Pujols May See Fewer Good Pitches
"There's a lot of reasons he's a great hitter, but that's one of them," said St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa. "I mean, he can save the at-bat, he has great plate coverage, he's smart."
But as his greatness grows, pitchers are changing their approach, including the so-called Barry Bonds treatment. Pirate pitchers intentionally walked Pujols twice Wednesday, and that number figures to increase during the season.
"If they put Albert on base, it creates another baserunner," explained LaRussa. "Whether it's [Scott] Rolen, [Juan] Encarnacion or [Jim] Edmonds, we got guys that'll make them pay."
And, the Cards' continued success may rely on them if Pujols keeps getting free passes.