Friday, May 21, 2010

Jason Bay & Joey Bats

This past off-season the Mets signed 31-year old Jason Bay to a four year $66 million contract.  The former Red Sox and Pirate outfielder swatted 36 homers last year, had a .921 OPS and was generally seen as one of the two most desirable free agent hitters on the market.  The Mets jumped at the chance to sign him, even though it appeared they were bidding against themselves.

Jose Bautista, another former Pirate, played for the Toronto Blue Jays last year.  Playing in 113 games the now 29-year old Bautista put up some of the best numbers of his career.  He hit 13 home runs and had an OPS of .757, finishing the season hot, hitting 6 home runs in his last 35 at bats.  In the off-season he re-upped with the Blue Jays,  agreeing to a one year $2.4 million contract, avoiding arbitration.  It is the same salary he earned the year before.

In an odd coincidence, both Bay and Bautista have had 153 at bats so far in 2010.  Named American League Player of the Week on Monday, Bautista clubbed his 12th homer of the season yesterday.  Bay is still looking for his second.

As mentioned Bautista finished last season on a tear with 6 homers in his last 35 at bats.  Bay had zero home runs in his last 35 at bats last year.  So, in the pair's most-recent 188 at bats Jose Bautista has now out-homered Jason Bay 18-1.

New York Mets GM Omar Minaya might want to have a different JB, as in Johnny Black, after reading this post.  

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