Alvarez continues to torment the Cardinals pitching staff -

Alvarez continues to torment the Cardinals pitching staff

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(BaseballSTL) -- Ask any of the Cardinals players and they’ll tell you pretty much the same thing as to why Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez has so much success against them.

“He’s a good hitter,” Lance Lynn said matter-of-factly after the Cards lost 7-1 in Game 2 of the NLDS to the Pirates.

Good?  Yes.  But against the Cardinals Alvarez is out-of-this-world.  Since the 2010 season, the 26-year old has taken 125 at-bats against St. Louis and owns a .296 average.  But what’s most impressive is the fact he’s hit nine home runs in that span - more than he’s hit against any other team.  Alvarez’s 31 RBIs against the Cards the last three seasons are also more than he has against any other team.

“When you lead the National League in home runs (you’re pretty good).  The way the ball was carrying today he put two balls in the air that carried well for him and they worked out well,” Lynn said.

Alvarez went 2-4 this afternoon with a double and a big two run home run off Lance Lynn in the third inning.  He now has an extra base hit in two consecutive Division Series games and has hit home runs in consecutive playoff games becoming the fifth different Pirate all-time to do that.

“I mean he hit how many home runs?  36?  With 100 RBIs?  He’s a good hitter,” Yadier Molina said.  “You have to try some different things every at-bat but he took some very good at-bats today and made some strong contact.”

Alvarez can’t really explain why he hits for so much power against the Cardinals.

“This is a very good pitching staff (in St. Louis),” Alvarez explained about his success.  “They demand that you bring your A-game every single time and every single pitch.  You have to have full concentration and try to capitalize on hitting a mistake because they don’t make very many.

“That’s about it.  I’m just trying to go up there every single pitch and compete because that’s what (the Cardinals pitchers) demand out of you and how tough they are.”


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