Friday, June 5, 2009

Power outage for Bautista

Where did Jose Bautista's power stroke go? When the Jays traded for the versatile veteran midway through last season, he was supposed to bring a little pop in his bat. Bautista has just one home run this year, and he hit it in a blow out game against Chicago. What happened with him? Is there any hope he'll start getting it going at the dish?

Bautista was awful today in the series finale against the Angels. He struck out three times, including the 9th inning, when his whiff ended what would have been a phenomenal Blue Jays comeback. Yhe last three seasons he has 16, 15, and 15 long balls, so a home run really would have gone a long way in securing the comeback.

Bautista has played in 35 of the first 56 contests for the Jays this year. He is a very good depth player, and a quality guy to start a game here or there. However, if the Toronto Blue Jays are hoping to unseat the Red Sox and Yankees, they can not have Bautista starting as many games as he has.

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