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.
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.
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:
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.