When Edwin Encarnacion was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Toronto Blue Jays in July of 2009, he was basically a throw-in player. The Blue Jays were only interested in pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart, but the Reds would only do the deal if they also took Encarnacion off of their hands.
It is crazy now to think that he was the “throw-in player” in a trade involving two pitchers who most people would not even be able to pick out of a lineup.
He was a role player on a non-winning team for a couple of years, and having him play third base obviously hurt his offense, so the Blue Jays used him as a designated hitter.
They got their results in 2012 and 13′. He had back to back seasons of at least 35 HR’s and 100 RBI’s, making up for the loss of slugger Jose Bautista, who was dealing with injuries.
This year, during the month of May specifically, he has his team in a good position heading into June. Baseball is fun to watch again in Toronto, and he’s the main reason why.
This team is 20-7 this month, with a 5-game winning streak and the current 9-game winning that they are on right now.
Encarnacion has put himself in the MVP conversation by hitting 14 homers and driving in 29, in this month alone. That is a good three months for a lot of players.
He is slugging an astonishing .743 during May. If you don’t know what that means, I’ll help you out a little.
That’s 29 hits this month. 14 of those are homers, 5 are doubles and he has a triple thrown in there. 20 of his 29 hits in May have gone for extra bases! That is unreal.
Now I know he will have to do it over the course of a whole season. After all, players and teams have hot stretches all the time, but not everyone is as consistent as a Miguel Cabrera, because if they were…well everyone would be Cabrera.
Encarnacion’s numbers are looking good so far though, with 16 homers and 44 RBI’s (both 2nd in AL) and 35 runs, which is tied for 5th in the AL with his teammate Melky Cabrera.
The most impressive thing about him this season is the fact that the team is winning, currently sitting in first place in the AL East with a 3-game cushion.
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