There were many preseason pundits out there who predicted big things from Edwin Encarnacion this year.
One idiot actually predicted that EE would belt over 30 HR in 2011.
So far, Edwin has been nothing but a complete disaster.
His defense at both third and first has been atrocious, despite management’s comments that he looks much improved. 8 errors and a -4 zone rating say otherwise.
His offensive production hasn’t been much better. Despite sitting tied for fifth in the AL in doubles with 12, Edwin is hitting a paltry .243. He has only drawn four walks compared to 15 strikeouts. His OPS is .629 – behind Yunel Escobar, Corey Patterson, Jayson Nix, and Jose Molina, and only 6 points better than John McDonald.
And his progress towards the 30 HR plateau? Not good. He has yet to go deep.
But maybe, just maybe, things are about to change.
Toronto begins a three game set in Minnesota tonight against the Twins. Target field has a reputation as being a very difficult park to hit home runs in, but that didn’t seem to bother the Blue Jays the last time they visited.
Flash back to September 30, 2010. The Jays are in Minny for a season ending 4-game set, hoping to close out 2010 with a bang. Thanks to Mr. Encarnacion they did just that.
just destroy Minnesota pitching that weekend, he murdered it, crushed it, annihalated it. In four games he went 8 for 14, with 6 R, 5 HR, 10 RBI, and a slash line of .571 / .625 / 1.643 for a 2.268 OPS. The performance was good enough to earn him AL Player of the Week honours.
Now that Toronto is returning to the scene of that crime, is there a chance that Edwin can snap out of his season long power funk? It’s often said that double will eventually turn into homers, so maybe this is the time. As Jays fans, we’re not asking for an exact repeat of last year. We aren’t greedy. We only want one, one HR to get him going.
I remember watching those games last year and hearing comments from the announcers along the lines of “there must be something in the Minnesota water that Edwin likes.” Well, hopefully that was true, and hopefully Edwin is thirsty this weekend.