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    So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    After todays 1-4 performance, which is much better than he had been doing, he's at .225 with 0 HR and 4 RBI. The heck is happening, and why couldn't it have happened when he play for St. Louis?


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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    After todays 1-4 performance, which is much better than he had been doing, he's at .225 with 0 HR and 4 RBI. The heck is happening, and why couldn't it have happened when he play for St. Louis?


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    So are you saying he doesn't have access to the "good stuff" that Mac and LaRussa have any more? Note sarcasm before people jump over the inference.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    I don't know. I don't think this bat speed is slowing. He is really swinging at a lot of stuff out of the zone, which is very uncharacteristic.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeThierry View Post
    I don't know. I don't think this bat speed is slowing. He is really swinging at a lot of stuff out of the zone, which is very uncharacteristic.
    He's pressing, I imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slyder View Post
    So are you saying he doesn't have access to the "good stuff" that Mac and LaRussa have any more? Note sarcasm before people jump over the inference.
    A lot of truths are told in jest. Blood testing started this year (albeit very tamely). Also, the age question is back on the table.

    Before April 2011, Pujols didn't have a uninjured full month (Marchs and Octobers don't count) with a below .800 OPS in the previous 10 years (July 2001) and only a few months under .900 OPS during the span.
    His April 2012 OPS is .592.
    He is not the same player. Why? is the question, but "he's pressing" doesn't really cut it, IMO, with a guy who's been to the postseason 7 times and three World Series.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyder View Post
    So are you saying he doesn't have access to the "good stuff" that Mac and LaRussa have any more? Note sarcasm before people jump over the inference.
    No sarcasm for me. It's always amazing how guys like Berkman and now the new guy.....the guy who could barely play 90 games the last 4 years.....can come in and look like a new person ...just like that.

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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    It really makes one sad the Cards weren't the team signing him to a massive contract instead.

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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    He has a lot more movement in his stance and swing these days. He used have the stoic, statue like stance, then explode on the pitch. Now he's moving all over the place until the pitch arrives.

    Not really sure what that means, but it's very noticeable.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    He has a lot more movement in his stance and swing these days. He used have the stoic, statue like stance, then explode on the pitch. Now he's moving all over the place until the pitch arrives.

    Not really sure what that means, but it's very noticeable.
    I noticed the same thing and I wonder if there isn't more to it.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Um, he doesn't have the luxury of batting against Cincinnati pitchers on a regular basis?


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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    I wonder about the ballpark effects. I watched parts of several Angels games, and saw Pujols hit several deep fly balls that looked they would be gone, only have to have them be caught on the track.

    However, looking up ballpark effeccts for Busch vs. Angels Stadium, there is supposedly very little difference.

    What about Albert trying to adjust to almost completely new pitching?

    It will be interesting to revisit this thread later in the season....
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Quote Originally Posted by mbgrayson View Post
    I wonder about the ballpark effects. I watched parts of several Angels games, and saw Pujols hit several deep fly balls that looked they would be gone, only have to have them be caught on the track.

    However, looking up ballpark effeccts for Busch vs. Angels Stadium, there is supposedly very little difference.

    What about Albert trying to adjust to almost completely new pitching?

    It will be interesting to revisit this thread later in the season....
    I think there is no question that the AL West is the worst Division for a hitter. I don't really believe what those ballpark effects stats say. The difference is pretty dramatic from the NL Central to the AL West IMO.

    Pujols will adjust. I wouldn't be surprised if he roars back and ends up player of the month in May.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    I saw a site a few days ago that showed various stats like amount of balls out the strike zone that he he swings at. All the bad stats have been increasing the last three or 4 years. It's simple.... he's getting older and his bat isn't as quick so he has to commit sooner.

    This isn't steroids, this isn't the AL, this isn't the park.... and it isn't a fluke. It's aging. He'll recover this season, but the overall numbers will be down from last year. Lather, rinse, repeat... it's all downhill from here.
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    Re: So...Pujols sure does suck right now

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    This isn't steroids, this isn't the AL, this isn't the park.... and it isn't a fluke. It's aging. He'll recover this season, but the overall numbers will be down from last year. Lather, rinse, repeat... it's all downhill from here.
    This combined with an early season slump. I think it's as simple as this.
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