The time has come, and it took roughly three weeks for Pedro Alvarez to jump into his first hot streak of the season. He’s one of the streakiest hitters in MLB, but when he’s hot, there aren’t many ways to get the slugger out.
Alvarez started out the season VERY slowly. He picked up a RBI on Opening Day, but outside of that batted under .100 all the way up until last week.
It was a week ago today when (it’s safe to say) this streak started up. In a Thursday night game against the Atlanta Braves, Alvarez hit his first home run of the season, a 454-foot bomb off the batter’s eye in center field. He followed it up Friday night with another moonshot, which left the seating area and came just a few feet away from leaving PNC Park entirely and flying into the Allegheny River.
After a huge home stand – where the Pirates went 7-2 – Alvarez continued his hot hitting into the current series against the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s hit two home runs in three games so far this series, and four in his last five starts. His home run Wednesday night was pretty unbelievable, as he was able to pull a pitch way out of the zone into the right field stands.
To check up on RumBunter’s amazing Pedro Alvarez Photoshop Series, click on this link. There you can really see the power he has displayed, hitting a couple pitches that weren’t even strikes a few hundred feet.
Alvarez is still batting under .200 and striking out a good bit, but it’s safe to say he’s broken out of the big struggles we saw at the beginning of the season. There aren’t many things better than a Pedro Alvarez hot streak, and it looks like we’re already into #1 for the season.