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Farrell switches lineup to help Bautista

Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 6:21 pm
 
NEW YORK -- Despite all his home runs, Jose Bautista has just four intentional walks this year.

So teams are still pitching to him?

Not exactly.

Check out this stat: Going into Monday night's game against the Yankees, Bautista had come to the plate 52 times with a runner in scoring position. In 40 percent of those plate appearances -- 21 of 52 -- Bautista walked.

"They're taking the bat out of his hands," manager John Farrell said, explaining why he changed the Blue Jays' lineup Monday, moving Yunel Escobar from leadoff to cleanup, with Rajai Davis leading off and major-league home run leader Bautista remaining in the third spot. "They're not letting him affect the game, especially late in the game.

"There's a very clear and cut strategy with Jose, and we're trying to respond to that."

Adam Lind would be Farrell's first choice to hit behind Bautista, but Lind has been on the disabled list since May 8 with lower back stiffness. Farrell said that Lind could return to the lineup sometime on the seven-game homestand that begins Thursday against the White Sox. Lind has been running in a pool and has swung the bat, and Wednesday he could appear in an extended spring training game.

Until then, maybe Escobar can help.

"With Adam's absence and Jose's continued production, it's becoming very clear what teams are doing," Farrell said.

Bautista's numbers haven't suffered that much in Lind's absence. In 13 games since Lind went on the DL, Bautista has hit .346 with nine home runs and 15 RBI.


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Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:47 am
 

Farrell switches lineup to help Bautista

Why do you want Lawrie up?  He's just as bad at 3rd fielding as E5 right nwo.



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:37 am
 

Farrell switches lineup to help Bautista

the blue jays have had so many injuries and that has  hurt the every fluidity of the lineup. iI am hoping sometime very soon y they bring up brett lawrie and they could get adam lind  back so that the lineup will be more dangerous. but kudos to them for surviving this far with all that has gone wrong.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:37 am
 

Farrell switches lineup to help Bautista

The craziest thing about all of this is the fact that Bautista is only being thrown 37% of his pitches for strikes, by far the lowest amount in the Majors.


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