I think I have shown remarkable restraint in making it to my seventh week before writing a Cardinals post. But can we talk about Albert Pujols for a second?
I know, you say, he’s great. He’s always great. Next!
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the only player whose baseball card has ever been taped to my computer monitor is having not just a typical Pujolsian great year, but, in many respects, a career year. And he’s doing it on an elbow that’s apparently being held together with chewing gum and the fervent prayers of the Redbird faithful. Please humor me for a minute while I throw some numbers (and some pretty pictures) at you …
His current batting average (.360), on-base percentage (.465) and OPS are career highs.
He’s currently leading the NL in all of the above mentioned categories, by the way, as well as in Runs Created, Batting Wins, Times on Base and Offensive Win Percentage.
Last night, Albert got his 100th RBI of the season (he probably wishes that he’d had a few more <sigh>), ensuring that his streak of 100+ RBI season remains intact. For those of you who are wondering, yes, that is every season of his career. In the past 28 days alone, (why yes I did spend too much time on Baseball-reference.com researching this post!) he is hitting .442 with an on-base percentage of .515.
Think about that for a minute. For the last four weeks, more than half the time Pujols was at bat, he got on base.
Of course, with last night’s loss to the Cubs, the timing of this post is a bit awkward. Thanks for indulging me, anyway. And thanks to Albert for giving Cardinal fans hope past Labor Day.