There was a lot to like about Toronto’s 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins tonigh, assuming you’re a Blue Jays fan.
Not to dismiss Ricky Romero’s best outing of the year, which was a great performance, but I was most impressed with, as has been the case most of this season, Jose Bautista. His at bat in the top of the ninth inning against Joe Nathan was particularly mind blowing.
- Bautista takes a curve ball for a strike (0-1).
- Bautista fouls off a four seam fastball high and inside (0-2).
- Bautista fouls off a four seam fastball high and away (0-2).
- Bautista takes a four seam fastball low and away (1-2).
- Bautista takes a curve ball low and away (2-2).
- Bautista fouls off a curve ball right in the middle of the strike zone (2-2).
- Bautista fouls off a slider near the middle of the middle of the strike zone (2-2).
- Bautista takes a fastball high and away (3-2).
- Bautista fouls off a curve ball high and inside (3-2).
- Bautista hammers a four seam fastball down the middle of the plate over the left field wall.
Coming into tonight’s game, Bautista had an OPS of .969 . . . with two strikes. His sense of the strike zone and his vision for the pitches he’s seeing is so superior to anyone else in baseball that he can afford to sit, and toy with a pitcher until the pitcher makes a mistake or gives Bautista a pitch he wants to hit.