The Angels Are Hurting In Their Pujols

Ah F%#&…That’s what you gulp when you see that 240 million dollar bat heading right for your Pujols.

Salary

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 10:  Albert Pujols wave...

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2012: $12 million; 2013: $16 million
2014: $23 million; 2015: $24 million
2016: $25 million; 2017: $26 million
2018: $27 million; 2019: $28 million
2020: $29 million; 2021: $30 million

Ouch.

Shove the numbers, or lack their of, up your Pujols.

Unless living in a bomb shelter, you have seen the offensive numbers. Enough. We know Albert Pujols is struggling. Let’s go back just one season and recall the struggles he had in the first half.

2011

April AB 101 R 21 H 26 2B 1 HR 7 RBI 18 BB 10 SO 11 AVG .257 OBP .319 SLG .475 OPS .794

May AB 111 R 12 H 32 2B 5 HR 2 RBI 13 BB 12 SO 11 AVG .288. OBP .365 SLG .387 OPS .752

2012

April AB 92 R 8 H 20 2B 8 HR 0 RBI 4 BB 6 SO 14 AVG .217 OBP .265 SLG .304 OPS .569

May AB 54 R 2 H 11 2B 0 HR 1 RBI 10 BB 1 SO 4 AVG .204 OBP .218 SLG .259 OPS .477

As an aging player clearly passed his prime, Albert maybe even older than he says. Expect to see this as Albert’s career progresses, or digresses.  Even though he struggled early in 2011, he was still a front-runner for MVP by the end of the season. Especially considering his success in the post season, and prophetical World Series (where he hit 3 home runs in a game). The light goes on, the balls start soaring, and the winning streaks compile. Pujols still has that ability. So how long will it take for Albert to get back to being “The Mang”? Only time will tell, but there is no doubt, he will start raking at some point. He is still the best hitter that many have ever seen, but no longer the best hitter in the league.

Pujols is pooing on the little guy

Angel coach Mickey Hatcher watches the game fr...

Former Angel Hitting Coach Mickey Hatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus, what would he think of all this, Albert! Who do you think you are? Hitting Coach Mickey Hatcher, showing support for Pujols, publicly told media members about Pujols’ pep speech during a “private” hitters meeting saying he wouldn’t be flailing all year-long, and slow starts happen and the team would be fine. But Pujols didn’t like that, and now Hatcher, a baseball idol in Los Angeles after hitting 2 home runs in the 1988 World Series victory, and being part of the coaching staff that won the 2002 World Series, has been fired.  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia was on both those teams.

Then, like a bully on a playground, Pujols threw his glove at Erick Aybar on national television after a little teammate prank when Erick Aybar funny-boned Pujols after a victory against Minnesota.

Have some fun mang. If someone I played with was making millions more than me and wasn’t performing worth a hoot, I might goon him after he finally has a productive game. Perhaps we have seen the beginning of the tight Pujols administration.

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 08:  Vernon Wells #10 of th...

ANAHEIM, CA – Vernon Wells  (Getty Images)

All the Angels hitters have loose Pujols

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ANAHEIM, CA – Vernon Wells (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

As a TEAM, they have been shutout a league high 8 times. As a TEAM, they are batting .250. As a TEAM they rank 22nd in runs and slugging percentage, and 27th in on base percentage.

Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter are old. Bobby Abreu was so worthless that the Angels had to cut him (due $12 million in 2012). When will that be the story for Pujols?  It’s not Hatchers fault that players get worse when the age. Starting shortstop Erick Aybar is batting .187 as the Angels leadoff hitter. Pujols is not the only player under performing.

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 10:  Angels owner Artur...

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels owner Arturo Moreno

The Angel’s front office pulled $300 million out of their Pujols in one hour last off-season.

In a matter of moments, the Angels landed two of the biggest free agents on the market in C.J. Wilson and Pujols. This is not the response they expected. Third place in the west nearly a quarter of the way through the season. 7.5 games back of first place in the west. 7 games out of the wildcard race. That has to make their Pujols cringe.

With the increasing salary, and millions of dollars of incentives left for Albert, it is beginning to look like the Angels signed a contract for Albert to sodomize their Pujols, for a long time.

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