Simple approach working well for Hamilton
ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton said Monday’s he’s
felt good at the plate the majority of the time to start this season.
Opposing pitchers better hope Hamilton doesn’t start feeling good all the time
considering the start he’s off to.
Hamilton came into Tuesday’s game against New York third in the American League
in batting average (.408), second in RBI (18) and leading in home runs (eight).
He’s also among the top three in several other statistics.
Hamilton is trying to keep his approach at the plate simple.
“The thing you’ve got to watch out for when you’re feeling really good is
not to expand the zone way too much,” he said. “You’ve got to really watch
it. You go up there and have a plan and stick with it.”
Hamilton’s current plan includes swinging at a lot of first pitches. He’s
swinging at more than 60 percent of the first pitches even though the results
aren’t always positive.
“I kind of expand the first-pitch swinging a little bit,” he said.
“Pitchers like to get ahead early. I just take a chance. I’m ready to hit
everything. Very rarely do you see me stand there and take a pitch.”
The hot streak Hamilton is on is reminiscent to his start with Texas in 2008
and his torrid summer during his Most Valuable Player season in 2010. There’s
one difference in Hamilton now though according to manager Ron Washington.
“When he was hot back then, he was using every part of the field with his bat,”
Washington said. “He’s starting to get over the defense with his hits this
time. It’s nothing he’s not capable of doing.”
Hamilton’s career high in homers is 32, which he accomplished in both 2008 and
Moreland in lineup
Mitch Moreland was back in the Texas lineup against Yankees right-hander Hiroki
Kuroda Tuesday night. With the Rangers likely to face right-handers for the
next few games, Moreland will get an opportunity to break out of his early season
Moreland is hitting just .152 and his starts against left-handers figure to be
few and far between for now.
“Maybe that’s the way it looks, so I better say yes,” Washington said
of Moreland being benched against left-handers. “I’m trying to get the
best lineup out there every day according to who we’re facing. That doesn’t
mean you won’t see him against a lefty but I can’t tell you when that’s going
Adrian Beltre was back in the Texas lineup after missing three games because of
inflammation around his left hamstring.
An MRI revealed no damage to the hamstring and Washington said that he felt
like the team dodged a bullet with that result. Beltre started at third base
Tuesday night. Washington said he considered starting him at designated hitter
but that he didn’t do it because Beltre isn’t limited.
The Fox Sports Southwest pregame show that featured the Ivan Rodriguez
retirement ceremony Monday night drew a 4.0 Nielsen rating, the highest for a
pregame show on FSSW.
An average of 103,400 watched the event. The previous mark was a 3.6, which was
set in 2002. Monday’s game against the Yankees drew a 6.2 rating on FSSW. The
game was also shown on ESPN and drew a 3.3 rating in the Metroplex.