Why Pujols Is Struggling

Why Pujols Is Struggling

One of the top stories in MLB for April was the slow start by the Angels' Albert Pujols. The former Cardinal is struggling in his new environment. One month is only a slice of the season, so we'll assume that he'll get going and put up some good numbers.

It's a prominent national story for several reasons: (1) he entered the season as the game's greatest hitter, and attention comes with that. (2) He signed a $240 million deal with the Angels, and the free-agent defection only intensified the scrutiny. At the time Pujols signed, many wondered if the Angels screwed up in giving him a 10-year contract. That means Pujols will be monitored more closely than other players.  It happens to all superstars that sign a mega deal. (3) In St. Louis and beyond, there's interest in how Pujols would do after leaving a place where he was happy and comfortable and thriving in an ideal setting for him, on and off the field.

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