Pujols is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. Pujols followed up his two-homer performance Friday with an 0-for-4 showing in Saturday's 4-3 win. After starting each of the past seven games, Pujols will take a seat while Jared Walsh starts at first base and Shohei Ohtani serves as the team's designated hitter. Ohtani got on track Saturday by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run, so he could eat into Pujols' opportunities at DH over the final week of the season.
Pujols went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs during Friday's win over the Rangers. Pujols launched his fifth long ball of the season, this time as a solo shot against Wes Benjamin in the fifth inning. The home run was the 661st of his career as the 40-year-old surpassed Willie Mays to move into fifth on the all-time leaderboard. To top it off, Pujols tacked on another home run in the seventh inning, bringing him to number 662 overall and six on the season. Pujols is now the only player in MLB history to rank in the top five for both home runs and doubles. Overall this year, he's batting .244/.297/.437.
Pujols went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two walks in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Rockies. Pujols' eighth-inning long ball gave the Angels a 4-3 lead. It marked the slugger's 660th career homer, bringing him into a tie with Willie Mays for fifth most of all time. Despite the big home run, Pujols will likely continue to see scattered playing time during the final two weeks of the season.
Pujols is not in Thursday's lineup against the Rangers. Pujols is hitting .265 with zero home runs over his last 10 games. Considering that he's on the bench for the fifth time in eight games, Pujols appears to have shifted into a part-time role as the 17-27 Angels turn their focus to developing younger players over the final month of the season. Jared Walsh will start at first base and bat fifth Thursday.
Pujols is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Pujols started the past two games and will head to the bench after going 2-for-8 with one run, three RBI and one walk. Jared Walsh receives another start at first base in his place Tuesday.