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Albert Pujols Home Run Drought Spreads to Cleveland This Weekend

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 21:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prepares to bat against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 21, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2012

Albert Pujols does not appear to be a fraction of the $250 million man that he was signed to be.

Pujols appears to have hit rock bottom, even though he broke an 0-for-21 stretch in Tampa this week with a single in which he was thrown out at second when he tried to stretch it into a double.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Pujols now prepare to play a three game series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field this weekend.

Pujols brings his .224 average and four RBI into Cleveland in hopes of turning his season around. Sooner or later Pujols will hit a home run to break out of his slump, right?

Pujols might be able to bust out in Cleveland over the weekend. He has only played six games at Progressive Field in his career but in those six games he has hit three home runs and two doubles.

He does not have a history against Friday's starter, Justin Masterson, or Saturday's starter Jeanmar Gomez. He is familiar with Sunday's pitcher however, Derek Lowe.

In 28 at bats against Lowe he has a .357 batting average with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBI.

Pujols might come home to a shower of boos from the Angels' crowd on Monday if he does not break out over the weekend.


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