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Hamilton ended last year's campaign in a major slump.
With Josh Hamilton, his on-the-field production is hardly ever a concern. However, the 31-year-old slugger did end the 2012 season in a horrible slump.
According to ESPN split stats, Hamilton hit only .259 in September and .154 in October. Being the streaky hitter that he has always been known to be, Hamilton can certainly endure hot and cold streaks from month to month. In April and May of last year, he hit .395 and .344, respectively.
The Angels hope Hamilton can get off to a similar hot start this season and avoid doing what Pujols did in April (.217 BA with four RBI). If Hamilton does struggle, however, it will be the Angels, as a team, that suffer.
With Zack Greinke gone in free agency and a less-than-stellar bullpen coming into the season, the Angels pitching staff cannot be counted on to right the ship should the bats go cold. The team's success will primarily hinge on the offense. If the offense is not there, don't expect to see the Angels in the postseason this year.
Off-the-field concerns always creep their way into the conversation as well when discussing Josh Hamilton. Drug and alcohol issues will continue to threaten his availability and playing time. Hamilton missed the entire 2003, 2004 and 2005 seasons and was fined by Major League Baseball for multiple violations of its drug policy. More recently, Hamilton has had two publicly known alcohol-related relapses since 2009.
A setback in L.A. could destroy the hopes of a World Series run for the Angels.
Per ESPN, Hamilton discussed transitioning to a new team and the temptations he may face in a new city like Los Angeles:
It's anywhere. It all comes down to choices you make. If you want to get into trouble, you'll get into trouble. Support system is big ... everybody concerned about it being a difficult situation or a unique situation. Well, it's not. My support system is God, my family and Shayne Kelley (Hamilton's accountability partner) -- and all those guys are here with me.