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Jose Bautista hits two more homers, up to 18 for season

May 21, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Brett Myers in the sixth and then a solo shot off Jose Valdez in the eighth to carry the Jays to a 7-5 win over the Astros on Saturday.

The three-run homer was only the second of the year for Bautista with multiple men on base.  One issue there is that the Jays haven’t gotten a lot of men on for him: their No. 1 and 2 hitters have amassed a .311 OBP.  However, Bautista entered the day batting just .179, albeit with 20 walks, in 49 plate appearances with RISP.  He was 3-for-14 with two or three men on base.

It was Bautista’s third multihomer game of the season.  He had nine last year on his way to leading the majors with 54 homers.

He’s currently ahead of that pace: on this date last year, Bautista had a mere 13 homers to his credit.

Bautista also singled and stole a base in the contest.  He’s batting a ridiculous .364/.509/.841 in 132 at-bats for the season.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Does anybody else find it suspicious that all of a sudden over the past season + Bautista is jacking homers like this? Not accusing the guy of anything, but it is ridiculously odd and such a power upswing has to unprecedented in the annals of baseball at his age.

    • missthemexpos - May 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      I would only be suspicious if his head became so huge that he needed an operation to fuse it to the rest of his body.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      Oh so you guys putting the thumbs down don’t find it the least bid odd that all of a sudden this guy is turning into Griffey Jr.? Fair enough. Maybe Nick Punto will hit 20 next season.

      • Patrick McCaw - May 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

        That, and we’re tired of the same comments after every mention of Bautista. Seriously, people have been saying this for over a year now.

        And if you’re not suggesting that he’s using PEDs, what are you doing? Accusing the league of juicing the balls he’s pitched? Implying that the pitchers are being bribed to throw him BP fastballs?

      • proudlycanadian - May 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM

        Now if you really want to see some thumbs down action, why don’t you spout off about Curtis Granderson? Aren’t you also suspicious about his power surge this year? Do you buy the theory that his new batting stance is responsible? Do you somehow suspect that his skinny frame has been taken over by an alien form? Is Kryptonite involved?

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        Granderson plays where pop ups turn into home runs….So, no not surprised.

      • qcubed3 - May 22, 2011 at 2:39 AM

        What I don’t find suspicious are two things: the skepticism and Jose Bautista’s power surge.

        J.B. spent five out of six months in 2009 tweaking his swing, until September of ’09, where he hit a ton of HRs. Then, he continued that in ’10, spring training of ’11, and then the regular season through now. So, somehow, J.B., figured out how to hit like nobody’s business all of sudden in ’09, and, then, he’s juiced. . .

        So, if he’s juicing, why isn’t any bigger (See Barry Bonds . . . )? So, if he’s juicing, why is he taking far more unintentional walks? So, what you say? Sew Buttons!@!@!@! How can someone get so good out of nowhere? Lots of hard work and a great deal of patience from management . . . or PEDs? I’m going with the former.

  2. iamnotacoolguy - May 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    The old I am not accusing anybody, but really I am thing is getting old. If you are going to accuse someone of using steroids at least have the balls to come out and say it.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      I don’t think he is on steroids…I’m sure he is being tested and the process seems to work. Just something doesn’t seem right to me. Sorry for finding it odd that a guy who had gotten significant at bats in his career suddenly at 29 goes from a career high of 16 to 54 homeruns now seems like he may eclipse that this year. It’s a perfectly reasonable career progression I guess.

      • aceshigh11 - May 21, 2011 at 5:16 PM

        It IS unusual, but not completely unprecedented.

        Look at Roger Maris…he never had a season even remotely close to 1961 before or after.

        Hell, Maris hit 22.2% of his CAREER home runs (275) in ONE season.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 5:23 PM

        Yeah but Maris was younger when he did that. Also, I believe he hit around 40 the previous season and like 30 when he was in his early twenties. I mean I am talking about an over 300% increase for Bautista, compared to a 66% increase for Maris.

      • Mark - May 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        It’s been pretty well documented that Bautista changed his swing/stance when he got to TO which helped him become what he is now. I read an article recently how the Pirates asked him to make similar batting stance changes and he refused, but did it when he was in TO. He’s always been known as a guy with good bat speed, a strong eye, and good power, he just wasn’t taking advantage of it before hand.

        By the way, Between 2006-2009, Bautista averaged 20 HR’s and 69 walks per 162 games. Thing is, he only averaged around 120 or so games and 450 or so AB over that time. So he was a decent power hitter with a good eye, it’s just he wasn’t this good.

        But it just sounds like you’re calling him out for steroids, which is an entirely different matter. I’m sure every random test has his name on it, and seeing as he hasn’t been found using any steroids or PED’s I’d say it’s legit. A remarkable improvement, yes, but legitimate.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        And Lance Armstrong has passed over 500 drug tests, yet there are several eye witness accounts of him using PED’s. However, for the thousandth time, I don’t think that he is using steroids. I just find it odd and fairly incredible that a swing change can lead to that big of a power increase that late in a career. Even if he averaged 20 HR per 162 games, as a previous poster stated, it is still a 250% increase over the course of a single off season. Also, he is a dead pull power hitter, which to me makes it even more amazing. I could care less if you guys are tired of hearing about suspicion regarding him, the fact that his progression is so remarkably skewed makes it a topic worth discussing. It is unlike anything in baseball history.

  3. purdueman - May 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Bautista is so statistically skewed from EVERYONE else in MLB in terms of home runs that this just seems as fishy as Barroid Bonds head back in the day suddenly swelling up the the size of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Float!

    We’ve all heard about how easy it (supposedly), is to get prescription drugs via the internet from Canadian pharmacies without having to see a physician. Hmmmm…..

    • aceshigh11 - May 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM

      I just don’t buy it…then wouldn’t it follow that everyone on the Blue Jays would be jacking home runs left and right?

      If Bautista found the “holy grail” of PEDs, then surely he’d whisper about it to his teammates, especially with them being stuck in second-to-last place in the AL East year after year.

      Steroids and/or HGH simply will not make one a better hitter, and Bautista isn’t just hitting home runs…he leading the majors in batting average. Face it: the guy is simply locked in.

      Until there’s proof or serious reason to be suspicious, I’m just going to enjoy a genuinely cool success story.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM

        All I am saying is that it is odd and suspicious for somebody to have that type of career progression. That is indisputable. I never once said steroids to be the cause. In fact given the testing, that seems unlikely. But there has to be another reason, outside being locked in. I’m just curious as to what that would be. Confidence? Better hitting coaches? Different training regime? Swing? Some combination of the above?

      • aceshigh11 - May 21, 2011 at 5:36 PM

        When you use the term “suspicious” with respect to elevated offensive numbers, everyone here naturally took it as you implying PED usage.

        There were several stories last year about Bautista’s altered batting stance and swing being the reason for his surge…here’s one:

        http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08/24/altered-swing-mechanics-key-to-jose-bautistas-home-run-binge/

      • purdueman - May 22, 2011 at 6:23 AM

        aceshigh… NO, not “everyone on the Blue Jays would be jacking home runs left and right”, you numbnuts. How many of Barroid Bonds’ San Francisco teammates have been implicated in the roids scandal? Using your logic, all of them?

        As for his teammates knowing anything about his private activities? Are you freaking kidding me? Do you think that he’s be that dumb knowing the enormous public backlash that’s happened to cheats Palmeiro, Sosa, Bonds and Clemens?

        I’m not saying that he’s using something currently undetectable (like HGH); I’m just saying that statistically speaking it’s a huge red flag based on the rest of his MLB career that has already spanned several years.

    • George - May 21, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      Dude, as a fellow Sox fan, I am really getting sick of you making us all look like idiots.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 21, 2011 at 7:23 PM

        If you are referring to me…I am not a Sox fan at all.

      • marinersnate - May 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

        I believe he was referring to the intellectual from the Big Ten conference.

      • purdueman - May 22, 2011 at 6:27 AM

        George, someone die and you got elected Pope? If anyone is making us Sox fans look like idiots, it’s you when you make inane posts like this. If you don’t like it, please, find another forum… there are hundreds of them out there. Just have someone show you how to use Google and then have a nice day else where. Please!

      • purdueman - May 22, 2011 at 6:31 AM

        mariner… please enlighten us all, Being the intellectual that you fancy yourself, just where exactly did you get your degree? Out of a box of corn flakes? or did you follow the latest fad of buying an internet university degree (like UoP), where there’s absolutely no way to prove if you ever did any of the work?

  4. jstrizzle - May 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/

  5. iDroidX - May 21, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Jose Bautista’s career HR years:
    2004:0
    2005:0
    2006:16
    2007:15
    2008:15
    2009:13
    2010: 54
    2011: 18
    .
    Yeah, all he did was change his batting stance.

    • proudlycanadian - May 21, 2011 at 7:02 PM

      He changed his batting stance and got the opportunity to play full time. Of the 13 home runs in 2009, 10 came in September after he started playing full time.

      • jstrizzle - May 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        IDroidX’s logic is full proof because he put up stats. Also, from now on I am gonna assume anyone that has a down year is simply coming off of steroids. Even if they are injured for half a year and didn’t play full time like bautista didn’t until 2010.

    • cur68 - May 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM

      Compare those homers to at bats then you could see this coming (you do it; you went to all the trouble to throw that up there without even looking at his plate appearances. Hell my dog hit 0 homers in 2004, 2005, too. His PA’s? 0. Guess he’s not juicing). There’s another unprecedented MLB stat bout him. He was bounced between 5 teams his rookie year (2004): an MLB record. He’s also fielded every position except catcher, pitcher and shortstop over the course of his career.

      It’s impossible to compare him to Pujols because Albert has only ever played for one team, was extensively coached to be a power hitter and always knew what position he’d field (3rd or 1st). Once JB was treated like Albert he began to hit like Albert.

      Only better.

    • iDroidX - May 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      @jstrizzle faulty logic fails

      • jstrizzle - May 21, 2011 at 9:52 PM

        I was being extremely sarcastic. I was pointing at your logic that had nothing to back it up besides stats listed.

      • cur68 - May 21, 2011 at 10:59 PM

        @IDroidX faulty stats fails

  6. oikosjeremy - May 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Babe Ruth’s seasons of 29 and then 60 HR were way more unprecedented. Which just shows that all the cigars the Babe was smoking contained PEDs.

  7. professor59 - May 22, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    The official reason is the change in hitting coach, which resulted in the whole team swinging from the heels since he got there. Dwayne Murphy basically told them to be HR hitters, and for many of them, it worked. As a team, HRs went way up, strikeouts went up, BA went down, wins were not affected.
    Take it or leave it, but that’s what the Jays say. I don’t have a vested interest, so I don’t care. I mean, until Jose fails a drug test.

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