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    A quick question for you Cards fans, particularly those who have seen any Grapefruit League action: how does Albert Pujols look so far this spring? Does it appear that he's poised for a big year? Does he have sufficient lineup protection to do the .350/50/150 dance that I think he's due for? Are his recurrent injuries (plant foot, elbow, etc.) flaring up, to the point that he might actually miss a bunch of games this year as some have predicted? And, aside from projections regarding his likely performance this year, how plausible is it that the Cards flounder badly, get him to ease off on his trade restrictions, and move him before the deadline?

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    I don't recall Pujols typically having huge Spring Trainings in the past. He has been ho-hum so far...probably around .290 with 3-4 homeruns and a handful of doubles, I would estimate. (You can tell how much I worry/pay attention to Spring AB's). Regardless, Albert is the last thing on the team i am worrying about. The defense/bullpen/Berkman/infield offense besides Albert/bottom of the rotaion on the other hand...
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    • #3
      Well, a bit of an inauspicious start for Pujols and the Cards as they lose 5-3 today to the Padres and Pujols goes 0-5! No strikeouts from him but he GIDP 3 times and he left 5 men on base!
      Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-11-2011, 09:05 PM.

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      • #4
        10 games in for Pujols and he has yet to turn things around. He is 0-4 today with a SO and his league leading 7th GIDP of the season!

        He has only 1 HR and a total of 5 hits this season along with 4 walks. He is hitting a measly .128 this season with a .410 OPS!!! I am not too worried but this is quite a slump for him . . .

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Edgartohof View Post
          10 games in for Pujols and he has yet to turn things around. He is 0-4 today with a SO and his league leading 7th GIDP of the season!

          He has only 1 HR and a total of 5 hits this season along with 4 walks. He is hitting a measly .128 this season with a .410 OPS!!! I am not too worried but this is quite a slump for him . . .
          I am sure we can find at least one stretch like this every single year. Always looks worse when it is all you have instead of a .340 average dipping to .330 in September. Not too worried, his 140 BABIP is unsustainable...even for the worst hitters in the league.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
            I am sure we can find at least one stretch like this every single year. Always looks worse when it is all you have instead of a .340 average dipping to .330 in September. Not too worried, his 140 BABIP is unsustainable...even for the worst hitters in the league.
            Very true. I looked up last year, and from April 16th - April 24th (8 games), he hit .147/.275/.294 with 5 hits and only 1 HR. But as you said, it was after the first 8 games of the season at which point he was already hitting .400 with 5 HR's . . .

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            • #7
              Is he looking thinner/smaller this year? Or is that my imagination?

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              • #8
                I'll add one caveat - pitchers are throwing him nothing but outside junk. IF he refuses to take pitches the other way, we could see this as being a trend and not just a lot of bad luck. I mean the man has one of the highest sports IQs ever...he has to know that they will continue to pitch him outside over and over and over until he starts to go the other way.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CandlestickBum View Post
                  Is he looking thinner/smaller this year? Or is that my imagination?
                  He lost a few punds...5 or 10.
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                  • #10
                    On a slightly related note- I hope he busts out soon, before all of the "I guess he is off steroids now" trolls pop in. Of course if he hits too well, the "nobody can be that good without steroids" trolls show up. Darned if you do...
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                    • #11
                      His agent is probably sweating BB's right now.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KCGHOST View Post
                        His agent is probably sweating BB's right now.
                        I know. The Cardinals must be loving this; let me explain. We all know that Pujols is an amazing ballplayer. We all know that he can hit. But as they look to lock him in for the long term, they would have more leverage if he has a down year. And knowing the player that Pujols is, he would be back to form next year and the year after.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Edgartohof View Post
                          I know. The Cardinals must be loving this; let me explain. We all know that Pujols is an amazing ballplayer. We all know that he can hit. But as they look to lock him in for the long term, they would have more leverage if he has a down year. And knowing the player that Pujols is, he would be back to form next year and the year after.
                          On thew flip side, if they won't sign a player percieved to be the game's best for say 10/28- are they more lkely to sign a guy percieved to be declining for 7/25? Not sure that a Pujols off-year helps either side.
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                          • #14
                            I still think Pujols is going to have a huge year, especially with guys like Rasmus, Holliday, and Berkman around him. I just hope he does it to everyone except the Giants.

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                            • #15
                              Well, nothing wrong with his HR pop so far.

                              Look, Alberts BABIP is under .210 right now. His career average is .313 and league average (stiffs included is near .300). .210 is pitcher BABIP zone. I can think of about 7-8 LD smashes right at fielders just off the top of my head.

                              His LD drive frequency rate is down, but looks like a lot of early-season bad luck and nothing else.
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