Well, with two home runs against the Giants Tuesday night, "The Machine" sits one long ball away from 350. More impressive...with 30 this season, he became the first player to start his career with nine straight seasons with 30 or more homers.
Also, his 30 home runs marks only the tenth time a player has hit 30 prior to the All-Star break. Barry Bonds holds the record with 39, Mark McGwire is next with 37. My guess is Pujols is sitting somewhere near 34 or 35 by the time MLB takes its break.
“It’s not what you did last year. It’s what you’re going to do this year. That’s more important," Pujols once told reporters.
Well, so far "this year", Pujols is on pace to smash his career high in home runs (49), RBI (137) and OPS+ (190). If he continues on this torrid pace...he's likely to bring home his third MVP award.
Remind me again why everyone is so enamored with Alex Rodriguez surpassing Bonds' career home run totals?
It's clear to me, that "Phat Albert" is much more the complete player and barring another errant leak or Selena Roberts investigation...he's every bit as likely to end up as the greatest overall hitter of his generation.