Community Projection: Jose Bautista

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For the second straight season, Jose Bautista's season was shortened by injury. I really would like the Jays to start giving him a couple of days w week at DH. He's 33, not really old, but he as played a lot of games on our stupid turf.

Jose, like just about everyone on the team, had a slow start to the season, hitting just .200 in April. Then had a great May, hitting .337. Then back down, .222 in June, .242 in July and .288 in August, before going on the DL.

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 29 TOR 161 569 109 148 35 3 54 124 9 2 100 116 .260 .378 .617 .995 164
2011 30 TOR 149 513 105 155 24 2 43 103 9 5 132 111 .302 .447 .608 1.056 182
2012 31 TOR 92 332 64 80 14 0 27 65 5 2 59 63 .241 .358 .527 .886 138
2013 32 TOR 118 452 82 117 24 0 28 73 7 2 69 84 .259 .358 .498 .856 132
10 Yrs 1095 3620 601 918 187 13 211 576 44 20 580 808 .254 .361 .487 .849 125
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/20/2014.

Next year? Well, Bill James figures Jose will hit .256/.371/.512 with 33 home runs and 85 RBI in 134 games. I'm hoping he plays in a few more games, let's guess 145, and hit .265/..375/.530 with 40 home runs and 100 RBI.

I'm also predicting that, if the Jays don't win, we'll be told it is because Jose is a lousy leader, rotten teammate, a clubhouse cancer and that there are too many Dominicans on the team.

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