Albert Pujols Continues Hot Streak, Surprising Comparison Between Last 2 Seasons

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 25:  Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 25, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Albert Pujols is simply on fire, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could not be any more ecstatic.

After going deep on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners, Pujols has hit a home run in three straight games and in six of his last 11 games. He is hitting .285 in those 11 games, with 12 RBI and nine runs scored.

Pujols is now up to seven home runs and 26 RBI on the season.

The Angels are beginning to turn their season around and climb higher in AL West at the same time. In those last 11 games, the Angels are 7-4, including their current five-game winning streak.

Although many feel as though he is still a disappointment to this point, Pujols' numbers in comparison to last year's numbers might surprise you.

This season, Pujols has seven home runs through 47 games. Last year, he did not hit his seventh home run until his 49th game. He also did not hit his 26th RBI until that same game, putting him two games ahead of his pace from last year for both RBI and home runs.

Last season, Pujols hit 37 home runs and had 99 RBI. 

The worry in Anaheim should be gone, as Pujols is well on his way to having the season that the Angels paid the big money for. Pujols is clearly becoming more familiar with the American League and the pitchers and teams that he must play every day.

Pujols has a tendency to always be around the same numbers year after year, despite slumps that he might encounter along the way. The consistency season after season is what the Angels signed up for—and that is exactly what they will get throughout the life of this contract.