Question of the Day, 7/3 …
Are the Cards the only team Albert Pujols hasn’t homered against? — @nolanrogers13
Indeed, they are. If he homers against them on Thursday, he’ll be one of seven active players to homer against all 30 current teams. The others, per the Elias Sports Bureau: Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre, Jason Giambi, Raul Ibanez, Lyle Overbay, Alfonso Soriano and Josh Willingham. Honestly, I’m surprised there are even that many.
Thing is, Pujols hasn’t so much as recorded a hit against his former team, let alone homered. He’s 0-for-7 with three strikeouts and a walk in the first two of a three-game series, and he’s got just two hits in his last 27 at-bats. Hitters always goes through ebbs and flows, though. That’s normal. And Pujols was getting hot just before it. What would be concerning is if the pain in his left foot (plantar fasciitis) or right knee (offseason surgery) have gotten worse, prompting a potential move to the disabled list.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed that postgame, saying: “I think physically he’s pretty much status quo. I don’t think anything’s deteriorating. I think he feels the same as just 10 days ago, when he was really starting to swing the bat well.”