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Who's Up, Who's Down On the Blue Jays: Batters

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We looked at our pitchers yesterday, let's look at how our batters have fared the first couple of weeks of the season.

We've averaged 5.38 runs per game, 3rd best in the league, but, it seems, that we have been feast or famine on offense. We've scored more than 5 runs in 7 of our 13 games, but we've scored 2 or less in 5 games.

We are 4th in the league in home runs. 6th in the league in walks (pretty good since we haven't faced our pitching staff. Also 6th in OPS.


Red Down

Russell Martin Russell has played in 11 of the 13 games. He's hitting .143/.295/.343 with 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 5 walks, 13 strikeouts and 1 stolen base, He seems to be getting the bat going, hitting .250/.400/.688 over the last 5 games. I've been underwhelmed by his defense, maybe we built it up too much, or maybe it is before we haven't had the huge improvement in pitching that we were hoping to get with Martin framing the pitches, but I haven't been thrilled with his defense. He has thrown out 7 of 16 basestealers, very good numbers and he's looked fine catching R.A. Dickey, at least to my eyes.

Red Down

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin always seems to get off to a slow start. I don't know if it is the cold weather, or what. I do think it takes him a bit to get his timing down. He's played in all 13 games and has hit .200/.250/.340 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Last year he had a poor April, but an amazing May, I'm hoping that he picks it up for May again this year. He's played 8 games at DH and 5 at first base.

Blue Up

Devon Travis

The surprise of the early season. Hitting .356/.408/.644 with 3 home runs, 12 RBI, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts and he's been hit by pitch twice. I hope his ribs are ok. His defense has looked very good to me. He's great at turning the double play. I am worried that he is going to get hurt, he hangs in so well when turning the DP, that he has been slid into several times. I'm worried that all these little bangs are going to add up to an injury or aches and pains that will make it hard for him to perform at the level we've seen up until now.

Blue Up

Jose Reyes

Jose had a great start to the season, hitting .324/.350/.405 with 5 RBI, 1 steal, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. I hope the cracked rib heals up quick. I wish we could have DHed him some and maybe saved him from continuing to aggravate the injury. We'll find out today if he is going on the DL. The slower turf does seem to be made for his defense

Blue Up

Josh Donaldson

Josh played in all 13 games. He's hitting .314/.368/.549 with 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 4 walks and 9 strikeouts. He was having a slow start to the season but has hit .440/.481/.840 the last 6 games.  Gibby deserves a big thank you for moving him up to the 2 spot in the order, whether that was what got him hitting or not.

Arrow around

Kevin Pillar

Kevin has played in all 13 games hitting .240/.255/.360 with 1 home run, 4 RBI, 1 steal, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. He's been a walking highlight machine with the glove. Along with all the catches, he has 4 assists already. Love the defense, but a .615 OPS from a corner outfielder is not what we'd like to see. Defense saves him from a down arrow.

Red Down

Dalton Pompey

Dalton's played in all 13 games, starting 12 of them. He is hitting .188/.264/.354 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 steal, 4 walks and 12 strikeouts. He has picked it up the last few games, hitting .273/.333/.409 in the last 6 games. I'd be happy if he could keep a batting line like that going forward. I wish he would have made that catch in the first inning Sunday. He had a rough game with that miss and a throwing error, but

Red Down

Jose Bautista

Another guy having a slow start. He's hitting .143/.333/.381 with 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 1 caught stealing, 11 walks (leading the league) and 11 strikeouts.

Arrow around

Justin Smoak

Justin has played in 10 games, starting 7. He's hitting .238/.385/.286, with 2 RBI, 5 walks and 8 strikeouts. It would be nice to see some power. I won't give him a down arrow because of the OBP but I'd like to see more than walks from him. Batter line does make me think maybe we kept Daric Barton and are just telling people it is Smoak.


Dioner Navarro

Dioner has played in 7 games, starting 6. He has caught twice, both of Mark Buehrle's starts. He's hitting .200/.241/.240 with 4 RBI, 1 walks and strikeouts.

Blue Up

Steve Tolleson

Steve has played in 6 games, starting 2. He's played left, right, short and second. I thought he looked ok at shortstop. He is hitting .273/.333/.545 with 2 RBI, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts in 11 at bats.

Blue Up

Danny Valencia

Danny's played in 6 game, starting 2. He's played first, third and right field. He's hitting .600/.600/.800 (6 hits, 2 doubles in 10 at bats). He has 1 steal and 1 strikeouts.


Ryan Goins

Called up and has played in 4 games, starting 2. He's hitting .200/.273/.200 in 10 at bats. He has 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. It is kind of unfair to give him a down arrow with just 10 at bats. 

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