Josh Hamilton hit .395 in April and .344 in May. He had 21 homeruns and 57 RBIs. During that same period, Albert Pujols hit .217 and .263 respectively, with 8 homeruns and 8 RBIs. Oh how things have changed.
Hamilton’s average dropped to .223 in June and he’s hitting less than .171 in July. Since the beginning of June he has 7 homeruns and 21 RBIs. Pujols, on the other hand, has improved dramatically. He hit .326 in June and is hitting .315 in July. His power numbers are about the same now (9 homeruns, 29 RBIs for the two months) but it’s clear that he’s getting better while Hamilton is consistently getting worse.
This month the Rangers are last in the majors in runs scored. The Angels are 4th. the Rangers are 27th in batting average. The Angels are 9th. The Rangers are 29th in OPS. The Angels are 5th. All of these numbers point to a long and frustrating series ahead. The Rangers play the Angels 7 times out of their next 13 games. They are having to play their division rivals during a period where everyone on the team, other than Beltre and Gentry, is going through a major slump .