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Blue Jays in August: The Hitters

5 days of this saved his month.
5 days of this saved his month.
Tom Szczerbowski

If you have a weak stomach, you might want to look away.

Our batters had their worst month of the season, hitting .239/.293/.354, scoring just 3.3 runs per game. .

Dioner Navarro: Played in 25 of the 26 games, starting 22. He hit .289/.322/.398, with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 5 walks, 13 strikeout and a stole base. A pretty empty .289 batting average as, but compared to most of our guys, a pretty good month. I don't know if its just me, but his defense seems to be getting worse as the season goes on. I'd imagine he'd have to be tiring some.

Edwin Encarnacion: Started 14 games after coming back from the DL. Hit .170/.241/.340 with 2 home runs, 3 doubles, 7 RBI, 5 walks and 5 strikeouts. It always does take him a bit to get the times back when he's been away for a while. He hit the home run yesterday, so I'm hoping he is getting close to having it down again.

Munenori Kawasaki: Played in 24 and started 20 of the 26 games. Hit .254/.312/.282 with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 5 walks and 14 strikeouts. Over the last couple of months he's struck out 20% of the time, which surprises me. I thought he was the type that rarely struck out. He's fun to have around, but I'd really like us to fine a full time second baseman next year. If you have to use a replacement level player, he might as well be the one. .

Jose Reyes: Started 25 of 26. Hit .301/.322/.372 with 8 doubles, 8 RBI, 4 walks, 15 strikeouts, 5 steals, 1 caught stealing. He seems to have stopped taking walks, I guess when you are hitting .300, you are seeing the ball well, but I wouldn't mind seeing him take some pitches. Seems like a minor complaint about one of the few guys actually hitting. I wonder if you could convince him to play CF?

Juan Francisco: Played in 17 games, starting 12. Hit .130/.196/.196 with 3 double, 1 RBI, 4 walks and 15 strikeouts. Gibby seems to have had enough of him. Pretty unusual to have the exact same OBP and Slugging Average. I don't know what to do with him. He seems like someone that Dwayne Murphy or Cito would work well with, but then I don't know how teachable he is.

Melky Cabrera: Started all 26 games. Hit .274/.328/.387 with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 13 RBI. 8 walks, 9 strikeout and 1 steal. Like too many of the Jays this month, it is a pretty empty batting average. He really seems to be working hard on defense.

Colby Rasmus: Played in 23 games, starting 22. Hit .247/.312/.412 with 2 home runs, 8 doubles, 4 RBI, 8 walks, 28 strikeouts, 1 stolen base. He didn't hit as bad as I thought, but you'd expect more than 4 RBI from those numbers. I really expected Alex to try to trade him before September 1. Perhaps he did and no one wanted him?

Jose Bautista: Started all 26 games. He hit .245/.336/.531, with 8 home runs, 4 doubles, 20 RBI, 13 walks and 18 strikeouts. The 5 home runs in the last 5 games made his numbers look much better. It might have seemed like a down month, but Jose had his second most RBI of any month

Adam Lind:  Played in 13 games, started 11. Hit .268/.302/.366 with 4 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. He does seem to be making decent enough contact, but he's been finding gloves so far.

Danny Valencia: Played in 24 game, starting 17. Hit .290/.338/.406 with 5 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 5 walks, 13 strikeouts. Danny seems to have taken the third base job away from Francisco. His defense hasn't looked good, but no worse than Juan and he hasn't been too terrible with the bat.

Steve Tolleson: Played in 18 games, starting 6. Hit .120/.154/.120 with 1 steal, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. OPS by month .955, 382, ..710, .274. The next number in the pattern would be somewhere about ..500 right? I really enjoyed his base running yesterday.

Anthony Gose: Played in 11 games, starting 6, before being sent back down. Hit .174/.240/.304 with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts and 3 stolen bases. He does give a shot of energy to the team, but he's going to have to hit better than he did in August.

Josh Thole: Played in 10 games, starting 6. Hit .136/.240/.182 with 1 double, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Just 26 plate appearances, but then his job is to play once every few days. If he could hit a little, we could give Navarro more days off.

Nolan Reimold: Played in 16 games, starting 6. Hit .142/..220/.171 with 1 double, 4 RBI, 4 walks an 18 strikeouts, before getting the DFA treatment and getting 3 hits (including a home run) in his first 5 at bats as a Diamondback.

Kevin Pillar: Played in 5 games, starting 4. Hit .267/.313/.467 with 3 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts, 1 hit by pitch. One great slide into home. He brought some energy with him from Buffalo. 4 hits, 3 doubles....gotta like that.