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Dodgers: Albert Pujols is Absolutely Thriving With the Cardinals

When the Dodgers picked up Albert Pujols last season, they had no idea what they were going to get out of him. An aging veteran with no speed and no defensive prowess left leaves a lot to be desired. But the intention was for him to come off of the bench against left-handed pitching, earning the occasional start when the DH was in play. 

But Pujols ended up playing much more than anyone anticipated. That was partially due to his stellar play and partially due to the fact that the Dodgers couldn’t keep anyone healthy in 2021. But Albert hit 12 homeruns for Los Angeles and drove in 38 runs across 85 games. It was an incredibly beneficial move for Pujols and for the team. 

But this offseason, Albert got the chance to return home where it all started. He signed a deal with the Cardinals and will finish out this season before calling it a career. But Pujols going from the Dodgers to the Cards is a move that no fan in Los Angeles was bitter about. It just made sense, and he’s thriving. 

Through his first 6 appearances, Pujols has posted an OPS of 1.083 across 24 plate appearances. He’s thriving off of the bench and hitting .333 with a pair of homeruns. The Dodgers know how good he can be in a pinch-hit role, and he’s doing it once again with St Louis. 

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Like it or not, this will be the last year for the 42-year-old veteran. Dodgers fans really grew to love him in his short time with Los Angeles, as did the players in the clubhouse. Always hoping the best for Tio. 

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