On Thursday night, Edwin Encarnacion passed Jose Bautista with 16 home runs for most in a single month in Blue Jays history (12, June ’12), putting an end to any doubt anyone had about Encarnacion’s ability to produce at the plate while playing in the field.
Through May 29th Encarnacion has played 45 of his 55 games at first base, batting .268 with 18 home runs and 48 Runs Batted in. What is odd about his 18 home runs, however, is that 14 of his homers have come off of right handed pitching (78%), while fellow slugger, Jose Bautista, has hit just 7.
Encarnacion’s amazing start to the campaign has him hitting a home run every 13.1 at-bats (for comparison, in 2012 when he hit 42 home runs, he would homer ever 12.9 at-bats). These statistics are putting an end to anyone having doubts about Encarnacion’s ability to play in the field and still have great results at the plate.
Among AL first baseman, Encarnacion is 6th in batting average, 1st in home runs, and 2nd in runs batted in. It seems, however, MLB fans have not taken notice of Encarnacion’s great start to the season, as the Jays slugger is not even in the top 5 for AL All-Star voting for the designated hitter position.
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It will be interesting to see if Encarnacion’s great month of May is just a glimpse of what’s to come, or, if he will return to his old April self. For all things Blue Jays, keep it tuned to bluejaysfans.ca.
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