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Edwin Encarnacion is on fire

May 22, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

Edwin Encarnacion AP

The Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion went deep twice last night. He went deep twice the night before too. Oh, and he hit two homers on May 15 and two homers on May 8 as well.

Encarnacion has been going deep like crazy lately: he has 11 homers in his last 15 games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau he’s the first Blue Jays player to ever do such a thing. All of this after he had no homers through his first 19 games of the year and finished the month of April with only two.

If the hitting-two-at-a-time thing holds, Encarnacion could join some pretty elite company. As Matt Snyder of CBS points out, the record for homers in May is 17, set by Barry Bonds in 2001. Several players are bunched up at 15 and 16. They have names like Mantle, McGwire, Killebrew, Ruth and Griffey. Pretty good company.

Encarnacion hit 36 homers while showing amazing plate discipline last season. He hit 42 the year before and struck out fewer than 100 times, which is pretty good for a power hitter in this era. Given how he’s doing so far this year, he’s likely going to post another impressive season and solidify his status as perhaps baseball’s most underrated hitter.

  1. johnnyb1976 - May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Another Walt Jockety screw up making it big somewhere else.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Edwin is making up for lost time. He only hit 2 home runs in April.

  3. zzalapski - May 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Bet Billy Beane wishes he didn’t cut him loose less than a month after getting him off waivers in the 2010 offseason (the Blue Jays brought him back two weeks after that). Imagine what the A’s runs differential this year would be like with him taking Alberto Callaspo’s at-bats in that lineup.

  4. missthemexpos - May 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Note for Boston for today’s game, Consider walking Edwin!

    • sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      If this were yesteryear, they would put his behind on the dirt or hit him…

  5. thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Anyone who paid some attention to the Blue Jays lineup knew this group was potent and Edwin Encarnacion most of all. the team is in the top 10 of all offensive categories and has a +14 run differential. a smart FL owner mined heavily from this crew’s hitting and select of the pitchers (Drew Hutchison and Mark Buehrle for SPs, Loup and Janssen from the BP). When Bautista and Encarnacion both get going this team will light up the AL East. Their starting pitching as a group is finally achieving something like league ERA, so if they can convince their BP not to blow the lead to heck and back until Janssen can save it they’ll quickly ascend to the top.

  6. skeleteeth - May 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Hitting homeruns? Yes. On fire? Not really.

    20/78 in May, 18/59 in those last 15 days. 11 of 18 hits for homeruns is nice though.

    • Mark - May 22, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      And this is why we don’t use batting average to prove production.

      In May EE has a 1.090 OPS. No, that’s not a typo, he has basically posted a 1.100 OPS in May. But do continue to argue he’s “not really on fire” because he only has a 256 batting average in May.

  7. theroc5156 - May 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    So glad the Reds got rid of this guy. He just will never get it.

  8. nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Potent lineup? Let’s see…

    Leading MLB in HR
    Second in MLB in SLG, OPS, XBH and TB (behind the Rockies, of course)

    The Jays currently have the most wins in the AL East, and the only positive run differential as well (+14)
    This is not much of a surprise.

    However consider these stats for the starting rotation, which ARE a pleasant surprise:

    Best ERA in the AL East
    Most wins in the AL East
    Lowest opponent BA AL East.

    And although the bullpen ERA is lousy, they have the second most saves in the division and the most holds in the league.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      That’s my point and its nice to be right about something. I think I said this is who they’d be at the start of the season (excepting the lousy BP performance. Seriously, one of you called Esmil Rogers a tire fire and that was no joke). I must admit that the starting pitching is well above what I expected. You Blue Jays fans have put up with a lot of abuse and disappointment so I am very happy for you all. what’s more, in spite of the success you are failing to turn into a collective bunch of bandwagonners and arrogant twits. Certain other team fans would be completely out of their minds with bold predictions and sneering at other teams. its pretty hard not to like your brand of blue

      • nbjays - May 22, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        I’ve been cheering for this team through good times and bad (mainly bad of late) since they came into existence in 1977. It is early, and even if we were to run away with the division, I don’t see any of the regular Jays fans acting this way. Even in ’92 and ’93 I didn’t. Maybe it’s not the Canadian way, I dunno. Perhaps if we had the history of success that the NYY have had, but even then I doubt it. I think last year showed what bold predictions could turn into.

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