By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- The popular opinion of Pirate fans seems to be to send third baseman Pedro Alvarez back to the minors. I’ll show you why that talk is crazy.

Do fans realize the team has only played 28 games? Relax.

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I realize Alvarez is struggling but sending him to the minors isn’t the answer.

First of all, who are you going to replace him with Steve Pearce? Brandon Wood?

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Second, where are the Pirates going?

Here’s some other numbers for fans to chew on?

Coming into today:
Pedro Alvarez: .200, 1 HR, 7 RBI
Jayson Heyward: .200, 0 HR, 9 RBI
Jayson Werth: .221, 4 HR, 7 RBI
Carlos Gonzalez: .228, 1 HR, 14 RBI
Carl Crawford: .155, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Vernon Wells: .174, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Carlos Lee: .194, 2 HR, 5 RBI

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I wonder if any talk show or fans in these other cities are bringing up sending these players to the minors? Doubt it….