Josh Hamilton is finally showing signs at the plate of what the Angels expected to get from him when they signed him to a five-year contract in the off-season. On Wednesday night, Hamilton went 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in the Angels 13-2 win over the Cubs. Hamilton's numbers (14 homers, 39 RBIs, .229 average) still aren't close to what was expected from him as we inch closer to the All-Star break, but they are improving. Four of his fourteen home runs have come in July. This was his first multi-home run game this season and eighth multi-home run game of his career.
Alex Rios tied a White Sox and an American League record with six hits in a nine-inning game and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-4. Rios singled in the first, tripled in the third and also singled twice in the eighth inning. He also singled in the fifth and ninth innings. If that was not enough, Rios also stole two bases. Rios has been rumored to be on the trading block, and Tuesday's game certainly will boost his trade value. The two stolen bases give him 19 on the year and he is batting .281. Rios has always been an interesting player to own in fantasy. He upside is through the roof, but do you have the patience that is required to own him when he has the extended slumps? He reminds me alot of Jay Bruce. The highs are really high and the lows are painful.