Everybody’s favourite all-star vote leader is in a bit of a slump. It’s been 12 games since he last went deep. While I enjoy his particular brand of mashed potatoes and look forward to when he’ll start serving them again, Jose Bautista has not been unproductive in his 12 consecutive popless games.
Yes, since he’s last hit a home run, Bautista has posted a slash line of .316/.480/.342/.822. The missing power shows up in the third number there (slugging percentage, if you’re like me and are prone to things like slash-line brain farts), but the second number (on-base percentage) is just totally ridiculous.
Despite his almost complete lack of power, Bautista is still getting on base 48% of the time he comes to the plate.
To put that in a little bit of perspective: Bautista leads the major in OBP this season at .498. Joey (Can’t Wait Until He Comes Home) Votto is second overall at .463. In other words… sorry, this deserves its own line:
A slumping Jose Bautista is still better at getting on base than anybody else in the game.
Unbelievable, yes, but that realization is not even the best thing that’s come out of the slump. Check out what Ricky Romero had to say:
“He’s a human being, man. He’s not Babe Ruth out there,” said Ricky Romero, the Blue Jays starter.
Take that, John Danks.