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Albert Pujols matches career longest hitless streak

Apr 25, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

Albert Pujols Reuters

Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 as the Angels were shut out by the Rays 5-0 on Tuesday. He’s gone hitless in four straight games, matching a career high.

Pujols had five previous streaks of going hitless in four games, the last taking place from Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2010.

Pujols has also gone eight straight games without an RBI, tying the fourth-longest streak of his career. He went 11 games without an RBI from June 27-July 13, 2001 and from May 15-26, 2010.

This isn’t the first time in his career that Pujols has gotten off to a rocky start, but since he’s with a new team, everything is magnified. If he doesn’t launch his first homer soon — he’s gone 69 at-bats without one — the scrutiny will grow exponentially.

  1. Ben - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Things are not looking pretty for Albert right now.

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=16628&mode=print&nocache=1335277743
    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/wainwright-and-pujols-rough-starts/

    He’ll probably pull it back together, but I wonder if he’ll have a 6+ WAR season again.

    • ezthinking - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:52 AM

      That is if WAR meant something.

      • Ben - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:28 AM

        http://aka-img-2.h-img.com/media/img/b/hn/2401564/3651798757413324882.400_600r

  2. storebrandcookies - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    From Espn.. “Flat” Albert.

  3. st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Greedy bitch

    • sasquash20 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      I’m sure you would have turned that deal down right? What a douche bag

      • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        The cost of living in Cali is WAY higher then shittly stl

      • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        i may be a douche but i have a bigger cock

    • adeedothatswho - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:46 AM

      Yeah, what a total asshole….the Angels offer to pay him all that money, AND HE TOOK IT?!?!?!? What a dick….

      • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        generic answer, ass goblin

    • emoser - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      And clearly his lack of production is tied directly to the contract he signed.

      • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        the spotlight is burning bright on his 240 million ass

      • emoser - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        Just like it has been for the past 10 years. He got $240 mil because he’s the biggest star in baseball, not the other way around. You can’t tell me that this wouldn’t be a story if he was still playing under his old contract.

      • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        He isn’t worth 240 mil he got that because the angels missed out on Crawford and other big names they have a tv deal and money to piss away. His deal is back loaded like a motherfucker. Paying all that money for a guy that’s gonna be a dh from age 37 to 41is dumb. They aren’t even going to make it to the playoffs this year or even next or maybe not even the year after that..Texas got a tv deal to with some money to piss away. No one can touch the rangers. Albert went to a team that doesn’t have a chance.

  4. acieu - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    And the Cardinals are off to a bad start without him too

    • sj39 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Bad start? What are you talking about?

      • paperlions - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Can’t you see the sarcasm font?

    • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      still drawing 35k plus for an afternoon game..not bad

  5. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    The guy is obviously a bum. Power hitters tend to be extremely consistent, hitting HR at a steady rate and driving runs in whenever runners are on base.

    /wait, the sarcasm button isn’t up yet?

  6. bbk1000 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    “everything is magnified. If he doesn’t launch his first homer soon — he’s gone 69 at-bats without one — the scrutiny will grow exponentially”

    In my best Beavis and Butthead voice…”hehehe, he said 69, yea 69″

  7. randygnyc - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    You can’t tell me Artie Moreno isn’t having some buyers remorse, right about, …….NOW.

  8. dawglb - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Pressure is a B-I-T-C-H. He’s feeling it. It is a long season. He will snap out of it.

    • randygnyc - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      maybe. probably. But how much of the season will be lost and how far back will the Angels be. they didnt sign Pujols for his potential stats. He was signed for one reason, to win a world series. everything else is a failure.

  9. quonce - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Switched leagues. He isn’t adjusting to AL pitchers yet.

    ……..And then there’s that mega contract he must live up to.

    • jarathen - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      Like when he “switched leagues” from AAA to the Majors?

      • bravojawja - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        You mean the league that’s won 4 of the last 6 World Series? Or do you mean the league he’s hit .347 against in his career (through 2010, anyway)?

      • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        The AAA Isnt like playing the YANKEES OR THE RAYS pitching I thought I was the dumbest one here

      • jarathen - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        You people don’t understand at all. What I’m saying is that the “switched leagues’ theory is full of holes. He went from playing against MINOR LEAGUE pitching to MAJOR LEAGUE pitching and raked for a decade. But people are trying to say that him moving from the NL to the AL is some kind of culture shock that he just can’t get around. Watching him hit, you know it’s not about adjusting to new pitchers. It’s about hitting well, period,.

    • paperlions - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      or like his career inter-league numbers (when he should have been equally unfamiliar with the pitchers), which are fantastic?

  10. jarathen - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    I had hoped that Albert would set all sorts of personal records in his first season in Anaheim, but this wasn’t really the type I had in mind.

  11. odj810 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    he’ll hit 10 HR’s in one month once he breaks out.

  12. paperlions - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    I expect that he will improve some….he has had similar slumps before….and this one may be getting to him because of the new contract/team/city….but this still just looks like the continuation of a 3 year trend. Over those years he has increasingly swung at fewer strikes, increasingly swung at more balls, and seen his power steadily decline.

    I still think the Cardinals got lucky that he was taken off their hands. He may have an MVP quality season one or two more years….but it doesn’t make sense to pay a guy like an MVP for 9 or 10 years to get that type of production for one or two.

  13. djm426 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    He’s killing my fantasy team

  14. BigBeachBall - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    what if he doesn’t get a single hr all year….

  15. thefalcon123 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    The closer to perfect something is, the easier it is it’s flaws, as is the case with Albert. Cardinals fans know that he gets into a bit of a slump then makes them worse by pressing. He starts increasingly chasing pitches out of the zone (which he also does when he starts getting walked a lot), gets impatient and makes weaker contact.

    He seems to be pressing right now. His walk rate is in the dump (3 unintentional walks!) and he’s pulling everything (which he has increasingly done over the past several years). He’ll probably break out of it and soon (remember, he was slugging just .395 at the end of May last year), but it is getting to to point of being worrisome. Hopefully he’s not in line for a huge drop off.

    I may not be happy to see him with the Angels, but I’d love to see those insane stat lines carry on year after year.

  16. pw38 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    As a Rangers fan while I hope the team does well because it’s boring not having any competition I certainly won’t shed a tear for Albert or the Angels after the hand job the media gave them this off season.

  17. stlouis1baseball - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Pressing…pressing…pressing.

  18. chumthumper - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    First. it was not about the money. Then Mr & Mrs Pujols were insulted by the Cardinals offer. Pujols signed with the Angels for a lot more money. Ok, so I guess it really WAS about the money.

    • st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      ego

  19. st1080 - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    His deal was all about ego. He has plenty of money It was more of being known as one of the highest paid baseball players on the planet. By the time he moves his family to California and put his kids in private schools and when his wife goes on a shopping spree it’s not THAT much of a difference then what he could have or would have got here in St. Louis. I think he’s a greedy and has an ego bigger then the slump he’s in right now.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      ego. definately. when he was here in st louis this town litterally worshipped the ground he walked on. im sure that would blow up anyone’s ego. he saw the 260 mil offer as another boost to his ego so he took it.
      unfortunately he’s beginning to realize that he’s not being worshipped in so-cal like he was here in stl. in stl al was looked at like a baseball god, the biggest celebrity in town. in so-cal there are movie stars and other assorted famous people all over the place. no one even knows who he is when he’s out and about. i bet thats a hard pill for al to swallow. he’s also on a team that barring some miracle has no chance of getting into the playoffs the next 3-4 years. he’ll never get anymore world series rings before he retires. those pills are hard to swallow too.
      when september rolls around and al is watching the other teams compete in the playoffs he’s going to be wishing he had taken the cards offer and stayed in baseball heaven.

      oh and 200 mil goes twice as far in st louis than 260 mil will go anywhere in cali.

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