Mid-afternoon snack with Pedro and Tommy

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(By Dave)

I already covered Aramis Ramirez in today’s Rundown, but I
wanted to dedicate a little space to two other players who have been really, really good lately. 

Pedro Alvarez, 3B,
Pirates

          Alvarez went 2-for-4 last night with a pair of homers and
five RBIs. One of those homers was a grand slam.  Guess what the other one was.

Since July 9, he’s hitting.355 (11-for-31) and slugging .742
with three homers, three doubles and eight RBIs. This is good.

He’s also walked five times in this span, compared to the
six walks he drew in his previous 72 at-bats – Growth!

The bad news is the strikeouts – Pedro continues to whiff at
an incredible 38.8 clip, pretty much tarnishing any change of his ability to
sustain an average north of .300 (or probably even .275) the rest of the way.

With that said, he’s strong like bull (.277-13-53 line for
Triple-A Indianpolis) and should be a productive hot cornerman the rest of the
way.

It wouldn’t surprise me if he outproduces Scott Rolen,
Michael Cuddyer, Chase Headley and if he’s really really really really really
lucky, Chris Davis.

 

Tommy Hunter, SP,
Rangers

          Hunter tossed seven shutout innings last night vs. the
Tigers, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out three to improve
to 7-0 with a 2.09 ERA.

Eight of Hunter’s nine starts have been quality

His 1.11 WHIP is delicious.

His 31/14 K/BB ratio does not forebode well. At all.

His .253 BABIP tells me tells me this is some spicy psychedelic
lights show about to go very wrong.

His next two starts are against both likely to be against
the Angels, and I’d sell him immediately for pretty much any good pitcher who’s
production hasn’t been living up to his draft stock (I’m well aware of how
poorly constructed that last sentence was. But I’m pretty much referencing
Javier Vazquez, Wandy Rodriguez, James Shields and Chad Billingsley).

 

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