The Toronto Blue Jays are going to go as far as their All-Star right fielder Jose Bautista takes them. Looking at the way the Jays’ pitching has already somewhat struggled over the first five games of the young spring training season, the offense is most likely not going to have any other choice but to score a ton of runs to support a lackluster starting pitching staff during the regular season.
Bautista has enjoyed a nice start to spring training as he already has four hits including two home runs in just 10 plate appearances. Bautista managed to knock his second home run of the spring training season against the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, FL on Sunday afternoon.
Although the Jays lost by a lopsided score of 8-2 to the Bronx Bombers, seeing Bautista continue to swing a hot bat is a victory in itself. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the top-of-the-order follows suit and begins to contribute some solid offensive production of their own.
It would be far-fetched to assume that Bautista is going to match his 54 home run performance of 2010 or even his 43 home run tally in 2011 by the end of the 2014 season. However, if the native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic stays healthy for the first time since his 2011 season, the sky is the limit in regards to the numbers he can put up in support of his fellow teammates. If the Jays are to better their fifth place performance in the AL East of last season, Bautista is going to have to lead the way with nothing short of a hot bat.
Over the past few years, although riddled with unfortunate injuries, Bautista had solidified himself as the leader both on and off the field for the Jays. Bautista will have to live up to this distinction more than ever in 2014 as the Jays will need an unbelievable amount of run support in order to ensure their pitching staff isn’t competing under the type of pressure that they clearly won’t be able to handle. Bautista’s solid performance at the beginning of spring training thus far is undoubtedly a sign of good things to come for the Jays, just as long as he can stay healthy and continue to swing a big stick.