Albert Pujols has only hit only one home run in 142 at-bats in 2012. He hit a home run every 15.6 at-bats in 2011. ESPN has Pujols projected to hit five home runs and drive in 54 runs this season. Who would have thought that with the season almost a quarter over that Pujols would have one home run and 12 RBI on May 15? He has a horrific .510 OPS this season, compared to a 1.026 lifetime OPS.
Alfonso Soriano has still not hit a home run in 2012, after 116 at-bats. He has driven in 17 runs and is projected to hit no home runs and drive in 79 runs. Soriano is one of the worst free agent signings in free agency history. 210 players have had more than his six extra base hits in 2012.
Adrian Gonzalez who hit 27 home runs in 2011 has only hit 2 in 140 at-bats in 2012. ESPN.com is projecting Garcia to hit 9 home runs with 93 RBI in 2012. If Gonzalez starts hitting home runs, the way he is capable of hitting them he could still hit 20-25 home runs this season.
Mark Reynolds has only hit two home runs and drove in 9 runs in 2012. Last year he hit 37 home runs and drove in 86 runs. ESPN.com has Reynolds projected to hit 9 home runs and drive in 41 runs. Reynolds is currently on DL, so his projected numbers should go down till he returns.
Joe Mauer continues to struggle to find his home run stroke, as he has hit only one home run this season and has driven in 15 runs. Mauer hit a career high 28 home runs in 2009, but his home run totals have fell to 9, 3 and 1 since then. He hit a home run every 18.7 AB’s in 2009, but has hit a home run every 123 AB’s in 2012.
Mark Teixeira has hit 5 home runs and has driven in 19 runs. That leaves him 13 home runs behind AL leading Josh Hamilton with 18 home runs and 25 RBI behind AL leading Hamilton with 44.
It should be interesting following these players, as the season unfolds and see their home run totals on the last day of the season.