posey or Joe Mauer) but Alvarez can certainly benefit from this move both offensively and defensively.