LA Angels Albert Pujols to miss 2nd straight game.

By Joshua Lea
Jun 20, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) rounds third base to score a run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) rounds third base to score a run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Angels will finish up their series with the Houston Astros tonight, Albert Pujols will sit for his second straight game with a hamstring/ankle issue. The debate now will be how healthy is Albert Pujols?

In what has been a sub-par series with the Houston Astros, Albert Pujols is sitting for his second straight game. Yesterday manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register that Pujols tweaked his hamstring in Oakland.

Tonight’s lineup versus the Astros will look slightly different with Mike Trout taking the DH position. C.J. Cron is expected to bat cleanup, while Shane Robinson will take Trout’s place in center-field. Kole Calhoun will play left field and Jefry Marte will play the left field.

It’s no secret that Pujols as of late has been a shell of his former self, leaving many to question just how healthy is Pujols. In his last 19 games he’s only hit four homers; notably, he hasn’t had a homer in his last 13 games.

Scioscia said that he wasn’t concerned about the hamstring long term, which is a good sign. However, the machine clearly needs oil to loosen his at bats. Rest might be exactly what Pujols needs to get his swing back. Pujols missing time won’t hurt his current at bats which haven’t been good.

While Pujols would be missed in late game situations, the Angels could see his missed time as a blessing in disguise. The LA Angels have plenty of options on the fielding/batting side of the coin. Pujols’ injury comes at an interesting time for the LA Angels. Trade rumors are running wild, and the players are continuously being told by Sosh to “trust the process.”  

The LA Angels are a game and a half in front of the Oakland A’s for next-to-last place. They sit 14.5 games out of first which is controlled by the Texas Rangers and the race isn’t even close. The Rangers hold a 9.5 game lead over the Seattle Mariners, making it one of the widest division leads in the MLB. The Chicago Cubs currently lead the NL Central by 10.5 games.

Another injury isn’t what this team needs; however, with Pujols giving the “When i’m good, i’ll play” speech, it only opens the door for a younger player such as Marte or Petit to get some playing time. Pujols missing some games prior to the All-Star break isn’t really a big deal. However, if he misses extended PT, it could only increase the odds of the LA Angels packing-it-in until next season.

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