The Tampa Bay Rays will try to end a four-game losing streak on Monday night, but they will have to do it against one of the Los Angeles Angels’ big names back in the lineup.
Josh Hamilton makes his return to the batting order, based off of a picture of the lineup tweeted by Eric Kay. He’s listed as a designated hitter at the fourth spot.
— Eric Kay (@EKayAngels) September 2, 2013
Hamilton hasn’t started a game since Thursday, when he went 0-3 against the Rays and broke a seven-game hitting streak.
In the second half of August, Hamilton has really been playing his best consistently since becoming an Angel. Over an 18-game stretch before his 0-3 night, he had a .342 batting average with nine runs batted in and three home runs.
Obviously, it’s a pretty large stretch to think that Hamilton’s better play gives the Angels a better chance to make the postseason. There’s no way they can realistically catch up to the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics, and they remain 12 games back in the wild card race.
Instead, they’ll be playing spoiler against the Rays who currently have the second wild card spot by 2.5 games above the Baltimore Orioles.