He actually turned 30 on Saturday, but if you look at his filthy numbers, it’s hard to believe he’s only 30. He has more home runs at 30 than Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth or Barry Bonds had. And he shows no signs of slowing down at all (he had 700 plate appearances last season, which matches his career high).
Why do we bring this up? (Last I checked this isn’t OMGCardinals.com.) Well, because he’s just about the biggest Reds Killer around. Pujols has hit exactly 40 home runs against three different teams: the Cubs, the Pirates and the Reds. His 118 RBIs against the Reds are his second most (to the Pirates – 122) against any team. His 127 runs scored against the Reds are his most against any team. And the Reds have struck Albert out a lot less (only 37 times) than any other team in the NL Central.
Against National League teams, he’s only got a higher batting average (.373) against Pittsburgh. He’s hitting .361 in 623 career at-bats against the Reds. That’s more at-bats than he’s ever had in a season (because he walks a ton) but it’s better than he’s ever batted in a season (he hit .359 in 2003 and .357 in 2008).
In 2009, we did a little better against Albert. He only hit .310 against us (though his 5 home runs and 16 RBIs against the Reds were both tied – again with the Pirates – for his most against any team).
BTW, According to Yahoo, he’s 16-for-49 (.327) against Arroyo, 3-for-8 (.375) against Homer, 3-for-9 (.333) against Cordero, 2-for-8 (.250) against Cueto, 16-for-54 (.296) against Harang and 3-for-7 (.429) against Volquez.