A look at Albert Pujols‘ statline thus far in the season makes the beginning of 2014 look like yet another disappointing year in the making. Through fourteen games, Pujols has a .237/.308/.508 batting line, similar to last season. Although Pujols has four home runs, his lack of production elsewhere would appear to be a concern.
However, Pujols may well be getting close to being the player that the Angels envisioned when they signed him to that ten year, $240 Million contract following the 2011 season. Over his last seven games, Pujols is hitting at a .276/.382/.690 rate with all four homers. He has also walked five times without striking out. Amazingly, during that stretch, Pujols only has a .160 batting average on balls in play, since home runs do not factor into the equation.
While Albert Pujols is not going to hit four home runs each week, his latest surge may be a sign that he is finally healthy. After missing the final two months when his plantar faschiitis finally gave out, Pujols appears to be getting back to a similar type of player as to what the Angels envisioned when they signed him.
If so, this renaissance could not come at a better time. Josh Hamilton started off the season hot, but is going to be out for another five to seven weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb. Kole Calhoun had started to heat up as well, but is now on the disabled list with a sprained ankle. The Angels need someone other than Mike Trout to step up in the lineup.
That is what Pujols was brought in for, to be the run producer in the middle of the lineup. Now, with those injuries and a lineup that has been struggling, the Angels need Trout and Pujols to produce even more than they did before. Fortunately, it seems that Pujols is heating up at the right time.
This past week could be a blip on the radar, or it could be a sign that Albert Pujols is about to wreak havoc upon the American League. The Angels really this resurgence to be the latter.