Pedro Alvarez

2013 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

An alphabetical look at the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.
From A to Z, here are the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.

Pedro Alvarez

Maybe the third baseman was rushed through the Pirates’ system, or maybe he’s been a little slow to develop, but the Pirates have been rewarded for their patience with the young slugger. The second overall pick in 2008 is tied for the NL lead in homers and is fourth in RBIs. If the Bucs can hang on and win the NL Central, Alvarez will be a key component.

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Preview

Can Bucs take next step and win NL Central in 2014?
A solid core group of players is in place for at least the next few years. The Pirates also have a strong farm system. However, the team failed to make any splashy moves over the winter, declining to build on the momentum it gained last season and improve a roster weakened by the free-agent losses.

The Pirates want to prove themselves again in 2014. Last year, they ended a string of 20 consecutive losing seasons — the longest in major North American professional team sports history — and also reached the postseason for the first time since 1992.

18 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
Mike Trout continues to wow fans in Anaheim, the Braves are once again the hottest team in baseball, J-Hey sparks Atlanta, lefties can't beat the Indians, Pedro Alvarez kills the Cardinals and A-Rod's financial loss. These and other fantastic facts are part of our amazing baseball stats for the week of July 29-August 4.

Mike Trout continues to wow fans in Anaheim, the Braves are once again the hottest team in baseball, J-Hey sparks Atlanta, lefties can't beat the Indians, Pedro Alvarez kills the Cardinals and A-Rod's financial loss. These and other fantastic facts are part of our amazing baseball stats for the week of July 29-August 4.

2013 Baseball Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

Is the year the Pirates break their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons?
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<p> Making a run at the postseason might be a stretch — even in the era of the second wild card — but a winning record appears to be a realistic goal in Pittsburgh.</p>

10 Players Most Likely to Make Baseball's 500,000th Error

Here are our best guesses
<p> Here are our best guesses</p>

According to the greatest baseball research website in the world, Baseball-Reference.com, MLB and its players are approaching the 500,000th recorded error since 1876. Wow, a half-million miscues.

With 499,982 as of today, Sept. 15, some unfortunate dude will make the milestone mess-up most likely on Sunday, Sept. 16 (or the next day).


Here are our Top 10 candidates to make history:

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Preview

After a tease with success last year, Pirates believe they can compete
<p> The Pittsburgh Pirates want to stretch four months of feel-good baseball into six months this season. And they believe they can go the distance this season.</p>

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