I really need to stop asking if things can possibly get worse for Josh Hamilton. Hambone’s 0-5 game against the Mariners on Tuesday rivaled his 0-8 monstrosity earlier this season against the A’s. Against Seattle, he grounded into three double plays and struck out twice, on his way to stranding seven runners. Being on base when Hamilton is at the dish is akin to being Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
In what was most likely the easiest managerial decision of all time, Scioscia knocked Hamilton down five spots in the order today. Interestingly (OK, maybe only interesting to me), a fellow member of this year’s edition of the Killers, Victor Martinez, owns a part of the MLB record for most GIDPs in a single game with four (V-Mart shares this “honor” with Goose Goslin and Joe Torre). The seven runners Hamilton stranded was well off the single game high of twelve that Trot Nixon, Big Papi, Todd Helton and Glenn Beckert share (Helton and Beckert managed to strand 12 in a nine inning game).