Originally posted on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 7/29/13
The Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim are preparring to be without Albert Pujols for the remainder of the season.  Pujols could undergo surgery to repair a partial tear of his left plantar fascia.  Albert signed a 10 year, $240mil contract with Angels prior to the 2012 season.  Over the course of 253 games, Pujols has hit .275 with 47 home runs, 69 doubles and 169 RBI.  Those are not terrible number by any means, but for Albert Pujols, they are disappointing.  For $240mil they are terrible.  If he is done for the year, Albert Pujols will finish with a .258 batting average over 99 games in which he hit 17 home runs and drove in 64 runs.The last time Pujols didn't hit 30 home runs? NEVER.  Even in his rookie season, he hit 37 home runs and last seasons total (30) was the only time in his career he didn't hit at least 32 of them.  Last season, Pujols used a strong month of August in which he hit 9 of his 30 homers and drive in 24 of his 103 RBI.  I am sure many fantasy owners were just waiting for that same production out of their 1st round draft pick, in a lineup that features Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo.  Comparing his monthly splits to last season, Albert is down in nearly every category.  In total, he has more strike outs, less hits, runs, doubles, home runs and RBI, a lower batting average, OBP, SLG and OPS.  Is this the end of this generations greatest hitter?  Are PEDs to blame for the rapid break down of a superior hitter, similar to the way Alex Rodriguez' career came crashing down?  Pujols turned 33 before the start of this season and has played in over 2000 career games, including the playoffs.  Only Ichiro Suzuki has played more baseball than Albert since his rookie season in 2001 and no one has been more valuable, not even Alex Rodriguez.  The way things are going for Albert Pujols, it's hard to imagine him still playing baseball in 2021, the year his current contract ends  How to replace PujolsIf you played CBS Fantasy Baseball, check out the Padres Yonder Alonso, the Marlins Logan Morrison, and the Mariners Justin Smoak.If you play ESPN Fantasy Baseball, check out the Piartes Garrett Jones, the Padres Yonder Alonso and the Marlins rookie prospect Christian YelichIf you play Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, check out the Mariners Kendrys Morales, the Phillies Michael Young and the Nationals Adam LaRoche
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Stafford admits he was surprised by benching

USC president expresses support for AD Pat Haden

Report: Syracuse QB medically disqualified due to concussions

Six notable NFL realizations after five weeks of action

Lamar Odom reportedly found unconscious, fighting for his life

Cubs defeat Cardinals 6-4, advance to NLCS


Bret Bielema responds to critics: 'Bring it on, baby”

Philip Rivers used silent count at home on Monday night

SEC commissioner responds to Arkansas coach’s flop during Saturday’s loss

Report: 49ers put Vernon Davis on the trade block

Wall to pay assistant coach $100 for every three-turnover game

Green fires back at critics, compares them to ‘bitter females’

QUIZ: Who did Kerry Wood strike out in his 20 K game?

WATCH: Frank Kaminsky busts out dance moves in Shanghai

Dabo Swinney gave awesome speech in honor of Spurrier

Russell Westbrook featured on Mountain Dew cans

Dombrowski wants to add 'horse' to Red Sox's rotation

Julian Edelman lists top five receivers, omits Dez Bryant

Brittle USMNT turns to dust in disappointing loss to Costa Rica

Dombrowski: Red Sox’s payroll ‘not going backwards’ for 2016

Spartan seniors seek first win in The Big House

Marchand: Bruins are ‘going to be a really good team’

Five most overrated teams in the Week 7 Coaches’ Poll

Texas mascot Bevo XIV diagnosed with cancer, retired immediately

Can any of the NFL's remaining undefeated teams go 16-0?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Six notable NFL realizations after five weeks of action

Five most overrated teams in the Week 7 Coaches’ Poll

Can any of the NFL's remaining undefeated teams go 16-0?

QUIZ: Every team Steve Spurrier played for, coached

What's changed, what hasn't: NBA's Southwest Division

DeAndre Hopkins on pace to shatter single-season target record

(Mis)handling David Price

Five fantasy things we learned from every NFL Week 5 game

Steve Spurrier: An American original

How the Royals cheated death

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker