Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
4 hours ago

Bautista went 2-for-2 with two walks, his 21st home run of the season, and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The 35-year-old slugger is heating up at exactly the right time to lead the Jays back to the playoffs. Bautista has homered in three of the last four games, and is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with a .676 SLG over his last 10 games while adding nine RBI and seven runs scored.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 day ago

Bautista went 2-for-4 with a double and three-run homer in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger's 405-foot shot to left off reliever Tyler Clippard provided all the runs the Blue Jays would need on the afternoon. Bautista now has six RBI over his last three games and hits in eight of his last nine contests. He's been making plenty of hard contact recently as well, with four extra-base hits (two doubles, two homers) in his last 13 at-bats.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 days ago

Bautista went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in Friday's 9-0 victory over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran drove home Ezequiel Carrera and Devon Travis in the seventh with his two-bagger, the seventh time he's hit safely over his last eight games. Bautista has five doubles, six homers and 14 RBI since returning from a DL stint on Aug. 25.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
4 days ago

Bautista went 1-for-5 with a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning of Wednesday's extra-innings loss to Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

The Jays were held scoreless for 8.1 innings before Bautista blasted his 19th longball of the year. The veteran slugger has had a disappointing, injury-plagued year and has really struggled down the stretch. Bautista's .333 slugging percentage in September is his worst mark for any month with 25-plus at-bats this year. On the other hand, his .391 OBP in September is just two points shy of his season-best .393 mark from April.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Bautista went 1-for-4 with a homer in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista entered play without an extra-base hit in September, but there were finally some signs of power in the sixth. Toronto's veteran slugger lifted a first-pitch cutter from Jake Odorizzi and sent it over the wall in left field for a two-run shot. According to Statcast, Bautista's 18th of the year was projected to travel 343 feet and left his bat at 93 mph. It was his first home run since Aug. 31 and his third since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 25.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Bautista, who moved from the leadoff spot to the two slot, went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and scored a run in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The removal from the leadoff spot isn't expected to last long. The main reason behind the temporary change for the series opener vs. the Yankees was because Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki were both out of the lineup. Bautista is far from being a traditional leadoff hitter, but the club has prioritized a high on-base percentage in the top spot. He entered play with a .222 average but still has a very strong .345 OBP, which bodes well when hitting in front of Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Bautista, who is batting leadoff for the Blue Jays these days, hit a leadoff home run Wednesday to help spark Toronto to a 5-3 win.

EDGE Analysis

As strange as it is for a man hitting .230 and who once hit 54 home runs in a season to bat leadoff, the strategy worked for the Blue Jays on Wednesday, as Bautista ambushed Orioles' starter Yovani Gallardo on the first pitch of the game. Gallardo actually settled down to finish with a quality start, but the Blue Jays did pick up a big win. The strategy is not totally without reason, as Bautista has just 17 homers in 2016 and is reaching base at a solid .351 clip. Plus the Blue Jays are hitting more speedy, contact guys like Kevin Pillar and Devon Travis at the bottom of the order, putting them in front of Bautista as the lineup turns over.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Bautista will continue to be the team's leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, and second baseman Devon Travis will hit toward the bottom of the lineup, the Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Travis, the young, fast, more traditional pick for the role, has also been good when given the chance, batting .311 in 23 games at the leadoff spot. However, manager John Gibbons thinks having the Jays' big bats -- Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion -- staring down the opposing pitcher right away might make things a little uncomfortable out on the mound. "A lot of times with guys you're facing, a lot of pitchers have trouble in the first inning finding that rhythm or whatever you wanna call it," Gibbons said. "So you wanna capitalize on that." Although hitting first may reduce his opportunities to tally RBI, Bautista will see an increase in at-bats and likely score more runs from the top spot.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
4 weeks ago

Bautista went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in Monday's game against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista (knee) has been steadily producing since returning on Aug. 25 from his second stint on DL this season. The outfielder has hit safely in four of his first five games back, going 7-for-22 (.318) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and six runs scored during that stretch. Although he manned right field Monday, manager John Gibbons has already made clear that Bautista will fill the DH role more often than not in order to keep the slugger healthy the rest of the way.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 month ago

Bautista went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

it was his first three-hit game of the season but Bautista has been swinging a hot stick since coming off the DL four games ago, hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two walks, three doubles and five runs scored. Hitting in the leadoff spot will limit his RBI opportunities, but with Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion slugging behind him Bautista should continue to cross the plate frequently.