Lost amid the excitement of game six – BEST WORLD SERIES GAME EVER! – is that one of the best offensive players in baseball over the last ten years, Albert Pujols, is struggling. The free agent-to-be had a brilliant NLCS (.478 average, .556 OBP), but he’s had his problems with Texas pitching, which is not a sentence anyone would have expected to type before game one.
In fact, in three trips to the World Series, Pujols hasn’t been that impressive.
Albert Pujols in the 2004 World Series: 5-for-15
Albert Pujols in the 2007 World Series: 3-for-15
Albert Pujols in the 2011 World Series: 6-for-23
A career .328 hitter (in 11 seasons) is only 14-for-53 in 15 World Series games (a pedestrian .264). His 2011 World Series numbers are slanted, too: He had five hits and all his homers and RBI in a game three explosion. Outside of that eruption, he’s 1-for-18 against the Rangers with zero RBI.