Over at Yahoo, I take a look at Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ power hitting third baseman who is prone to slumps that make us all wonder whether baseball is the right career for him. Unfortunately, there’s some evidence that says we shouldn’t expect much brighter days ahead.Before Thursday night’s game against the Braves, Alvarez, ostensibly a power hitter, had yet to record an extra-base hit. And even after homering against Julio Teheran, his numbers this year are anemic: .104/.204/.167, good for an OPS of .371. That’s hardly acceptable for a major-league pitcher, much less the man expected to provide the left-handed punch in the Pirates’ order. Though perhaps that should give Pirates fans some hope — unless Alvarez is actually the victim of some kind of Face Off body switch, chances are good that a mere reversal of luck due can give a boost to his numbers.
Read the whole thing here.
Interested because he was terrible last year at the beginning of the year when I had him in fantasy, yet finished with 30 bombs.