Exactly. He was almost anti-clutch. When the pressure is on, he presses and he looks bad.
But when the pressure is off...man. He can be a terror.
Has he EVER had a .222 average??? No this isn't typical Pujols...there's definitely something wrong.
His average in the last 10 games is a mere .200...
The only thing I can think of is he isn't used to AL pitchers and maybe he has to get to know them. In St.Louis we always heard how he would study video constantly of pitchers...so maybe that's part of the problem. If it isn't then this could be a disaster.
Nah, man, he had a could of BAD slumps last year, and he was streaky the few years before that. It's just that this time he opened the season with a slump, and no previous good month to buffer and make the numbers look better.
I think he's just pressing. He's trying to live up to that contract, and since God told him to play in Anaheim, he's probably trying to avoid angering the Almighty, which has to be even MORE pressure.
Plus, apparently he's living at Lozano's house, which has to be somewhat awkward. He just needs some time to acclimate.
This season will turn around, and I expect next season will be near .300/30/100. Maybe a little below, but not too much below.
I think this is just the continuation of the trend started a few years ago with the added pressure of trying to be both Albert Pujols in front of some new people AND prove he's worth the $240 million AND not prove God wrong with His instruction to switch teams.
One he settles down those numbers will shoot up. And he's going to victimize some poor Royals/As/Mariners/Orioles #5 starter for a couple dingers in a game. Probably more than once.
Our team does not need a a carrier but a streaky guy here and there, certainly would help!
We just cannot afford our 3 hitter to disappear for 3 weeks....