September 3, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) is greeted as he returns to the dugout after Alvarez scored a run against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at PNC Park. The Houston Astros won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
It doesn't feel like it's been a particularly good week for the Pirates, and yet Pedro Alvarez has apparently been the league's best player over that span. Alvarez won the Player of the Week award pretty much on the strength of his brilliant series against the Cardinals, in which he went 8-for-13 and homered three times. That includes these two shots, of course.