ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn't care that Albert Pujols comes into this three-games series batting just .198 with one homer. Washington knows Pujols is dangerous and shrugs off any talk of a slump.
"I'm not buying it," Washington said. "I'm not buying it. As a baseball player all it takes it for you to step in the box and for one guy that toes that rubber to give you your stuff back. And I certainly don't want to be the team that gives it to him."
Pujols hit three homers in Game 3 of the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, but was just 1-for-19 in the other six games with six walks and three strikeouts.
"We didn't shut down Pujols. We didn't throw to him," Washington said. "He got a lot of walks. Sometimes even the best get impatient. But you don't shut down Pujols. You don't shut him down. Usually, he's the guy to get himself out. And that doesn't happen too often."