Why Signing Albert Pujols Is Still The Right Move
It is easy to bash Albert Pujols now for the horrendous start that he has had this season. Pujols had no homers leading up to Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. He is batting below .200 and has only fiveRBIs. Throughout his career, Pujols has had at least 17 RBIs after 27 games. His 27-game homerless streak is the longest of his career. Furthermore, Albert Pujols has hit a vomit-inducing .093 since the 20TH of April. In a stunning turn of events, the man who has been the single best hitter in baseball for the past 11 seasons cannot buy a hit and has become Public Enemy #1 in Anaheim. There is no doubt that many Angels fans are having buyer’s remorse as their $240 million investment has seemingly hit the skids.
Having said this, there is no question that this move is still the right one.
Regardless of Pujol’s struggles, his outstanding track record justifies this move wholly. In 11 seasons, he has 445 home runs and 1334 RBIS. He has a career batting average of .326, an on-base percentage of .418 and a slugging percentage of .614. There was not one season in which he has struck out at least 100 times. Albert Pujols has been superhuman throughout his 11-year career. Not many players walk into the league and hit 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. Thus, the recent struggle by Albert Pujols can only be attributed to one thing: He is a human being.
It is understandable that in a culture defined by the quote “What have you done for me lately”. However, Angels fans, and baseball fans need to exercise patience until a turnaround is accomplished. Albert Pujols’ talent is scary. Scary talent does not disappear in the blink of an eye.
The turnaround may be under way.
Albert Pujols hit his first home run as an Angel on Sunday Afternoon off of Toronto rookie pitcher Drew Hutchinson. This propelled the Angels to a 4-3 win. With one swing of the bat, he may have won the fans back on his side. I believe Albert Pujols will get his groove back and shut the mouths of the doubters who believe (amazingly enough) that he is in decline. Once he gets his swing back, every Angels fan should look online at his eye-popping career stats and prepare themselves. Then the question of whether the signing of Albert Pujols was legit will be essentially moot.
The turnaround of Albert Pujols will always be a matter of when. It will NEVER be a matter of IF.
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