Fred Lewis Secures His Spot as the Toronto Blue Jays' Leadoff Hitter

Ellixs TulaganContributor IMay 15, 2010

TORONTO - APRIL 21: Fred Lewis #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits an RBI single against the Kansas City Royals during a MLB game at the Rogers Centre April 21, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images)
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It's official. Frederick DeShaun Lewis has risen to become the Blue Jays' prominent No. 1 hitter.

A castoff in San Francisco, Lewis was a major factor in the Jays' six-game winning streak. He notched 10 hits, four of which were doubles, along with six RBI.

Before you proclaim him as your fantasy team savior, however, there's one problem.

Edwin Encarnacion is set to make his return to the lineup after being placed on the 15-day DL in a few weeks or so, which will cause Jose Bautista to move back to the outfield and fight for a job against Lewis.

Bautista has been getting his bat rolling, and with Travis Snider and Vernon Wells going nowhere, Lewis is the odd man out.

Bautista was the leadoff hitter earlier in the season before Lewis was acquired but has shown recently he's a speedy power hitter who does NOT hit for average, unlike Lewis.

This is sad to see for Lewis, who has remained consistent day in and day out, as I have said previously, so while Encarnacion is still injured, Lewis should start producing even more.