Chris Davis is having a hell of a season. Turns out, he might be getting a little help.
No, not that kind of help. It might be that hitting coaches have a role in their player’s production. An amazing thought maybe, at least to old-schoolers rolling their eyes. Well, duh, that’s why we’ve had them forever. And yet, are we sure that the third-base coach adds and subtracts wins from the team’s ledger? How much impact does the manager have? And the pitching and hitting coaches?
The latest edition of My Approach gets into the head of one of the most patient and prolific sluggers in the game, Jose Bautista.
As he did last season, Jose is off to a bit of a slow start in 2013. While he isn’t putting up the batting average he’d like, Jose remains a very productive hitter, still walking at an elite rate and hitting for power like very few batters can. His walk rate is fifth-best in the American League and his seven home runs place him among the league leaders.
During the Jays most recent home stand, Jose spoke to Getting Blanked about many aspects of preparation and research, where Bautista quotes numbers and describes, in as many words, the game theory of hitting in the big leagues. Plus a whole lot on his preparation against his nemesis, CC Sabathia.
Look at Adam Dunn. He’s just sliding in your draft and you’re so tempted to take those 40 home runs to the bank. But that .200-ish batting average is going to hurt. Look at Adam Dunn. Look at him.
Those of us in 5×5 fantasy leagues don’t have the benefit of embracing high-walk, high-power sluggers — at least not without ramifications — and so we’re always on the lookout for power paired with batting average. It’s why Cardinals’ prospect Oscar Taveras has so many drooling over his future. It’s why we love Albert Pujols so much. That doesn’t mean these guys are easy to find.
We might have a new tool. Well, a new thing to watch out for at least. A warning: this is not scientific journal level research. This is a thing I found after talking to a baseball player that knows his craft.
After all the hoopla (with a lowercase “hoop”) surrounding Andrew McCutchen winning the right to grace the cover of MLB 13 – The Show, the good people at Sony made it known that Jose Bautista will be their cover athlete in Canada for the second consecutive year.
Because everything and everyone needs a social campaign, Canadian fans get to vote on the design of the cover starting tomorrow. Be still my beating heart!
The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that Jose Bautista will miss the remainder of the season after being scheduled to undergo surgery on his left wrist. The slugger first injured his wrist during an at bat against the New York Yankees on July 16 . After missing 34 games for rest and a rehab assignment, Bautista returned to the Blue Jays lineup against the Baltimore Orioles on August 24th only to re-injure his wrist the next day after only five plate appearances.
According to reports, the surgery to repair the tendon sheath in Bautista’s left wrist wrist will be performed at some point next week. Generally speaking, a return to prominence for power hitters like Bautista after suffering a wrist injury that requires surgery can be difficult. In 2008, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a similar injury and avoided surgery, but struggled through that year and next, leaving doubt about his future before turning things around in 2010.
The Blue Jays right fielder will finish the season with 27 home runs over 399 plate appearances, along with an .886 OPS, .376 wOBA and a 139 wRC+. While still a successful season, his numbers are a significant drop off from his MVP caliber 2011 when he put up a 1.055 OPS, .441 wOBA and a 181 wRC+.
In the early part of the 2011 season, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was dominant. While he couldn’t sustain this level of play as Barry Bonds did consistently throughout the early part of the 21st Century, Bautista’s .532 OBP, .780 SLG, 1.312 OPS, .415 ISO, .549 wOB and 255 wRC+ was as remarkable of a performance through 30 days as anyone had seen since.
More than merely in the numbers, there seemed to exist a palpable fear among opposing pitchers that hearkened back to Bonds and manifested itself in visible caution when dealing with Bautista. I’ve seen similar approaches a couple of times since, recently with Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, while pitchers seemed hesitant to challenge McCutchen, it wasn’t at the same nervous fear-driven level that it seemed to be for Bautista.
Toronto Blue Jays All-Star right fielder Jose Bautista, who is still out of the lineup with a wrist injury, found time in his busy schedule to promote the latest addition to the Reebox Realflex footwear line.