Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols prepares to touch home plate after hitting a walk-off homerun against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Sound familiar? Pujols hit a walk-off blast the night before off of Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win in 12 innings. The homer hit on June 5 also came in extra innings, this time in the 10th inning off of Cubs righthander Rodrigo Lopez. The final score in that game was 3-2 in favor of St. Louis, who swept the three-game series.
Between June 3 and June 7, Pujols hit five homeruns and drove in nine runs during a four-game stretch. Prior to June, Pujols only had nine homers on the year and was hitting an uncharacteristically low .267. “Prince Albert” has hit at least 30 homeruns and driven in at least 100 runs in each of his first 10 seasons with St. Louis. With his recent success, expect Pujols to make it 11 straight seasons with those types of number in 2011.