Found: Albert “The Machine” Pujols

Posted: June 5, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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After weeks upon weeks of not a single baseball fan knowing where the hell The Machine – also known as Albert Pujols – was, we have found the answer; recharging his batteries. Pujols – the ESPN.com player of the 2000-2009 decade – had been very absent from the pace that he was on for the past 10 years. The nine time all-star, three-time National League Player of the Year, and the most feared hitter in baseball – based off of a manager’s poll in 2008 – had been experiencing possibly the biggest slump of his so far remarkable career. In parts of April and May Pujols was hitting a poor .245 batting average, having a .305 on-base percentage, and grounding into a league leading 9 Double Plays. The bottom-line is that he was not having an easy time coming back from his dominating performances from last year and years past.

Then, suddenly, this weekend something sparked a flame in the Machine’s game as he hit back-to-back extra inning walk-off home runs on Saturday and Sunday against the Chicago Cubs – reaching for the ball each time as if he were swinging a golf club. A total of three home runs in the two home games along with his .625 batting average and 5 Runs Batted In is starting to draw him back some attention and make everyone wander…is Pujols back? Allow me to be the first to tell you that he is, no player with his dominance in the batter’s box is going to die down for too long. After a slow start for his standards, the Machine will continue to keep crushing balls out of the park not only until the All-Star break but for the rest of the season. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if yesterday was the day that begins his push to be the league’s MVP – or at least the NL Player of the Year. He is now – again – the most dangerous player in the Major League, and I’m sure that Mike Quade, the manager of the Chicago Cubs, was thinking the same exact thing when he was visibly shaking his head from the dug out on Saturday after Pujols hit his first walk-off homer in the twelfth inning.

As Pujols high stepped into home plate on Sunday, after hitting his second extra inning walk-off jack, the Cardinals officially grabbed the tag as the MLB’s number one team alone. When I heard this it immediately surprised me because this is a team that I have heard virtually nothing about for the past month because of the Machine’s slow start, but clearly there is some other talent then I – or most fans – originally thought on this team. The Cleveland Indians were the primary team right off the bat that everyone thought could establish themselves as the best team that baseball had to offer – which was extremely surprising based on the result they had at the end of the season last year. Then, once they fell off a bit, it was the Philidelphia Philles with the more dynamic line-up of pitchers possibly in baseball history. Now, this St.Louis team is suddenly the scariest team in baseball if Pujols can keep his hot streak going for a while because if the Cardinals could maintain first in the NL Central without Albert then just imagine them with a rejuvenated Pujols.

With so many questions in baseball right now such as how the league will address the home plate collisions dealing with Buster Posey’s season ending injury and the state of the New York Mets, it’s good to have an answer. St.Louis isn’t headed to the top; they are at the top and looking to expand their horizon. So are they dangerous with Pujols at the helm? What the hell kind of question is that? Yes, of course they are!

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