Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Albert Pujols finds his groove early
By Mark Saxon
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- From the day he arrived through this second week of spring games, Albert Pujols has looked as comfortable as if this were his 10th season with the Angels, not his first.
That might bode well for his first season in Anaheim.
It hasn't taken Pujols long to get his swing locked in. He is 8-for-16 with three doubles and eight RBIs in Cactus League play. Wednesday he hit a pair of impressive home runs, one of them a massive, arcing shot into the picnic area in left field. None of this is going to matter in a few weeks, of course, but it's encouraging to the Angels that he looks comfortable.
A year ago in Florida, Pujols was dealing with the uncertainty of impending free agency and he struggled early in the season.
"Whenever you see it on the baseball card, then you worry about it," Pujols said. "Right here, you can hit .500 and you're never going to see it. It's good for yourself, all the hard work, but at the end you concentrate on trying to get your at-bats, see the ball, track the ball and make sure you put a good swing on."
Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, "We hope we're going to see that often this year. It's great to see him getting comfortable in the box."