Friday, May 18, 2012
Hamilton tries to give Houston the 'boot'
US Presswire/ESPN Stats & InfoBaseball’s 16th season of interleague play is under way with celebrations of natural rivalries -- Cubs against White Sox, Orioles against Nationals, A’s against Giants among others -- and in one instance a chance for National League fans to get a load of Josh Hamilton.
During his 16-game hit streak, Josh Hamilton was 25-for-59 with 10 home runs.
The Texas Rangers will travel down I-45 and give Houston Astros fans a look at baseball’s hottest hitter.
Hamilton already has the second-highest career batting average in interleague games, but also comes into this series on a historic tear.
Hamilton’s 16-game hit streak came to an end on Thursday when his day off ended early against Oakland. He pinch-hit and ended up 0-for-2 in a loss to the Athletics, but Hamilton still leads the American League in home runs, RBIs and batting average.
Hamilton’s hitting streak included a week, from May 7-13, that might have been as impressive as any in history.
He hit .467 with nine home runs and 18 RBI and an OPS of 1.963. His week included the 16th four-home run game in baseball history, and his nine home runs for the week matched the combined total hit that week by last season’s nine leading home run hitters: Jose Bautista 3, Curtis Granderson 2, Giancarlo Stanton 2, Dan Uggla 1 and Prince Fielder 1.
Texas and Houston meet each season in home-and-home series in interleague play (competing for the Silver Boot trophy), so the Astros have experienced Hamilton’s bat. Over the past three seasons against Houston pitching, Hamilton is 26-for-65 (.400) with four home runs and 13 RBI.