Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez - who hit .180 against left-handed pitching this season - smacked a single off St. Louis lefty Kevin Siegrist to drive home the winning run in Game 3 of the NLDS at PNC Park yesterday.
It was not a career-defining moment for Alvarez, as some suggest.
It was luck. It was one of 18 hits that come along every 100 at-bats against lefties, and it came along at a very opportune time.
Luck had a lot to do with yesterday's Pirates win. It looks like a charmed season.
The Pirates won despite a fielding miscue by Starling Marte, a baserunning gaffe by Andrew McCutchen, a bad call/missed tag by Alvarez at third base on a Cardinals’ double steal and Mark Melancon blowing a lead.
That's a lot of mistakes to overcome. A lot of luck.
A lot of grit, too. A lot of heart. The Pirates never say die.
Alvarez is the Pirates' postseason MVP so far: 4-13, five RBI (at least one in each game), three runs, two home runs and a double. His OPS is 1.221. Alvarez is streaky. Continued good form could go a long way toward the Pirates going a long way.
If Alvarez is MVP, Gerrit Cole is a close second. His performance in Game 2 (6 innings, 2 hits, one run) got the Pirates back in the series.
Here's predicting a Game 5. God wouldn't deny us the Cole-A.J. Burnett debate. It's the exact decision Lou Brown faced at the end of "Major League." Harris or Wild Thing? Brown picked the vet, like most old-school managers do.
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