Albert Pujols is off to a pretty good start to the season with 20 hits in 71 at-bats (.282) . He is now only 12 hits away from another major milestone: 3,000 hits. Will he reach it during this homestand?
Last year when Albert Pujols was chasing 600 home runs the Angel Stadium attendance saw an increase as fans were hoping to see him hit the magical 600th home run. This season Pujols is chasing 3,000 hits and as he closes in on the magical total it is most likely going to happen on the road, unless he has a really strong week.
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Pujols will have six games at home this week three against Boston and three against San Francisco. Pujols has 20 hits in 16 games which is pretty good, but at this rate he should reach it in nine to 10 games which could mean he will do it on the road in Houston next week.
However, there are only three games in Houston and then Angels will come back home to face the Yankees and then Baltimore. If you ask Pujols he probably doesn’t care where he does it at, or when he does it. Pujols’ biggest concern is that he is healthy and is helping the Angels win games.
So far this season Pujols has done just that as the 38-year old has hit three home runs and driven in nine runs. Pujols is the ultimate team player. He does not even like to talk about his many individual accomplishments unless he is almost forced to do so. Pujols has 617 home runs and driven in 1,927 runs. In addition Pujols is moving up on the all-time lists in doubles with 623.
Pujols is 7th on the all-time home run list and is 14 homers away from passing Ken Griffey Jr. who is in 6th place with 630 homers. Pujols’ 623 doubles place him 12th on the all-time list. If Pujols gets 10 more doubles he will move into the top 10 in that category as well. Pujols is in 8th place in runs batted in and if manages to get 73 more RBIs to reach 2,000 he will be in fourth place all-time in that category as well.
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If Albert Pujols can stay healthy over the next couple of seasons and can keep hitting well he could end up with more than 700 home runs and he could possibly reach 2,300 RBIs which would put Pujols as the all-time leader in that category in baseball history.
For Angel fans we get a front row seat to greatness watching Pujols play. Not to mention the Angels also have Mike Trout who may end up shattering some records of his own by the time he is done. Hopefully he will being doing so in an Angel uniform.
Keep it up Albert we will be watching.