The Jays are going to miss the postseason and whenever I hear about MVP candidates, more times then not, Jose Bautista isn’t in the discussion. It’s a shame because the season Bautista is having is truly a great one. One of the big reasons Bautista doesn’t have 50 home runs already is because pitchers stopped throwing to him. He leads the league with 108 walks and the next closest is Miguel Cabrera with 88. His OPS is over 100 points better then the next closest, David Ortiz. Yes, Curtis Granderson has as many home runs and he plays for the Yankees but if Bautista had the lineup protection that Granderson had, his numbers would be even better.
If there’s one knock on Bautista, it’s his second half. His first half was a monster one but in the second half, he’s hitting just .256. Still, his OPS is .925 which would still be one of the best in the league. Still, 50 home runs isn’t out of the question for Bautista.
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