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How far is Albert Pujols behind his usual home run pace?

Albert Pujols, Jeff Mathis

Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, lines out to the shortstop as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis watches during the fourth inning of their baseball game, Friday, May 4, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Albert Pujols is finally showing some signs of life for the Angels, homering in back-to-back games after going deep just once through his first 36 games.

He’s still hitting just .214 with a .248 on-base percentage and .325 slugging percentage overall and obviously three homers in 39 total team games is shockingly little power for Pujols. But exactly how far is he behind his usual home run pace?

Here are Pujols’ homer totals through 39 team games in each of his 12 seasons:

2001 14
2002 5
2003 9
2004 9
2005 10
2006 19
2007 7
2008 7
2009 13
2010 8
2011 7
2012 3

Even after homering in back-to-back games Pujols is two homers short of his career-worst mark through 39 games, established way back in his second season. In the nine seasons between then and now he never hit fewer than seven homers through 39 team games and for his career Pujols has averaged 9.8 homers through 39 team games.

In other words, it was a good 48 hours but Pujols is still well behind where he’s always been at this point.