Who Bets Against Albert?

Milwaukee Brewers’ obnoxious outfielder Nyger Morgan should take a lesson out of Albert Pujols’ book. Instead of talking, try hitting a 400-foot line drive off the center field wall in Miller Park to drive in his 4th RBI of game 2 in the National League Championship Series.

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Albert Pujols is constantly scrutinized for his “clutchness”. On August 10th, the Brewers beat St. Louis 5-1 in a dominating performance by southpaw Randy Wolf. Pujols had a sacrifice fly in the first for the Cardinals, but was 0 for 8 in the series and 5 for 42 (.119) with only four RBIs against the Brewers in 2011.

Manager Tony LaRussa scoffed at a reporters’ post game question on Pujols’ struggles against the Brewers:

“What’s more specific, you want to look at his career records against the Brewers? Or just pick and choose what you want to highlight. I mean he has been a good hitter against everybody including the Brewers and he has 7 more games against them and if you want to bet against him, I’ll take the bet”.

Since then, Pujols has hit .485 with 5 homeruns, 13 runs batted in, and 9 runs scored in 9 games versus Milwaukee.

Fittingly, TBS flashed a graphic on the screen during Pujols’ first inning at-bat Monday night. It highlighted his struggles in the postseason since 2006 and the play-by-play announcer noted he was homerless in his last 46 post-season at bats. Ironically Pujols blasted a 2-run homerun on the following pitch. Pujols tacked on 3 more RBI’s in a rout of Milwaukee at Miller Park 12-3Come on, who bets against Albert Pujols.

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