Josh Hamilton‘s first year with the Los Angeles Angels hasn’t exactly been a good one. In fact, the 2013 campaign was easily the worst season of Hamilton’s career as he comprised career-lows in batting average and on-base-percentage.
Naturally, the Rangers’ fan base has enjoyed every second of Hamilton’s struggles and had it not been for Nelson Cruz‘s 50-game suspension earlier this summer then Texas would likely have an AL Wild Card spot firmly in its grasp. However, the Rangers are currently on the outside looking in as far as the 2013 MLB Playoffs go and are forced to win three straight games versus the Angels to even have a shot at the World Series this year.
Now, Los Angeles is firmly out of the postseason picture as it sits at 78-81 and will not finish above .500 for the second time since 2013, despite spending $125 million on Hamilton in the off-season. While Hamilton has hardly lived up to that enormous price tag, the Angels’ left fielder went into Friday’s contest with a .321 batting average in the month of September, which is by far his best monthly total.
So, look for Hamilton’s hot streak to continue as he looks over at the Rangers’ dugout with the hopes of knocking his former teammates right out of playoff contention.