Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:19:22 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols hit his 522nd career homer Sunday, April 12. He passed Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams and is now 18th on the all-time list.
Fantasy Tip: Pujols ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) remains a solid bet in most lineups, as he appears to have shaken the injury bug and has his home-run stroke back. He doesn't have the explosive power from his St. Louis Cardinals days, but Pujols will help your power numbers.
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:02:56 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols hit career home run No. 521 in a win over the Seattle Mariners Wednesday, April 8, which is second to New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez among active players. Pujols is healthy this year after having a different spring compared to recent seasons. "It is hard when you are 100% to play this game, much less when you are injured," Pujols said. "Obviously this was a different spring for me, because I didn't come in with an achy foot or sore knee. I came in able to do the things I did for the 11 years before I was injured. It's exciting." Pujols is confident he'll have the best season this year in his time with the Angels.
Fantasy Tip: Pujols ($5,600, 11.2% of cap), even at age 35, remains one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball. He has just two hits in his first 11 at-bats to start the season, though. Pujols should be fine in 2015 if he can stay healthy, and he'll be a solid choice at FantasyScore on a regular basis.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:16:27 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols said he's not worried about defensive shifts against him. In 2014, defenses shifted him to pull 224 times, which was the most of any other right-handed hitter in the league. "They think they're screwing with your mind, but actually it's worse because they're telling you how they're going to pitch to you," Pujols said. "So actually it's the opposite. It's helping a hitter to know how they're going to pitch to you." Pujols' ability to go the opposite way is increased now that his right quadriceps is stronger after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November of 2012. He had 34 hits to right field last year, his second highest total since 2008.
Fantasy Tip: Pujols will come off the board after the elite first base options are gone. At age 35, Pujols is no longer a machine, and he carries an element of risk surrounding his health. However, the fact that he was able to play 159 games in 2014 is a good sign and should make you comfortable that he can still be serviceable as a starting fantasy first baseman.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:44:28 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout will likely bat third in the lineup, between OF Matt Joyce and 1B Albert Pujols.
Fantasy Tip: The lineup is slowly falling into place for the Angels, who have a formidable lineup at the job with OF Kole Calhoun likely leading off. Trout will likely go at the top of many fantasy leagues, and Joyce's status could be fairly strong in leagues if his bat looks good this spring.
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 07:24:03 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout, 1B Albert Pujols and OF Josh Hamilton combined to go hitless in 13 at-bats in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:28:32 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout, 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Howie Kendrick, OF Kole Calhoun and SS Erick Aybar are all back in the starting lineup Friday, Sept. 19.
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:06:35 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OFs Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Josh Hamilton; 1B Albert Pujols; 2B Howie Kendrick; and SS Erick Aybar are not in the startng lineup Thursday, Sept. 18.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:30:23 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (hamstring) and OF Josh Hamilton (shoulder) are both in the lineup Tuesday, Sept. 16. Pujols is batting third and playing first base, and Hamilton is batting sixth and serving as the designated hitter.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:30:23 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (hamstring) credited his left hamstring cramp to dehydration Monday, Sept. 15, and he said he expects to play Tuesday, Sept. 16. Pujols left the game Monday walking smoothly.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:21:41 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (hamstring) left the game Monday, Sept. 15, with a left hamstring cramp.