No way, Jose

Thursday’s contest against the Indians proved to be a forgettable one for Jose Bautista.

Hitting in the No. 7 spot, Bautista went 0-for-4 while leaving four men on base – including the tying run in scoring position in the ninth after Alex Rios was hit by pitch to lead off the inning and then swiped second with Bautista at the plate (the Jays ended up losing the game, 5-4, and the series, 2-1, to the Indians).

But that’s not all. Bautista, playing third base in place of Scott Rolen (who frustratingly doesn’t play day games after night ones), committed a one-out error in the fifth that put runners on second and third (both would score on a Shin-Soo Choo triple).

Indeed, it was one of those games in which Bautista would no doubt prefer to black out from the old memory. Problem is, Thursday’s struggles weren’t an isolated incident – at least not when it comes to his hitting. In his last seven games (dating back to July 12), Bautista has just one hit in 18 at-bats.

Dating back further, the 28-year-old is hitting just .191 (17-for-89) since May 16. That’s a good chunk of games (37), and those are Kevin Millar-type numbers (to be fair, Millar surprised Blue Jays fans Thursday with a 2-for-4 day at the plate – including a double and a home run – while batting out of the cleanup spot of all places).

And just for the record, we’ve been noticing Bautista’s shortcomings as an outfielder recently (bad routes, poor jumps, balls falling in when they probably shouldn’t).

There, we said it.

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3 Responses to “No way, Jose”

  1. JB Says:

    I’ve been saying since spring training that Bautista was not the right guy to keep on the roster. He doesn’t do anything well enough to be a utility guy. Inglett is hands down the better choice for that spot. You can trust him defensively.

  2. TD Says:

    I, like most Jays fans I’m sure, was high on Bautista out of the gate. But he’s been quite useless lately. Inglett should be the guy for the job, but boy has he struggled to hit so far this year. He hammers Triple-A pitching and then comes up and does little at the plate (of course, it’s still early on this call up).

  3. JB Says:

    Most times your utility guy isn’t coming off the bench for his bat…isn’t that what we pay Millar for???

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