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2007 ARod vs 2006 El Hombre: April

Here are the final tallies (Yankees are off today)

ARod's final April line:

93 ABs
23 Ks
9 BBs
14 HRs
34 RBIs
.355 AVG
1.297 OPS

Nicely done.

Compare it to Pujols last season:
81 ABs
7 Ks
28 BBs
14 HRs
32 RBIs
.346 AVG
1.423 OPS

In April 2006, Albert had a batted ball in play average of .230.  Alex this past month was at .328.

The amazing thing is the number of walks Albert recieved.  Even with ARod's torrid pace, they weren't afraid to pitch to him.  On the final day of the month, the Nationals walked Pujols 4 times.  Imagine if in those 28 PAs that he was walked if he had gotten a pitch to hit?

After Alex hit his 14th HR (thanks Coco, nice play..meat) he was only walked twice in the final 5 games.  He was only able to connect for 3 hits, ending his month on a sour note.

While a record like 'Most homeruns in April' is a meaningless one, I'll always remember that it would still be Albert's alone if a)Eric Wedge had walked ARod with 1st base open in the 9th or b)Coco Crisp hadn't turned a linedrive into a HR in Boston.

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