Originally posted on AL Eastbound & Down:
Before we dig a little deeper into Jose Bautista’s slow start we have to mention that it just that, a slow start, nothing more and nothing less. Players go through these types of slump many times throughout a season but when a player does so at the beginning of a season the ugly numbers become magnified.
Another caveat is the extremely small sample size we are dealing with, obviously.
But I thought we could take a look and see if there is anything that sticks out as a possible culprit for what seems like an unusually long Joey Bats slump. After posting back to back incredible seasons (.422 & .441 wOBA) the expectations of another magical season were high for Bautista. In only 42 plate appearances this season Bautista is slashing 203/354/359 to go along with three homeruns and a .323 wOBA.