Tag:Jose Bautista
Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:29 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 5:30 pm

The Jose Bautista Show in full effect

By Matt Snyder

Jose Bautista entered Sunday leading the majors with 13 home runs, but apparently he wasn't content with simply leading the pack. So he went out and clubbed three more in an 11-3 rout of the Twins.

That's 16 homers on the season in just 113 at-bats. That's 16 homers in just 32 games. He's going yard once every 7.12 at-bats and once every 9.37 plate appearances.

The numbers, especially in these past two seasons where pitching has been king, are staggering. He is toying with the competition. Last season, Bautista hit 54 home runs, the next highest total was 42. This season, he's on pace to hit 65. I honestly don't even think it's outlandish to think he can make a run at 60, either.

You could argue he'll slow down, as it's only natural, but he's only been increasingly his home run frequency. You could argue he'll stop being pitched to, but he's not getting pitched to now, as he averages more than a walk per game and pitchers rarely work in the zone on him in any given at-bat. He's just waiting on one pitch and crushing it every chance he gets.

Bautista was great last year in a carry-over effort -- he hit 10 home runs in his last 26 games of 2009 -- but this year he's on a completely different level. Last year he only hit .260 with a .378 on-base percentage. This year he's over one hundred points higher in average and about 150 higher in OBP. He leads the majors in runs, walks, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS-plus (by quite a hefty margin, actually). He's putting up Barry Bonds numbers when everyone else has been dialed back to a league where 40-home run seasons are a huge deal again.

It's just a shame he missed a week of action earlier this month with an injury. The Jose Bautista Show is quite the spectator sport, after all.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2011 6:44 pm

Bautista expected to miss Rays series

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose BautistaJose Bautista, the American League Player of the Month for April, underwent an MRI on his sore neck in Tampa on Tuesday.

Bautista was taken out of the Jays' game with the Yankees on Sunday and isn't in the lineup today. 

Bautista's sore neck got worse following the team's flight from New York to Tampa, John Lott of the National Post writes.

"When he woke up this morning it was even more intense," Toronto manager John Farrell told reporters before Tuesday's game. Farrell said Bautista is expected to miss the entire series with the Rays.

Yunel Escobar was moved from the second spot to the third spot in Bautista's absence, while Rajai Davis moved from center field to right and Corey Patterson was placed in center.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 3, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 5:06 pm

On Deck: Dempster charged with stopping Ethier

Ryan Dempster

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Streak watch -- Ryan Dempster is the pitcher trying to stop the hitting streak of Dodgers' outfielder Andre Ethier. Last night, Ethier's fifth-inning infield single against Cubs starter James Russell extended his hitting streak to 28 games. Ethier is hitting a healthy .350/.435/.700 in 23 career plate appearances against Dempster, with seven hits, including four doubles and a homer in 20 at-bats. Dempster managed just one out while facing 10 hitters in his last outing, Thursday against the DiamondbacksCubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET

Another streak -- Call Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez the anti-Ethier -- Ibanez has gone 14 days and 34 at-bats without a hit. Ibanez is batting sixth for the Phillies tonight against Washington's Livan Hernandez. Ibanez is 2 for 7 (.286) in his career against Hernandez with no extra-base hits. Nationals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

One star in, one star out -- Evan Longoria makes his return from the disabled list tonight, but another star, Jose Bautista is not in the line for the Blue Jays tonight. Bautista left Sunday's game because of stiffness in his neck and the team was off on Monday. Rajai Davis is playing right field for the Blue Jays in Bautista's place, with Corey Patterson in center. Blue Jays at Rays, 6:40 p.m. ET

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Posted on: May 1, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2011 5:01 pm

Bautista leaves game with neck stiffness

By Matt Snyder

Fresh off being named CBSSports.com's batter of the month for April, Blue Jays' slugger Jose Bautista was pulled for a pinch runner in the seventh inning against the Yankees. He left with what is being called tightness in his neck, though he doesn't expect to miss any time. Bautista reportedly began experiencing the issue earlier in the week after he slept on it wrong. (MLB.com via Twitter)

Bautista, 30, has become one of baseball's premier hitters. After hitting 54 home runs and driving home 124 last season, he's gotten even better in 2011. He leads all of baseball in on-base percentage (a staggering .532 heading into Sunday) and slugging percentage (.780 heading into Sunday) to go with nine home runs and 16 RBI. He's been so menacing he's gotten pitched around, too, as he also leads the majors with 28 walks.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 1, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 1:03 pm

Players of the Month: Bautista, Weaver

By Matt Snyder

April was a month chock full of big individual performances in the ultimate team sport.

April's Best
Expert Batter Pitcher
Knobler Bautista Weaver
Miller Bautista Weaver
Brunell Bautista Garza
Rosecrans Bautista Johnson
Snyder Bautista Weaver
Fantasy Bautista Weaver
It was a month when we saw Andre Ethier put together a 26-game hitting streak en route to a .380 batting average. We saw his teammate Matt Kemp storm out of the gate as hot as anyone and slug a few walk-off home runs. Lance Berkman and Alfonso Soriano have apparently discovered the fountain of youth, while Alex Gordon had a breakout month four years in the making. Ryan Braun and Joey Votto have hit the ball as consistently well as anyone in the game. Matt Holliday returned in less than two weeks from an appendectomy and continued to mash. In the Big Apple, veteran Alex Rodriguez and youngster Ike Davis have been raking. Carlos Quentin and Troy Tulowitzki had stretches where they were hitting everything in sight. Ben Zobrist had one incredible double-dip and young Brett Wallace is finally making good on his promise.

April was also a time where Josh Johnson dominated the entire NL. Dan Haren showed he can still be a staff ace, while Michael Pineda showed glimpses of his ace potential. Matt Garza learned how to strike guys out at a much higher rate than ever before, while Roy Halladay just continued to do what he's done for his entire career. Alexi Ogando and Justin Masterson have surprised in a good way, while Jaime Garcia and Trevor Cahill prove last year was no fluke. Kyle Lohse, Aaron Harang and Josh Beckett turned back the clock, while Zach Britton showed up a bit early. And what has gotten into James Shields?

April was about much more than everything above, but those are just a few of the players who have come through with exciting performances thus far in 2011 as we turn the calendar to May.  

But above and beyond all else, in terms of individual players, April was all about Jose Bautista and Jered Weaver -- just look at the CBSSports.com staff awards for April's top batter and pitcher.

Batter of the Month
Danny Knobler Scott Miller
Jose Bautista Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
No top player in baseball had more to prove, because no other player had so many people asking whether he could repeat 2010. His major-league high 28 walks show the respect that comes with a 54-home run season, but his nine home runs and American League-leading .366 batting average show he's taking advantage when they pitch to him.
Jose Bautista Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Not only is Bautista leading the AL in both batting and homers, he's also leading in OPS and runs scored. Nobody matched his combination of average and production in the first month -- though Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist gave it his one-day best during the doubleheader in Minnesota last week!
Evan Brunell C. Trent Rosecrans
Jose Bautista Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Pitchers are rightfully terrified of Jose Bautista these days as he is delivering with a .366 average and nine home runs entering play Sunday. He's one of three qualified players with an OBP over .500. Overall, just a dominant month by someone who still had plenty of doubters. What are they thinking now?
Jose Bautista Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
As unbelievably good as Bautista's 2010 was, his April of 2011 was not only better -- but significantly better. Not only does he lead the majors in on-base percentage (.532), slugging (.780), OPS+ (235), walks (28) and runs (25), while leading the American League in homers (9) and batting average (.366) -- he hasn't even grounded into a double play so far this year.
Matt Snyder Fantasy -- Scott White
Jose Bautista Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
His breakout season in 2010 was an incredible outlier as compared to his previous career numbers, but it most certainly wasn't a fluke. Bautista's numbers are showing he's one of the game's most feared sluggers, including an MLB-high 28 walks heading into Sunday. 
Jose Bautista Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Not only did Bautista lead all of baseball in both slugging percentage and on-base percentage, but he led all hitters in Fantasy points -- and he did it despite missing half a week for a personal matter. That's one way to quiet the skeptics coming off his out-of-nowhere 54-homer campaign.
Pitcher of the Month
Knobler Miller
Jered Weaver Jered Weaver, Angels
It's hard not to pick Josh Johnson, who had us thinking no-hitter in nearly every start. But as Scott Miller pointed out in his fine column last week, only seven pitchers since World War II have gone 6-0 in their team's first 23 games with a WHIP under 1.00. I can't think of much that Johnson did wrong. I can't think of anything Weaver did wrong.
Jered Weaver Jered Weaver, Angels
Weaver's WHIP (0.79) is ridiculous, and when a lineup as disciplined as the A's begin hacking at first pitches because they know they don't have a chance if Weaver gets ahead -- as the Athletics did last Monday night -- you know it's a special guy.
Brunell Rosecrans
Matt Garza Matt Garza, Cubs
Garza is 1-3, but that doesn't mean he's awful. His 1.98 xFIP leads baseball along with an 11.87 K/9; his peripherals suggest he's actually been unlucky so far, too. He's baseball's hottest pitcher hidden behind a won-loss record that does not reflect actual pitching performance.
Josh Johnson Josh Johnson, Marlins
It wasn't until his sixth and final start of April -- on the last day of the month, no less -- that Johnson had allowed a hit to any batter the first time through the order. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on opening day and took a no-no into the eighth in third start. His 3-0 record and 0.88 ERA are only the tip of the iceberg when describing how good he was this month.
Snyder Fantasy -- Al Melchior
Jered Weaver Jered Weaver, Angels
Very tough to pick someone other than Johnson here, but I give the nod to Weaver based upon his having thrown more innings, complete games and strikeouts with less walks in the same number of starts. Otherwise, they're basically identical and have been completely dominant.
Jered Weaver Jered Weaver, Angels
Josh Johnson may have a slightly lower ERA, and Roy Halladay may have a better strikeout-to-walk ratio, but nobody has been closer to perfection than Weaver. All six of his appearances have been quality starts, and he has allowed more than one run only once.

Danny Knobler and Scott Miller are Senior MLB Writers; Evan Brunell, C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder are Eye on Baseball Bloggers; Al Melchior is a Fantasy Data Analyst; and Scott White is a Fantasy Writer.

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Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:44 am

3 up, 3 down: Kennedy outshines Lee

Ian Kennedy

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks -- Nobody -- or at least this nobody -- expected Kennedy to do much against Cliff Lee and the Phillies, but what did he do? He threw a three-hit shutout against the Phillies. Kennedy struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter. And it wasn't even his best night this week. Early Sunday morning Kennedy and his wife welcomed the birth of their first child. Heck of a couple of days for Kennedy.

Philip Humber, White Sox -- The Chicago starter was superb on Monday. The White Sox had lost 10 of 11 entering Monday's game in the Bronx and the right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Alex Rodriguez's single. Humber was able to get out of the jam and left the game after that inning, stranding two runners while protecting a one-run lead. The 2004 first-round pick by the Mets is now 2-2 with a  3.20 ERA this season.

Brandon Wood, Pirates -- The former Angels prospect doubled in his Pittsburgh debut, driving in the eventual winning run in a 4-2 victory over the Nationals. Wood drove in two with the fourth-inning double.

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Starlin Castro, Cubs --  Talk about a bad night for the Cubs talented young shortstop, not only was he hitless in five at-bats, he had three errors in the Cubs' loss to the Rockies. All three of his errors came in the three-run Rockies second, with all three runs unearned.

Jamey Carroll, Dodgers -- With a 4-3 lead, two on and two out in the ninth, Jonathan Broxton got an easy ground ball from Florida's Scott Cousins to seemingly nail down the Dodger victory, except Carroll booted the ball, allowing the tying run to score. Omar Infante followed with a liner misplayed by Jerry Sands to score the winning run.

Colby Lewis, Rangers -- The Texas right-hander gave up back-to-back homers to Toronto's Corey Patterson and Jose Bautista, then walked a batter and gave up another homer, to Juan Rivera, in a six-run fifth inning. In 22 innings this season, Lewis has allowed eight home runs. He dropped to 1-3 with a 6.55 ERA.

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Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:55 pm

Bautista proving last year was no fluke

By Matt Snyder

Jose Bautista entered the 2010 season with career highs of 16 home runs, 63 RBI, a .757 OPS and 68 walks. In 2010, he hit 54 home runs, drove home 124 and had a .995 OPS with 100 walks. Considering he was 29 and had over 2,000 previous plate appearances, many questioned how real that season was. Surely he couldn't come close to repeating things in 2011.

Well, he's off to quite a good start. In fact, he's absolutely raking.

After a two home run game in a loss Saturday, Bautista is now hitting .371 with seven home runs, 10 RBI, 19 runs and more walks than strikeouts (17 to 14). He leads the AL in on-base percentage and OPS-plus, too. This is in 17 games.

Through 17 games last season, Bautista was hitting .238 with three home runs, 12 RBI, nine runs and an .856 OPS.

Even if he slows down a bit, it's past the time to admit 2010 wasn't a fluke. Bautista is a bona fide slugger and one of the best hitters in the bigs. He signed a huge extension in the offseason and still hasn't slowed down. In fact, he's hitting even better at this point.

I'll simply close with this: What do Alex Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Bautista have in common? They're the short list of the best hitters in the American League. Can you imagine if someone had said something like that two years ago? Or even last year at this time?

It's been quite the amazing transformation from a mediocre -- at best -- player to a superstar.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 23, 2011 1:51 am

3 up, 3 down: Anibal just misses no-hitter


By Evan Brunell

3 UP


Anibal Sanchez, Marlins -- Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning but had to settle for a complete game one-hitter. He's already tossed a no-no, so the former Red Sox farmhand clearly has no-hit stuff -- he just needs to stay healthy. He finally got a full season in last year, and the 27-year-old appears on the verge of stardom. His ERA entering the game was 5.53, but given his 3.57 xFIP, that was bound to go down. It did, all the way to 3.55.

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays -- Think it's time to take Bautista for real? Plenty were skeptical about the former backup repeating his career year, but the 30-year-old has pretty solidly shown he's here to stay. He went 3 for 3 with two walks, a RBI and four runs and Toronto needed all of them to beat the Rays in 11, 6-4. Bautista is now hitting a cool .339/.480/.661 and pitchers clearly want nothing to do with him. If he does end up walking 136 times this year (what he is pacing), that would be the most bases on balls in a season since Barry Bonds walked a ludicrous 232 times in 2004. Bautista had 100 last year, so it could happen. 

Cole Hamels, Phillies -- Hamels was a man among boys, going eight long before graciously allowing Ryan Madson to notch a save. He allowed just four hits and three walks and whiffed eight, blanking the Padres in a 2-0 victory. Every one of San Diego's starter except third baseman Alberto Gonzalez struck out, and even Gonzalez didn't have a full game as he was lifted after two at-bats. The No. 4 starter, Hamels is showing he belongs in the conversation with best pitchers in the game, as his ERA dipped below 3.00 to 2.92.


Rain -- The weather was not kind Friday, wiping out three games. The Yankees/Orioles, Nationals/Pirates and Indians/Twins games will have to be made up at another time. It's not that common you see three games wiped out and although every April people moan about rainouts, it feels especially bad this year, doesn't it?

Casey Coleman, Cubs -- Poor Chicago can't really do much here as it doesn't really have any options to replace Coleman; the Cubs have enough trouble trying to find a fifth starter. Colemans' ERA ballooned to 7.43 after Friday's debacle in which he handed the Dodgers six runs in just three innings. He whiffed four, but he also walked four. Coleman may have a decent career as a swingman for the Cubs, but the 23-year-old just doesn't have it this year.

Adam Dunn, White Sox -- Dunn is still recovering from an appendectomy, so you could excuse him for not getting in the groove just yet. Still, Friday showcased what you usually get from Dunn without any home runs -- an 0-for-4 skid with three strikeouts. Dunn's pacing for 178 strikeouts, which is nothing new for the slugger, but the White Sox will gladly take it if Dunn can swat 40 home runs. He's got two on the season, so has some catching up to do.


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