Edwin Encarnacion was hitting .197 with two home runs, eight RBIs and an .597 OPS after 19 games last year.
“It’s early, Eddie’s steady,” the Blue Jays said as Encarnacion finished the year hitting .272 with 36 homers, 104 RBIs and a .904 OPS.
This season after 12 games Encarnacion had a find-it-if-you-can batting average of .174, with a .501 OPS, without a homer or an RBI.
You can guess the Jays’ response.
Since then, including his two-homer night Thursday, he’s hitting .284 with eight homers, 30 RBIs and a .966 OPS.
Encarnacion hit a solo homer to deep centre in the second and a two-run drive to left in the fifth as the Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in the series finale before 17,364 fans at the Rogers Centre.