He might not have had the same start as last season, but Jose Bautista has been much better as of late and has been named as a starting outfielder for the American League in the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City next Tuesday.
Bautista leads the major leagues in home runs with 26 and is second, only to Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, in runs batted in with 63, despite only recording an average of .239.
Remarkably, Bautista got off to such a bad start, the .239 average was the highest he has had since April 8, the third game of the season for Toronto.
From April 26-May 16, Bautista was in fact below the Mendoza line, with a season worst .172 average on May 3.
The Blue Jays meanwhile are still in the thick of things in the American League East and are now only 2.5 games back of the Baltimore Orioles for the American League Wildcard spot. The Jays have a big four game series this week against the Kansas City Royals at Toronto’s Rogers Centre.