Although the Pittsburgh Pirates secured the worst record in the league this week, they also had a tremendous upside. Their 23-year-old third basemen, Pedro Alvarez, had arguably the best week of his young career. Alvarez stepped into the batter’s box a total of 30 times over the last seven days and came up with 15 hits and one walk. His best day of the week came on Thursday, where he landed the first four-hit game of his career, which included a three-run home run and a total of five runs batted in. Thursday’s performance brought his weekly stat line to easily the best in the league. Pedro finished with a .517 batting average for the week, six runs scored, 14 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .931. Though the Pirates may have struggled this season, the light at the end of the tunnel just got quite a bit brighter seeing what Pedro Alvarez is capable of when he hits a hot streak.
On the mound this week, two pitchers separated themselves from the rest of the league’s hurlers. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants. However, due to Verlander giving up five runs over 16 innings, Lincecum gets the honor this week with just two runs over 15 innings, leading the Giants to a National League West lead. Lincecum pitched seven innings on Wednesday, on short rest, striking out 11 and giving up just a single run against the Diamondbacks. Over the last seven days, Tim Lincecum finished with two wins in a tightly contested race for the NL West. Over the week, he finished with 20 strikeouts in 15 innings, and held his opponents to a batting average of just .157.
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