Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been named the National League Player of the Week for the time period lasting from August 27 – September 2. pedro alvarez
In six games that week, Alvarez launched four home runs including the longest ever hit by a Pirate at PNC Park at an estimated 469 feet against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Alvarez went 11 for 24 at the plate, good for a .458 average and third in the NL. His eight RBI were good for sixth-most among NL batters and his .500 OBP ranked him fifth for the week.
The 25-year-old had four multi-hit games during the week and turned in his best performance of the season on Wednesday as he collected four hits – two of them home runs – three runs and four RBI in five at bats in a 9-0 Pirates victory over the Cardinals.
The game tied Alvarez for the most multi-home run games (five) as a third baseman in Pirates history with Richie Hebner and Aramis Ramirez.
Pedro now sits at 27 home runs on the year, ranking him 16th among all MLB players, fifth among all NL players and tops among NL third basemen.
In other news, the team’s loss last night against the Houston Astros was its fourth consecutive dropped game and has the club sitting just six games above .500 and 2.5 games out of a wild card spot.
The team looks to improve on its 11-20 record since August 1 tonight at 7:05 PM against the Astros.
Let’s Go Bucs.
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