Cardinal legend Albert Pujols crushes 691st, 692nd career home runs against Diamondbacks

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St. Louis Cardinals legend Albert Pujols continued his march to history Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pujols, who hit four for four on Saturday, scored his 691st and 692nd home runs in his career, both against Madison Bumgarner, giving him six home runs in his last eight games and looks set to become the fourth player ever to hit 700 home runs.

Here are Pujols’ two home runs on Saturday. The eight total bases give him 6,141 in his career, putting him past Hall of Famer Stan Musial and the only one to hold second place all-time. Hank Aaron, the all-time leader, had a total of 6,856 career bases.

Pujols has said he will retire after the season. Saturday is St. Louis’ 119th game of the year, giving him 43 games to hit the eight home runs he needs to reach 700. This month shows he can do it, although it’s worth noting that the Cardinals are heavy platoon Pujols, so his playing time depends as much as anything on the opponent’s dexterity.

Here’s the all-time home run standings. Without the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Pujols would almost certainly be in the 700-homer club by now.

  1. Barry Bonds: 762
  2. Henk Aaron: 755
  3. Dear Ruth: 714
  4. Alex Rodriguez: 696
  5. Albert Pujols: 692 and counting

Pujols has a chance to catch A-Rod before the end of the month. Hell, with the way he’s been swinging the bat lately, he could catch it towards the end next weekend. This recent home run binge means the hunt for 700 has officially begun.

The Cardinals started Saturday with a four-game lead in the NL Central and their schedule for September is very favorable on paper (18 of their last 28 games have been against the Nationals, Pirates and Reds). If they extend their lead to, say, 8-9 games in the coming weeks, would they give Pujols more starts against right-handers, just to maximize his at bats while chasing 700 home runs? It is very possible.

The 42-year-old Pujols came in on Saturday with a batting line of .254/.333/.472 and 11 homeruns overall, including .358/.404/.691 with seven homeruns against lefthanders.


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