When Pedro Alvarez hits a bomb, we get a little bit more excited about the 2012 season. Coming into the year, everyone knew he would be the great unknown and the ultimate key to the season.
Surely Andrew McCutchen is going to cool off, it’s damn near impossible to not believe that it will happen, it’s only a matter of when.
But Pedro Alvarez has been there to pick him up. As you know if you’ve followed this series, when Pedro hits a bomb you know it. It travels an average true distance of 403 feet, up six feet on his first fourteen bombs of the season. Think about it, that’s the average.
Pedro Alvarez has five no doubt homeruns which has him tied with Carlos Beltran of St. Louis and Ryan Ludwick of the Reds. So, here you go – once again, we take a look at each of the Pedro Alvarez home runs this season:
8APR: The first homer came off Phillies right hander Vance Worley in the fifth inning of the opening series in Pittsburgh. The towering blast traveled a true distance of 403 feet. The majestic bomb had an apex of 117 feet.
18APR: The second homer came off Daniel Hudson in Arizona. Alvarez hit the ball 380 feet into the Chase Field stands to tie the game at one a piece.
25APR: This bomb tied up the game with the Rockies. Pedro crushed it 393 feet at a speed of 108.7 mph off his bat.
25APR: Pedro’s fourth bomb was of the Gong Show variety, as it nearly brought down the right field foul pole at PNC Park when he crushed a seventh inning pitch from Juan Nicasio. The missile never got higher than 58 feet from the ground. Listen to this blast
30APR: Pedro welcomed southpaw Mike Minor into his homerun club when he crushed his fifth blast of the year 412 feet into the Atlanta sunshine, breaking a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning.
1MAY: Adam Wainwright served up this 416 foot monster at Busch Stadium. There is no word on injuries caused by the blast.
3MAY: Pedro ripped his seventh of the season off Jake Westbrook of the Cardinals. The standard distance had this two-run, go ahead bomb at 410 feet. Video.
27MAY: Pedro’s 8th homer was served up by right hander Matt Garza in the first inning, and gave the Bucs an early 3-0 lead. The ball reached an apex of 122 feet, the most towering blast of the year for Alvarez. The video is here.
16JUNE: Alvarez had just enough distance on this solo homer in the second inning, which tied the game for the Pirates. We especially enjoyed the disgusted faces of the Indians fans in the video after the Pedro bomb lands.
16JUNE: Pedro vaults the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates fans to their feet in the top of the ninth inning. Sweet music to our ears; listen to the Bucs fans take over the Jake in the video.
17JUNE: Alvarez belted a three-run home run to right field, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead, their first of the game. Video
17JUNE: Pedro sent Pittsburgh fans into a seizure with this one. It was crushed. Pedro took an Esmil Rogers fastball deep for his second three-run home run of the game, extending the Pirates lead to 9-4 in the fifth inning. Video
21JUNE: Pedro’s mammoth bomb bounced off the railing of PNC Park and into the hands of the right field ball hawk with the huge glove. The bomb traveled 443 true feet. The longest bomb to date for Pedro.
28JUNE: Pedro hit a missile 349 feet for a solo shot off Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
30JUNE: Pedro crushed a Lance Lynn heater in the middle middle of the plate for a 425 foot bomb. Oh yeh, it was a grand slam, too.
6JULY: Javier Lopez hadn’t surrendered a gopher ball since he was wearing a gold P on his hat. Pedro changed all of that with a 434 ‘cannon ball’
13JULY: Zack Greinke was trying to strut his stuff instead he served up a 425 foot Pedro bomb. Video
16JULY: Rex Brothers meet Pedro Alvarez. Pedro this is Rex….jeez, first pitch gone! Three-run blast on some serious heat tied up the game in the ninth inning, after a 53-minute rain delay. Thankfully, all of the Rockies fans thought they would melt….turns out they were right, it just wasn’t rain falling, it was Pedro fire. Video
17JULY: Pedro destroyed another one to the opposite field. This is getting dangerous.