The Stat Line of the Night – 4/5/10 – Albert Pujols
It didn’t take Albert Pujols long to pick up where he left off last season. In fact, it was only his second swing of the season yesterday when he launched his first home run into deep left center field. Last year’s NL MVP got off to a great start in his first at-bat, but he didn’t stop there. In the 7th inning, with the game still in reach for the opposing Reds, Pujols launched a two-run shot to right-center to put the game out of reach.
Albert Pujols had a ridiculous day yesterday, showing once again why he is the best player in the National League and possibly in all of baseball. He went 4 for 5 with the 2 home runs. He had 4 runs and 3 RBIs. He also had some help from his teammates, as the Cardinals combined for 4 home runs. Colby Rasmus hit one and Yadier Molina even knocked a 9th inning grand slam. While Pujols looks like he could carry the team single-handedly, the help from his fellow battery-mates was welcome.
It doesn’t look like the Cardinals will have many problems scoring runs this season. They were the hot pick to win the NL Central and they did nothing to disprove that prediction. With a guy like Pujols cranking out 4 for 5s, they should be able to cruise to a division title. At least for now, he can settle for “Stat Line of the Night”.