The Jays have been getting contributions from everywhere on the field, but its the long ball and runs that get fans going, and the main source for that has been the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion is always overlooked for his power because he never has a .300 batting average (.261 this season), but thankfully WAR has helped take stats that may get too much attention and guide fans to think outside of the box. According to Baseball Reference, Encarnacion is in the top-20 in WAR at 2.7, despite his average. That ranks him fifth in the AL. He has an OPS of .947 (fifth, AL) and 145 total bases (second, AL) coming into Wednesday. He drives in runs as well as anyone (53, second in AL) and he seems to smack in those runs when the Jays need them most. He was rewarded with the player of the month award in May, and that should help carry over into the MVP race.
The Blue Jays lost 7-2 against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre Wednesday. Encarnacion finished 0-for-4, but of course one game does not define him this season. Phil Hughes dominated the Jays’ lineup, as he tossed seven scoreless frames, allowed seven hits, and struck out nine.
Encarnacion may not be the prototype for an MVP award, but sometimes it is smart to look at all the statistics and not just the numbers on the back of a baseball card.