Wednesday, August 17, 2011

...And Here Comes Albert

I know, long time no post. Since we last spoke, the Cardinals have fallen way back in the standings and it appears that their only hope is to leap over two teams and win the Wild Card. The Brewers are absolutely on fire and they are clearly the team to beat this year. In fact, if they make the playoffs, I hope they defeat the Phillies. That is, if someone hasn't done it already.

Since the Cardinals barely have a pulse at this point, my attention turns to Albert Pujols. Pujols is not my favorite player on the team but he is the one I start to watch this time of year if the team is faltering. I am always intrigued by the chase for his .300/30/100 line that he has achieved in all of his first ten seasons. It appeared early in the season that he may not get there. He looked horrible at the plate. Rolling over balls, swinging at bad pitches, etc. It wasn't until after the All-Star break did he start to hit well and not until the month of August that he has had a prolonged hot streak.

As of today he has his 30 home runs. He also has 76 RBI's. I think 24 in the last month and a half is very doable for him. His average is now at .288, his highest mark of the season. He could go on a 7 for 10 streak and be right up near .300. He also leads the league in runs with 82. He has only failed once to get 100 runs scored, and that was 2007 when he only had 99. It looks as if he will get there again.

Don't look now but he now leads the league in homers and runs, is seventh in RBI's, and has cracked the top 25 in average. I don't think he'll top either of the latter categories, but it's worth watching.