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Monday, May 06, 2013

How bad has Josh Hamilton’s start with Angels been? History says it might be his worst month ever

Josh Hamilton’s first month as a Los Angeles Angel was a well-documented disaster. The slugger, who signed a five-year, $125 million deal with LAA in the off-season, finished April with a .204/.252/.296 slash line, two homers, nine RBIs, six walks and 32 strikeouts.

Sure, Hamilton has long been known as a streaky hitter, but just how bad has this start been? Let’s break down the numbers a little further.

Hamilton’s .548 OPS for April was the second-lowest OPS he’s ever posted in a month during which he got at least 50 plate appearances. His only worse showing was in July 2009, when he posted a .513 mark. His 32 strikeouts in April were also second worst, topped only by the 35 Ks he had last June.

Throughout his six-year career, Hamilton had never combined for a month in which he OPSed below .750 and posted 30 or more strikeouts… until now. April was also the first month in Hamilton’s career during which he had 100 or more plate appearances and still failed to drive in 10 runs.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: May 06, 2013 at 09:32 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bobm Posted: May 06, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4435066)
From Saturday's thread:

18. bobm Posted: May 04, 2013 at 11:42 PM (#4434293)
[EDIT:]I mean .208, 1 HR and 9 RBI for a month from a guy batting fourth or fifth every day kind of tells you all you need to know. [...]I'd be curious to know if he's had month-long stretches in the past where he was this inept.

In both 2009 and 2012 he had rough months of July (and into early August)

2009
Split G GS PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
July 20 20 82 1 5 4 22 .205 .244 .269 .513 .273 41 38

2012
Split G GS PA HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
July 22 22 91 4 11 8 21 .177 .253 .354 .607 .175 33 65    

[...]

 24. BDC Posted: May 05, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4434422)
As BobM notes, Hamilton was bad in July '12, but still slugged .354 for the month, with four homers and two doubles (he slugged .296 in April '13: 2 HR, 2 2B, and a K/W ratio twice as bad). In July '09, he was coming back too soon from mangling himself by running into a Ballpark wall; that month isn't indicative of anything but a bad decision to return to play.
   2. SG Posted: May 06, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4435097)
Hamilton had a worse 31 game stretch in 2009 although it was separated by injuries so it didn't happen in one specific month, but he hit .193/.246/.254 from 5/25/2009 through 8/04/2009.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 06, 2013 at 11:06 AM (#4435103)
Isn't Hamilton's bigger issue not the specifics of just how crappy April was, but the fact that he's swinging at everything, and every pitcher in the league knows it?

If he doesn't get some control of the strikezone back, I just don't think he see any good pitches, except flat out mistakes.
   4. Swoboda is freedom Posted: May 06, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4435145)
I can't think of any big name free agent superstar joining the Angels and having such a bad first month. Never.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: May 06, 2013 at 11:54 AM (#4435154)
I can't think of any big name free agent superstar joining the Angels and having such a bad first month. Never.


Yup, Lyman Bostock had an even worse April in Anaheim than Josh.

That is who you were referring to, right?
   6. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 06, 2013 at 12:06 PM (#4435168)
Bostock's slash line in his first 31 Angels games is really close to Hamilton's first 31. Bostock hit .202/.256/.298 and Hamilton is at .208/.255/.296.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: May 06, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4435175)
Bostock's slash line in his first 31 Angels games is really close to Hamilton's first 31


Yeah, he pretty much started to turn it around as soon as May hit (in an era when the teams played fewer games in April). At the end of April, his slash line was .200/.240/.440.
   8. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: May 06, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4435184)
Free agents just have a hard time adjusting to the harsh April weather in Anaheim.
   9. Shredder Posted: May 06, 2013 at 12:17 PM (#4435185)
He was acquired via trade instead of free agency, and he was 40 at the time, but this reminds me of Dave Parker coming to the Angels. I think people had realistic expectations for Dave Parker. He hit 289/330/451 the season before, with 21 homers. But after 31 games with the Angels (as many as Hamilton has played) he was hitting 193/244/254, with 1 homer, 2 doubles, amazingly 1 triple, 25 Ks, and 3 walks. Hamilton is only slightly better than that.

Of course, it's hard to blame everything on Hamilton. There's not really one aspect of the Angels right now that isn't horrible.
   10. Matt Welch Posted: May 06, 2013 at 12:25 PM (#4435200)
Everyone remembers Bostock, but four years later Reggie began his Angels career with a .188/.303/.234 moose-turd pie.
   11. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 06, 2013 at 12:36 PM (#4435219)
"Can't handle playing in Los Angeles of Anaheim" is the new "Can't handle playing in New York"
   12. Kurt Posted: May 06, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4435249)
Hamilton's had 30 or 40 worse months than April 2013.
   13. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: May 06, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4435320)
In comparison, Pujols' current 2013 statline of 237/319/407 looks positively Pujolsian.
   14. Rants Mulliniks Posted: May 06, 2013 at 03:51 PM (#4435508)
Other than this year with the Jays and Angels, has there been another in recent memory where two teams widely picked to win their division sucked so badly? They've each had only one key injury (Reyes and Weaver), so you can't really blame that. Mark it down, the Jays will finish last in the East, and the Angels will do well to get to 85 wins.
   15. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: May 06, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4435710)
Hamilton's had 30 or 40 worse months than April 2013.



Well played....
   16. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: May 06, 2013 at 07:01 PM (#4435711)
They've each had only one key injury (Reyes and Weaver)


Yeah - I don't agree with the "one key injury" line. Weaver, Callaspo, Aybar, Bourjos, Jepsen, Madson and I know I'm forgetting someone. The Angels have sucked this year and it's not entirely injuries - I agree there - but they have lost significant time to injury. The left side of the IF lost about 45-50 games already.
   17. Willie Mayspedester Posted: May 06, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4435812)
But the Blue Jays got a deal on all of the TWTW type players.

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