- 08/19/2012, 05:55PM ET
80480: Cruzin said 08/19, 05:55 PM
This TD is basically who will be leading the league in homeruns at the end of the regular season.
I am going to go with... Josh Hamilton
I think that even though I hate Josh Hamilton this is his title to lose. He has been starting to heat up as late and I think he will not have another dip in the rest of the season. He's a great player who showed us what he was capable of in April and May.
He currently second behind the comeback player of the year, Adam Dunn. Though Adam Dunn has bounced back amazingly, I can't go with a guy who is hitting just over .200 on the year, its just to risky to say he will be able to get the job done in pitchers ball parks.
Hamilton also plays at a park where he can check swing and hit it out, Arlington is the best hitting ball park in the MLB and that just adds to his already great, slightly tainted numbers.
I see Hamilton catching up to Dunn and winning the race and holding off Bautista and Braun who will most likely be on his butt for the title spot to, but I think that this award is his to lose if he keeps on playing as good as he as capable to.
Argos. said 08/20, 12:09 PM
Seeing how Bautista got injured a month or so ago, and can no longer defend his back-to-back HR king title, we will have a new HR king.
The new King will be Edwin Encarnacion
Hamilton started the season with 18 HR in 32 games, the most HR in baseball history through 32 games. He only has hit 16 HR in the 80 games since.
If you look at the monthly totals, he hit 9 in April, 12 in May, but then just 4 in each of June and July and is only at 5 this month.
You mention playing in Texas helps, but we are at the end of August and heading into September, so the heat will no longer be a major factor, and therefore HR wont be flying out of the park as much, since the heat is the main factor in Texas being a hitters park.
Plus the Rangers got series left in Oakland, KC, LAA, and Seattle, all pitcher parks.
He will also have Jose Bautista returning this weekend to provide protection, after a month without any and seeing less and less pitches in the zone and being intentionally walked 7 times!
Edwin plays in the right-handed batter friendly park. He never goes West again to play in the pitcher parks, and every game he has left is in hitter friendly AL East parks.
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