September 27, 2010

Alvarez's Hot Streak

Pedro Alvarez had a perfect night tonight going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, and two runs and RBI.

He was the NL Player of the Week last week for six games in which he hit .417 with four doubles, two homers and 13 RBI. Those RBI are no small achievement when hitting in the league's worst lineup.

After today's performance, in the last seven games Alvarez is 13-for-27 with five doubles, three homers and 15 RBI.

An Ichiro-type top of the order hitter thrives on consistency, getting a hit or two most days. Power hitters are nearly the direct opposite. A 40 home run guy may get 25 of those in eight hot weeks of the 26 week season. It says something not only that Alvarez is able to do this, but that he's able to do this at a point in the season when - if not excusable - it's at least not beyond the realm of possibility that players would stop giving their full effort.

Overall, Pedro is up to .249/.324/.449 which is great for a guy in his second pro season. Considering power is usually the last skill to manifest itself, he's definitely cemented himself as someone to be excited about for 2011 and beyond.

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