Edwin Encarnacion’s 17 RBIs this past week are the most of any player in the 2015 season, and those RBIs – along with his six home runs over the past six games – not only led the big leagues, but helped to propel Encarnacion’s Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-1 record over the last seven days.
The streaking Jays (75-56) have outscored opponents 48-19 over the past six games, including a 15-1 thumping of the Detroit Tigers on Aug. Saturday, and a 9-2 romp on Sunday at the Rogers Center.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound first baseman hasn’t just been hot this week, though, hitting .391 (9-for-23). He’s been hot for more than a month. How hot? He’s hit safely in 25 straight games, dating back to July 26.
Encarnacion has also recorded at least one RBI in each of his past eight games, dating back to Aug. 22, with four multi-RBI games sprinkled in.
In that 15-1 thrashing of the Tigers on Saturday, Encarnacion popped three home runs, tying Roy Howell for the franchise’s single-game record for RBIs (9). His grand slam in the seventh inning – his third homer of the game – tied Blue Jays legend Carlos Delgado (1997) and Darrin Fletcher (2000) as the only players in club history to have hit three grand slams in a single season.
In fact, after his grand slam, the home fans – used to tossing caps on the ice for a Toronto Maple Leafs hat trick – decided to toss some toppers on the field at Rogers Center for the home run hat trick.
Over the past week, Encarnacion has led the big leagues not only in homers, but in extra-base hits (8), slug gin (1.261), OPS (1.722) and total bases (29).