What's the Matter with Albert Pujols?

What's the Matter with Albert Pujols?

It was a beautiful thing.

Sunday afternoon, Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run.

It would have been meaningless -- it came in the bottom of the ninth inning, and turned an 8-1 game into an 8-4 game -- except it was Stanton's first home run of the season.

Before, Stanton was in a large group of homer-less players that included Gordon Beckham, Juan Pierre, and teammate Emilio Bonifacio. After, Stanton was in a large group of one-homer players that includes James Loney, Ryan Zimmerman, and Chone Figgins.

April's almost over, and it's good to be reminded that it takes a lot longer than one month for things to even out.

To wit, Stanton hasn't been the only (supposed) power hitter suffering an April power outage. Alfonso Soriano hit 26 home runs last season, and hasn't homered in April. Andrew McCutchen hit 23 home runs last season, and hasn't homered in April. Mark Reynolds hit 37 home runs last season, and hasn't homered in April.

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