He’s off to a pretty good start too.
Following an 0-for-5 Opening Day, Pujols picked up three hits against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, including his first home run as a member of the Cardinals since the 2011 World Series.
He even picked up a hit against Milwaukee Brewers star right-hander Brandon Woodruff yesterday after having gone 0-for-3 against him last season.
But when he was on second, Pujols attempted something he probably shouldn’t have.
Before Woodruff even delivered his next pitch to Paul DeJong, The Machine tried to steal third base.
Needless to say, he was unsuccessful.
Pujols thinks he’s 25 and I love it pic.twitter.com/RXuSvZN3lV
— Megan (@MeganMakinMoney) April 14, 2022
What Are You Doing, Albert?
It’s quite a confusing move for a guy like Pujols.
While he isn’t that fast of a runner, he’s a good baserunner because he’s smart.
But yesterday, he didn’t look so smart trying to swipe third.
What was Albert thinking?
Was he given the steal sign?
But he was unable to catch the Brewers’ defense napping, which was his goal.
Ultimately, this cost the Cardinals a chance to score a run in the top of the second inning off of Woodruff, who has a history of dominating St. Louis.
Though it wasn’t the dagger of the game, it certainly didn’t help matters for the Cardinals, who stranded the bases loaded in the top of the third.
Adam Wainwright didn’t have a great start and the Cardinals fell 5-1 to their division rivals.
But what stands out is the odd decision-making from the second inning, where Pujols was trying to steal third.
It did not go well.