Albert Pujols done for the year
Albert Pujols has been a shell of himself in his two years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This year he may have an excuse, and that is the plantar fasciitis that will now cost him the rest of the 2013 season.
Overall, the Angels have been a major disappointment this season, after getting the biggest free agent in back to back off-seasons (Pujols and Josh Hamilton). Pujols, the three time MVP, will end his season with a .258 batting average, 17 home runs and 64 RBIs, which are all career lows for the 33-year-old.
CBS Sports would make the argument that Pujols’s two seasons with the Angels have both been career worsts, meaning that last year was his worst until this season happened. Before these last two seasons, Pujols had never hit below .299 but he has now done that in two consecutive seasons.
Pujols was not happy about being shut down for the season but knows it is important to get healthy. “I’m bummed out because I want to be out there with the guys, but I think it’s a smart move, I can try to have a normal, healthy off-season and get ready for spring training,” said Pujols according to the Los Angeles Times. Pujols did go on to say that if the team was in contention for a playoff spot he would be in the lineup.
While in St. Louis, Pujols was the best hitter in baseball. He has not been close to that since leaving. A lot of that has to do with injuries, but he has a lot of work to do to justify the huge contract he signed two seasons ago.