It's hard to imagine Albert Pujols doing anything quietly considering the attention he draws with his gaudy power statistics, violent swing and massive contract.
But with Mike Trout grabbing most of the headlines in recent weeks, Pujols has raised his average from .211 on May 20 to .253 on Saturday with a relatively under-the-radar 18-game surge in which he has hit .354 (23 for 65) with six homers, seven doubles, 18 runs batted in, 10 walks and eight strikeouts.
"Being patient is the key," said Pujols, whose struggles in April, when he hit .217 with no homers and four RBIs, contributed to the team's 6-14 start. "When we were going through that losing stretch, I felt like I had to do extra and was chasing pitches outside the strike zone."
Pujols capped a two-run first inning Saturday with a sacrifice fly to right and a three-run second with an RBI single to left. He walked and scored on Howie Kendrick's single in the fourth and followed Torii Hunter's sixth-inning single with a two-run homer — his ninth of the season — to right-center for a 10-3 lead.
"He's been swinging the bat well for the last month," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, we're seeing him in a comfort zone that's going to carry him through the year and help us reach our goal. There's no doubt he's been attacking the ball much better, taking the walks when they come and driving the ball."
Albert Pujols quietly getting the job done
Los Angeles Times | Jun 10