ST. LOUIS When Nelson Cruz is blasting six home runs in the ALCS, it's easy to look past what's going on with center fielder Josh Hamilton. It's not like he's disappeared in the postseason, but he certainly hasn't been himself.
Hamilton went 0-for-4 in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday and looked overmatched against the Cardinals' long-in-the-tooth reliever Arthur Rhodes, formerly with the Rangers. Hamilton has admitted to playing at "50 percent" with a groin injury, although Rangers manager Ron Washington tells reporters not to trust that estimation.
The Rangers slugger didn't speak to reporters following Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Cardinals because he was receiving treatment for his injury. With temperatures dipping into the low 40s during the game, Hamilton appeared to be wincing in pain at the plate. He told me recently that his groin injury is making it tough to plant his left leg and generate much power.
He's not the only player limping to the finish this season,...