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Albert Pujols inching closer to hit number 3,000.

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Stadium employees change the sign after an Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels double for his 2998th career hit during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 2, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Stadium employees change the sign after an Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels double for his 2998th career hit during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 2, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Albert Pujols already has reached numerous baseball milestones, and now he is closing in on another.  With two hits on Wednesday night Pujols is just two short of the magical 3,000 hit plateau.

Albert Pujols has done many great things in his 17-year career and he is closing in on another.  When Albert Pujols reaches the 3,000 hit plateau he will be part of some elite company.  Pujols will become only the fourth player in baseball history to amass 600 homer runs and record 3,000 hits.

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However, if you ask him he wouldn’t care if he ever reached any milestones, as long as he was helping his team win ball games.  That’s always been his focus.

“I don’t want to ignore it, it’s something everyone is aware of, including myself,” Pujols said in an interview with Alyson Footer of MLB.Com last week. “But my main focus is trying to help the ball club win.  If I stay healthy, one of these days it’s going to come. I don’t put pressure on myself. I just try to put a good swing on the ball like I have done for the other 2,993 hits.”

On Wednesday night Pujols put two good swings on the baseball.  His first one came in the first inning off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy and the ball went a long way.  Pujols hit his sixth homer of the season off of Bundy in the bottom of the first inning that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead which they would never relinquish in a 10-7 Angels victory.

Later in the fifth inning Pujols connected off of Bundy again this time for a double to left field his 625th double of his career.  With these two hits, it gives Albert a chance to reach the 3,000 hit plateau at home if he can pick up two hits during Thursday’s series finale against the Orioles.  This is the scenario most Angel fans are hoping for.

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Pujols is 4 for 15 (.267) against Thursday’s starter Chris Tillman in his career.  While not spectacular numbers, Pujols has had some success against the Orioles right-hander.  If Pujols fails to reach the 3,000 hit mark Thursday he will most likely reach it in Seattle this weekend.

Albert Pujols will be the fourth player to reach the 3,000 hit Markie the past four seasons as Adrian Beltre (2017), Ichiro Suzuki (2016), and Alex Rodriguez (2015) have all reached the mark in recent years.  Pujols will be the 34th player overall to reach 3,000 hits.

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So let’s sit back and enjoy greatness and hopefully we will see it tomorrow before our eyes at the Big “A”.

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