A look at Josh Hamilton's opposite-field HR

July, 8, 2012
7/08/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton's 27th home run hit Saturday, which ties the league lead held by Jose Bautista, was just the fourth one he's hit opposite field this season (left or left-center).

Josh Hamilton heat map
ESPN Stats & InfoThe green dot indicates the location of Saturday's pitch that Hamilton hit to the opposite field for a home run.
ESPN Stats & Information looked at the homer and how Hamilton has done on pitches on that part of the plate.
The homer came on an 80-mph slider from the Twins' Samuel Deduno, making his first major-league start. It slid waist-high, just over the outer edge of the plate, and promptly landed 385 feet away beyond the fence (distance done by HR Tracker).

When you do see Hamilton go opposite-field, it's a good bet the pitch was in that exact same spot. Since the start of last season, Hamilton has hit nine opposite-field homers, all of them belt-high over the outside corner. Although they've been on different pitch types, the location is consistent.

Take a look at the heat map for more.

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