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Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse.

Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100) since then, lowering his batting average from .296 to .202 and lowering his OPS from .759 to .524.

Within the 5-for-50 slump Pujols has drawn just two non-intentional walks while striking out eight times, which is very uncharacteristic for someone with significantly more walks (981) than strikeouts (718) for his entire career.

And of course he’s yet to homer for the Angels in 110 plate appearances.

There are 190 hitters with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title and 180 of them have a higher OPS than Pujols, including Chone Figgins, Clint Barmes, Jamey Carroll, Cliff Pennington, Scott Rolen, Dee Gordon, Alfonso Soriano, Ike Davis, Brandon Crawford, Drew Stubbs, Miguel Olivo, and Ian Stewart.

Oh, and the guy who replaced him in St. Louis too.

  1. rooney24 - May 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Of course, it is only a slump if he manages to pull out of it. In a slump implies that you are struggling but will get better. If he never pulls it together again, then he is just done, not in a slump.

    I don’t know what the answer is, but I hope he can get it together and at least return to respectable.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      When all else fails build a statue of yourself and proclaim that God is trying to teach him a lesson for being a greedy effing pig, and thank the Angels for being stupid enough to sign him through his 53rd birthday. This is hilarious.

  2. Panda Claus - May 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Albert, Nick Johnson (3-for-35, .086) can feel your pain.

    Some poor unsuspecting opponent is probably going to face his wrath when he breaks out with a 5-HR weekend pretty soon.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - May 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      5 home runs will be his June total.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    He is too good to be Dunn.

  4. howieK - May 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I hope he hits .205 for the next 10 years.

  5. bojangles83 - May 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I have a feeling he could be toast, you never know….it could be becasue he’s a “Latin 32″ which means he really 36 yrs old and is already started his decline.

    I hope not, for the Angels sake….

  6. bojangles83 - May 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I have a feeling he could be toast, you never know….it could be because he’s a “Latin 32″ which means he really 36 yrs old and is already started his decline.

    I hope not, for the Angels sake….

  7. rosesacl - May 4, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    he hasn’t even settled in yet… once he sets up his routines and patterns he’ll be back…i hope…

  8. chuckj1234 - May 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    This is the reason I don’t like long mega bucks contracts no matter what the age.

  9. gsrider911 - May 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Adam Dunn was in a season-long slump last season. Albert will be fine. He’s under-performing and so is Cano and Joey Bats.
    Or maybe there’s just something in the water out in Anaheim-LosAngeles-Orange California that’s rubbed off on the whole Halo team.

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    This will be a non-story in a few weeks.

    • stex52 - May 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Inclined to agree with you, but this is a bit long. He started that way last year, too. Is a pattern developing?

  11. rosloe62 - May 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Typical start to a big contract signing, especially for a new team. Let’s see where he is in August.

  12. Big Ed Robles - May 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Not only does Dee Gordon have a higher overall OPS, he’s got more HRs this season. Never thought I’d see that…

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