Albert Pujols is back to hitting the ball like an MVP. He's now hit six home runs, five doubles, and is hitting .424 in his last seven days. But it's not just the last seven days. Pujols has been coming on strong since Mike Trout was called up to the Angels on April 28th. Because of the hole he dug himself through the first month of the season, it took some time to realize that Pujols was back to his old self, but he is hitting .289 on the season, he has 24 home runs, he's driven in 76 runs, and may very well cross the .300 batting average plateau before the season's over. His Los Angeles Angels are planted in the play-off, but they are trailing the Rangers - and they have been all year.
So the question is, how much did Albert Pujol's early-season slump cost the Angels. There are two ways to look at this question and thus two sets of answers, both equally important. How much money did Pujols cost the Angels, and how many wins did he cost the team?