Pedro Alvarez vs NL Central pitchers

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Jun 8, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) hits an infield single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Brewers won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here are Alvarez’ numbers against the Brew-Crew:

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Kyle Lohse 44 43 10 3 0 1 4 1 13 .233 .250 .372 .622
Matt Garza 26 23 10 3 0 1 8 3 3 .435 .500 .696 1.196
Wily Peralta 21 19 8 0 0 4 8 2 4 .421 .476 1.053 1.529
Francisco Rodriguez 17 13 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 .154 .353 .154 .507
Mike Fiers 12 10 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 .100 .250 .400 .650
Will Smith 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 .000 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Thornburg 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 .000 .500 .000 .500
Jonathan Broxton 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .250 .000 .250
Jim Henderson 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Neal Cotts 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Total 147 127 32 6 0 7 23 17 38 .252 .347 .465 .812

We see here that these stats are much more Pedro-like, with a surprisingly fair average to go along with good slugging numbers.  I was happy to see just how much Alvarez owns Matt Garza and Wily Peralta.  For Pedro to be counted on against the Brewers, he’s going to need to solve Mike Fiers.  Fiers came onto the scene last year in a big way, finally putting it together after a few middling years in the majors previously.  His 2.13 ERA was impressive, as was his 9.5 K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings).  If Alvarez can put up respectable numbers against Fiers, it could lead to a lot more sweeps in series against Milwaukee’s ‘Best.’  I don’t need to tell you that sweeping a team is the easiest way to make up ground in the division, and renewed success against Fiers could mean more rubber games going the Pirates’ way.

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