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3 Up, 3 Down: Pujols is back

Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:16 am
Albert Pujols

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- You didn't think Pujols would struggle all season, did you? After hitting just two home runs in all of May, Pujols has three so far in June, including two on Saturday. His second -- a solo shot with two outs in the 12th -- gave St. Louis a 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

Matt Kemp, Dodgers -- Like Pujols, Kemp hit two homers on Saturday -- a solo shot in the seventh and a grand slam in the eighth, tying the game at 7. He finished the game with six RBI, adding another in the Dodgers' four-run 11th inning.

Dillon Gee, Mets -- The Mets rookie improved to 6-0 throwing seven scoreless, while allowing four hits. He walked two and struck out two, toping Jair Jurrjuns and the Braves.

Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox -- Papelbon lost his cool and nearly cost his team the game. Brought in with a 7-3 lead in the ninth, the A's jumped on Papelbon for three hits and four runs. Both Papelbon and catcher Jason Varitek were tossed for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo. While Randazzo may have overreacted to the pouting Papelbon, there's no excuse for Papelbon rushing Randazzo and bumping him. Expect a suspension for Papelbon.

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners -- For the third day in a row, Suzuki was hitless, going 0 for 4 in a 3-2 loss to the Rays. He now has 20 hitless games this season. His .261 batting average is his lowest at this point in his 11-year career. Only once, in 2008, has his batting average been less than .300 on June 5.

Ernesto Frieri, Padres -- Heath Bell was set to get a much-deserved night off, having worked five of the last seven days with the Padres leading 6-2 going into the ninth. Frieri walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a single, forcing Bud Black to call on Bell, who picked up his 16th save, and sixth in the team's last eight games.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:00 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Pujols is back

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:59 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Pujols is back

I think Paplebon should have his head examined.He becomes a free agent after this season, but so do about 6 other closers.Topping that list is Heath Bell.Every blown save by Paplebon will cost him & his agent money next year.His antics & pouting on the mound & in the dugout just doesn't make him an attractive addition to any team looking for a closer.I've been a Sox fan for over 4 decades & I think Paplebon is an embarassment to the entire orginization.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:49 am

3 Up, 3 Down: Pujols is back

Did anyone really expect Pujols continued to be tamed by MLB pitching? Come on. I think he's the best hitter since Ted Williams (take into consideration an era versus an era, and I think it's a very fair comparison.) Although not a naturally talented defensive player, he is far more focused on defense than Williams ever was and is much more focused at his position. He has, may I add, significantly improved on defense because of his desire to do so.

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