Pedro Alvarez vs NL Central pitchers
Jun 9, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) runs the bases to score a run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Things get considerably tougher to analyze when we look at Pedro’s numbers against the Chicaco Cubs.
The elephant in the room here is not even in the room at all. Jon Lester, not pictures, has never faced Pedro Alvarez. Until we see how Alvarez fares against the Cubs’ marquee pitcher, we can’t quite get a handle on what to expect. Of course, that is even if he stays in against lefties at all (For the record, I think he should). Looking at the rest of the Cubs’ pitching staff, it’s quite hit or miss, except mostly miss. Aside from Edwin Jackson and Pedro Strop, Alvarez doesn’t fare too well against Cubs pitching. Don’t get too excited about his numbers against Jackson, as Jackson is quickly falling out of favor at Wrigley, and may very well implode before he gets a chance to serve some more meatballs to Pedro.
The reverse of the Reds pitcher scenario is almost true here. Pedro Strop is projected to be the Cubs’ setup man, getting to the ninth where Hector Rondon could be the closer. Despite having only 15 ABs against the two pitchers, Pedro seems to hit them well. Alas, small sample size rules the day again. Don’t be surprised if Pedro struggles against the Cubs until he can figure out Lester and others not named Jackson.
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