Albert Pujols Struggled Again Last Night, Here's How The Rays Shut Him Down

Albert Pujols

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Albert Pujols struggled again last night, going 0-4 against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays.Pujols is now hitless in his last 18 at bats, spanning more than four games. And 17 games, Pujols is hitting just .232 and is yet to hit a home run.

During last night’s game, Pujols appeared to be guessing at times, and is missing pitches that he should be crushing.

In reality, Pujols had some good pitches to hit, but he is just not taking advantage.

It still seems weird seeing Pujols in this jersey

In the first inning, Pujols didn't help himself, swinging at the first pitch, a 94 mph 2-seam fastball tailing away

The result was a lazy flyball to right field

In the fourth inning, Price again went with the 2-seam fastball but this one was inside for a ball

Price went back to the same spot with the second pitch and Pujols took the bait

After starting with a fastball way outside in the seventh inning, Pujols took this fastball right down the middle. Old Pujols crushes this ball.

After another ball, way inside, Pujols took this fastball for a called strike, making the count two balls and two strikes

Pujols was not happy with the call

The eighth pitch Pujols has seen in the game, a changeup, is the first non-fastball. Look at how Pujols' front hip is pointing to left field.

The result was a weak foul ball down the left field line

After ball-three was way outside, Price came back inside with a fastball, but Pujols wasn't able to keep his hands inside

Pujols hit it well, but he couldn't keep it fair, just missing a home run

So with a full-count, Price came back with a changeup away, and again, Pujols' front hip is pointing towards left field, and he is left reaching for the pitch

In the ninth inning, Price started with a low curveball (ball 1), and a changeup away (ball 2) that was identical to the one Pujols hit for a flyball in the seventh. Price then gets a called strike with this changeup down in the zone.

Pujols' final pitch of the night was an 83 mph changeup down the middle. This should have been a 450-foot home run.

Here are the pitches Pujols swung at (from point of view of umpire). He should be crushing those fastballs (FT) on the left (inside) and driving the changeups (CH) to right-centre

FF=Four-seam fastball, FT=Two-seam fastball, FC=Cutter, CU=Curveball, CH=Changeup

And here are the pitches Pujols didn't swing at. There are two pitches down the middle that should have been hit hard

FF=Four-seam fastball, FT=Two-seam fastball, FC=Cutter, CU=Curveball, CH=Changeup

Now let's take a closer look at the controversial final strike from Philip Humber's perfect game

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