The idea during the last three seasons continues to be “as Jose Bautista goes, so goes nowhere Jays offence.”
Thus, once the Jays’ badly slouching right fielder crushed an Ervin Santana fastball to deep left-center area for his fifth homer of the season - a 2-run blast within the third, leading the Jays to some 4- conquer the Angels - all signs pointed to some night for Henderson Alvarez and company.
The evening before, facing Serta Haren, Bautista - that has batted within the three hole all the games this year - had looked dazed and confused. He went hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts, one on the pitch that returned four ft while watching plate he chased, and also the other that colored the outdoors corner. Rather than his usual flashes of temper, he recognized each unsuccessful at-softball bat with quiet resignation. Worrisome.
Truth is it’s usually been Santana that has become the greater from the Jays previously many years. Hard-tossing right-hander had defeated the Jays five occasions in the previous six begins, but this time around was bested through the strike-tossing 22-year-old Alvarez. Just like teammate Brandon Morrow on Thursday, the youthful Venezuelan matched up up well from the aggressive Angels selection