February 15, 2017
Tale of the Tape
Jose Bautista vs. Michael Brantley
Styles make fights, and Michael Brantley and Jose Bautista play the game in *extremely* different ways, making them a perfect Tale of the Tape matchup. If you were choosing between these guys in a vacuum, would you go with the fragile all-around stud in his prime, or the reliable, almost universally despised aging moonshot specialist? It’s not so easy to pick, but I’m here to help, should you need it.
Throw out last season’s 43-plate-appearance cameo and the worst that Brantley, a career .292 hitter, has managed to put up in a full since 2011 is .284, a figure Bautista has topped exactly twice in his long career, and once (2014) by exactly two points. Many of the categories in this matchup are close, but this isn’t one of them, and there’s no sense belaboring the point, except to make dick jokes, of which I currently have none. Advantage: Brantley