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Cape-tugging 101: Bronson Arroyo thinks Albert Pujols looks 'uncomfortable' at plate

May 17, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

Bronson Arroyo allowed two runs in a complete-game win over the Cardinals yesterday, holding Albert Pujols to 0-for-3 with a walk, and afterward said the reigning MVP looks “uncomfortable” at the plate.

Right now, Albert looks a little bit more uncomfortable at the plate than you’re used to seeing. Even that being said, you still have to make great pitches to get him out. I don’t think anything is wrong with him physically.

Watching him this series I thought he was a little quick. I think a lot of offspeed stuff was getting him out. Maybe he doesn’t have as good a pitch recognition right now that you expect. But we’ve seen that in the past. Guys have struck him out twice in a game on balls off the plate. Then you see him a month later and he’s killing everything. He goes through funks like everybody else.

Arroyo may be right, as Pujols is just 14-for-55 (.255) with one homer in 15 games this month. On the other hand, even while slumping he has an OPS above .800 and, more importantly, YOU DON’T TUG ON SUPERMAN’S CAPE.
Arroyo really didn’t say anything bad, but the Reds play the Cardinals another nine times this season and giving Pujols any extra motivation sounds like a horrendous idea. As is he’s hit .308 with a .410 on-base percentage and .577 slugging percentage 61 plate appearances versus Arroyo, striking out just three times.

  1. Doug - May 17, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Oh no! Those whiny carDUInal fans (and probably Tony LaRussa) are going to have a fit about this!
    They are probably going to claim that Bronson Arroyo is not entitled to say something like this since he doesn’t play for the only team to play the game correctly.
    Or something along those lines.
    Boo hoo in advance carDUInal fans! Boo hoo!

  2. Randy - May 17, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Correction – the Reds and Cards have only 6 games remaining.
    Where is the story about Colby Rasmus calling Bronson Arroyo’s pitching a bunch of poo-poo?

  3. Jon - May 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Dramatic headline much? Saying Albert Pujols “looks a little bit more uncomfortable at the plate than you’re used to seeing” is nowhere near saying Pujols in general looks uncomfortable at the plate, and I don’t think Arroyo was saying that. If I say Jennifer Aniston is not as good looking as she used to be, that doesn’t mean I’m saying she’s not good looking.

  4. Jonny5 - May 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    I think he’s right. It was noticed when the cards were in philly. No bombs from him, nothing hit too strongly from him at all.

  5. Doug - May 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    This is bad. No one outside of St. Louis is allowed to have an opinion. These comments by Arroyo are clearly detrimental to the integrity of the game.

  6. BC - May 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Arroyo is a chipwich.

  7. Mason - May 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Spoken like a true Cubs fan. By the way, did you wait a whole month before hopping off the bandwagon, or was it just a week into the season?
    Have fun crossing streams with the other douches in the troughs at Wrigley.

  8. Doug - May 17, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Wrong. Not a cubs fan either. Just really can’t stand the self righteous carDUInals and their fan base.

  9. Gym - May 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    I’m a fan of the Cardinals. Less so of DUIs (but seriously…what a lame dig, bro. Work on your material).
    I agree that Albert looks like he has been pressing a bit lately. Would also be nice if Holliday could contribute with any semblance of consistency.
    Arroyo might be a wuss who’d rather be strumming his acoustic guitar in some coffee shop, but he pitched well against us the other day and has a point about Pujols.

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