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Bautista's Slow Start Among MLB's Worst

Kelley L. Cox/US Presswire

Now that the national obsession with Albert Pujols' first home run has abated, it's easier to notice other hitters with glowing credentials who are struggling to hit their weight.

One-fifth of the way into the season, there's a surprising number of accomplished hitters sitting below the Mendoza Line, the most glaring case being Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista.

The majors' top home run producer each of the last two seasons and also the 2011 leader in on-base-plus-slugging percentage at 1.056, Bautista has not seen the sunny side of a .200 batting average since April 26. He's currently at .177, more than a 100-point drop from last season's career-best .302 mark. His OPS has plummeted to .655.

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