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

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Taking a quick look at how the Jays batters are doing in September.

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I wanted to do this, most for me, I've missed a bunch of baseball this month. Up til now, the Jays are 13-8 in the month of September. The batters have hit .267/.344/.447, pretty much how they have hit all season. They have averaged 5.4 runs per game.

Batters 


Blue Up

Russell Martin Russell played in 16 of 21 of the games this month,starting 12 and coming in as a pinch hitter in 4. He's hit .224/.291/.531 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 5 walks, 19 strikeouts, 16 RBI. 16 RBI in 16 games played, he must be coming up with runners on a lot. He seems healthier than he's been since early in the season, maybe not having to catch R.A. is helping. On the season he's thrown out 44% of guys silly enough to try to steal on him. He's been better than he's been in a while. I'd like him to get on base more, but an .822 OPS isn't bad at all. He also had that really big home run against the Yankees.

Blue Up

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin started 19 of the 21 games, 17 at DH, 2 at 1B. He's hit much much better as a DH (.978 OPS) than a 1B (.818) this year. He's had a pretty good month, so far, .299/.422/.567 with 3 doubles, 5 home runs, 12 walks, 11 strikeouts, 14 RBI. Not quite the All-World numbers he had in August, but still very good.

Blue Up

Ryan Goins

Ryan started 20 of the 21 games, starting 9 at second, 11 at short. He's not having as great a September as his August, but who could put up back to back .442 OBP months. He's hitting .246/.329/.348, with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 9 walks and 17 strikeouts. With his defense, I'm happy with those numbers.

red cross

Troy Tulowitzki

Played in 10 games before taking Kevin Pillar's chin to his shoulder. He was hitting .237/.250/.316 with 1 home run, 6 RBI. 0 walks and 10 strikeouts. I'm really enjoying his defense, but it would be nice if he'd hit some, when he returns.

Blue Up

Josh Donaldson

Josh started all 21 games. I thought he was slumping, but .300/.383/.500 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 12 RBI, 1 steal, 11 walks and 18 strikeouts.

Red Down

Kevin Pillar

Kevin played in all 21 games, starting 20. A day off here or there might not be a bad idea. He's hitting .247/.288/.384 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 6 steals, 4 walks and 11 strikeouts. The past week has been much better at .333/.400/.556, so I'm hoping he carries that into the playoffs. The 23 steals, so far this year, is a bit of a surprise.

Blue Up

Chris Colabello

Chris played in 12 games, starting 8. He's still hitting great, .323/.432/.516 with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 5 walks and 13 strikeouts. Who would have expected this sort of season from him.

Blue Up

Jose Bautista Jose has started all 21 games, all in RF. He's been great. .288/.430/.575 with 6 doubles, 5 homers, 17 RBI, 2 steals, 19 walks and 18 strikeouts. Add in those two amazing throws from right, he is having a great month. I hope he's really enjoying how great the team is doing. He deserves this after having suffering through the last few years.

Blue Up

Justin Smoak

Justin played in 20 games, starting 12. He's had a pretty good month, hitting .229/.315/.500 with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 5 walks and 18 strikeouts. Not bad. Sort of a marginal up arrow.

Blue Up

Dioner Navarro

Dioner played in 6 games. He hit .400/.423/.720 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs, 3 RBI, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Great numbers in 25 at bats. Almost wish Gibby was playing him at DH on occasion again.

Arrow around

Ben Revere Ben has played in all 21 games, starting them all. He hit .292/.319/.348 with 2 doubles, a home run, 9 RBI, 4 steals, 1 caught, 3 walks and 11 strikeouts. This is pretty much who he is, good batting average, but doesn't get on base much and no power. Made some nice catches in left. I am enjoying know that most catchable flies to left will actually be caught.

Red Down


Cliff Pennington

Cliff or Chad or Clive played in 15 games, starting 10.  He hit .158/.233/.316 with 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. He's played short, second, third and left. Between him, Munenori and Barney we have 3 guys that pretty much define replacement level. Which one I'd rather have play changes by the moment.

Red Down

Josh Thole

Josh played in 4 games, starting 3. 10 PA with 2 singles, 2 strikeouts. 

Red Down

Ezequiel Carrera

He's played in 12 games, starting 1. 11 PA, 2 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. I'd imagine he'll be on the playoff roster over Pompey. 

A few other guys got into a couple of games this month:

  • Dalton Pompey had a moment in 6 games, coming in as a pinch runner 5 times, filling in in CF once. He scored 3 runs, stole 2 bases and had 2 PA, both outs.
  • Munenori Kawasaki played in 5 games, starting 1 at second, pinch running 3 times. 4 PA, 1 single, 1 sac bunt, 1 strikeout.
  • Matt Hague played in 6 games, pinch hitting 5 times and getting in a few innings at third to let Josh rest. 6 PA, 2 hits, 1 double, 2 walks, 1 k.
  • Darwin Barney played in 6 games, starting 1, 4 PA, 1 single.