Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has four multi-homer games in May, making him the first player since Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in September 2010 to produce a quartet of multi-homer games in the same month, per MLB Stat of the Day on Twitter.
The unquestioned hottest hitter in baseball for a good portion of the month, Encarnacion has cooled off a bit over the last few days. He went 1-for-3 in Friday's win over the Oakland Athletics, then 0-for-4 Saturday in another win over the A's.
Still, the 31-year-old slugger owns excellent numbers for the month, highlighted by his 11 long balls and 24 RBI. He actually has a modest .256 batting average in May, but a .688 slugging percentage more than makes up for it.
Encarnacion has twice homered in three consecutive games this month, and nine of his 11 homers have come from those six games. The other two came in a May 15 contest against the Cleveland Indians, just three days before he started the second home run streak.
Despite suffering through an awful April, Encarnacion is now on pace for 42 home runs, 126 RBI and 97 runs, with a mildly disappointing .253/.329/.541 batting line. Between 2012 and 2013, he averaged 39 home runs, 107 RBI and 91.5 runs.
Once known for his inconsistency and untapped potential, Encarnacion has morphed into one of the most reliable sluggers in the game.