Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols hits 698th career home run in historic chase

Pujols is trying to become fourth player ever with 700 home runs

If the star slugger makes it to 700, he will join just three other players in having achieved the feat — Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Hank Aaron.

“It’s just being out there and contributing to this ballclub and this organization,” Pujols said after the game. “I think just getting every opportunity that I’ve been getting, especially lately, and just trying to help this ballclub to win.”

The pressure of 700 has not even come close to affecting Pujols. In fact, he has been thriving in the moment.

Entering the season, Pujols needed 21 homers to reach a feat no one has accomplished since Barry Bonds did Sept. 17, 2004.

With Pujols' subpar play in recent years (.700 OPS since 2017 and averaging 18 homers per season in that span with the Angels and Dodgers), it seemed somewhat unlikely.

But, since mid-July, he's been one of the best hitters in baseball.

In his last 47 games, he is a .324 hitter with 15 home runs, 35 RBI, and a 1.086 OPS. With that stretch, he has raised his average from .198 to .264 and his OPS from .624 to .865.