As long as he's healthy, Albert Pujols is going to be a legitimate threat every year to win the Triple Crown. As stated above, though -- like Barry Bonds throughout this decade, it probably ain't gonna happen, because you're crazy to pitch to him if you have a choice. There are always going to be lesser players who drive in more runs. It's funny that in these days where OBP is more focused on than ever, it seems like the mashers are more likely to be pitched around than the old days.
I guess if there's any fun to be had here, it's discussing who else might have a shot. Cabrera's probably the most likely candidate, when he finds himself back in a lineup that can help him a little. Vlad, maybe, although he's no spring chicken. Sheffield, Delgado, Ramirez -- you would have given them a shot before, but their time is running out too. Helton won't be challenging for any more HR titles. Arod ain't gonna be challenging for any batting crowns. You've probably got to go to the next generation, I guess. Any big power guys who are capable of hitting for the enormous average?
I expect that he will make a run at it. My main reason is that, while it's STILL EARLY, it appears that the Cards are not going to be enjoying the cakewalk that they have in the NL Central recently and are going to have to keep the pressure on deeper into the year than they have for the last couple of years.
If there's anybody in the NL I'd want on my team when the chips were down, it would be Big Al.
If the question is do I think Pujols will win the triple crown this year, the answer is no. It is simply to hard in todays game to get a triple crown. Every year, players start hot in all three categories but do not win it. After hot starts, pitchers generally intentionally walk or pitch around hot talents. Id be willing to make a bet that Pujols will register a career high in intentional walks this season and those walks will increase as the season wears on. Add in the fact that Pujols has Eckstein and Taguchi hitting in front of him, and any chance of leading the league in rbis is unlikely.Also, when the eventual injuries of Rolen and Edmonds come along, Pujols will be intentionally walked and pitched around and will get fewer attempts at hrs and rbis.
However, if the question is do I think that Pujols has the best chance at a triple crown, then the answer is yes. Pujols is always near the top in hrs, rbis and ba and with a better lineup will have the protection needed to get the at bats needed to win a triple crown