Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

Age: 42 (January 16, 1980) | aka Prince Albert,Phat Albert, The Machine, El Hombre | 6' 3" | 235lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-76 3B-1 DH-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
LAA AL 2018 117 465 50 114 28 65 20 0 19 64 1 0 .245 .289 .411 6 13 .247 40/22/37 13 12
LAA AL 2019 131 491 55 120 43 68 22 0 23 93 3 0 .244 .305 .430 8 12 .238 46/15/39 15 14
LAA AL 2020 39 152 15 34 9 25 8 0 6 25 0 0 .224 .270 .395 6 15 .230 40/20/41 9 9
LAA AL 2021 24 86 9 17 3 13 0 0 5 12 1 0 .198 .250 .372 3 14 .176 38/16/45 2 2
LAD NL 2021 85 189 20 48 11 32 3 0 12 38 1 0 .254 .299 .460 5 16 .245 50/16/35 9 8
STL NL 2022 64 180 20 44 18 32 9 0 8 26 1 1 .244 .324 .428 9 15 .250 40/19/41 6 6
Career 22yrs 3035 11294 1892 3345 1363 1381 681 16 687 2176 117 42 .296 .374 .542 11 11 .284 n/a
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Alex Patton Alex
Dec 15 '14
The Angels become the first team to clinch. Pujols left the game in the third with what is being reported as a left hamstring cramp. It's time for the big guy to take a few days off and get ready for the playoffs.
Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Sep 16 '14
From the play-by-play of the game in Anaheim last night:

Los Angeles - Bottom of 1st SCORE
Chris Tillman pitching for Baltimore BAL LAA
K Calhoun grounded out to pitcher. 0 0
M Trout reached on infield single to third. 0 0
A Pujols singled to deep right center, M Trout scored. 0

Nice to have a fast guy batting in front of you, isn't it?

Angels won by a run.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 24 '14
I don't think there's any easy place to retrieve balls in play ... so the fallback is to sum/subtract all the normally tracked stats (outs, K's, hits, sacs, etc) represent balls in play.

fwiw, I see no justification for including sac bunts in BABIP. The hitter is intentionally sacrificing himself at the direction of the manager, there is no statistical relevance to the making of an out on that batted ball. In fact, attempting to bunt for a hit can be counterproductive to the goal of advancing the runner since failure to properly execute the bunt for a hit might put the lead runner at more risk when the defense is playing in.

Meanwhile - looking at Pujols BABIP above this morning, I see the 3 year trend: .285, .263, .252. Is there something I'm missing? This looks completely consistent with increased use of shifts over time.
Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jun 27 '14
I agree. There's something very strange about the uptick in BABIP. We're seeing lots and lots of shifts. Occasionally, a batter beats the shift by going the other way. Far more often (so it seems) the batter is defeated by the shift.

Here's a question. Why is a formula used to determine BABIP? (Two, in fact. One that counts sac bunts as balls in play, one that doesn't.) Why not simply the number of balls that a batter puts in play (excluding home runs) divided into the number of hits (excluding home runs)?
Alex Patton Alex
Jun 27 '14
Just saw a note from Baseball Info Solutions saying that once again the number of shifts employed is through the roof. Especially for righty hitters, with Pujols the most shifted against of that group. This might help explain his BA and BABIP. But I still don't understand why the overall BABIP is actually up a point this year, and showed no change last year, when the number of shifts was up 70% from 2012. What is wrong with this picture?
Gene McCaffrey GeneM
Jun 26 '14
Current MLB Ranks(168 qualifiers)

Lowest BABIP 7th(.232)
Lowest LD% T19th(16.4%)
Highest InfFly% 5th(19.8%)

Interesting to compare him to Alexei Ramirez who's faster and likely faces much fewer extreme shifts. His GB%/FB% is slanted 5% higher towards grounders:
LD% 16.4%
InfFly% 22.1%
BABIP .338

BABIP 106 points higher; how much of the difference is attributed to speed? shifts? luck? the higher GB%?
van wilhoite LVW
Jun 12 '14
Big jump in Infield Fly percentage. A little uptick in K/W. Is his BABIP baseline now career or 2011/2012 or 2013 or ?????
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jun 12 '14
He's struggling ...

Most disturbing of all are Pujols' uncommon struggles with runners in scoring position. He entered the 2014 season batting an ungodly .334/.468/.632 in that situation. This year, he's slashing .149/.275/.257 with runners in scoring position, while leading the Majors with 91 plate appearances in those situations.
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jun 11 '14
Now sharing the 25th spot on the all time HR list with Eddie Murray.
van wilhoite LVW
May 18 '14