Since day 1 of moving up the 5 freeway from Anaheim to the Dodgers, Albert Pujols has become a fan favorite among Dodger fans. Whether he’s embracing teammates in absolute bear hugs or adding to his Hall of Fame resume, he’s a sight to see.
Unfortunately, we’ll be seeing less of him on the field during the stretch run. With the lineup back to full strength with the return of Mookie Betts, Dave Roberts mentioned Pujols will see a decline in his playing time.
Dave Roberts spoke about the inevitable decline in opportunity prior to Pujols’ start on Friday.
Yeah, if we have our 8 guys, 8 or 9 guys, that are gonna play regardless of handiness. Albert understands that because when he came on board, the landscape – the roster was different. He helped us certainly get from there to here, and he’s gonna help us going forward. If it doesn’t make sense as far as off days then he might be off the bench.
At this point in his career, Pujols was never going to remain a starter for long. He’s made an impact on this team that can’t be measured by stats alone. However, the Dodgers don’t need Pujols to during the regular season with the offense healthy. During the postseason is where he should truly shine.
Of course, Tío Albert won’t get many chances to start there either, yet he’ll prove to be a lethal bat off of the bench against southpaws. He’s torched left-handers this season with a .305 batting average with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 118 at-bats. He undoubtedly will make LA’s bench much deeper come October.
Still, it’ll be a big blow to fans who love them some Albert Pujols.