ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Albert Pujols is in a funk, there is no question about that. He’s batting barely over .200 and he’s got a big fat ZERO home runs. Possibly more alarming is the fact he’s hitting a mere .111 with runners in scoring position.
Typically when Pujols is at his best, his numbers go up as the situation gets more critical. That means he’s got a decent average with no one on base. He’s got a little bit better average with runners on. Then a much better average when those runners are in scoring position. And he’s incredible with runners in scoring position with two outs in the inning.
Now? He’s worse as the situation gets more important.
But when I spent a good 10 minutes with Pujols on Wednesday before the Angels-Twins game, he seemed to be the exact same person as he always was during his 11 years in St. Louis. He shrugged off everything regarding his struggles and vowed he’d put up incredible numbers before the year was over.
He knows for a fact he’s insanely talented and doesn’t fret when everyone else does. He has the utmost confidence in his abilities and finds it funny how everyone holds him to the most ridiculous of standards.
You watch him before the game and in the clubhouse and he is joking around, smiling, laughing and having a good time. If this month-plus of poor play has affected him, he’s got to be the most incredible actor or suppressor of emotions I have ever seen.
But when it comes to St. Louis? He’s got mixed feelings. He loves the city and the fans and everyone that’s a part of the community. He also is very close with a few of the guys still on the team (Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, etc). However it’s quite clear to me Albert is still a bit miffed at the way things ended with the Cardinals organization.
He genuinely wanted to finish his career in St. Louis and hates the fact that did not happen. Don’t get me wrong, he’s accepted it and he has moved on. He is saying all the right things about turning the page in his career.
But when you listen to the way he talks, it’s still there.