Jose Bautista's calling card in the past has been his powerful bat. And though he has had a decent start to his Mets campaign thus far, he hadn't hit a home run entering tonight's game against the Dodgers.
Well, that changed in the bottom of the sixth as he launched a two-run shot to left-center field to put the Mets' on the board.
Now that he got the first one out of the way, Bautista is hoping he sees more balls fly over the fence soon.
"It's always good to contribute in any way," he said after the game. "But, yeah, it's nice to get on the board with a home run, [the first] since I came over and hopefully got a couple more coming."
Manager Mickey Callaway loved seeing Bautista get a hold of one on Friday night, and overall, he has loved what the veteran has done when he pencils him into the lineup.
"Yeah, that was really nice to see," Callaway said of Bautista's homer. "I think that, like you said, his at-bats, his ability to get on base have been really good and really helped us out. And then for him to pop one, big homer like that to get us back into the game was big. I think that he's capable of doing that often."
Bautista hasn't been a regular in Callaway's lineup due to a crowded outfield. He is hoping that outings his 2-for-4 night will change that narrative.
"I hope so and we'll see," Bautista said. "There's no guarantee. I can't predict the future."
Overall, Bautista may own a .224 average with the Mets, but he is getting on base via the walk as he owns a .435 on-base percentage. He already has 18 walks on the season.