Jose Bautista: Why the Blue Jays' Home Run Machine Has Struggled in 2012

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Jose Bautista: Why the Blue Jays' Home Run Machine Has Struggled in 2012
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2012 started so well for Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays

In their opening game in Cleveland, the Jays' slugger took Indians starter Justin Masterson deep to left field. 

It was something Jays fans had seen before. Seeing Bautista extend on a fastball and drive it out of the park reminded fans why they follow the team and inspired others to do the same. 

However, since that home run in Cleveland, Bautista has had issues at the plate, hitting only .222 through 10 games in 2012. Perhaps more telling, Jose has only hit two round-trippers and tallied only four RBI. For a player expected to be one of the most productive in the MLB, Bautista is struggling.

But it's wrong to think that Bautista isn't going to recover from his early-season slump. 

Here's a look at why the Canadian All-Star has struggled so far and why he will improve.

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