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Pujols Versus the NL Central

It seems that every series the Cards play in the NL Central FSN-MW flashes a graphic about how Pujols dominates that particular team. This always confounds me because the numbers, as impressive as they inevitably are, just mirror Pujols' career stats... which made me wonder whether I was being overly cynical or if this was actually the case. The table below shows the various numbers Pujols has put up against his NL Central foes to this point in his career. It's a fitting time to take a look as he's roughly put up a full season's worth of ABs (all numbers provided by Baseball Musings' Day by Day Database).

Team Versus ABs AVG OBP SLG HRs RBIs SBs BBs IBBs Ks
Milwaukee 515 .342 .444 .616 30 111 6 94 26 64
Cincinnati 540 .365 .441 .687 42 121 6 74 13 37
Pittsburgh 526 .373 .456 .694 40 122 2 73 21 52
Chicago 528 .290 .384 .576 40 109 6 77 18 59
Houston 536 .312 .409 .569 36 90 2 85 27 60

 

There are some interesting observations to be had. Pujols has accumulated more HRs against Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Cincinnati; these teams are much less likely to issue Pujols a free pass be it intentional or otherwise. His average is clearly lower against the Cubs and Astros. I'd be interested to see a pitch f/x image plotting where these clubs attack Albert in the zone. Regardless, it's not like they've been effective at containing him as his production is still impressive. Boy, Cincinnati just can't get a third strike against him, can they?

It really is remarkable how consistent Pujols grinds out numbers regardless of the year, opponent, constant nagging injuries, you name it. But, as you can see, it's not that he particularly dominates one of these teams... it's just that he owns the entire freaking league. No exceptions.
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