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Josh Hamilton had a nightmare game last night

Jun 19, 2013, 8:48 AM EST

Josh Hamilton

It’s hard to grasp how truly awful Josh Hamilton was on Tuesday night. He came to the plate five times. Here’s what happened:

  • First Inning: No score, Mike Trout on first, nobody out, Hamilton grounds into a double play;
  • Third Inning: Mariners up 2-1, Mike Trout on first, nobody out, Hamilton grounds into a double play;
  • Fifth Inning: Mariners up 2-1, Peter Bourjos on second, Mike Trout on first, one out, Hamilton grounds into a double play;
  • Seventh Inning: Mariners up 2-1, Chirs Ianetta on second, two outs, Hamilton strikes out;
  • Ninth Inning: Score tied 2-2, Erik Aybar on second, Chris Ianetta on first, two out, Hamilton strikes out.

Those were a lot of chances to tie the game, give the Angels the lead or, at the very least, keep an inning going and let someone else help out. Instead he left seven men on base, Anaheim lost in extra innings and Hamilton experienced perhaps his worst night in an Angels uniform.

For those of you who want a statistical measure of this badness, note that Hamilton’s Win Probability Added (WPA), which measures how much a player contributed to his team’s win or loss on a given day, was -.477. That means he, all by his lonesome, reduced the Angels’ chances of winning last night’s game by 47.7%.

On the bright side: only four more years to go on that contract after this one.

  1. chadjones27 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Make him the lead off batter and it reduces his chances of grounding into a double play for at least 1 at-bat.

  2. paperlions - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    David Freese last night:

    Second inning: Down 4-0, Molina on first, no outs. Grounds into double play.

    Fifth inning: Down 4-0, Molina on first, no outs. Grounds into double play.

    Seventh inning: Down 4-1, Molina on first, one out. Strikes out.

    Ninth inning: Down 4-2, Craig on 2nd, Robinson (PR for Molina) on 1st, one out. Grounds into double play, game over.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Wow, if Hamilton had a WPA of .477, what kind of a reading does Freese get for this ugliness?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        -.35 per fangraphs:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/statsd.aspx?playerid=9549&position=3B&type=5&gds=&gde=&season=2013

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Yeah…the entire time I was reading this article I was thinking…”David Freese…last night.”
      Tough…tough night at the plate for Freese to be sure.
      But the great game of Baseball allows him to get back on that horse tonight!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        I’m sure, if someone were to point out this stat to him, said person should also point out that in G6 of the ’11 WS, he put up a 1.044 WPA+. Or in simpler terms, he won the damn game for the Cards.

  3. waiverclaim - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    They are paying him $108M after this year.

    AFTER.

  4. waiverclaim - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Their 2016 payroll is already $105M, thats without Trout. ‘

    2016!!!

    Angelolz

  5. heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    For all my fellow Phans who clamored for this guy in the offseason:

    Dunce caps for the lot of ya!

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Svelte Delmon Young!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Well, that backfired.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        HR RBI AVG OBP OPS GDP

        10 24 .213 .269 .657 7

        6 17 .227 .283 .692 5

        I’ll let you figure out who is who ;-) .

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        I’m not much in the mood for puzzles today, thanks.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        At least the down thumbers en masse seems to have subsided.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        I don’t know about that — or else the people on the fighting post REALLY hate me. Which is cool.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Oh, man. I thought you were going to troll me good there but the first is Hamilton & the second is SDY. I thought you put up Don Kelly or something. Boooo!!!

      • tuberippin - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        We don’t hate YOU, but I think “we” as commenters are really tiring of the “Svelte Delmon Young” comment anytime anything to do with the Phillies comes up.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        I will bear that in mind.

      • tuberippin - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        much appreciated, fellow regular.

  6. rickdobrydney - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Lets hear it for Artie Moreno——clueless jerk who gave that clown all that money—–

  7. polfro - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    You didn’t even mention the “double” Seattle hit to right that he loped after, only to watch it drop two feet in front of him and short of the warning track. Have you ever seen a recent MVP look this disinterested in your life?

    • waiverclaim - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      So you didn’t see Pujols AB vs Mariano the other night?

      The Angels are a laughingstock.

    • Jonestein - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      “Have you ever seen a recent MVP look this disinterested in your life?”
      Yes:
      2012 Game 162
      2012 WC Playoff game against the O’s

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Yep…just last year. He dogged it in Arlington the last four months of 2012, and after dropping the easy pop fly with the Rangers leading the A’s in the last regular season game, he loafed after it like an after dinner stroll with a fully belly. Hamilton is the biggest excuse maker in the game, and will play the Jesus card if you question anything about his play…i.e. “I know Jesus loves me and I answer only to him”. He is the biggest hypocrite in the sports world, and a loser of the biggest magnitude. Angel fans now know what Ranger fans learned the hard way….there is no ‘I’ in team, and there is no ‘team’ in Hamilton. He just does not care about anything but himself, teammates and fans included. That is what happens when you smoke $4,000,000 worth of crack in the few years after he collected his signing bonus.

  8. Kevin S. - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    A little more context on that -.477 WPA. Each team starts the game with .500 Win Probability. The winning team ends up with 1.000 and the losing team with 0.000 (obviously), so by definition the winning team has +.500 WPA and the losing team -.500 WPA. Josh Hamilton accounted for over 95% of the Angels’ win probability lost. It’s not a stretch to say he single-handedly lost them that game.

    • kopy - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Interesting. So then would guys like Pujols and Trumbo, who hit home runs, raise the WPA while Bourjos (also never reached base) and Richards (gave up winning run in 1 IP) help bring it to the inevitable zero?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Theoretically yes, because it’s a zero sum game.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        So here’s the box score with WPA for the Angels/Mariners game:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/boxscore.aspx?date=2013-06-18&team=Angels&dh=0#home_winprobability

        We get

        Angels Hitters = -0.48
        Angels Pitchers = -0.02

        Mariners Hitters = 0.02
        Mariners Pitchers = 0.48

  9. aceshigh11 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I shouldn’t laugh, but that is just ALL kinds of funny.

  10. dwaynehosey - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    At least Hamilton is trending the right direction – his last two at-bats each only resulted in one out.

    • Shayna - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      No, no. You have to give him credit for efficiency. On those last two at-bats, there were already two out. So all that was “needed” was one out. He was a perfect inning-ender.

  11. waiverclaim - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Angels should trade Trout to the Mets for Harvey.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Knowing the Angels they’ll probably trade Weaver & Blanton to the Phillies for Ryan Howard & Domonic Brown.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        No, knowing the Angels, they’ll probably trade Kaleb Cowart for a big name player in the last year of their contract. Then they’ll watch as Cowart turns into an All-Star and the big name player signs a huge deal with another team. Meanwhile, they’ll sign Robinson Cano, Chase Utley or Jacoby Ellsbury to a gigantic contract of their own and proceed to have them underperform throughout the life of that contract. And I thought last year was frustrating.

  12. andreweac - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    He is the Nightmare Child (Yes, this is a Doctor Who reference).

  13. waiverclaim - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Don’t worry guys, I’m sure the Angels have plenty of help on the way in their farm system.

    Oh wait

  14. philswfc08 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    He’s making Ryan Howard’s contract look like a steal for the Phils!

    • paperlions - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      A bigger fail doesn’t make a fail a success.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        I think he’s suggesting that Doom! is a sliding scale.

  15. dowhatifeellike - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Hamilton has the worst case of LukeScottitis I’ve ever seen. Has he even had a good week yet this year?

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      I do beg your pardon! There is NO such thing as “Lukescottitis”!! And if there was the treatment would be the same as that for “Lukescottfootfungus”.

      Pay attention, in case you ever need to fix up your nasty rank feet:

      -quart of pig blood
      -one mashed plantain (get a hot-blooded Latina Chick to mash if for you: improves the juju)
      -2 cups mustard (The American Freedom Mustard kind, not that retreat monkey mustard)
      -quart of clover honey
      -infield dirt

      Mix well and apply liberally to both feet with a certified copy of Barak Obama’s Congolese Birth Certificate. If your feet don’t improve then you are Not An American.

      • yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Apply liberally, huh?

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        /throws pig spear at yahmule’s buttocks

  16. mybrunoblog - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I know this is crazy. I understand all sane folks will laugh me out of the room but here is my thought. Would a week or ten days in triple A help this guy? I doubt he’d even accept the offer but look at him. He is completely lost both offensively and defensively. He is hitting .213 with a .269 obp! Clearly he isn’t helping the club and he is actually hurting them.
    If I were the GM I would have to consider having this conversation with Hamilton.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      I’m not sure that any team would send a player who’s making over $20 million a season down to AAA, no matter how badly he’s performing at the plate. The Angels made their bed between playing obscene amounts of money to Hamilton, Pujols, and Wilson, and now they have to sleep in it.

    • dowhatifeellike - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      I’d float the idea of making him hit against the pitchers when they throw their side sessions. Anything to get him some extra looks at real pitches.

  17. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Hambone doesn’t play too well whilst donning the scarlet letter.

  18. fukpittsburgh - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Between Hamilton, Pujols, Jason Werth, Carl Crawford, etc., etc., etc. maybe these teams will rethink making these obscene contracts. MLB really should follow the NBA’s lead and put a cap on the amount a player can make in a season.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Why on earth should they punish other players for poor performance on those players’ parts?

      • fukpittsburgh - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        I hardly think a player making $15-20 million a year is considered “punishment.” If you put a cap on the individual player salary you bring loyalty from players back into the game rather than encouraging to chase the extra buck. You also give smaller market teams that can’t afford the $25-30 million contracts the chance to sign good players and be competitive. Don’t worry your little head. Guys like Jayson Werth with his 150 career homers and .250 career BA will still have the chance to make $150 million in their careers.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        I don’t have a little head. I’m female. And I still fail to see why Miggy Cabrera should get a smaller contract because of Josh Hamilton’s performance.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        If you put a cap on the individual player salary you bring loyalty from players back into the game rather than encouraging to chase the extra buck.

        No, you put extra money money back into the owner’s pockets, because its Revenue (X) + Costs (Y) = Profit (Z). If you drive down costs, you increase profit. And where does that money end up?

        Also, how is there not loyalty in baseball? For every Pujols/Hamilton we have guys like King Felix, Verlander, Votto, Braun, etc that have signed long term deals with their original teams.

        Or is this just a whine?

    • stex52 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      No, don’t cap the players. If I am an owner, I want my opponents making stupid decisions with their money. It works in my favor over the long run. Ask the GM’s at Tampa Bay and St. Louis (among others).

      • fukpittsburgh - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        “Also, how is there not loyalty in baseball? For every Pujols/Hamilton we have guys like King Felix, Verlander, Votto, Braun, etc that have signed long term deals with their original teams.”

        I guess you just really didn’t get the point there. Hernandez 7/175 mil. Votto 13/263 mil. Verlander 10/220 mil. Yeah for $200 million I don’t think it’s a question of loyalty. But anyway you still have plenty more players that chase the extra million not just Hamilton and Pujols.

      • stex52 - Jun 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Why should they not be allowed to chase the extra buck? I see no reason to make things easier for billionaire owners. It’s a free market out there. Sure, the salaries are absurd, but the market is there, at least for now. Let someone be the bigger fool.

        It’s capitalism and the free market. In fact, if anything, take away the anti-trust exemption and let it be really free.

  19. yahmule - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Can this go on for another 3 1/2 months?

    As this may officially be his nadir value-wise, I may investigate just how low people will sell him in roto leagues.

  20. caeser12 - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Hey, but according to Harold Reynolds, “He’s about to get hot and start raking!”

  21. kevinbnyc - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    If a Golden Sombrero is 4 Ks, what’s this called?

    • Jonestein - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      A Full House Fedora?

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