Last night Albert Pujols smacked a solo home run off Braves starter Julio Teheran, giving the Angels first baseman seven home runs on the season and 598 in his illustrious career. Although Pujols has struggled this season, the 37-year old is incredibly close to joining one of baseball’s most prestigious groups — the 600 home run club.
Throughout MLB history, there have only been eight members of the 600 home run club: Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Alex Rodriguez (692), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Jim Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609). With another two home runs, Pujols can add his name to the annals of baseball history. Before the season, Bookmaker offered odds on when Pujols would get to #600:
Before May 21, 2017 (-115)
After May 21, 2017 (-115)
Obviously anyone before the season who bet on “After May 21” has already cashed, but on Tuesday morning, BetOnline posted updated prop bets regarding Pujols’ pursuit of 600 including the date, opponent, and inning.
- June 14th or earlier: -140
- June 15th or later: +110
|New York Yankees||+275|
|Kansas City Royals||+350|
Home Run Type
|Solo Home Run||-160|
|2-Run Home Run||+210|
|3-Run Home Run||+650|
Over the course of his 17-year career Pujols has averaged one home run for every 17.98 plate appearances, however, he averaged one home run per 20.97 plate appearances last season and he’s down to one home run per 28.42 plate appearances this season. Based on this season’s rate, Pujols won’t smack his 600th home run until June 12th against the New York Yankees.
It’s worth noting that Pujols is getting older, and will likely get some time off for rest over the next few weeks. Pujols has already missed eight games this season, although three of those games occurred against the New York Mets when Pujols was unable to serve as the designated hitter.
When do you think Pujols will smack his 600th career home run? Will he accomplish the feat before June 15? Please leave your thoughts and comments in the section below.