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An Angels first baseman hit a home run last night

May 6, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

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But it wasn’t $250 million man Albert Pujols.

With Albert getting his first day off of the season on Saturday night, last year’s starting first baseman Mark Trumbo drew the nod and launched his fourth home run of 2012 as the Angels snapped a two-game losing streak by besting the Blue Jays 6-2.

Trumbo now has a healthy .904 OPS and 11 RBI.

Pujols, meanwhile, is batting just .194/.237/.269 with no home runs and five RBI in 27 games. He’s struck out 15 times and drawn only four walks in by far the worst start to a season in his major league career.

Pujols will return to the Angels’ lineup Sunday and probably won’t get another day of rest this month no matter how bad things get. But let it be noted that Anaheim is 1-0 with Pujols absent and 10-17 with him starting.

  1. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Sometimes the right thing is moving on from the old veteran and letting the new blood take over. Maybe the angels should just cut Albert?

    • Alex K - May 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      After one terrible month? You know they still have to pay him if they put him on waivers, right? Cutting ties with Pujols might be the worst idea ever.

    • aceshigh11 - May 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      I really hope you’re being sarcastic.

      Cut a guy that you owe almost $240 million to??

  2. xpensivewinos - May 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    After one terrible month? You know they still have to pay him if they put him on waivers, right? Cutting ties with Pujols might be the worst idea ever.


    Second worst idea. The worst appears to be signing him.

  3. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Of course I know they’d still owe him the money. And it wasn’t serious. The absurdity that there’s gonna be an easy fix here, is, well, absurd.

    The effect of the Pujols contract on the Angles is so pervasive, that if he doesn’t resume his 300/30/100, the Angles franchise may never recover.

  4. only1stantheman - May 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    The angels didn’t care all that much about the production or it wouldn’t have been a 10 year deal. The Pujol’s deal was all about seizing on the dodger’s temporary weakness and becoming the premier team in LA. Let this be a lesson that signing a player for a marketing strategy is not a route to a championship…

    • sir1389 - May 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Well as of now the Dodgers are exploding with offensive firepower in the NL West and their fanbase is more than re-energized with the sale going to Magic Johnson and his financial group. That plan sure backfired quickly for the Angels.

  5. dawglb - May 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This is the reverse Wally Pipp….

    • The Baseball Idiot - May 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      Could you explain that please?

      Gehrig was a rookie who took over for the veteran Pipp?

      Trout is a second-year player and played for the veteran?

      Sounds exactly like the Wally Pipp situation.

  6. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Albert has looked terrible today, so far. His second at bat, he struck out swinging, at ball four. His swing was an awkward wave. Albert either has cataracts, macular degeneration, needs LASIK or glasses. But he SUCKS. Batting .040 in May.

  7. randygnyc - May 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Yawn. Albert finally hit one. Fans gave him a standing O. What a joke.

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