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Friday, May 04, 2012
Changups? Who needs a changeup? (Actually, maybe Albert Pujols could use a very straight change up positioned right down the middle and with velocity not much different than a fastball.)
“It was just really fastball command the whole time,” said Morrow, who didn’t throw a changeup all night and just two curve balls. “I pretty much put it anywhere I wanted every time. When you get an early lead like that and your pitch count is down, you’re thinking complete game at that point.”
Pujols’ career-worst home run drought reached 32 games and 133 at-bats after he went 0 for 3, lowering his average to .202. The three-time NL MVP, who signed a 10-year, $240 million contract in December as a free agent, has just five RBIs in 104 at-bats.
Six more at-bats by Pujols without a homer would eclipse Eddie Murray’s 1996 record for the longest home run drought at the start of a season (109) by anyone with at least 400 career homers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Murray finished his Hall of Fame career with 504. Pujols hit 445 over his 11 previous big league seasons — all with the St. Louis Cardinals.
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