St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols launched the 696th home run of his career Saturday night contrary to the Pittsburgh Pirates (GameTracker), moving him right into a tie with Alex Rodriguez for the fourth-most in Major League Baseball history.
Pujols delivered his home run, a two-run shot that tied the overall game at 3-3, in the sixth inning versus right-hander J.T. Brubaker. Here’s the blast in every its color television glory:
In accordance with Statcast, Pujols’ home run had an exit velocity of 111 mph and traveled some 418 feet.
Pujols entered Saturday’s contest hitting .258/.333/.500 (137 OPS+) with 16 home runs and 43 runs batted in during the period of his first 88 games this year. He’s been red-hot because the start of second half. In his first 35 contests because the All-Star Game, he hit .326/.387/.695 with 10 home runs in 106 plate appearances.
Pujols recently reaffirmed his intent to retire third , season, it doesn’t matter how many home runs he’s got or how close he could be to achieving the 700 mark. Pujols appears to be to still have an opportunity to end up being the fourth player ever to cross the 700-home threshold, but he’ll not move greater than fourth all-time:
1. Barry Bonds, 762
2. Henry Aaron, 755
3. Babe Ruth, 714
T-4. Albert Pujols, 696
T-4. Alex Rodriguez, 696
The Cardinals appears to be to stay a good position to provide Pujols more playing time on the remaining couple of weeks of the growing season. They entered Saturday having an eight-game lead in the division, providing them with ample breathing room on the Milwaukee Brewers. Also is that the Cardinals won’t face the toughest slate of opponents: they will have five games remaining contrary to the Cincinnati Reds and another six to go versus the Pirates.