Toronto Blue Jays: What's Wrong with Jose Bautista?
Any discussion about who the best player in baseball is in 2011 has to begin and end with Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista.
For those of you who've been living under the stairs, Bautista is following up on his breakout 2010 campaign with an even better 2011 season; his .489 OBP, .686 SLG, 1.175 OPS, .494 wOBA, 221 wRC+ and 4.7 WAR are all the best in baseball, and it's not particularly close in any category. He's the leading AL All-Star vote getter and the clear favorite for AL MVP.
But as the weather has warmed up, Joey Bats has been ice cold—at least, relative to what he was doing before.
June hasn't been kind to Bautista. In 13 games played this month, he's hitting just .214 with one homer, four RBI and a .717 OPS.
Based on his 0.2 wins above replacement this month, he's on pace for 2.5 WAR over 162 games. That's not bad, but it's a huge drop-off from April, when he was on pace for an insane 16.9 WAR over a full season.
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