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Blue Jays in May: Batters

Edwin throwing us the ball.
Edwin throwing us the ball.
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Our batters had a great month. As a group they hit .277/.344/.487, hitting 48 home runs and scoring 165, averaging 5.5 runs a game. up from 4.5 in April.

Update: I was sure Francisco was in this....

Juan Francisco: .284/.365/.649, 6 doubles, 7 home runs, 20 RBI, 1 caught stealing, 9 walks and 30 strikeouts. Played in 24 games, started 21. He started 1 game at DH, the rest at third. He made 5 errors at third for a Encarnacion like .915 fielding average. I don't know why anyone would throw him a fastball, but I'm glad they do. He had a slight slump in the middle of the month, but has come out of it. Who figured Juan Francisco would be the guy that moved Lawrie off third base. He is crushing RHP .322/.413/.689, not hitting lefties at all. .091/.160/.227. That's in just 22 at bats, but I think it is safe to presume he should be platooned forever. He doesn't have a lot of range, but if it is hit right at him, he has a strong arm and has made some decent plays.

Dioner Navarro: .222/.278/.278, with 1 home run, 1 double, 7 RBI, 6 walks, and 14 strikeouts. He played in 23 of the 30 games, starting 17. He didn't really join in the fun that the rest of the team was having. So far this season he has thrown out 15% of base stealers. He is better than JP, but maybe not as much better as we'd like.

Erik Kratz: .211/.231/.368, with 2 home runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He played in 12 of 30 games, starting 10. He's thrown out 20% of base stealers. He does look pretty good behind the plate, but I'd really like him to hit better than that.

Josh Thole: .233/.343/.267, with 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 caught stealing, 5 walks and 7 strikeouts. He played in 12 games, starting 9. He's thrown out 20% of base stealers. His April numbers were great. I don't know what's changed, there were stories about how he had changed his swing and how he was more relaxed at the plate this season. It didn't last long.

Edwin Encarnacion: .281/.369/.763, with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 16 home runs, 33 RBI, 1 stolen base, 16 walks and 16 strikeouts. He played in all 30 games, playing first 23 times and DH 7 times. It is ok with me if he does that for 4 more months and then steps it up for the playoffs.

Steven Tolleson: .300/.375/.580, with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 1 steal, 6 walks and 16 strikeouts. He played 24 games, starting 13. He played 19 times at 2B, 3 times in RF, once at SS, pinch hit 7 times and pinch ran once. He's done very nice job for the team. I won't expect him to continue to hit .300, but he's been a great addition to the team.

Jose Reyes: .269/.348/.437, with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home runs, 11 RBI, 23 runs scored, 11 steals, 1 caught, 14 walks and 12 strikeouts. He started 29 games. It is great to have him healthy.

Brett Lawrie: .287/.333/.436, with 8 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 6 walks and 20 strikeouts. He started 24 games. He started 14 games at 2B and 10 at 3B. He's looked pretty decent at second base, to me. Better than I figured he'd look. There are still some moments when he's in too much of a rush, not realizing he has more time at 2B, but he's looked pretty good. I don't mind his batting line, I'd take that from him.

Melky Cabrera: .276/.318/.406, 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 19 RBI, 19 runs scored, 1 steal, 1 caught, 11 walks and 14 strikeouts. He started 29 games, 1 at DH. I'd like to see them DH him more often and give his legs a rest. It wasn't the batting line he had in April, but, if that's a down month, I'll take it.

Colby Rasmus: .286/.318/.714, 3 doubles, 5 home runs, 12 RBI, 2 walks and 14 strikeouts. He played in 11 games, in May before hitting the DL. It seems to happen to us a lot, a struggling player finally gets hot and then gets hurt. I hope, when he comes back, he picks up where he left off.

Jose Bautista: .324/.417/.532, 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 22 RBI, 1 steal, 16 walks and 17 strikeouts. He played in all 30 games, starting 1 in CF, two other times he finished the game in CF, and he DHed once. You know, I thought he was having an off month, that he was in a bit of a slump. Shows how good he is that his OPS can be .948 and I think he's slumping. He's picking his moments to go to the opposite field, mostly in RBI spots. Smart guy.

Adam Lind: .367/.406/.617, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts. He played in 18 games, starting 15. 7 of his starts were at first base. I really admire Gibby, he's been very good with the platoons. Adam has had 17 at bats against lefties. He's hit .118/.211//.118 in those at bats. Anyway, Adam is having a great season, but the beard has got to go.

Anthony Gose: .295/.380/.364, 3 doubles, 3 RBI, 4 runs, 1 steal, 1 caught, 5 walks and 10 strikeouts. He played in 18 games, starting 13. He's slowed down a bit over the past few days, hitting .211/.250/.211 over the past week. He looks so good in center Field. I hope they can keep him around when Colby comes back, pinch runner, defensive replacement, and someone decent to give the outfielders a day off now and then.

Kevin Pillar: .281/.281/.375, 3 doubles, 0 RBI, 6 runs, 1 caught stealing, 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. He played in 16 games, starting 9. He has improved, he had a very slow start, but, over the last two weeks he's hitting .350/.350/.450. I'd feel better if he took the odd walk. He's looked good on defense. I think it's been a good player given time. but my Jays aren't the most patient of teams.

Chris Getz: .105/.150/.105, 2 stolen bases, 4 strikeouts. Played in 8 games, starting 4. Got sent down and retired.

Jonathan Diaz: Got called up, played in one game, 4 at bats, 0 hits, 2 strikeouts.