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Josh Hamilton hasn’t homered in two weeks

May 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Josh Hamilton got off to amazing home run pace, going deep 18 times in his first 31 games. However, since homering nine times in a six-game stretch from May 7 to May 12–including his four-homer game on May 8–he’s yet to leave the ballpark.

Hamilton is homerless since May 12, which is a span of 11 games and 46 plate appearances. Now, for most hitters going homerless for two weeks wouldn’t be the least bit noteworthy, but Hamilton simply showing that he’s human at the plate qualifies as pretty big news considering his ridiculous start.

During that 11-game homerless stretch he’s still hitting .308 with a .348 on-base percentage and three doubles, but Hamilton’s slugging percentage is just .385 and his OPS is .732.

And here’s the amazing part: He still leads the league in homers, RBIs, extra-base hits, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, and Wins Above Replacement–many by wide margins–while also ranking second in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits, and times on base.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Wait. You mean he’s not going to hit 178 home runs and keep us his early season pace? Dam. Another office pool I just lost.

    • l0yalr0yal - May 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Welcome to the Dam tour. I am your Dam tour guide. Now, you can take all the Dam pictures that you like. Don’t worry about the Dam water coming in the holes in the Dam walls.

      • foreverchipper10 - May 25, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        I’ve been to the Hoover Dam and let me tel you, those lines soured on my friends rather quickly.

  2. El Bravo - May 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I think they run on the same inner chi; Pujols and Hamilton….there isn’t enough mutual chi to infuse them both with HR hitting inner strength at the same time.

  3. Francisco (FC) - May 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    However, since homering nine times in a six-game stretch from May 7 to May 12–including his four-homer game on May 8–he’s yet to leave the ballpark.

    So Josh is basically living in the Dugout at the park in Arlington?

  4. gwylie1 - May 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    He does have 8 RBIs in that time span

  5. darthicarus - May 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Great thing the Rangers aren’t discussing a contract extension with him…look at this inconsistency! Sadly his two week “downer” is better than the entire Tigers offense so good on you Josh!

  6. Old Gator - May 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    There’s a dragon with matches that’s loose on the town
    Take a whole pail of water just to cool him down….


  7. APBA Guy - May 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Josh has obviously fallen off a cliff. Playing in Oakland and Seattle no doubt contributed to his drought, but it also looks like nobody is challenging him with hard stuff in the zone anymore. It’s breaking stuff, and mostly out of the zone fastballs.

  8. Cris E - May 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    The Rangers can only play the Orioles so often.

  9. gmsingh - May 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    More proof that it’s a lot easier to have a good month than a good season–or career.

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