Is Los Angeles Angels’ Josh Hamilton Getting Back on Track?
When it comes to the five-year, $125 million man acquired by the Los Angeles Angels this past offseason, fans have been asking themselves the same question once posed by the late, great Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live: how can we get back on the right track?
After sitting out both weekend games against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Josh Hamilton may have finally offered those bewildered fans a glimmer of hope with his 3-for-5 performance against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Never mind the fact that all three of Hamilton’s hits were singles; it was his first three-hit game since April 22, and the Angels hope that the time off over the weekend has allowed the lefty slugger to turn a corner at last.
Of course, one game is hardly an adequate sample size, but the possible benefits to Hamilton’s confidence are not to be overlooked, as singles may lead to doubles and doubles to home runs.
If Hamilton is able to regain his stroke, it will be interesting to see how manager Mike Scioscia adjusts the starting lineup. Hamilton hit sixth against the Tigers while Mike Trout batted second, the slot where Scioscia had previously placed Hamilton in an attempt to jump-start his slumping bat.
With Hamilton back on track, the four through six spots would have to be juggled. As it currently stands, the power-hitting Mark Trumbo is batting cleanup while Howie Kendrick, who has the highest average on the team, is batting fifth. Unless Scoscia bats Hamilton second once again, look for the middle of the order to get shaken up.
In the meantime, Halo fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Hamilton’s worst is behind him.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.