Originally written on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 5/11/12
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Pardon me for hitting this point again and again, but it's by far the most fascinating part of Albert Pujols' season so far. Anybody can go into a home run drought; the difference between a home run and a flyout is, what, the width of a cuticle? It's very easy for a home-run hitter to not hit a home run. They do it all the time. But to not walk is just so deliberate, and significant. Barry Bonds never went more than seven games without a walk. Adam Dunn has never gone more than nine games without a walk. Walks don't just disappear for no reason, and Albert Pujols' walks have disappeared, and they have disappeared not just for a month but since last year's All-Star break. Delmon Young now has as many unintentional walks as Albert Pujols since last year's break. I'm not just piling on because he's in a slump. This is a genuine mysterious phenomenon! So here's a quick rundown of things with as many or more unintentional walks than Albert Pujols this year: 

  • Four NL teams' pitchers;
  • Every team's first basemen; 
  • Every team's catchers;
  • Thirteen of 14 AL teams' no. 9 hitters;
  • Ian Kennedy;
  • Mark DeRosa,  
  • Yuniesky Betancourt;
  • Jeff Mathis;
  • Mark Reynolds, and Nick Markakis, each, in the same game

I mean.

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