Josh Hamilton: Texas Rangers' Slugger Belts No. 18 of 2012

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIMay 12, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 10:  Josh Hamiton #32 of the Texas Rangers looks on before his first at bat during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Can anyone slow down Josh Hamilton?

Los Angeles Angels pitcher, and former teammate, CJ Wilson got Hamilton out by way of the K in his first two at-bats Saturday afternoon, but he then took Wilson deep in the bottom of the sixth, giving him 18 home runs on the season.

It has been one of the most unbelievable weeks we've ever seen and may never see again.

In his last five games he's hit eight home runs. In his last six games he's hit nine.

Today, he hit his tenth in in seven games. You didn't read that wrong: Tenth in seven games. This stuff just doesn't happen.

Hamilton is easily the early favorite for the AL MVP and could be on pace for some even more incredible achievements.

He's leading the league in batting average at .402, home runs with 18 and RBI with 41, giving him and early chance at the Triple Crown, something that no one has accomplished since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

The only player ever to have 18 home runs in his first 34 games besides Josh Hamilton is Cy Williams of the 1923 Phillies.

When Barry Bonds broke the all-time single season home run record in 2001, he only had 15 home runs in his first 34 games. Josh Hamilton is currently on pace to hit 86 home runs this season. Not to mention he's also on pace to score 143 runs and also have 195 RBI.

Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan has said it best.


At this moment, I'd venture to say Josh Hamilton is better at his job than everybody else on earth is at theirs.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 12, 2012


If Josh Hamilton keeps hitting the way he has over the past week, can anyone slow him down?