Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Months

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-3 and drove home three runs on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Alvarez got the Pirates on the board with a two-run single in the first inning and tacked on another RBI knock off Zack Grienke in the sixth inning. While hitting just .223/.308/.391 on the season, he remains a very capable run producer with 10 homers and 31 RBI.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Months

Pedro Alvarez connected on a solo homer in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

The long fly was his only hit in four at-bats. Alvarez is still attempting to make amends for an awful April in which he hit just .172. His 10 home runs rank ninth in the National League and he has the batting average up to .221. Alvarez's .306 OBP is identical to his career mark, but his .395 slugging percentage is .41 points below his career average. The third baseman's fantasy value goes as his power does.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Months

Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

He had two of the team's six hits on the day, with Andrew McCutchen also notching a pair of base knocks. Alvarez's average is up to .220 after the two-hit day, which is actually the highest it's been since April 10. He's hit nine home runs so far this season.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 2 Months

Pedro Alvarez connected for a two-run homer in Friday's 4-3 win over the Nationals.

The fourth-inning blast off Jordan Zimmermann ended up being the difference in the game. It was his ninth home run of the season and his first since May 5. While the power hasn't been there recently, his average is creeping up somewhat. After ending April at .172, he's now up to .213 on the year.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 Months

Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI single in a losing cause Monday against the Giants.

Alvarez has raised his average from .169 to .225 during a seven-game hitting streak. He's up to eight homers now, putting him on pace to top last year's total of 36. The rest of his game is seriously lacking, though.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 Months

Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

It's Alvarez's 16th career three-hit game, but just the fifth in which none of his hits have been homers; the last time that happened was on April 3, 2011. Unfortunately, Alvarez hurt the Pirates as much as he helped them today, throwing away an easy bunt play to help fuel a three-run fifth for the Orioles. It was his fifth error of the year, and once you add up his defense and his .194 average, he's been a liability in real baseball to date.

Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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.