Who's Up, Who's Down On the Blue Jays Over the Last Two Weeks: April 12 to 25, Batters

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We looked at the pitchers yesterday, lets look at the bats today. There are a few up arrows, most of them fairly marginal ups. We did have 42 walks (9 of them from Adam Lind) in the last 14 games, which is more than I would have guessed. We scored 44 runs in those 14 games.

Batters


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J.P. Arencibia

J.P has played 13 of the last 14 days, one of the games he came in late as a pinch-hitter and stayed in to catch. Hitting 260/.275/.600. 5 home runs, 8 RBI. Just 1 walk. Last year he averaged about 2 walks every 3 weeks. This year, amazingly, he's taking even fewer, 1 walk every 2 weeks or so. 13 hits, 7 of them extra base hits. If you aren't going to walk, you might as well hit home runs. 19 strikeouts in 50 at bats. Hitting .304 in the last week.

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Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin played in all 14 games. He hit .260/.351/.500 with 4 home runs, no other extra base hits, 10 RBI, 7 walks, 5 strikeouts and a stolen base. He's hit a home run in each of the last 3 games. He seems to have his timing back.

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Maicer Izturis

Man he's been terrible with the bat. .140/.178/.233 with 1 home run, 2 RBI, 2 walks and 5 k. He's got the weakest swings I've ever seen from a non-pitcher. His defense hasn't excited me either. He'll get better right?

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Munenori Kawasaki

Played in every game since he was called up, 1 as a defensive replacement. Hitting .235/.317/.324, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 steal, 3 RBI, 1 double, 1 triple. He has brought some energy to the team, he's fun to watch. His defense has been great, minus the one bad throw that cost us a game. It's impossible not to like the guy. Let's see if we can get him more All-Star votes than Derek Jeter.

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Brett Lawrie

I am so happy he's back. That might be because I was tired of watching Mark DeRosa's step and a dive every time a ball came his way. He did have the one very bad day on defense, but third basemen are going to have some errors. I wonder how many extra base hits he's saved us? It took a few days to get his timing, kind of normal for someone that missed a bunch of time. Hit .167/.225/.278, with a home run, a double, 4 RBI, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts. I'm going to give him a pass, and not give him a down arrow, since he's just off the DL.

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Melky Cabrera
I thought he'd be better than this. .218/.266/.272, 1 double, 1 triple, 4 walks, 5 RBI, 1 caught stealing. He's slower than I thought he'd be, though I think he's looked a little better the past few days. He has hit better the past week, .280. Maybe he's coming around.

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Colby Rasmus

.220/..272/.390, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 2 walks, 20 strikeouts in 41 at bats. 3 RBI. At least he's looked good in the outfield. I don't know. He had a slow start last year, then picked it up in May and June, before cratering over the last half of the season. Maybe he'll start hitting as the weather warms up. Gotta hope so.

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Jose Bautista

I'll write it off to the sore back, but he's not been hitting at all, .157/.272/.421, 3 home runs, 1 double, 6 walks, 12 strikeouts. Jose had a slow start last year too, he was hitting .194/.349/.343, similar to his .180/.286/.459 line this year. Maybe he needs warm weather too.

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Adam Lind

He's had a great couple of weeks, hitting great, and has a new baby. He's hit .381/.567/.455 with 2 doubles, 9 walks, 3 k and 2 RBI. The walks have been what has stood out. He only played 9 of the 14 games.

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Rajai Davis

He's played a lot more than I'd like and he still doesn't have a walk this season. He's hit .281/.281/.500, 4 stolen bases, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and that throw from left field to save the game in Baltimore. If the guy would take a walk, I'd like him better, but he's had a pretty good couple of weeks.

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Emilio Bonifacio

Hitting .111/.181/.222. All 3 of his hits were doubles, 3 walks, 3 RBI, 7 k. His defense his defense has looked better. He made a terrific catch in our extra inning win over the Orioles and made some good plays at second. There has been some bad luck at the plate. With all of that, he's been awful.

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Jose Reyes

He was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI in the game on the 12th, before the stolen base when he hurt his ankle. We need him back.

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Mark DeRosa

1 hit in 13 at bats. A .077/.143/.154 line. Add in defense at third that could be easily replicated by a scarecrow, I'm so glad Lawrie is back.

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Henry Blanco

1 single in 8 at bats, 0 walks and 1 k. He looks ok catching R.A. Dickey. Has allowed 3 passed balls and 2 wild pitches, but that's going to happen with a knuckleball pitcher. I feel bad about the down arrow, but, if he is going to play 3 games every 2 weeks, he needs to chip in more than 1 single.
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