Edwin Encarnacion has the chance to make MLB history this weekend following his two homers last night in Toronto Blue Jay’s 8-6 loss against Kansas City Royals.
Yesterday’s pair of home runs notched up his total to 16 in May which tied him with Mickey Mantle for the all-time American League record in the month. The 31-year-old batter, who can play as a designated hitter or first baseman, is also just one shy of Billy Bonds MLB record in May.
Encarnacion has two more chances to add to his total with the two weekend clashes against the Royals and in his current form you would not want to bet against him making Major League Baseball history.
But forget about making history just in the month of May, Encarnacion has the chance to go even bigger.
According to MLB.com, the most home runs hit in a single month by one player in the AL is 18, set by Rudy York in August 1937. Sammy Sosa holds the outright record in MLB history with 20 homers in June 1998.
Although Sosa's outright record might be beyond the reach of even Encarnacion, (the batter would need five homers in just two matches) history is almost certainly going to be made at Rogers Centre.
Despite Encarnacion’s heroics, the Blue Jays suffered defeat last night, losing 8-6 in 10 innings, which ended their nine-game winning streak. The Blue Jays are one of the in form teams in the MLB right now, sitting top of the tricky AL East division and have the joint-second most wins this season, 32. They have completely outshone the New York Yankees as well as defending World Series champions Boston Red Sox.
In truth, last night’s result was an upset, the Royals have a 3-7 form record and sit third in the AL central division, 6.5 games behind leaders Detroit Tigers.
What is most staggering about Encarnacion’s season is his gluttony of homers in May compared to the rest of the season. In the opening two months the batter hit just two homers and had a solid but unspectacular start.
Whatever happened on May 1 is paying off and Encarnacion will hope the month never ends.
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