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Entries in 4 HRs (1)

Wednesday
May092012

Home Run Recap: Josh Hamilton

By now, we've all heard about Josh Hamilton's historic four homer night in Baltimore.  Here's a look at his slugging percentage heat map prior to last night's game:

Hamilton hits for power mostly on pitches middle-in.  However, all of the pitches that he took deep last night were on the outer half of the plate.

(Click image for HR video)The first pitch Hamilton saw he took over the center field fence for a two-run homer.  You can see from the heat map that the pitch was outside Hamilton's main power zone.

(Click image for HR video)This second HR off Jake Arrieta came on a pitch way outside Hamilton's power zone and on the very border of the strike zone.  It was a 93 MPH sinker that, while not in a terrible location, was left up enough for Hamilton to drive the other way.

(Click image for HR video)This 78 MPH slider from Zach Phillips was left up and right in a spot Hamilton hits particularly well.

(Click image for HR video)The last HR from Hamilton came on a Darren O'Day sinker that caught too much of the middle of the plate.  However, like the three previous HRs, this pitch was also on the outer half of the plate. 

Hamilton's four home run game (something done only 15 times before) is truly amazing. But the fact that he did it on four pitches mostly outside of his normal power zone makes it all the more interesting.

And just for kicks, here's a look at the pitch location for his double in the 5th inning:

May 8th, 2012 vs. Jake Arrieta (5th inning)Yep, another outside pitch.  It appears Hamilton's power stroke may be expanding. Good news for the Texas Rangers - bad news for the rest of the league.