Albert Pujols on the verge of a milestone in 600 home runs
On Monday night Albert Pujols launched a solo homer deep into the Anaheim sky and his magic number was down to two. Then last night Pujols connected on a huge three-run homer that started a nine-run third inning. Now he is knocking on the door of history.
Albert Pujols has had an amazing career and if he has not done enough already to get into the Hall of Fame, his next home run will do it.
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Pujols is sitting on 599 home runs now after not hitting one in Wednesday’s game against the Braves. Home run #600 could come any day now and when Pujols goes deep he will be a lock to get into Cooperstown. Pujols will become the 9th player in MLB history to reach that milestone.
The Angels need Pujols to heat up now more than ever because of the absence of AL MVP Mike Trout who is out for at least six to eight weeks due to a torn UCL ligament in his thumb. Pujols has been batting in Trout’s #3 spot the last three games and has hit two home runs and driven in four runs going four for eleven during that span.
So far this season Pujols has eight home runs and 38 RBI’s while batting .254. The Angels have taken two of three games from the Atlanta Braves since Trout has gone on the disabled list Monday. It was their first series win since sweeping the White Sox two weeks ago
So now the quest for 600 is in the home stretch. Will Pujols hit #600 before the Angels end this current seven-game homestand on Sunday is anyone’s guess? Angel fans hope so as when he hit #500 it was in Washington D.C. Against the Nationals on April 22,2014.
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The Minnesota Twins will be the Angels next opponent in a four-game series starting tomorrow. Adalberto Mejía will pitch for the Twins Thursday, followed by Kyle Gipson, Ervin Santana and finally Jose Berrios on Sunday. Will one of these pitcher’s name be etched in the baseball record books or will Pujols have to wait until the next series In Detroit that will start on Monday.
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One thing is for sure is it will definitely add an heir of electricity in the air every time number five steps up to the plate.