MLB In Full Bloom - Edwin Encarnacion Hits 14th May Home Run - 5/28/2014

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The Toronto Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball, so it’s no surprise that the hottest hitter in baseball is on their roster. On Tuesday night, Edwin Encarnacion belted his 14th home run in May. That's correct - fourteen homers in May, not for the season. It’s hard to believe that this is the same guy who went the first 19 games of the season without a home run. Encarnacion finished April with just two home runs, but he now has 16 for the season to close within one of major league home run leader Nelson Cruz. Ten of the fourteen homers have come in the last 12 games, and he has four multi-homer games over the last 20 days. Even more impressive is that Encarnacion is batting .340 (16-for-47) with two doubles, 10 homers and 15 RBIs over his past 12 games. The Blue Jays are finally getting the pitching that they so desperately missed last year and with the best offense in baseball, the Jays are going to remain a factor in the AL East as long as that starting pitching continues to be effective.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Tim Hudson threw seven shutout innings in a gem against the Cubs on Tuesday night. Hudson allowed six hits, racked up five strikeouts, and didn't issue a walk. Hudson has enjoyed a strong start to his Giants' career, going 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA over 10 starts.
  • Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a home run and he scored the winning run in the 10th inning as the Brewers defeated the Orioles 7-6 on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Reynolds took Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen deep for his 12th home run of the season and while Reynolds will never provide a strong batting average, his power numbers are certainly useful to fantasy owners.
  • Ben Revere went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies. Revere entered the game homerless in 1,466 plate appearances and went 0-for-3 before hitting his first career home run in the seventh inning off of Boone Logan. Revere has a respectable .288 BA with 12 stolen bases so far this season.
  • According to Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com reports that the Orioles "appear to be the leading team of interest in the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes." The Cubs and Orioles would certainly match up for a deal, as the Orioles could use a starter to potentially put them over the top and have a group of pitching prospects the Cubs would be looking for. Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Hunter Harvey and Eduardo Rodriguez are all arguably top-100 prospects and at least one of them would surely head to Chicago in a deal. Samardzija is also drawing interest from the Blue Jays, among many other teams.
  • A.J. Pollock hit leadoff for the Diamondbacks for the third straight game Tuesday. Pollock has spent most of the season towards the bottom of the order, but with a .290 batting average he could no longer be denied a move up. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he is not certain if Pollock will remain there long-term, but for now Pollock will be in the lead-off spot.
  • Carl Crawford (ankle) has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and it's unclear how long he'll be out this time. Crawford will be placed on the 15-day disabled list after he rolled the ankle in the eighth inning and limped off the field. He was replaced by Scott Van Slyke, although Matt Kemp was mysteriously not in the lineup for a fifth straight day and also wasn't chosen to replace Crawford. All speculation here, but another option to fill in while Crawford is out is Joc Peterson who is raking at Triple-A and he is on the 40-man roster.
  • 50 Cent was on the mound, but not on the money on Tuesday night in New York before the Mets hosted the Pirates. Standing on the rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, 50 Cent wound up and launched a left-handed toss that sailed way wide of Mets catcher Anthony Recker. The ball bounced to the backstop and nearly nicked a cameraman standing not all that far from the Mets' on-deck circle.