Albert Pujols

Baseball By The Numbers: Weak AL Central, Position Players Pitching and Mo Rivera

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Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez suffered through an 0-fer day against Baltimore in the Red Sox’ 9-6 loss in 17 innings. The first baseman struck out in the 17th representing the tying run against the Orioles’ Chris Davis, who
began the day simply as the DH and ended it with a win. Gonzalez was the first AL cleanup hitter to go 0-8 since Andre Thornton of the Indians in 1984.


Baseball By the Numbers: AL West bullpens, Kemp and Ethier, and Pujols

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Runs scored by the St. Louis Cardinals while Adam Wainwright was in the game during his first four starts this season, spanning 20 innings.

ERA of the first-place Texas Rangers’ bullpen in April.

ERA of the last-place Los Angeles Angels’ bullpen in April.


Baseball By The Numbers: Pujols, Bautista and Tough Pitchers

Highs and Lows after early games
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Active pitchers who have held opponents to a sub-.200 batting average over a full season: Justin Verlander 2011 (.192); Johan Santana 2004 (.192); Kerry Wood 1998 (.196) [min. 162 innings].

Times players have hit 40-plus home runs in a season over the past three years. Jose Bautista and Albert Pujols are the only players to accomplish it twice.


St. Louis Cardinals 2012 Preview

Cans Redbirds repeat without you know who?
<p> With the Cardinals wallowing 10.5 games back in the wild card race, several veterans convened a team meeting in late August to stress making the most of a misspent season. Two months later they did more than that. They made history. Despite the loss of two icons, the Cardinals enter 2012 with a team that they believe can win again.</p>

St. Louis Cardinals

Major League Baseball is Back: 2012 Preview and Predictions

The baseball season begins with many new faces in new places.
<p> Baseball is Back: 2012 Preview and Predictions</p>

From the pages of Athlon Sports Monthly, here are five major storylines for the 2012 baseball season , as well as our predictions.

Los Angeles Angels 2012 Preview

Can Angels overtake Rangers?
<p> Fueled by a new TV deal that gave the franchise's bottom line a robust boost, the Angels splurged on the biggest single-day free agent expenditure in baseball history - a combined $331.5 million committed to first baseman Albert Pujols and left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson. Those two moves have transformed the Angels from a fading franchise trying to rebuild around young players into a serious threat to the Texas Rangers, the reigning power in the AL West and the American League.</p>

Los Angeles Angels

2012 Fantasy Baseball Primer: First Base

Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and the rest
<p> Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and the rest...</p>

The 2012 baseball season is just around the corner. As players gets loosened up at Spring Training, we thought we'd pull from Athlon’s 2012 MLB Preview Magazine to catch you up on some of the top players at each position and help you win your 2012 fantasy baseball league. Today, we look at first basemen, starting with the top tier players and work our way down.


Nine Top Offseason Stories Heading into the 2012 MLB Season

Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and the Marlins topped the Hot Stove.
<p> Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and More</p>

--By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

Since the St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series in late October, the baseball world has witnessed many major moves and risky contracts — and that was with the big-money Yankees and Red Sox staying fairly quiet. From power sluggers leaving the NL Central to power arms moving east, there were many winter changes that will have a long-lasting effect on the 2012 campaign and beyond. Here are nine of the most important hot stove happenings:

St. Louis Cardinals Mt. Rushmore

Six strong candidates, but only four allowed on the mountain
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<p> The Mt. Rushmore for the team nearest and dearest to my heart also proves to be the most difficult for me to select. There are six strong candidates — five Hall of Famers and one who will be — and a handful of others who would make most teams’ mountains. Stan the Man Musial is the No. 1 name on all Cardinals fans’ lists. After that, it becomes a tough choice.</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller