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Monday, August 18, 2014

Steve Sax: “Nothing Wrong With Pedro Alvarez”

Sax - Alvarez: Soul to Soul.

“There’s nothing wrong with Pedro Alvarez. There’s nothing wrong his arm, there’s nothing wrong with his mind. He does not have a mental block,” Sax said. “What it is, it’s a confidence issue. Once he gets over that and gains his confidence back, he’ll be 100 percent outstanding like he was before.”

Pompeani asked Sax how he was able to fix things.

“I made every ground ball in practice like it was a game. So what I did was essentially I switched the roles. Practice was now a game time and game time was almost a trivial thing. Because I had already just done it in practice. And so, I started gaining confidence that way in practice, and it spilled over into the games. And it was over. The thing got over pretty quickly after that,” Sax said. Sax also gave credit to his manager, Tommy Lasorda, for keeping him in the lineup.

Sax said that he would keep Alvarez in the lineup. Pompeani asked if the Pirates can afford to do that and risk more errors while being in a playoff race.

“And that’s the question you have to ask, because can you afford not to have his bat in the game? Maybe one or two home runs that he hits down the stretch makes the difference as well,” he said. “So that’s the kind of question that they’re going to have to ask themselves.”

Repoz Posted: August 18, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 18, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4773340)
Chuck Knoblauch: "Pedro Alvarez is Completely F**ked"
   2. The District Attorney Posted: August 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4773352)
Sax said that he would keep Alvarez in the lineup.
Maybe this year. After giving him an offseason to work on it, you might as well move Alvarez to 1B. Josh Harrison is good, Ike Davis is not.
   3. formerly dp Posted: August 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4773363)
Josh Harrison is good, Ike Davis is not.
Ike Davis, career: .241/.337/.424 (OPS+ 111)
Pedro Alvarez, career: .233/.314/.392 (OPS+ 99)

That said, New Ike Davis is a bit of an odd duck offensively, doesn't hit many homers, or hit for a high BA, but consistently draws a lot of walks.

Hey, Travis Snider is having a decent year. After sticking with him way too long, I'd finally given up hope.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4773381)
Chuck Knoblauch: "Pedro Alvarez is Completely F**ked"


"...and it's probably his wife's fault."



Too soon?
   5. AROM Posted: August 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4773395)
Pedro Alvarez, career: .233/.314/.392 (OPS+ 99)


Not his career numbers, that's 2014 to date. I see this and I'm thinking Pedro Alvarez has back to back 30 homer seasons, and led the NL last year with 36. No way his career slugging is under .400

But his career numbers aren't that much better than that, 235/307/433, 105 OPS+.
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4773404)
I noticed that last year Pedro Alvarez led the league in homers, strikeouts and errors. I think he is the only person ever to do that, mostly because the league leader in errors is always a 3B, SS or 2B which do not tend to be the biggest power hitters. Is this right?
   7. Greg K Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4773411)
I noticed that last year Pedro Alvarez led the league in homers, strikeouts and errors. I think he is the only person ever to do that, mostly because the league leader in errors is always a 3B, SS or 2B which do not tend to be the biggest power hitters. Is this right?

Mark Reynolds would be my guess in that it seems like he's led the league in errors and strikeouts any time he managed a full season. Plus he once hit 40 home runs. But looking it up he never led the league in homers.
   8. formerly dp Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4773437)
But his career numbers aren't that much better than that, 235/307/433, 105 OPS+.
My bad, copied and pasted the wrong line. Still: 1) Ike Davis is a better hitter for his career, and 2) Davis is having a better 2014. My point isn't that the Bucs should start Davis over Alvarez at 1B in 2015, but that if you're down on Ike Davis, starting 1B, you shouldn't view Alvarez as a particularly compelling option there either.
   9. JJ1986 Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4773441)
Ike Davis has pretty huge platoon splits. If I were trying to maximize value at 1B, I'd platoon him and a RHB (Sanchez?) rather than giving the job to Alvarez.
   10. McCoy Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4773442)
I noticed that last year Pedro Alvarez led the league in homers, strikeouts and errors. I think he is the only person ever to do that, mostly because the league leader in errors is always a 3B, SS or 2B which do not tend to be the biggest power hitters. Is this right?

It has never happened before. Only the NL and AL have had a person lead the league in HR and strikeouts and until Pedro came along no one has ever led the league in errors as well.
   11. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM (#4773443)
6 - Yup, he's the only one. Hopson got two out of three (sans homers).
   12. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4773464)
If I were trying to maximize value at 1B, I'd platoon him and a RHB (Sanchez?) rather than giving the job to Alvarez.


This is what they've been doing. Sanchez, Alvarez, and Davis are all the same hitter this year, except that Davis walks a lot.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4773484)
Ike Davis has pretty huge platoon splits. If I were trying to maximize value at 1B, I'd platoon him and a RHB (Sanchez?) rather than giving the job to Alvarez.


That's what they've been doing this year. It's not going so great. Even if you assume a perfectly efficient PT distribution (which never happens), both guys are only around a .780 OPS in 2014 from their "good" side. They're both due arb raises this offseason, too.

Pedro is the new Tony Armas Sr., with all the good and bad that entails. He's worth trading if they can get value for him, and if not, he's worth keeping and using at 1B until he gets too expensive.
   14. Pirate Joe Posted: August 18, 2014 at 07:35 PM (#4774099)
Someone saying that Alvarez will "be 100 percent outstanding like he was before" is the funniest thing I've heard all day. Maybe all month.


   15. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 18, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4774137)
Man, my bet that Alvarez would lead the league in HRs has not turned out well.
   16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 18, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4774141)
Man, my bet that Alvarez would lead the league in HRs has not turned out well.


Did you specify that he'd do it this year? If not, there's your out.
   17. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4774339)
Alvarez playing 1B last night was uggles, uggles, ugly, mugly, uggles.

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