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Who's up, Who's down: Blue Jays Batters

I love seeing players having fun.
I love seeing players having fun.
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We haven't done this for a little bit and there is a whole mess of new players on the chart.

The Jays went 11-2 over the last two week period. Not bad. The hitters had a very nice .267/.341/.470 line, and averaged 5.3 run per game.

Batters 


Red Down

Russell Martin Russell started 10 of the 13 games. He DHed twice and got in a couple of innings at second base. I'm truly not a fan of someone who the manager has said has 'beat up' legs playing second, but, hopefully, it won't happen again. He's had a bit of a rough time with the bat, hitting .216/.293/.351 with 2 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBI, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. Leads the league in passed balls, which is the price you pay for catching a knuckle ball. I which they would just lump together passed balls and wild pitches. He's thrown out 42% of base stealers.

Blue Up

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin started 10 of the 13 games. He's been crushing the ball, .405/.488/.703 with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 6 walks and 6 strikeouts. Buck and Pat have been telling us that he is healthy for the first time this season and he does seem to be running well. But now he has a banged up finger.

red cross

Devon Travis

Back on the DL, and it doesn't sound like he'll be back soon.

Blue Up

Troy Tulowitzki

Played in all 12 games, starting 11 and pinch hitting in one. He's done a very nice job in the leadoff spot, hitting .244/.358/.489 with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 steal, 6 walks and 10 strikeouts. And he's been a pleasure to watch play defense. I think Gibby deserves a reward of some sort for having the uncommon (for an MLB manager) smarts to put Troy in the leadoff spot. How many current MLB managers, if they had this roster, would put Troy leadoff? Troy also deserves credit for doing it without complaint.

Blue Up

Josh Donaldson

Josh started all 13 games, all at third base. I liked it when we had Danny Valencia and Gibby would put Danny at third and let Josh DH once in a while. I think all players need a day off here and there. Anyway, Josh has been amazing .360/.467/.880 with 5 doubles, 7 home runs, 15 RBI, 1 steal, 9 walks and 12 strikeouts. The MVP vote might be interesting this year, especially if we make the playoffs.

Red Down

Kevin Pillar

Kevin started all 13 games in center field. He's been having bad time with the bat, hitting .159/.224/.159 with no extra base hits, 2 RBI, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts. .He's had an interesting season April was ok, May was terrible, June was great, July was decent and August, so far, has been awful. I really wish we'd call up Dalton Pompey and give Pillar a breather every now and then. They keep saying that Pompey needs the at bats, but I think the team has made it clear that the future is now. Let's get the best team possible and give up on the 8-man bullpen.

Blue Up

Chris Colabello

Chris has played in 8, starting 6 of the 13 games. He's come out of his little slump, .318/.333/.455 with 1 home run, 3 RBI, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. I wish he would take a walk now and then, but that seems like a minor complaint the way he has been hitting. If there was an award for best minor league free agent signing, Chris would get some votes (he says not bothering to study the issue).

Blue Up

Jose Bautista Jose has played all 13 games, starting 12 in right field and 1 at DH. He's been good, not Jose Bautista good, but good. .278/.298/.593, with 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 12 RBI, 1 steal, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. I would have considered giving him the up arrow for the extra innings home run against the Yankees, even if that had been his only hit. It does drive me nuts that people keep saying he isn't a leader or say silly things about him. I guess that's the price of being a Dominican in the majors, but it is tiring.

Red Down

Justin Smoak

Justin has been getting more playing time lately. He played in 12 of the 13 games, starting 7. Unfortunately, he hasn't been hitting, .161/.212/.290 with 1 double, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. I guess if you are only going to hit 1 home run in 2 weeks, it might as well be a Grand Slam in Yankees stadium. Funny thing is, he has 6 hits, and 2 home runs in 17 at bats vs. LHP. Very small sample size, but I'd be willing to give him a few more at bats against lefties and see if it continues. Likely not, but a 1.095 OPS looks pretty good.

Blue Up

Dioner Navarro

Survived the trade deadline. I'm not sure if that means the Jays didn't try to trade him or if no one wanted him. Played in 6 games, starting 5, all at catcher. Hit a respectable .235/.350/.471 with 1 double, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. He seems to work well with Marco Estrada, but then he seems to work well with all the pitchers.

Red Down

Ben Revere Ben has played in 9 games with the Jays. It took him a bit to get his first hit, as a Jay,  and he hasn't hit in the last couple of games either.  In all  .194/.212/.194 with no extra base hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. Defense in left looks much better than Colabello or Carrera, but, so far, I'd rather have Pompey. He really deserves an up arrow just for getting out of Philadelphia.

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Cliff Pennington

Is this the first Cliff on the team since Cliff Johnson back in 1986? Anyway, this Cliff only had 2 plate appearances in his 1 game with the team, a strikeout and a walk. I want to give him an up arrow for moving up from the Diamondbacks to the Blue Jays.

Blue Up

Ryan Goins

Ryan started all 13 games, and has been getting on base. .256/.375/.359 with a double, a home run, 3 RBI, 8 (!!!) walks and 11 strikeouts. To put the 8 walks into context, he only took 7 walks in his first 2 seasons with the team. He has 20 this year. Great job Ryan. Funny split, 17 of his 20 base on balls were in games at home, just 3 on the road. but he has better slugging average on the road. His numbers would look better, but he's had a little slump, he has just 1 hit and 1 walk in his last 4 games. 

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Munenori Kawasaki

He was here, barely played, and now he's gone. He only got into 2 games, starting 1, had just 3 at bats, no hits.