This (Past) Week’s Hottest Hitters

Nate McLouth
I love a good underdog story and the offensive performance of the Pirate’s OF Nate McLouth, and 2008 NL All Star, is one of those stories. Who would have thought that he’d have a year like the one he’s currently enjoying? His line this week was 9/4/9/2/.290/.333 (R/HR/RBI/SB/BA/OBP).

Ryan Howard, 1B of the Phirst place Phillies hit 5 HRs this past week while hitting .370, raising his season batting average, which was in need of a lift, to .234 and climbing.

Josh Hamilton, CF of the Rangers, and 2008 AL All Star, continues to hit the cover off the ball while maintaining an above .300 average. With this week’s 2 HRs, he has surpassed his 2007 season total. Last week also saw him knock in 11 runs as well as stealing 3 bases.

To go along with his 3 HRs this week, Indians SS Jhonny Peralta was only one of two players on this week’s list to hit .400 or better (.400/.407 BA/OBP).

Rounding out the top 5 of this top 10 list of hottest hitters is Boston’s 1B and 2008 NL All Star, Kevin Youkilis.

The bottom 5 hitters on this list are the White Sox OF and 2008 NL All Star, Carlos Quentin and Ranger’s 1B Chris Davis who both hit 3 HRs this week. The next two players on this list both play RF and hit 4 HRs this past week. They are the Cardinal’s Ryan Ludwick and the Tiger’s Matt Joyce.

Last but not least is the Met’s CF Carlos Beltran.

Player Team P R HR RBI SB AVG OBP Totals
Nate McLouth PIT CF 9 4 9 2 .290 .333 24.623
Ryan Howard PHI 1B 7 5 8 0 .370 .452 20.822
Josh Hamilton TEX CF 4 2 11 3 .323 .353 20.676
Jhonny Peralta CLE SS 6 3 10 0 .400 .407 19.807
Kevin Youkilis BOS 1B 6 2 10 0 .348 .370 18.718
Carlos Quentin CHW LF 6 3 9 0 .310 .355 18.665
Chris Davis TEX 1B 8 3 6 0 .321 .367 17.688
Ryan Ludwick STL RF 6 4 7 0 .269 .345 17.614
Matt Joyce DET RF 6 4 6 0 .409 .409 16.818
Carlos Beltran NYM CF 5 2 8 1 .310 .333 16.643

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