PHILADELPHIA – Could Pedro Alvarez’s nightmare season get any worse? Short answer: yes.
We know about the 23 throwing errors that forced him off third base at least temporarily, the most throwing errors since throwing errors began be tracked separately from total errors in 2002 (and Alvarez hasn’t played third base consistently since early August).
We know about the power outage. After tying for the NL lead with 36 home runs last season, Alvarez has hit 18 this year and his slugging percentage is down by 68 points.
He’s performance has been below replacement level (-0.2 WAR), and for the second time in the parts of five seasons he’s played he produced below replacement level. While he’s also won a Silver Slugger award, it’s not exactly the type of consistent impactful performance you want from a former No. 2 overall pick.