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  1. Remember those FG articles about how ALL of Aaron Hill’s 2009 HRs were on the inside part of the plate? Have pitchers figured this out, and now he’s struggling as a result? I’d be curious to see a 2010 analaysis of Aaron Hill to see if it’s pitchers adjusting or just a typical slump.

    Comment by BobLoblaw — May 25, 2010 @ 11:01 am

  2. Just from watching, Hill is way off on his timing, he’s not hitting the ball hard at all, so its not just a case of fly balls staying in the park.

    Comment by Impossibles — May 25, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  3. Just from watching Bob i’d say that Hill’s issue is largely timing at the moment. After the injury his swing is constantly a little off and with him swinging at everything it’s causing issues. He is getting a lot of junk thrown at him early in counts which follows the scouting but he’s been off with fastballs as well the last few weeks.

    Comment by TtD — May 25, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  4. Manager Cito Gaston and his hitting coaches have been preaching the ‘grip it and rip it’ approach since 2008 so this spike in power should come as no surprise. Cito knows what he has on this team and that’s power, a great manager makes the best of what he has.

    Comment by Grant — May 25, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  5. How is Aaron Hill’s BABIP managing to get worse as the season progresses? Bizarre.

    Comment by DR — May 25, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

  6. Are we sure that Cito’s managing or merely acting as the cool parent telling the kids, “Go ahead, do whatever you want. You’re a responsible 14-year old and that 40oz looks quite delicious.”

    We’ll see what kind of coaching the Jays have when Cito stops chanting, “CHUG! CHUG! CHUG,” and the flyballs stop leaving the yard.

    Comment by Kris — May 25, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  7. I always lose the source, but I’m pretty sure I’ve read that Jose Bautista has the most HR in the league since last September and by a decent margin. He’s got 24 HR over 323 PA during that period.

    Comment by The Usual SusBeck — May 25, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  8. The scary thing is that the team’s best hitter is on the DL…

    Comment by Renegade — May 25, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  9. I think Bautista does have the most HR since September of 2009 by a wide margin.

    Comment by Baron Samedi — May 25, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  10. Where is Encarnacion with his 6 HRs his first 6 days back?

    Comment by JayCee — May 25, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  11. Correct, Bautista is tops in homers since August 18. Since September 5, he’s also sixth in slugging (.602) and ninth in OPS (.958) among those with 150 PA. Speaking of Encarnacion, he’s second in slugging (.608) and eighth in OPS (.961) in that stretch.

    Comment by Jay — May 25, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

  12. To me, it’s getting more difficult to simply write off Bautista’s performance..he’s been OPSing at .900 from the point in time he was turned from the short end of a platoon into a full-time starter. Maybe there will be a league-wide adjustment yet to happen, but his swing is getting through the zone lightning-quick. Despite allegations of the whole team swinging from their heels, Jose is hitting every kind of pitch with his quick hands.

    Additionally, he has good defensive value..on top of being one of the three best defensive OF on the roster, he’s also obviously the best 3B option on the team.

    Comment by exxrox — May 25, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  13. Even if Jays’ coaches are preaching a “grip it and rip” philosophy isn’t it unusual to see so many hitters posting career high O-Swing and Swing rates at once? I mean veteran hitters don’t usually change their approach that noticeably just at the prompting of their coaches, do they? I’m particularly struck that Fred Lewis has gotten in on the act. This is a guy who has always been very patient even on last year’s Giants team, one of the most hack-tastic groups ever assembled. But now a new coaching staff has gotten him to buy into being way more aggressive than he’s ever been? I don’t know. Either they are really persuasive in selling this hitting philosophy or there must be some other explanations (perhaps a different one for each of these hitters).

    Comment by ElJimador — May 25, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

  14. I mentioned this pre-season while jocking Bautista- you really need to go to the IUnternet (CBS/Y!) and stare at his game log from last September to understand what an amazing rake he was (and remains).

    Comment by JayCee — May 25, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

  15. in the AL, the Blue Jays as a team are first in slugging percentage and last in OBP. that cant hold.

    Comment by jsolid — May 26, 2010 @ 11:15 am

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