PHILADELPHIA -- Edwin Encarnacion seems to go on at least one, if not two, extended streaks a year where he's arguably the most feared hitter in baseball. He's doing it again.Encarnacion hit yet another home run in Toronto's lopsided 13-2 victory over the Phillies on Thursday night. He has homered
PHILADELPHIA -- Edwin Encarnacion seems to go on at least one, if not two, extended streaks a year where he's arguably the most feared hitter in baseball. He's doing it again.
Encarnacion hit yet another home run in Toronto's lopsided 13-2 victory over the Phillies on Thursday night. He has homered six times over his last five games and since May 1 he has 15, which leads the American League.
When the veteran slugger is locked in and on a streak like this there is nobody better. He has at least one RBI in seven consecutive games with a total of 15 over that same span.
"I just try to go game by game and continue to try to do the best I can do to help this team win," Encarnacion said following the game. "I just started seeing the ball better, swinging at better pitches and that's the most important thing for me. To stay aggressive in the strikezone."
In 14 games this month, Encarnacion is batting .314 (16-for-51) with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. He has the ability to carry a team on his back for long stretches of time and while the Blue Jays offense might have been struggling earlier this year it's certainly not now.
Encarnacion homered in the first inning of Wednesday night's game and he set the tone early once again the following day. This time it was a two-run shot off Aaron Nola that set the stage for a season high in runs scored (13) and hits (17) for the Blue Jays.
It has gotten to the point where the Blue Jays expect one of these extended tears every year. In the past, it usually happened in May. This time, it's happening in June.
"I thought he was getting one early in the year but it didn't last as long," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Really every year he goes through one of these and he's dangerous. If you give him anything to hit, there's nobody better."
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Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with four RBIs on Thursday night. That was enough for him to move past Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the most RBIs in baseball with 61 compared to 57. That number becomes even more remarkable considering he is batting just .197 (15-for-76) with runners in scoring position this year.
That number has been steadily improving in recent weeks. He got a two-run single against the Phillies on Thursday.
"Eddie's just not missing his pitches," Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ said. "He's doing a lot of damage and it's starting to become contagious. We are starting to play more solid everywhere. It's a good sign for us."
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.