Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion didn't exactly start off the hottest of the hot. In the month of April, Encarnacion hit .260, but only had 12 extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 100 at-bats, with a slugging percentage of .430. Toronto was 12-15, 3.5 games out of first place, and had won three of its last 10 games by April 30.
Then, the calendar turned, and in the month of May, Encarnacaion hit a robust .281, tying the great Mickey Mantle for the all-time May home run record with 16 jacks, to go along with 33 RBIs as the Jays at one point won eight straight games, 11 of 12 and roe Encarnacion to the best record in baseball for the month at 21-9, setting a team record for wins in May.
As scintillating as Encarnacion was over the course of the month, his last week was his best of the season, by a wide margin.
Until this past week, he was hitting just .254, but after a 2-for-10 series against the Oakland Athletics, Encarnacion went 10-for-24 over the past seven days, fueling a rise to.271 by the time Sunday's game against Kansas City concluded.
Over the past week, Encarnacion has driven in 10 runs, socked a MLB-best five home runs, rapped out two doubles, scored nine runs and drawn seven walks – one short of the best total in the Majors.
Beyond that, Encarnacion's 1.673 OPS and 1.125 slugging percentage are each second in the big leagues, while his .417 batting average is 10th among all big leaguers and his .548 on-base percentage is good for fifth.
During this past week, Toronto went 5-2, with Encarnacion driving in at least one run in five of the Blue Jays' past seven games. In fact, when Encarnacion drove in at least one run, Toronto was 4-1 over the past week. Encarnacion reached base safely in each of the past seven games, as he now has in 13 of his last 14 games. Ironically, Encarnacion was his most productive in one of two Toronto losses over the past week, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four runs driven in during an 8-6 loss to the Royals on May 29.
Previous Players of the Week
May 19-25: Adam Wainwright
May 5-May 11: Seth Smith
April 28-May 4: Troy Tulowitzki
April 21-27: Jose Abreu
April 14-20: Justin Morneau
April 7-13: Justin Upton
March 31-April 6: Giancarlo Stanton
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