Published on September 5th, 2012 | by James Conley0
Pedro Alvarez Named NL Player of the Week
It wasn’t enough to stop four miserable losses at the hands of Milwaukee and Houston, but Pedro Alvarez’s heroics in two must-win contests against the St. Louis Cardinals were enough to collect National League Player of the Week honors.
Alvarez produced four home runs, 25 total bases and a .458 batting average (11-for-24) in six games. It is the second time he has won POTW honors.
The Vanderbilt University product led the N.L. with a 1.042 slugging percentage and had the second-most total bases (25) for the week while placing third in hits (11), fifth in on-base percentage (.500), and tying for sixth with eight RBI. Alvarez collected hits in five of six games last week and had four multi-hit efforts.
Though the Pirates have dropped 10 of their last 13 games and four straight, Alvarez’s performance was one of the lone bright spots last week. Alvarez collected three home runs in two wins against the Cardinals, earning his fifth-career multi-home run game.
Alvarez now has a triple-slash of .250/.329/.498. His 27 home runs lead the Pirates and all NL third basemen, and are close to doubling his previous career-high of 16, set in 2010.
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