Found August 06, 2013 on Angelswin:
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Contributor -  This season has had more than its share of disappointments for Angel’s fans and one of the biggest disappointments has been the struggles of Josh Hamilton at the plate. Simply put Josh has been swinging at a lot of pitches outside of the strike zone and, when he does put the ball in play, he has not hit the ball quite as hard and it has not found as many holes as it normally has for him in the past. Additionally, Hamilton has faced an increasing number of off-speed pitches and has had particular trouble with sinkers, curveballs, and especially changeups. So what does this mean now and in the future for Josh? Will he return to the Hamilton of old and post an on-base plus slugging over 1.000? Or will he slip further, forcing the Angels to push him into a really expensive bench role at some future, point in time? The answer appears to be somewhere in-between and let me explain why. Batting Average on Balls in Play (BA...
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