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Entries in Josh Hamilton (21)

Saturday
Mar092013

Will LA be home sweet home for Josh Hamilton?

Josh Hamilton is on his way to play in LA and over the last five seasons he has been the picture of inconsistency while playing in Angels Stadium.

Over the last five seasons, Hamilton has played 38 games, granted a small sample, but in those games he hit .260 going 39-for-150. He hit five homers, 10 doubles, drove home 19, walked 13 times and whiffed 28 times. 

Here are Hamilton's results 2008-12 in LA

Clearly one of the things that Angels pitchers did against Hamilton was to induce grounders for him to pull and get him go to the opposite field, in the air. Hamilton hit .304 to the opposite field with two homers. Hamilton hit .286 when pulling the ball, with no homers.

But Hamilton's success was by doing what hitting coaches are always encouraging their batters to do - go up the middle. Hamilton has hit .375 with two doubles and three homers to centerfield over the last five years in LA.

Hamilton: 2008-12 

  • Overall, Hamilton has hit .305, slugged .549, with an OPS of .912. He's slammed 142 homers.
  • To right field, or when pulling the ball, Hamilton has hit .480, slugged .922, with an OPS of 1.396. He's slammed 66 homers.
  • To left field, or when going to the opposite field, Hamilton has hit .373, slugged .618, with an OPS of .982. He's slammed 25 homers.
  • To center field, Hamilton has hit .345, slugged .617, with an OPS of .955. He's slammed 50 homers.  

Clearly, when Hamilton makes contact, he has been very successful.

Of all the numbers Hamilton has posted, 555 may be the most significant.

Hamilton Strikeouts 2008-12 

  • 2008 - 126 whiffs in 156 games
  • 2009 - 79 whiffs in 89 games
  • 2010 - 95 whiffs in 133 games
  • 2011 - 93 whiffs in 121 games
  • 2012 - 162 whiffs in 148 games
  • Total - 555 whiffs in 647 games 

See the ball, hit the ball.

Contact, up the middle, can make LA home sweet home for Hamilton, no Joshing.

Wednesday
Jan162013

Hitting #3 makes the world go 'round

New Rangers DH Lance Berkman said he’s comfortable moving back to the No. 3 spot in the lineup, “It’s an interesting spot. It makes the world go ’round. It takes a different skill set to hit there than in some other spots” according to a blog report from Evan Grant of the Dallas News. Manager Ron Washington said earlier this week he expects Berkman will hit third in the Rangers’ lineup, replacing Josh Hamilton. “It’s definitely the spot in the lineup where you want your best hitter,” Berkman said.

Nine to Know

To prove Berkman's point, here are the top 2012 #3 hitters in the lineup
Rk Player Split G HR GS RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Miguel Cabrera Batting 3rd 161 44 161 139 66 98 .330 .393 .606 .999
2 Josh Hamilton Batting 3rd 143 42 143 127 58 162 .284 .352 .575 .927
3 Ryan Braun Batting 3rd 153 41 153 112 63 128 .320 .392 .596 .988
4 Adam Dunn Batting 3rd 146 39 145 90 102 220 .200 .330 .460 .790
5 Andrew McCutchen Batting 3rd 156 31 156 96 70 132 .328 .400 .554 .954
6 Albert Pujols Batting 3rd 154 30 154 105 52 76 .285 .343 .516 .859
7 Chase Headley Batting 3rd 141 29 141 105 78 141 .280 .373 .499 .872
8 Jose Bautista Batting 3rd 92 27 92 65 59 63 .241 .358 .527 .886
9 Matt Holliday Batting 3rd 154 27 154 102 75 130 .297 .381 .500 .881
10 Josh Reddick Batting 3rd 133 27 133 76 50 141 .241 .307 .460 .766
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 1/15/2013.
 
Wednesday
Jan162013

2012 Home Run Leaders by Outs