Richie Allen wrote:
He looked like he was guessing at the plate during the playoffs last year. Which is why he was never taking any walks. If you have to make your mind up to swing or not before the pitch is thrown (and you're Pujols) you're probably going to choose swing.
There's obviously going to be a decline in bat speed as he ages, and I think we all saw that coming/happening. I don't think it's to the point where he has to guess before it's even thrown though. That's not to say it's not happening though.
I don't think he's necessarily guessing before it's throwing, but I think he's reacting sooner than he used to and/or not picking the spin up on the ball as well. He definitely gets fooled more this year than last, and more last than the year before. Going back early in his career I don't know if he ever got fooled.