It has been a troubling last few weeks offensively for Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols to say the least.
Since batting .302 on May 6 against the New York Yankees, the 34-year-old has seen his batting average drop to as low as .245 over the past month. Pujols’ struggles at the plate having been evident by his triple slash line of .203/.248/.414 with five home runs, nine RBIs, 12 runs scored over that stretch. It is not a surprise that the veteran slugger is going through a slump as all players do, in particular who are older, but the length of his slump is a bit frustrating given the fact that he was hitting the ball well prior to his offensive problems beginning.
Pujols was coming off a productive month of April that saw him bat .280 with nine home runs, 22 RBIs, and 21 runs scored. His start to the season was quite impressive. On May 27, he was fourth in the majors in home runs (14), 11th in RBIs (31), sixth in slugging percentage (.540), seventh in runs scored (33), fourth in total bases (109) and second in extra-base hits (27). He has been quite the opposite in production at the plate and, as a consequence, has hurt the Angels’ offense.
However, he appears to be getting out of his slump as he has collected hits in seven out of the 10 games played in the month of June, which includes recording hits in the last four consecutive games. Although he has been able to get on base, the run production has yet to come as he has just one home run and three RBIs. With Pujols beginning to find his groove at the plate, the Angels must remain patient with the former three-time NL MVP as he works through his offensive funk by not removing him from the third spot in the batting order.
The Angels do not have to look far to see what Pujols can do once he gets a multi-game hitting streak going as earlier this season, after his first four-game hitting streak, he went on an offensive tear. He hit four home runs with eight RBIs in the following six games. Ultimately, the Angels must let Pujols find his way at the plate because once he does the nine-time All-Star will once again prove why he is still one of the league’s most feared hitters.