Toronto Blue Jays: Just How Good Is Jose Bautista?
There's not even a shadow of a doubt that Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is the best player in baseball right now. But just how good is he?
In 39 games this year, Bautista has 19 home runs. I'll save you the math: he's on pace for 79 home runs over 162 games. He could break the record with two weeks to spare.
Looking to put his offensive outburst in perspective? Joey Bats has a 268 OPS+. If he keeps that up over a full season, he will end the year tied with 2002 Barry Bonds for the best single-season OPS+ of all time.
Want more? FanGraphs' WAR model has Bautista on pace to be worth 19.1 wins over a full season. For some comparison, Babe Ruth never had more than 15.4.
Baseball-Reference is slightly more conservative, projecting Bautista's pace at only 18.3 WAR/162 games. Even then, he's on his way to the best MLB season of the last 100 years.
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