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Josh Hamilton is hitting .201 in his last 40 games

Jul 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts last night, chasing a bunch of pitches out of the strike zone in the process, and now has a batting average below .300 and a slugging percentage below .600 for the first time this season.

That doesn’t sound so bad, of course, but considering how ridiculous Hamilton’s numbers were early on it’s been quite a fall.

He hit .395 with a .744 slugging percentage in April and .344 with a .781 slugging percentage in May, but since June 1 he’s batting just .201 with a .396 slugging percentage and 51 strikeouts in 40 games.

Hamilton has struck out in 30.1 percent of his plate appearances during that time, compared to 18.8 percent in April and May, and he’s also drawn just 13 non-intentional walks in 169 trips to the plate.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    One more example of early season hot streaks not being the same as historically great seasons.

  2. nolanwiffle - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Are the inspirational T-shirts still for sale?

  3. cur68 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Breaking balls that finish low and away: he cannot leave them alone.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Yeah Orel pointed this out last night during the broadcast and right after he did Hamilton chased three curveballs that trailed out of the zone. I almost felt embarrassed for him.

      • cur68 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        Waitaminute…me and Orel Leonard Hershiser IV agreed on something??? Wowie. This could be a first. I feel almost smart now. Still can’t wrap my head around the fact that there are four “Orels” in that family, though.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Breaking balls that finish low and away: he cannot leave them alone.

        So, he has Nick Swisher Syndrome?

      • cur68 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        So that’s the clinical term for it, eh? Dang you Nick Swisher! Dang you to heck!

  4. number42is1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I lold back in May when certain folks were talking about him being the next Triple Crown winner…

    • number42is1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Point of reference

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/15/josh-hamiltons-triple-crown-changes-pretty-darn-good-all-things-considered/

    • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      You really went out on a limb there to predict he wouldn’t do something no one has done in 45 years!

      I predict David Price doesn’t win 30 games this year.

      I predict no American will walk on the moon this year.

      Come january, I’ll be back to toot my own horn.

      • sabatimus - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        You’re right of course, but the point is that the media just LOVE to prognosticate after as little as the first 3 weeks of a season. It’s totally absurd, yet they do it every year.

  5. thomas2727 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I thought Jeff Passan said Josh Hamilton was better at his job than anybody else in the world is at their’s?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Passanation can be fleeting.

  6. florida76 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Hamilton should bounce back, unless he’s experiencing some problems we don’t know about. Texas is really counting on him to help break their World Title drought. In the last two Fall Classics, Hamilton only has 9 hits in 49 at bats, not good enough.

    • beefytrout - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      His only HR in the postseason last year put them back on top in the infamous Game 6, after they blew it in the 9th… should have been the game (and Series) winner, and would have been a great story if they could have pulled it off.

      I think the problem is that Texas is counting on him too much. When the team is struggling, I think everyone looks at Hamilton to save the day, including Hamilton. Texas has been expected to be a favorite, if not the favorite, to win the AL this year, but with Hamilton (and several others, to be fair) playing this way, that road is going to be much tougher.

  7. cleverbob - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    What a bum. The Phillies might willingly relieve the Rangers of this burden for “future considerations”.

  8. deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I wonder how long he will have to slump for before they really begin worrying about his mental state?

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