Bautista regains patience
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Jose Bautista hit .366 in April, .360 in May and .258 in June.
Then came July. In the first month after the all-star break — July 14 to Aug. 13 — Bautista hit .197 with two homers and 11 RBIs.
“I lost my patience after the break,” Bautista said Tuesday while sitting in the Jays dugout. “I was swinging at more pitches out of the strike zone. My swing was fine. I was swinging at balls.”
Bautista said participating in the home run derby did not affect his swing or contribute to his slump.
“My swing was fine,” he said. “It was pitches I was swinging at, that’s where I got into trouble. Finally, I adjusted — I know pitchers won’t throw right down the middle of the plate.”
Bautista boasted a .304 average going into play Tuesday.
“I don’t think I have that many more hits, I do have more walks.”
Bautista had 147 hits and 124 walks going into Tuesday’s game. A year ago after 153 games, he had 143 hits and 98 walks.
Shortstop Yunel Escobar was placed on the disabled list Tuesday. Escobar was struck on his left elbow Sept. 10 and has not played since.
The transaction was backdated so that Escobar is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday when the Jays open their final series of the season in Chicago against the White Sox.
Why use the disabled list when the rosters have expanded? It can only be to track injuries.
CASEY ON THE MOUND
Reliever Casey Janssen got the victory on Monday. He has a 6-0 record, becoming the first Blue Jays pitcher to start the season with as many wins since John Frascatore, Dave Stewart’s buddy, who began the 1999 season by going 7-0.
PART OF HISTORY
The walkoff win Monday make the Jays 10-0 at home in extras without losing, the first team ever to win as many without losing as far at records go back, according to Stats Inc. The 1949 Cleveland Indians and 1959 Pittsburgh Pirates were 13-1 in those situations. The 1965 Pirates and the 2010 Baltimore Orioles were each 11-1.