Posted October 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer Back on June 1, the AP unveiled a list of 10 players who were off to slow starts but were likely to bounce back quickly - some thinly veiled advice for fantasy players, if you will. In the interest of accountability, now it's time for a look back at how we did: ALBERT PUJOLS, 1B, ANGELS What We Said: ''Pujols' numbers began to slip a bit last year, but his .243 average in his first season with Los Angeles has been a shocker. There's no reason to think the 32-year-old's swing has deserted him for good. He might not reach 32 homers, his previous low for a season, but Pujols is hitting .329 since May 12. The worst seems to be over.'' What Happened: It almost felt like cheating to pick Pujols, whose track record made it fairly obvious he wasn't going to keep scuffling for an entire season. His final numbers: .285, 30 homers and 50 doubles. Not bad considering what a nightmare April was. --...
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