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Albert Pujols: still struggling

Apr 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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This can’t last. Of that much I’m certain. But dudes: Albert Pujols just went hitless in his fifth straight game. He’s 0 for 19 in that stretch. I’m thinking of moving to Defcon 4 here.

He at least walked last night — viva reaching base! — but he struck out twice, and he finds himself in the longest slump of his career and is sporting a stinky .222/.282/.319 line.

He and the Angels draw Matt Moore today, which is no picnic. Over the weekend he faces a struggling Justin Masterson, Jeanmar Gomez and Derek Lowe, so it looks a little brighter, one presumes.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    After his first Angels HR, which I assume will come this season, I’m sure he’ll get it going.

  2. ajcardsfan - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I think he’ll get there, when that arrival actually comes is another question, could be second half of the season, it might be next year. He’ll eventually find his groove and start producing, but who knows what kind of production it will be. Best of luck Albert, I hope you find your game and retire with some epic numbers, no matter who you’re playing for.

  3. burm61 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    The smog filled sky of Los Angeles is falling!

    • Loren - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      In Anaheim

      • burm61 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Technically the Los Angeles smog sky of Anaheim.

  4. darthicarus - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    I believe CJ Wilson is to blame for this. Getting hits is so mainstream CJ advised Senor Pujols to try a different approach.

  5. racksie - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Hmmm…maybe drug testing does work?

    • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      …and has a lag time of 6 years?

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Racksie:
      Hmmm…maybe you shouldn’t be such a moron so your ignorance isn’t illustrated for all to see.

      • racksie - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        HGH. Moron.

      • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        HGH has no effect. In addition, no one has ever been caught by an HGH “test”; the only people punished for HGH in any league in the world were caught by other means (mail shipments or informants) and admitted to using it when confronted.

  6. paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    If one was a God-fearing man, he might suggest that this is a personal test for Albert, designed to teach him humility after his display of a monster-sized ego during contract negotiations.

    Alternatively, this may be God’s retribution for Familia Pujols throwing around God as a reason for going to Anaheim….I hear God isn’t a huge fan of hypocrites, liars, or the greedy. After all, if you say your skill is “God given”, can it not also be taken away?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      It is silly to suggest that these guys earn their money, especially with a MINIMUM salary of $480K. However, if the money is flowing into the game the way it has been, the players should absolutely get a big piece of it. Is Pujols any more greedy than Mauer? Ortiz? Torii Hunter?

      P.S., God is a myth, like all other gods before and all the gods that will come after. She doesn’t do squat, good or bad.

      • emoser - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        They absolutely earn their money. They aren’t stealing it or getting handouts for what they do–people are paying for the entertainment. Anybody who thinks otherwise can feel free to try out for a team and make their own millions if they believe they can do better.

      • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        To be clear, in case it wasn’t, my post was 100% pure sarcasm.

        I contend that all people are atheists, I simply believe in one fewer god than most.

    • henryd3rd - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Bow you heads and pray!

  7. paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    It would be nice if announcers would stop referring to him as the best hitter in baseball, that ship sailed after the 2009 season and hasn’t been seen from the shores since.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      I would agree. Now you have to at least include Kemp and Bautista in the conversation.

      • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        …and Votto, and Cabrera, and Hamilton (when healthy), and Braun

    • spikestl62 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      u have to remember who won the world series for the cards last yr…wasnt prince albert

      • henryd3rd - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        Braun doen’t belong in this conversation until he put up nummbers without the taint of “peds”!

    • averjoe - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      And yet the Cardinals were so blasted that they didn’t offer more than 200+ million. Pujols’ numbers will be very good at the end of the season. But, they are declining and have been for at least 3 years. The Angels will make their money, tv rights, marketing and attendance. But, Albert will not be the player he was for the first 11 years of his career. I do think he is pressing right now.

  8. mybrunoblog - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    We have seen lots of big time fre agents struggle early on with their new clubs so this is not yet a huge story.
    With that in mind Pujols numbers have slipped a bit over the last 2 seasons and you have to start thinking that he will never be the guy we saw in the mid 2000’s.
    I suspect that by the back end of this deal the Angels will regret this signing.

    • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Of course that guy is gone. Albert is 32.

      I chuckle every time I hear an announcer refer to a player that is 29 or 30 as “just entering his prime” (which was said by Tito about Cano on an ESPN broadcast recently). In general (though there are obvious exceptions), prime years end around 30 (give or take a year) and players start to decline after that…thought the decline doesn’t have to be precipitous and great players can stay great for several more years….just not as great as they were (especially on defense and the bases).

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Of course his production will not equal his pay at the back end, but with these kinds of deals GMs tend to look at the back end as the price of doing business.

  9. unlost1 - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Aw, i feel soory for th epoor millionaire

    • henryd3rd - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Pleeze learned how to use spel chex

  10. phukyouk - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I would not be the least bit surprised if he hits his first Blast against moore today. 2 in fact….

  11. plmathfoto - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I know he’s in California & all, but maybe he can’t get the “good stuff” since he’s away from McGwire now.

    • thefalcon123 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Pujols career slashline prior to McGwire become Cardinals hitting coach:
      .334/.427/.628

      Slashline the two years McGwire was his hitting coach:
      .301/.395/.569

      I don’t know what “good stuff” you think he’s getting from McGwire, but it clearly ain’t that good*.

      *this statement should in no way be interpreted as blaming McGwire for Albert not being as good in STL the last two seasons. I lay the blame on squarely on being over 30.

      • angrycorgi - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        “I lay the blame squarely on being over 40.”

        FTFY

  12. sdelmonte - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    The whole team is cause for concern so far. They have only two more wins than the Royals. And yes, it’s early, but the division is running away and there might not be that much margin for error for the wild card slots. They must be thankful, though, that the Bosox got off to a slow start, too.

  13. joecool16280 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    I would hate to be their accountant. If they were an east coast team there would be much more scrutiny about the contracts of Hunter, Wells, and Albert. They might as well sign Zito and Kevin Brown while they’re at it!

    • thefalcon123 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      “They might as well sign Zito and Kevin Brown while they’re at it!”

      Sigh.

      The Kevin Brown contract “disaster” year by year
      1999: Great season
      1999: Great season (lead league in ERA)
      2001: Limited to 19 starts. Was great during them though
      2002: Sucked and injuted
      2003: Great season
      2004: injured and mediocre
      2005: Awful

      Yeah, that’s not a great contract, but getting 3 nearly CY Young level seasons out of a 7 year deal isn’t nearly as bad as Barry Zito.

      • joecool16280 - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Okay…I really meant Mike Hampton.

  14. st1080 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I see a season without 30 home runs..let’s say….25 or less. poor guy maybe he can have his personal chef make him some comfort food….then take a dump on his golden pot..then wipe his ass with dollar bills.

  15. pxeeks - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    He’s 32 right? Over 200 mil? 10 years. Add Vernon’s $. Good luck with that. I thought Phillies were in a bind with Howard & Lee. Not that bad.

    • st1080 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      the angels signed a tv dead…worth BILLIONS..they’ll be ok.

      • st1080 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        DEAL

  16. drez146 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Not gonna lie, pretty stoked about him failing , ill go drink my haterade now

    P.S. Albert you left one of the most storied franchises in baseball for the Angels enough said

  17. gavin1978 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Listen he is a disgrace to the game, may last 2 more seasons, jump of a bridge hommie

    • spikestl62 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      not a disgrace to the MORON just over the hill

    • thefalcon123 - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Umm…wow. I don’t know the man personally, but his downside seems to be that he’s a bit cranky and too sensitive to criticism. Seeing as MLB has a long history of racists, junkies, cheats, wife-beaters etc take the field, calling him a “disgrace” is just a wee bit of an overstatement.

      I mean, he does a lot for charity, seems happily married, his teammates (mostly) have nice things to say about him. I would have liked him to stay in St. Louis too, but it’s not like the Cardinals were offering $239 million and he took the Angels $240 million.

  18. bigbruce11047 - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Albert Pujols is a “pure” hitter. He is struggling now because he’s facing pitchers that he’s only seen on television on highlight reels plus he’s playing in stadiums he’s never played in before. This is the first month of the season. He might be pressing too hard to hit that first home run in the American League. When that first home run finally leaves the yard, look out American League as he will begin to hit them in bunches!! Everybody is already saying that the contract he signed with the Angels was not a good deal. Give the guy a break!! He could play on my team every day of the season!!

    • paperlions - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      That deal was obviously bad the day it was announced. If was putting up great numbers it would STILL be a horrible deal. Even if he put up 5 MVP seasons during the deal…it would STILL be a horrible deal because they are paying for 10 MVP-type seasons.

    • cintiphil - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      i guess he is pressing too much to show that he earnes his big check. But he has to learn how to cope.

  19. cardinalcrazy - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I think Pujols is starting to show his age. His true age that is. I’m guessing 34 or 35. Good luck Angel fans. The Cardinal fans have already gotten the best Pujols has to offer.

  20. cintiphil - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I never put too much stock in this age thing, however, perhaps there is more to it than first thought. Albert may be 3 or 4 years older than he reports. I am still waiting for him to explode offensively however.

  21. st1080 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Maybe he should just pray for a home run? ask jesus christ his lord and savior? wait is that cheating?

  22. johnlinnell - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Look at his pictures when he was a rookie and compare them now.. He not much bigger.. So what was your point Racksie?

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