It’s obviously way too early to panic, but Josh Hamilton’s Angels career is off to a slow start.
The $133 million man went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Saturday and is now 1-for-20 with 10 strikeouts through the first five games of Anaheim’s regular-season schedule. The Rangers, intimately familiar with Hamilton’s random offensive funks, gave Albert Pujols three intentional passes Saturday. Which contributed to Hamilton stranding six baserunners.
The Angels won Saturday’s game in Texas by a score of 8-4 because the rest of the lineup managed 12 hits and eight runs, and because starter Tommy Hanson pitched six solid innings. They’re now 2-3 on the year.
Hamilton batted .395/.438/.744 with nine homers in his first 96 plate appearances last season.
Through 23 plate appearances this season the 31-year-old outfielder is hitting .050/.208/.050.