By Matt Snyder
Albert Pujols is still the best player in baseball and we saw it again on display Wednesday night. He didn't show us with his bat, as he so often does. It's not just the hitting. He's good at everything. Tuesday night, he stole third base in the first inning. Wednesday night, we were treated to his defensive and mental prowess in one fell swoop.
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Pujols fills the stat sheet with the best of them. While he wasn't the best hitter in the league in 2011, due to a slow start, he still had a 150 OPS-plus -- meaning his on-base percentage plus slugging percentage was 50 percent better than the average hitter -- with 37 home runs and 99 RBI in 147 games. And that's the worst year he's had in a decade. But he's also a guy who does all the little things. Just like how people like to say lesser talented players (Ryan Theriot?) do the "little things." So does Pujols. That's why he's still the best player in baseball.
David Freese was the hero of Game 4 with the double, home run and four RBI, but don't forget about Pujols' defensive play. If he doesn't make it, it's entirely possible the game heads into the late innings tied at three. From there, anything can happen. Instead, we're going to be treated with Game 5 Friday night. Praise Freese and several other Cardinals, but don't forget about that soon-to-be free agent first baseman.
Video: Manager Tony La Russa discusses his team's Game 4 win.
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