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Entries in Josh Hamilton (21)

Tuesday
Sep252012

The Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Watch

Batting Average

Miguel Cabrera's 2012 season

RkPlayerBA
1 Miguel Cabrera .331
2 Mike Trout .323
3 Derek Jeter .322
4 Joe Mauer .322
5 Adrian Beltre .316
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/25/2012.

Home runs

Josh Hamilton has 43 homers in 38 different games which resulted in driving home 65 runs

RBI

Cabrera is merely hitting .355 with runners in scoring position

RkPlayerRBI
1 Miguel Cabrera 133
2 Josh Hamilton 124
3 Josh Willingham 110
4 Edwin Encarnacion 105
5 Prince Fielder 103
6 Billy Butler 102
7 Albert Pujols 101
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/25/2012.
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.

Monday
Apr232012

Hamilton Comes Out Swinging in Walk Year

The Texas Rangers boast the best record (13-3) and run differential (+52) in the majors, and there's no bigger reason than Josh Hamilton. The 31-year-old outfielder, eligible for free agency next winter, has started his walk year by swinging at -- and crushing -- everything in sight. Hamilton has a .418/.438/.776 line and an American League-best 213 OPS+ in 73 plate appearances.

Hamilton has long been a free swinger, but he has taken his hacking to another level so far in 2012. Check out his swing rate on pitches in the strike zone, his chase rate on pitches off the plate, and his overall swing percentage over the past two years:

YearIn-Zone Swing Pct.Chase Pct.Overall Swing Rate
2011 80.7 37.7 54.8
2012 86.7 45.3 60.2
MLB Avg, 2011-12 63.6 28.2 45.1

 

 

 

No batter in the game this year has swung at a higher percentage of pitches than Hamilton. His extra cuts are coming on low-and-away stuff. Hamilton has swung at 56% of low-and-away pitches so far this season, compared to 44% last year:

Hamilton's swing rate by pitch location, 2011

 

Hamilton's swing rate by pitch location, 2012

Hamilton hit .179 on out-of-zone pitches in 2011. This season, he's 8-for-24 (.333). He's certainly putting a charge into the ball, as evidenced by his AL-best seven home runs, but he won't keep getting hits on balls put in play at a .420 clip. It remains to be seen whether Hamilton can keep on raking with such a wide strike zone. One thing's clear, though: Hamilton isn't waiting for walks during his walk year.