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Cardinal killer Pedro Alvarez strikes again

Aug 29, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

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Pedro Alvarez followed up Tuesday’s two-homer game with another home run and a double as the Pirates topped the Cardinals 5-0 on Wednesday.

Alvarez ended the three-game series 8-for-13 with seven RBI. It’s just his latest outburst against the Cardinals. For the season, he’s hitting .397 with seven homers, 13 runs scored and 23 RBI in 58 at-bats against the Cardinals. He’s at .225 with 19 homers, 42 runs scored and 47 RBI in 447 at-bats against everyone else.

To put that in perspective, Alvarez averages one homer every eight at-bats and one RBI every 2.5 at-bats versus the Cards. He averages one homer every 24 at-bats and one RBI every 9.5 at-bats versus the rest of baseball.

Unfortunately for Alvarez, tonight’s game was the Pirates’ last against against the Cardinals this year. They won the season series 8-7, but they’re still one game back of St. Louis for second place in the NL Central.

  1. redguy12588 - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    He’s been fantastic this season. It’s been a lot of fun watching him improve as the season goes on. No one ever thought that he’d have the patience to put up a .350 OBP, but he’s at .330 right now and .360 since the break. Pirates have themselves a nice core for the next 5-6 years, and the aces are looming.

  2. johnnyb1976 - Aug 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Reds magic number is 24. Just saying.

  3. hushbrother - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Pedro has the saddest face in baseball, but hopefully these home runs made him feel better.

  4. steelbeast725 - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    They have a rather easy schedule in sept

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    The SPCA should investigate this guy.

  6. psunick - Aug 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Those numbers against everyone else aren’t all that bad, either!

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