Pedro Alvarez took a day off today after starting his career 4-for-35.â†µ
"I don't know what's going on in his mind, but I would have to think that he's probably trying to do a little too much," said Pirates third-base coach Tony Beasley. "But I think he's going to settle down and relax and play the game the way he's capable of playing."â†µ
Maybe, but he probably also just has to adjust a little. He appears to be standing a little bit far from the plate right now, which leaves him vulnerable to pitches down and away. Ben Sheets, in particular, threw pitch after pitch down and away, and Alvarez struggled to get to them. This isn't an insurmountable problem; Alvarez has shown the ability to make adjustments after getting off to slow starts at various levels in the minors. But this is the first time he's faced pitchers with consistently good command.