As Albert Pujols emerges as the talk of baseball, here are 4 stats that underscore the dominance of the St. Louis Cardinals slugger.
Albert Pujols is the talk of baseball. That’s not hyperbole. What the St. Louis Cardinals slugger and future Hall of Famer has done in the second half of the season has been nothing short of amazing.
And on Saturday, in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pujols went 4 for 4 with two home runs in a blowout victory. It brought him to 692 home runs, putting him well within reach of 700 with well over a month of the regular season left.
Just how impressive has Pujols been? Take a look at these numbers.
Pujols became the oldest player since 1900 (42 years, 217 days) to go 4-4 with multiple home runs in a game, via ESPN Stats and Info.
Pujols has the highest OPS+ since his final season with the Cardinals in 2011.
Pujols in the second half: .438/.491/.938 with a 1.428 OPS and seven home runs.
Pujols has more home runs (6) since August 10 than the Philadelphia Phillies (5), Texas Rangers (5) and Boston Red Sox (3), via CBS Sports.
Incredible. Pujols, who signed for $2.5 million this season, has been everything the Cardinals could have asked for and so much more. He’s given them an elite bat off the bench against left-handed pitching. He’s regained his spot as the clubhouse leader alongside Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. He’s even helped veterans Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. The marriage, quite honestly, has been perfect.
Now, it appears that Pujols is likely to get 700 career home runs. And with the way that he’s performing, along with the rest of the team, it makes you wonder: what more can he do?
Because with the way that he’s playing now, seemingly nothing is out of reach for Pujols.