Edwin Encarnacion has chance at May home run history
With 11 homers in May and 10 games left in the month, Edwin Encarnacion has at least an outside shot at history.
Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion is all kinds of hot right now at the plate. After failing to homer through 19 games and then having only two home runs through 32 games, he's gone crazy. And if he stays this scorching hot for a few more days, he could find his way into the record books.
Wednesday night, Encarnacion hit two home runs in Fenway Park for the second straight night, this time in a 6-4 Blue Jays victory.
We need to watch at least one here, so just for the majesty, let's take a look at this one from Tuesday night:
That baseball was abused.
Anyway, Wednesday was the fourth time in the past 13 games that he hit two homers in a game.
On that front, Encarnacion became the first major leaguer to record four two-homer games in the same month since Troy Tulowitzki did so in September of 2010. Tulowitzki's four two-homer games came in the span of 10 games.
Further, in Encarnacion's past 15 games, he has 11 homers. Bearing in mind just how hot he's been -- and how hot he'd have to remain -- the record for home runs in May is within reach. The Blue Jays have 10 games left this month.
Here are the players who have hit at least 15 homers in the month of May in a single season:
1. Barry Bonds, 17 HR, May of 2001
2. Mickey Mantle, 16, 1956
2. Mark McGwire, 16, 1998
4. Cy Williams, 15, 1923
4. Babe Ruth, 15, 1928
4. Harmon Killebrew, 15, 1959
4. Frank Howard, 15, 1968
4. Mark McGwire, 15, 1987
4. Ken Griffey Jr., 15, 1994
Decent list, huh?
As I said, Encarnacion still has some work to do. Having hit 11, this is the 96th time in MLB history that a player has done so in a single-season month of May. The group to hit at least 12 includes 49 instances while 13 or more includes 20 (curiously, no one has ever hit exactly 14 homers in May).
The most recent player to hit at least 13 homers in May was Mark Teixeira, who did so in 2009.
It's possible Encarnacion doesn't connect again this month, so we aren't saying he's going to set the record or anything. It's just something to watch that seems attainable.
Moving forward, the Blue Jays have one more game in Fenway Park before returning home. They'll then play the last nine games of May in the Rogers Centre, where Encarnacion homers once every 16.7 at-bats in his career.