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08:17 AM ET 10.10 | In becoming the Cards' all-time leader in playoff appearances, Albert Pujols had always put up numbers in the NLCS. That's history. Recent history says more about his swing. Racing the calendar for his 100th RBI and his signature .300 average, Pujols expanded his strike zone in the final week and finished on a four-for-23 (.174) speed bump. Including the postseason, Pujols has two RBIs in his past 10 games, and only three walks. Hitting coach Mark McGwire sees similar results in playoff games as Pujols reaches for swings. But there's a different reason. "Maybe trying to do a little too much," McGwire explained. "He swung at a couple pitches out of the zone (Sunday), yeah."

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October 10, 2011  08:37 AM ET

A couple???? Big Mac is being kind!

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October 10, 2011  08:59 AM ET

this guy is on the backside of his career and he will be offered how much money? tell me again how this makes sense for a team to consider?

October 10, 2011  09:00 AM ET
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Not gonna boost your average if you're swinging at garbage. And strange that Mac is a hitting coach, when half the time he looked like he was swinging as hard as he could with his eyes closed.

Career .263 batting average isn't really all that impressive, is it? I never thought of him as a great -- even good -- hitter. Still, it seems like for the most part he's getting the job done in St. Louis.

October 10, 2011  09:05 AM ET

I know this has nothing to do with article but if Arod gets $25mil a year what will you give this guy...he does it year in and year out with half the lineup Arod has.....Pujols, Holliday ( don't know how healthy he is) and Freese maybe Molina after that the lineup is a crap shoot ....So I'd say yeah he's pressing (trying to do to much) take the walks (your most feared hitter in baseball you'll get paid don't worry Albert) and hope Holliday or Freese or Molina can pick it up...Would not let Pujols beat me if I were Milwaukee....

October 10, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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Career .263 batting average isn't really all that impressive, is it? I never thought of him as a great -- even good -- hitter. Still, it seems like for the most part he's getting the job done in St. Louis.

I'm not sure where you are .263 but it is incorrect. His career BA is .328 and .323 for the post season, per Baseball Reference

October 10, 2011  09:55 AM ET

HGH

October 10, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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Pujols, Holliday ( don't know how healthy he is) and Freese maybe Molina after that the lineup is a crap shoot

The Cardinals led the league in team OPS and runs scored.

October 10, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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I'm not sure where you are .263 but it is incorrect. His career BA is .328 and .323 for the post season, per Baseball Reference

He was talking about McGwire.

October 10, 2011  10:04 AM ET
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He was talking about McGwire.

My bad!

He is correct in that he's getting the job done!

October 10, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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My bad!He is correct in that he's getting the job done!

Agreed.

He's also correct that he had a .263 career average and makes a strange batting coach considering he was really only known for power -- power that was provided by modern chemistry.

October 10, 2011  10:40 AM ET
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Career .263 batting average isn't really all that impressive, is it? I never thought of him as a great -- even good -- hitter. Still, it seems like for the most part he's getting the job done in St. Louis.

No one looks at batting average anymore. OPS works better. Big Mac's OPS for his career was .9823 (10th all time). His adjusted OPS+ is 12th all time.

His credentials are solid. You want guys that get on base and get big hits. Average is meaningless.

October 10, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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Career .263 batting average isn't really all that impressive, is it? I never thought of him as a great -- even good -- hitter. Still, it seems like for the most part he's getting the job done in St. Louis.

No one looks at batting average anymore. OPS works better. Big Mac's OPS for his career was .9823 (10th all time). His adjusted OPS+ is 12th all time.

His credentials are solid. You want guys that get on base and get big hits. Average is meaningless.

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October 10, 2011  10:51 AM ET
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Mark McGwires credentials are more of a pharmaceutical nature.

Yep, and different than Barry Bonds in that we'd still be talking about Bonds even if he hadn't juiced -- McGwire not so much.

October 10, 2011  11:13 AM ET
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Yep, and different than Barry Bonds in that we'd still be talking about Bonds even if he hadn't juiced -- McGwire not so much.

Agreed100%

And apologies for being vague in my initial post.

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October 10, 2011  11:34 AM ET
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Agreed100% And apologies for being vague in my initial post.

I think it was pretty clear who you were talking about.

It's funny that StarGateBabe thought you were talking about Pujols when you said, "I never thought of him as a great -- even good -- hitter."

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