Monday, April 9, 2012
Previewing Tonight's Home Opener TOR 2-1 vs BOS 0-3
Alvarez made ten starts last season for Toronto finishing with an ERA of 3.53 and a very nice WHIP of 1.13. Now I generally try not to get overly excited about a young player before they get a few years under their belt. But I have to tell you, I am excited about this kid. This spring he threw 15 innings, allowing only 3 walks and striking out 10. His spring ERA was a solid 3 and again he again threw to a WHIP of 1.13. I know that spring stats aren't usually a valid reflection of a players performance. However what I'm taking from this is that he has good control of his stuff and he gets people out.
On March 24 I watched Alvarez in Dunedin start against an Atlanta lineup that included all of the regulars aside from Dan Uggla and an injured Chipper Jones. Alvarez allowed one hit over five innings and walked no one. What really impressed me though was how well he dominated the lower half of the strike zone and induced ground ball outs. He is young and he may have a sophomore slump. That being said, I like the way he plays the game.
If Toronto is going to have a shot at competing this season, they need to win these early games against Boston while the likes of Beckett, Bailey and Crawford are out. Here's hoping they get off to a good start at home tonight behind Alvarez.
One thing is for certain. It's gonna be loud!