Expectations were high for the Blue Jays for the 1994 season, following back-to-back championships, but they slumped to a 55–60 record and a third-place finish (16 games back of the New York Yankees ) before the players' strike . It was their first losing season since 1982. Joe Carter , Paul Molitor and John Olerud enjoyed good years at the plate, but the pitching fell off. Juan Guzmán slumped considerably from his first three years (40–11, ERA), finishing 1994 at 12–11 with a ERA. Three young players, Alex Gonzalez , Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green , did show much promise for the future. At the time of the strike, their fellow Canadian cousins, the Montreal Expos , had the best record in the majors, leading some to consider the possibility of a Canadian three-peat in 1994.
For the month of July, Bautista batted .347, with 11 home runs, 29 RBI, and an AL-leading .765 slugging percentage, sharing American League Player of the Month honors with Twins outfielder Delmon Young .  Bautista was also named Blue Jays' Player of the Month, which is selected through voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.   With his 12 home runs in May and 11 in July, Bautista became only the third Blue Jay player in franchise history to have two months with at least 10 home runs.