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Pujols extends decade multi-RBI game lead

Ho hum. Albert Pujols drove in multiple runs in Thursday’s game – again.

Pujols' home run (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has been under increasing scrutiny due to a May that is substandard for him – .267/.406/.384, one home run and 10 RBI in 24 games prior to Thursday’s action.

Then we have the unpleasant exchange in the dugout with his manager Tony La Russa last week, whispers of leg and back injuries that may be sapping his strength and the ongoing contract situation that is apparently off the table during the season.

Pujols may have answered the immediate questions when he clubbed a towering home run to the second deck in left field on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth inning in San Diego Thursday. He added two other RBI in St. Louis’ 8-3 series-ending win over the Padres.

Pujols’ three-RBI game was his MLB-best 309th multiple RBI game in the roughly 9 ¼ years since his MLB debut in 2001. During that time, Alex Rodriguez is next, ten behind Pujols.

Multi-RBI games, MLB, top 20, 2001 through 05/26/10

Rk Player # Rk Player #
1 Albert Pujols 308 11 Aramis Ramirez 230
2 Alex Rodriguez 299 12 Miguel Tejada 227
3 Manny Ramirez 276 13 Magglio Ordonez 225
4 David Ortiz 255 14 Pat Burrell 222
5 Lance Berkman 248 15 Carlos Beltran 219
6 Bobby Abreu 241 16 Paul Konerko 213
7 Vladimir Guerrero 240 17 Chipper Jones 210
8 Jim Thome 237 18 Jason Giambi 206
8 Carlos Lee 237 19 Jorge Posada 204
10 Carlos Delgado 232 19 Raul Ibanez 204

Pujols also leads the world with 123 three-plus RBI games during this time.

Three-plus-RBI games, MLB, top 20, 2001 through 05/26/10

Rk Player # Rk Player #
1 Albert Pujols 122 10 Raul Ibanez 90
2 Alex Rodriguez 112 10 Miguel Cabrera 90
3 Manny Ramirez 110 13 Carlos Beltran 89
4 David Ortiz 105 14 Chipper Jones 87
5 Mark Teixeira 97 14 Bobby Abreu 87
6 Lance Berkman 94 16 Carlos Lee 86
7 Vladimir Guerrero 92 16 Jason Giambi 86
8 Jim Thome 91 18 Andruw Jones 85
8 Carlos Delgado 91 19 Ryan Howard 84
10 Miguel Tejada 90 20 Richie Sexson 82

In the last 50-plus years, Pujols leads all Cardinals.

Three-plus-RBI games, Cardinals, top 20, 1960 through 05/26/10

Rk
Player #
Rk
Player #
1 Albert Pujols 122 11 Keith Hernandez 43
2 Ray Lankford 75 12 Joe Torre 42
3 Ted Simmons 74 13 Edgar Renteria 33
4 Jim Edmonds 73 14 Brian Jordan 31
5 Mark McGwire 55 15 Todd Zeile 30
6 Ken Boyer 52 16 Curt Flood 30
7 Bill White 50 17 Lou Brock 29
8 Scott Rolen 50 18 Mike Shannon 28
9 George Hendrick 49 19 Ken Reitz 28
10 Willie McGee 43 20 Ryan Ludwick 27

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data tables above.

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