Bits: LaHair stays hot; Longo hurts knee
May, 1, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
• Chicago Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair smacked his fifth home run Monday night in Philadelphia and finished April with a .390 batting average and 1.251 OPS. LaHair is near the top of ESPN's most-added list, and justifiably so, but be prepared for his plus-.600 BABIP to drop a lot. Still, this top-five NL first baseman should hit 20 home runs.
• Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez also slugged his fifth home run of the season Monday, and he did it off Atlanta Braves lefty Mike Minor, which is impressive. That said, Alvarez is hitting only .203 on the season, nearly half what LaHair is hitting. Alvarez should hit 20 home runs as well, but if his three walks and 23 strikeouts are any indication, his batting average likely won't reach .250.
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarPedro Alvarez has five homers, but he also has 23 strikeouts in 59 at-bats this season.