How's Hamilton: Looking for a spark

July, 19, 2012
7/19/12
2:51
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It seems odd to suggest that a guy hitting .300 needs a spark, but Josh Hamilton hasn't had the same success the last two months that he did in April or May.

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Hamilton was the AL player of the month in April and May. Those numbers:

April: .395, 9 HR, 23 RBIs, 17 Ks, 7 BBs, 1.182 OPS
May: .344, 12 HR, 32 RBIS, 22 Ks, 12 BBs, 1.186 OPS

But in June and July, he has not had anything close to that success. Those numbers:

June: .223, 4 HR, 16 RBIs, 35 Ks, 12 BBs, .754 OPS
July: .171, 3 HR, 5 RBIs, 11 Ks, 5 BBs, .661 OPS

Of course, there's still 11 games left in July and time for Hamilton to turn things around. He did have a hit in each of the games in Oakland, including a home run late in Tuesday's game. He was just 2-for-13 at Angel Stadium in the first series between the teams out there, but is 8-for-26 with three homers and six RBIs this season as a whole against the Angels' pitching staff in 2012.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .323
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182