Another blast puts the 2014 Pedro Alvarez home run tracker at eight after a bomb against the San Francisco Giants. Alvarez took, what he thought was ball four, only for the home plate umpire to call it a strike. What happened next was a thing of beauty, a three run blast. The fast start has him on pace to eclipse last season’s 36 homers, which left him tied for the National League lead in bombs.
Pitchers are starting to get really nervous, not just because of the power. El Toro has had that since tee ball, but this season he is swinging less at pitches outside of the zone and his strikeout rate has taken a dive.
If you’re new to the Pedro Alvarez home run tracker, we gather GIFs, videos and make photoshops to celebrate each and every PedroBomb.
Alvarez is now tied for third in the NL HR race. Giancarlo Stanton leads the way with ten for the Miami Marlins.
5May. HR number eight: We will let the video do the talking. So. Pretty.
2May. HR number seven: Greg Brown the Pirates broadcaster does it so well. Listen to his call of the 408 foot bomb here.
18April. HR number six: Watching Alvarez crush a ball (again) 411 feet to the opposite field is exciting for Pirates fans; but such power is dreadful for opposing pitchers. Rule 5 lefty Wei-Chung Wang of the Brewers–formerly of the Pirates–found out the hard way when he watched this bomb travel a true distance of 411 feet. The MLB Link is here
10April. HR number five: El Toro blasted his first home run off a left hander this season. The 441-foot absolute bomb off Cubs left hander James Russell to deep to center field will be one of the longest of the season for Alvarez. (Maybe.) The MLB Link is here
We absolutely love how Alvarez looks into the Pirates dugout–and everyone goes nuts with the Bull horns after El Toro touches them all.
9April. HR number four: El Toro blasts a 94 mph heater from Pedro Strop 379 feet to dead center field. Video Link to MLB
9April. HR number three: Alvarez tied the game with this blast to left center field off Cubs right hander Jason Hammel. Video Link to MLB
4April. HR number two: Pedro Alvarez murdered a Shelby Miller changeup 434 feet. Pedro don’t like the changeup. Don’t like it all and had struggled against it last season. To watch him crush it completely out of PNC Park is awesome. We don’t know what the opposing pitchers are thinking after they see it. Good luck sleeping, fellas.
Just watch this El Toro Bomb entirely leave, I mean completely get launched out of PNC Park. There was absolutely no doubt about this one. Man, we could watch this GIF all night long. There was no doubt about this one, as it traveled an estimated 448 feet.
4April. HR numero uno: El Toro crushed his first home run of the season 434 feet off Shelby Miller of the St. Louis Cardinals.
If somehow your drinking problem caused you to miss the 2013 Alvarez Home Run Tracker here is the link for you.
If you look closely at all of those videos from last year, El Toro had just three opposite field homers while piling up 36 bombs to tie for the lead in the National League in 2013.
H/T The gifs were courtesy of @PiratesGIF as well as Revolving Forked Anchovy http://gfycat.com/RevolvingForkedAnchovy#?format=gif.