Stat Line Of The Night — 8/21/11 — Albert Pujols

With the official “best player in baseball” set to become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season, people started to worry when Albert Pujols got off to an excruciatingly slow start back in April and May. More recently, however, the Cardinals first baseman has started to look more like himself.

Last night the Cardinals played the rubber match of a series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was a game the Redbirds desperately needed to win in order to avoid falling even further behind the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers in the N.L. Central. All Pujols did was go 4-5 with a home run in leading his team to to a 6-2 victory.

More importantly, he raised his season average to .289. If he can manage to get his average to .300 by the end of the season, that will be the 11th straight year he’s hit .300 with at least 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. The only other players in the history of baseball with such streaks? A-Rod, who did it for 8 straight years, and Lou Gehrig, who did it 9 straight years.

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