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Josh Hamilton third ever with 17 homers in 33 games

May 12, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Josh Hamilton stole the show from the Yu DarvishC.J. Wilson matchup on Friday, hitting two more homers as part of the Rangers’ 10-3 win over the Angels. He now has 17 homers on the season.

Thanks in part to a lengthy rain delay in the first, the much anticipated pitching showdown was largely a dud. Facing his former team for the first time, Wilson didn’t come back after the delay and was charged with four runs in one-third of an inning. Both of Hamilton’s homers were hit off Jerome Williams. Darvish gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in his fifth victory.

Hamilton, who has actually missed three games this season, is just the third player ever to hit 17 homers in his team’s first 33 games. Cy Williams of the 1923 Phillies and Frank Howard of the 1968 Senators also had 17.

Hamilton is also the sixth player to hit as many as eight homers in a five-game span, according to ESPN stats. Shawn Green had nine homers in five games in 2002.

Hamilton finished the night 3-for-4 after barely getting thrown out on his bid for an infield single in his last at-bat. He’s hitting .406 and has 40 RBI in 118 at-bats. He’s currently just eight homers away from matching his 2011 total of 25 in 487 at-bats.

The opposing No. 3 hitter hasn’t been so hot. Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 tonight to drop his average back to .192. With one homer on the season, he’s 36 away from matching his 2011 total.

  1. randygnyc - May 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Im watching the game and I can’t believe his bat speed. Awesome

  2. storebrandcookies - May 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Wow, such a joy to watch him play. He’s hitting homeruns with balls that are at least six inches inside.

    If you play Madden you might recognize this phrase.. “Get this man a new contract!!”.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    This guy is so locked in, it’s scary. Un-friggin’-believable.

  4. georgia - May 12, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Hamilton is filthy…what he’s doing is disgusting, and I LOVE IT. He might slow down eventually, but just imagine the results if he doesn’t…!

    • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 3:30 AM

      His pace is somewhere in the vicinity of 83 HR and 196 RBI over the course of 147 Games.

      BTW, Adrian Gonzalez’s head is about to explode as he contemplates why it is God’s Plan includes Hamilton’s 16th & 17th HR on the same night he gets picked off 2B by the Catcher.

      • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Why does the guy who says “just imagine the results” if Hamilton’s doesn’t slow down get 19-1 favorable . . . and the guy (me) who gives you the actual pace Hamilton is on gets the thumbs down?

        Oh, because I interjected a comment about A-Gone’s #GodsPlan meme? Ahhh, that makes perfect sense.

        You do know Gonzalez, a notorious square, was given up on by the Rangers don’t you?

  5. miketreedy - May 12, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    If he hits 62 home runs this year, then I would say he is the true owner of the single season home run record. To be hitting like this in the post steroid era makes it even more impressive. Sure hope he stays healthy.

    • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      It would be post-PED Era (not steroid which is only one kind of PED) and with the ever-evolving nature of the technology no one should be so bold as to assume it’s ‘over’.

      And I’m not alleging any suspicion of Hamilton – just stating the facts.

  6. bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Ironically 36 is also quite possibly Pujols actual age!

    Even still, he’ll throw up 20 HR over the course of 2 months at some point this season and make everyone forget about his slow start.

    • Reflex - May 12, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      No, it is not possibly Pujols age.

      • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Please explain why you don’t think it’s possibly Pujols age.

        OK, so maybe he’s 35 and not 36. I exaggerated a little bit.

        Incidentally, I used to think differently about this issue. That is, until the obvious signs of age started showing themselves over the past two seasons. Not the least of which is a deterioration in bat speed.

      • Reflex - May 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        Because it would have required his parents to be psychic when he was a young child. Which is ridiculous.

        Also, a lot of players start to lose it in their 30’s. One of the big distortions of the PED era in my opinion was that it helped stars stay competitive until later ages than they did historically. Now that there seems to be a reduction in PED usage, a lot of guys in their 30’s are starting to age like they did traditionally.

        Pujols is 32, which is the start of most players decline phase. Given that, seeing him decline should not be a surprise. That said, a few outlier seasons where he performs close to the Albert of old will not surprise me.

  7. pellypell - May 12, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Respek! (Ali G voice)

  8. mungman69 - May 12, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Josh Hamilton is a beast on fire.
    Albert Puhols is putting way to much pressure on himself.

  9. senatorsguy - May 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Frank Howard. The original beast.

    • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Frank Howard is one of my ALL-TIME favorites. Dude was a roving hitting instructor in the Yankees organization. Always wore a Yankees uniform when he was at the ballpark and greeted everyone from the front office to the ticket takers with an enthusiastic “HELLO CHAMP-PIONS!”

      Loved his cigarettes though.

  10. kvanhorn87 - May 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Maybe Pujols should have a drink too

  11. mybrunoblog - May 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Somewhere, In a dark room Cole Hamels is watching Hamilton and twisting his evil mustache. Hamels is thinking ” all those home runs! Gotta go old school on him. Ha ha ha ha ahhhhhhhhhh”

  12. John Vincent - May 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Reblogged this on Johnny's Baseball Blog.

  13. ndrocks2 - May 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    What is the over/under date of when Hamilton makes his annual DL trip July 1? Will he see 550 AB’s? Unbelievable hitter and unfortunately unbelievable brittle. Good luck Josh would be great to see a 600 AB season and see what he can put up.

  14. sabatimus - May 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    The article doesn’t say if Williams or Howard missed 3 games or more during that span. If they didn’t, shouldn’t Hamilton be #1 instead of #3 on the list? I get that it’s his TEAM’s first 33 games, but the fact that he may have done it in less games ought to count for something.

    Of course, I don’t think much of stat comparisons that compare players this many (in this case, 44 and 89 respectively) years away from each other.

  15. steelymcbeam6 - May 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    On pace for 76 HRs and 190 RBIs…wont get there of course but still, shows how well he is playing right now. As of today…best player in baseball.

    • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      How did you calculate that pace?

      I have him at 83 and 196 over 147 Games.

      He has played 30 of a possible 33 Games = .9090909090901
      He has hit 17 HR in those 30 Games = .5666666666667
      He has 40 RBI in those 30 Games = 1.33333333333

      91% of 162 Games = 147.42 Games
      147 Games times .5666666666667 HR per Game = 83 HR’s
      147 Games times 1.333333333333 RBI per Game = 196 RBI

      • steelymcbeam6 - May 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        ok then 83 and 196? who fucking cares, still a great season

      • steelymcbeam6 - May 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        i didnt just bust out a calculator i just heard it on sports talk radio. and it was before he hit another HR so those numbers which you counted. relax man…not a big deal

      • bigleagues - May 14, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        I was just asking. Sometimes people bring in other factors. Anyway, quite relaxed. Can’t do math unless I am.

  16. jwbiii - May 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    And he just hit another one.

  17. gmsingh - May 14, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Rick Braun was heard to say, “Dammit, I did the wrong kind of doping!”

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