Blue Jays need Edwin Encarnacion to get hot

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has hit just .173 since returning from injury. (Ernest...

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has hit just .173 since returning from injury. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:59 PM ET

TORONTO - Of the seven hits the Blue Jays recorded in Sunday’s victory over the New York Yankees, none was bigger than the solo home run by Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh inning.

Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista also slugged solo shots for the Jays that day and Munenori Kawasaki was the player that delivered the go-ahead run in the seventh with a single to right that scored Steve Tolleson from second with what proved to be the winning run.

With all due respect to Kawasaki, the Blue Jays are not relying on him for game-winning singles in the late innings to provide the path for a September charge into the post-season.

For that to happen — and the odds are stacked against them — the Jays need Encarnacion to get hot, red hot, as hot as he was in May when he basically carried the team.

To put all the post-season chips on Encarnacion may seem unfair but that’s the way it is.


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