The Nationals will try to pull above .500 on their homestand as they open against the Angels. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper have grabbed most of the attention, but Albert Pujols, perhaps the best right-handed hitter of his generation, is closing in on a milestone. He enters the series with 498 career homers, and so it’s possible Pujols will hit his 500th home run in Nationals Park — the same stadium where he hit No. 400, off Jordan Zimmermann.
“It’s not the homers,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. “The 500 homers — and beyond, wherever he gets to — is not what sticks out to me. What sticks out is his ability to hit. So I would refer to him as a well-over-.300-hitter, with power. Those guys are unique. Really unique. Because generally, your sluggers, the guys that have the ability to hit the ball to the fence, are free more swingers. But Albert’s been, since the day he got to the big leagues, the consummate hitter, first and foremost.”
Pujols will face Tanner Roark tonight, and the Nationals will try to beat Garrett Richards. Talk about the game right here.