Protect Your Pujols

Pujols drops another bomb on his opponents (SD Dirk/Flickr).

Pujols drops another bomb on his opponents (SD Dirk/Flickr).

I know that wasn’t the classiest title to a blog post, but hopefully you got a bit of a chuckle. But in all seriousness, this is a major issue for the Cardinals and could cost them more than just a few at-bats.

Heading into Friday’s games, baseball’s best hitter Albert Pujols had walked 51 times on the season which was good for third in all of baseball. Very understandable as not only do teams like to pitch around him whenever possible, he also has an incredible eye at the plate.

Now where the problem comes in for the Cardinals is in his intentional walks category. Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has been walked intentionally nine times here in 2009 which is good for second in the majors. Albert Pujols on the other hand has been walked 21 times.

That’s a huge difference…

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Matthew Whipps is a writer for Baseball Daily Digest and co-writes the new blog The Minnesota Sports Guys. If you would like to contact him via email you can reach him at whipps15[at]gmail.com

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