Slumps, hot streaks and questions

Will Albert Pujols ever start hitting? Will Josh Hamilton ever stop? Oh my!

Originally Published: May 17, 2012
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

There was a moment early in Albert Pujols' confounding homerless streak this season when he actually thought it was funny -- as in funny "ha ha," not funny "strange" -- that someone asked if perhaps he, the Great Pujols, was concerned about suddenly being unable to hit the ball over the fence. Or get any hits at all, really.

"You really think I worry over home runs?" Pujols scoffed to a Los Angeles Times reporter on April 18 -- or 18 days before he finally broke through with his first ...

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