ANAHEIM -- Slump or no slump, this is turning out to be a pretty standard Albert Pujols year. On Sunday, in a 4-1 win over the White Sox, Pujols got the Angels on a board with a two-run double in the sixth inning off Gavin Floyd, highlighting a 3-for-4 day at the plate. That gave him 101 RBIs, marking the 11th time in 12 seasons that the future Hall of Famer has reached triple digits in that department (he finished 2011 with 99). With nine regular-season games left, Pujols' slash line of .286/.345/.525 is down from what he averaged his previous 11 seasons (.328/.420/.617). But he has notched at least 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 40 doubles -- he has 46, the most since '04 -- for the seventh time in his career.More
When you consider where he was on May 4 -- .194 batting average, zero homers, five RBIs -- that's pretty impressive. "Obviously his numbers are there at the end of the year -- I've been telling everybody that from Day 1," Angels ace Jered Weaver said. "He's definitely lived up to expectations this year, that's for sure."
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