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ANALYSIS: New York Mets third baseman/outfielder Jose Bautista is not a name you expected to see on a waiver wire list in 2018. Granted Bautista’s better days are in the past. However, his performance since joining the Mets demonstrates there is value that can be extracted even at the age of 37. In 101 plate appearances in New York, he has a .267 AVG that is buoyed by a .375 BABIP. The important thing is that he is getting consistent playing time. Also, he is hitting out of the two-hole a majority of the time which should give him continued opportunities for production. Over the last seven days, Bautista is hitting .305 with two home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI.

There are additional benefits to owning Bautista. He is proving to be an asset in OBP leagues (.446), with a 23.8% BB/9. He is primarily a pull-hitter (58%), but he is hitting the ball so hard (54%), that he is bound to find success. The last piece of good news relates to his opponents this week. Two games in Toronto gives Bautista and fantasy owners an opportunity for revenge production. Then he gets home games against the Rays. So, if you are a believer that hitters tend to play better when they’re out to prove something then Bautista might be a good add this week. Keep in mind that because of the schedule, the Mets only get five games this week.


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