The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/15/11 — Jose Bautista
Playing north of the 49th parallel, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Last season he led the majors in home runs with a total of 54. This season he appears to be well on his way to earning the home run title once again, and his performance yesterday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins will certainly help that cause.
Bautista was busy showing off his power at Target field, as he terrorized the Twins’ pitchers all day, recording an impressive three home runs and four RBIs in five at bats. His first home run of the day came off starting pitcher Brian Duensing in the third inning, while his next two came against Kevin Slowey in the fourth and sixth innings. Bautista’s production would help lead the way, as the Jays completed the series sweep of the Twins with the 11-3 victory.
It was quite the weekend series for Bautista, as he recorded five home runs against the Twins in three games. That performance helped bump his total to a league leading 16 home runs, despite missing a total of eight games thus far this season. If Bautista can keep up his current pace, he will surpass the 60 home run mark before the season’s end. That should get him the attention he deserves, but for now, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, May 15, 2011.