|Bats / Throws||Left / Left|
|Date of Birth||5/6/1989|
|Height, Weight||5'11", 180 lbs|
|Nationality||Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of|
Alvarez pitched two innings, allowing one hit and two walks as the opener in Saturday's game versus the Dodgers.
The spotless performance gives Alvarez a 3.57 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 23 appearances spanning 22.2 innings this season. The reliever has also snagged a save and four holds while striking out 15 batters.
Alvarez will be used as an opener Saturday against the Dodgers, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
In many ways, it's surprising that a forward-thinking manager such as Gabe Kapler took until now to embrace the opener trend. The platoon-heavy Dodgers make for an ideal candidate to test the system against, with both righty Vince Velasquez and lefty Cole Irvin available in long relief. The move guarantees that Alvarez will pitch, but it also means he'll face the toughest part of the Dodgers' order and will not get the chance for a win.