Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Days

Pedro Alvarez went hitless in four plate appearances in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

Alvarez has, on the whole, been above-average with the bat, but Tuesday's performance drops his average to .179. He's been below the Mendoza Line since April 12, indicative of an all-or-nothing approach at the plate. Strikeouts, walks, and home runs have accounted for 40 percent of his plate appearances.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 5 Days

Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. Josh Harrison is taking Alvarez's spot at third base. Russell Martin is also getting a breather, with Chris Stewart handling the catching duties.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 6 Days

Pedro Alvarez had a rough day at the office in Friday's loss to the Brewers, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

He also left seven runners on base, which isn't what the Pirates are looking for from their biggest run producer. Though he does have six homers and 13 RBI on the season, he's slashing a putrid .175/.297/.476.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 7 Days

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-3 and smacked his sixth homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Alvarez is now tied with Mark Trumbo for the major league lead in homers. He also walked twice tonight. He entered the game 1-for-21 with no RBI in his previous six games.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 8 Days

Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Reds to drop his season batting line to .161/.277/.446.

The Pirates had just three hits on the day and struck out 12 times. Alvarez has homered five times and driven in 10 runs to keep his fantasy value afloat, but there's a good chance he'll wind up hitting in the low-.200s again this season.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 14 Days

Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run homer off James Russell in the seventh in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Cubs on Thursday.

That's five homers for Alvarez to go along with his two singles and one double. It gives him an odd .229/.341/.686 line for the season. But while he's not hitting for average, he's struck out just six times in nine games, which is an encouraging sign for him. He's coming off back-to-back 180-strikeout campaigns.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 15 Days

Pedro Alvarez homered twice, but it wasn't enough as the Pirates lost to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Alvarez finished 2-for-4 on the night. His first blast game in the fifth inning off of Jason Hammel, and the second was off of Pedro Strop in the ninth. Alvarez is up to four home runs and is coming off of a 36-homer season.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 16 Days

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with two RBI in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

The Pirates' three through six hitters each had two hits apiece as the Bucs banged out 11 hits and seven runs on the night. Alvarez delivered a two-run double in the first inning off Edwin Jackson, his first double of the year. The pair of runs batted in gives him five RBI through seven games.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 22 Days

Pedro Alvarez settled for a single in seven at-bats Wednesday against the Cubs.

He also struck out twice and made an error at third. After taking a couple of days off at the end of the spring to work on things, he's opened the season 1-for-11. He'll probably start piling up homers soon enough, but we're not fans of his for fantasy purposes.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Months

Pedro Alvarez had a two-run homer and an RBI single to lead the Pirates to a 7-6 win over the Red Sox on Monday.

Typically a slow starter, Alvarez has never hit more than two homers in an exhibition season. The homer today was his first of the spring, but he's off to a nice 5-for-12 start with a pair of doubles.