Monday, May 16, 2011

Jose Bautista is on Fire

Bautista had a pretty good weekend.

Bautista did this in 3 games vs the Twins
He came up to bat 16 times
He drew 2 walks
He struck out once
He had 7 hits
He had 1 single
He had 1 double
He had 5 home runs

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs wrote this article today.

Jose Bautista Facts
Bautista is on pace for a +14.6 WAR season (assuming 150 games played), which would be the second best in the history of baseball. In 2001, when Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs, he accumulated “just” +12.9 WAR. 
Relative to league average, Bautista’s current performance – if sustained for the whole season – would go down as easily the best offensive performance of all time. His current wRC+ is 278 – Barry Bonds’ 2002 season holds the record at 245. Babe Ruth‘s best season at the plate came in 1920, when he posted a 235 mark. 
Also since the start of the 2010 season, Jose Bautista’s Isolated Slugging is .381. The next highest in baseball is Miguel Cabrera… who is at .281, exactly 100 points lower. 
Over the past 365 days, Bautista’s line is as follows: 156 games, 673 PA, .292/.421/.708, 33 2B, 3 3B, 63 HR, 114 BB, 100 K, 10 SB, 2 CS. Albert Pujols is second in home runs over the same time period – he has 41.
Over the weekend, Bautista hit five home runs in Target Field. The Twins have hit six home runs in Target Field all season.

I might have underestimated him

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