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  • Pujols is "finished"?

    .200/.243/.279 through 27 games. Not a home run in 110 PA? Seriously??

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/albert-...-be-exact.html

    He's swung at 40% of pitches out of the zone. Career average is half that, and 15% in his best years.

    WTF is going on with him? Nothing looks the same. His mechanics, approach, and his whole affect is totally different. Could it be something physical/underlying he hasn't come out with?

  • #2
    Of course not. He is struggling. He is pressing. And he (despite his OOTZ swing%) has a high LD rate. He has hit a ton of hard hit balls right at fielders and has been unlucky. He is no longer an MVP candidate, but he is not "finished."

    Just wait...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
      Of course not. He is struggling. He is pressing. And he (despite his OOTZ swing%) has a high LD rate. He has hit a ton of hard hit balls right at fielders and has been unlucky. He is no longer an MVP candidate, but he is not "finished."

      Just wait...
      So you think in October he'll have his usual .300/.400/.500 (100/100) season locked up, and we'll all laugh?

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      • #4
        Makes you wonder if the whispers about his birth certificate were onto something.

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        • #5
          I think he is at the end. Sometimes players decline rapidly. He had his worst season last year, which raised everyone's eyebrows, so it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise.

          And at 32 years old, he's not young (in baseball years).

          With 1700-1800 games played, dating back to 2001, he has a decade of playing baseball non-stop under his belt. Eventually it catches up.

          Look at baseball history, and you'll see lots of players (HOF players) who were finished in their early 30s.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by csh19792001 View Post
            So you think in October he'll have his usual .300/.400/.500 (100/100) season locked up, and we'll all laugh?
            I think he will put up good offensive numbers - and I will laugh at all of those people who think he is "done." I am not laughing at those who recognize his numbers will be down this year. 300/400/500 is VERY tough order at this point.
            Last edited by Bothrops Atrox; 05-04-2012, 10:18 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by KevinWI View Post
              Makes you wonder if the whispers about his birth certificate were onto something.
              So if he is 35...that means at age 34 he had a OPS+ over 180 from June through October of last season. That still wouldn't explain a drop like this.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by redban View Post
                I think he is at the end. Sometimes players decline rapidly. He had his worst season last year, which raised everyone's eyebrows, so it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise.

                And at 32 years old, he's not young (in baseball years).

                With 1700-1800 games played, dating back to 2001, he has a decade of playing baseball non-stop under his belt. Eventually it catches up.

                Look at baseball history, and you'll see lots of players (HOF players) who were finished in their early 30s.
                I bet if we looked at the worst single month from every HOF batter during their primes (or even close to it) we would be shocked at how bad that single month was.
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                • #9
                  I'm hoping this guy proves his doubters wrong in a HUGE way.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fenrir View Post
                    I'm hoping this guy proves his doubters wrong in a HUGE way.
                    And if he hits .200 with 5 HR's this year and next then what? How do you release a 250+ million dollar man?
                    Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by White Knight View Post
                      And if he hits .200 with 5 HR's this year and next then what? How do you release a 250+ million dollar man?
                      A tweet will do.
                      "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by redban View Post
                        I think he is at the end. Sometimes players decline rapidly. He had his worst season last year, which raised everyone's eyebrows, so it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise.

                        And at 32 years old, he's not young (in baseball years).

                        With 1700-1800 games played, dating back to 2001, he has a decade of playing baseball non-stop under his belt. Eventually it catches up.

                        Look at baseball history, and you'll see lots of players (HOF players) who were finished in their early 30s.
                        Outside of injury (Frank Thomas, George Sisler) or heavy drinking (Jimmie Foxx) I can't think of any HoF hitter of Pujols' caliber who just lost it for no apparent reason at age 32.
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                        • #13
                          I think last month was just a glitch on his way to 700+ homeruns.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
                            I bet if we looked at the worst single month from every HOF batter during their primes (or even close to it) we would be shocked at how bad that single month was.
                            You don't need a HoFer. One has to only look at Troy Tulowitzki. Forget a bad month, he goes in damn near half season funks every single season.

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                            • #15
                              They finally benched him....

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