Josh! Josh! Are you back Josh?
Who would have thought Josh Hamilton, arguably baseball’s best player before the All-Star Game, would have hit the skids after the break?
That .173/.253/.360 line in July was awful.
How did this happen?
Josh, you batted .395/.438/.744 in April and .344/.405/.781 in May. Sure your .223/.318/.436 line in June wasn’t as spectacular, but after hitting 21 home runs in two months everyone expects a little drop off.
And then he surprised us again.
Facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, arguably the Texas Rangers’ biggest rivals (I know Oakland is doing well, but I still see the Angels-Rangers rivalry as the biggest in the division), he goes off.
His 3-for-4 night with a double and a homer came out of nowhere.
He looked like, well, Josh Hamilton.
To put it in perspective, the last time he hit a home run was July 17. Hamilton’s last multiple-hit night was July 4. The last time he had more than two hits was May 8 against Baltimore when he went 5-for-5.
That’s a big-time performance in a big-time game.
That’s what you expect from a superstar.
And that’s what Hamilton delivered.
Is the Rangers’ superstar back?
Or is it an anomaly?
Given time we’ll find out.