The Stat Line of the Night — 6/29/10 — Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols is one of the best players in the league and some would say one of the best players of all-time. It would be a tough thing to argue against, as Pujols has consistently hit his way to the top of the leaderboards and kept his team competitive even when all has seemed lost. This season is no different, as Pujols is again on the top of the league in pretty much every major statistical category. Last night he padded those totals a bit while helping his team beat the Diamondbacks 8-0.
Pujols had 3 hits on 4 tries last night. All 3 were extra-base hits. He hit a 2-run bomb in the 3rd inning to give his team a lead they would never give up. Then in the 5th, he went yard again, this time with nobody on. In the very next inning, with his team up 6-0, he smashed an RBI double and then was able to score himself on a wild pitch. He finished with 2 home runs and 1 double, 3 runs and also drove in a game-high 5 runs. The Cardinals were also helped by their pitcher Adam Wainwright who went 6.1 innings and did not give up a single run.
So once again Pujols is looking to lead his team to a division title. This is his 37th multi-home run game tying him with former Cardinal Stan “The Man” Musial on the all-time list. The National League is weak this year and the Cardinals have as good a shot as any team, but they have to win their own division first to advance to the playoffs at all. The win last night allowed them to hang on to their .5 game lead over the Reds. For now, Pujols receives “The Stat Line of the Night.”