Dominican first baseman Edwin Encarnación has had an outstanding month, the 31 year old has hit 11 homers in 16 games, making him the first player since Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made multiple home runs in a month back in 2010.
Last Wednesday, Encarnación hit two home runs and did the same the night before against Boston. He is now the second Blue Jays player to hit multiple consecutive home runs in a month. Jesse Barfield who played for the Jays from 1981-1989 also did the same back in the 1983 season.
In the last 16 games he has definitely proved a lot of people wrong, once known for his inconsistency at the plate, he is currently one of the most reliable hitters in Major League Baseball.
Things are definitely going well for the Toronto Blue Jays, offensively they are strong with Encarnación’s current form and also with the likes José Bautista, Brett Lawrie, and Melky Cabrera playing well. What’s particularly interesting about the Ontario team is that they have not been one of these “everything has gone right teams” as CBS Sports recently put it, the stats shows that they are only 12-11 at the Rogers Centre.
It is fair to say they are well suited to win the division, as fellow teams in the American League East such as the Boston Red Sox are showing a dismal display having lost seven games on the trot, the Yankees showing rotational issues, Tampa Bay struggling to find form, and Baltimore’s pitching problems give the Canadian side a lot to smile about as they get closer to possibly becoming American League East title winners.
Having Encarnación in fine form and spraying his efforts predominately to the left of the ball park regardless of the style the pitcher has thrown has drastically helped the Jays this month. Offensively they are one team worth watching in Major League Baseball and strangely enough, look like they can fend off the Yankees to become American League East champions.