Jays From the Couch looks back at the power Jose Bautista displayed in 2015 when the Blue Jays visited other ballparks across MLB.
2015 saw the Toronto Blue Jays produce a league leading 232 home runs. Jose Bautista was responsible for 40 of those. He had some pretty dramatic ones, just ask Darren O’Day. Last April, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet chronicled the history between these two, if you need a refresher.
Of course, the blast Bautista hit last April doesn’t even compare to THE BAT FLIP HR from the ALDS. But, between these two home run moments, he collected 40 round trippers. I wanted to see just how much of an advantage he had hitting in Rogers Centre. More specifically, I wanted to see how much power he displayed in other ballparks. This is not meant to look at they “why” behind his power in each park, it is merely a breakdown of said power.
Most of the sample sizes are too small to make any real inferences about they “why” anyway. For this exercise, I simply took the number of dingers Bautista hit and his average ISO for each series to get a quick idea of his power numbers. His Fangraphs splits saw him hit 17 HR with an ISO of .253. Let’s get to it.