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We were 17 and 11 in August.

Our batters hit .252/.318/.453. We averaged 4.8 runs per game.

Russell Martin: .286/.356/.626 with  9 home runs and 22 RBI,  in 24 games, 23 starts. The BBWAA Toronto chapter named Martin the Blue Jays Player of the Month for August. He's been great. He had a .656 OPS in the first half of the season, and has a .965 OPS so far in the second half. I wonder if his neck was bothering him more than he let on early in the season. He seems to be throwing the ball better too.

Edwin Encarnacion: .260/.363/.538 with 8 home runs and 17 RBI in 28 games. He played 16 games at first base and 12 at DH. He's looked better at first than he has in the past. If you ignore April, he's been pretty consistent this year, which isn't unusual. He seems to start every season slow and then is consistent the rest of the way. I wouldn't mind if he went on a hot streak for the next couple of months.

Devon Travis: .311/.324/.485 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI in 24 games. And he was player of the month in Bluefield. He's not walking as much as he was last year. I guess hen you are hitting that well, you might as well swing the bat. I'm not wanting him in the leadoff spot unless he starts taking walk more though.

Troy Tulowitzki: .273/.357/.432 with 4 home runs and 14 RBI in 24 games. Not quite as hot as he was in June and July but not crappy like he was in April. I am still surprised how smooth he is at short. He might not be the Tulo of old, but at least he isn't looking like an old Tulo anymore.

Josh Donaldson: .287/.396/.585 with 9 home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games. And I thought he was slumping. Well, 6 of those 9 home runs came in a span of 5 game, so up until the 25th, he kind of was slumping. He's having a season that's very similar to last year's MVP year, except many more walks.

Michael Saunders: .219/.299/.436  with 4 home  runs and 8 RBI in 22 games. His worst month of the season, by far, but he's looked much better over the last week, .444/.545/1.333. If he could get hot for the last month of the season it would go a long way to getting us first place. He looks bad in the outfield, to me, and to UZR, which has him at a -8.6/150. This 'hits lefties better than right-handers' thing is new. In 2014 he OPSed  .831 vs RHP, .680 vs LHP.

Kevin Pillar: .240/.255/.320 with 1 RBI (and 1 walk) in 14 games. Missed half the month on the DL. His worst month of  the season with the bat. I really missed his  glove in the outfield. He's averaging a walk every 8.4 games. Base stealing numbers are down and stealing percentage is down from last year. He was only caught 4 times last year (with 25 steals), 5 times this year (with  11 steals).

Jose Bautista: .266/.329/.531 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI in 16 games. Another that missed half the month with a stint on the DL. I'd like to see  him DH a bunch this month. And would love him to have a hot streak.

Melvin Upton: .226/.267/.376 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI in 27 games. I thought he was starting to do better, then, the last 5 games he has hit .133/.188/.333. He has 4 steals and 2 caught as a Blue Jay. Buck and Pat keep saying that he'll get better  with regular at bats, but he got them for a month and he didn't get better. It's likely he's another streak hitter. His defense has been ok, but he has had those odd moments that just drive me crazy.

Darwin Barney: .255/.321/.412 with 1 home  run and 3 RBI in 16 games.He's a good guy, I like him as a utility infielder.

Justin Smoak: .200/.250/.356 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in 21 games (12 starts). Huge streak hitter, but the cold stretches make it seems unlikely that he'll be allowed to get to another hot streak. I hate giving up on guys with power. Guys that can hit the ball as far as Smoak will get lots of chances, but he seems to be a wasted roster spot at the moment.

Ezequiel Carrera: .118/.143/.147, with 2 RBI,  in 13 games, 8 starts. Since the All-Star break he has a .105 batting average with 1 extra base hit. The first half/second half  split is an amazing thing, he had a .777 OPS in the first half and a .273 OPS in the second half (so far).  It really does drive me crazy that he's been on the roster and Dalton Pompey hasn't, but that's life.

Josh Thole: .174/.231/.217 with 1 RBI in 10 games, 7 starts. This is the pre-free agent Josh Thole. I wish I could catch a knuckleball. Or more I wish I could convince someone that I was the only one on the planet that could catch a knuckleball.

Ryan Goins: 308/.400/.385 in 5 games, 4 starts. Very very small sample size, but it looked like he was swinging the bat much better when he was called up in the middle of the month.

Darrell Ceciliani: .130/.200/.217 with 1 RBI, in 9 game, 7 starts. Another that I can say wouldn't have called up before Dalton, but they don't ask me first.