AL MVP Rankings: Blue Jays Slugger Edwin Encarnacion Finally Cracks the Top 5

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AL MVP Rankings: Blue Jays Slugger Edwin Encarnacion Finally Cracks the Top 5
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Coming into this season, we all figured that Jose Bautista would be the Toronto Blue Jays' best slugger. He had, after all, hit more home runs than anybody else over the last two seasons and he was the best hitter in all of baseball before the break in 2011.

Bautista was indeed having a fine season before he got hurt a couple weeks ago, as he had 27 home runs and an .894 OPS.

But the best slugger on the Blue Jays? That honor belongs to Edwin Encarnacion.

Encarnacion had never hit more than 26 home runs in a single season coming into the 2012 campaign. He already has 29, putting him on pace to top 40 home runs for the first time in his career.

Encarnacion is doing more than just hitting home runs, mind you. He's been one of the most well-rounded sluggers in baseball this season. The Blue Jays' postseason hopes are fading, but they would have faded a long time ago if it wasn't for Encarnacion.

I figure it's about time Encarnacion got some due credit. He's finally cracked the top five of my weekly American League MVP rankings.

Scroll ahead for this week's top five.

Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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