Edwin Encarnacion has been a major pickup for the New York Yankees, and has been producing a lot of runs even though his batting average is sinking.
In Monday’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Encarnacion hit two home runs and drove in three runs. In Friday’s 4-0 win over the Blue Jays, he had a three run double to lead the way.
He’s been batting .158 in pinstripes, but has six home runs and 13 RBIs, along with six walks. Nine of his 12 Yankee hits have been for extra bases. He had 21 home runs and 49 RBIs with a .241 average in Seattle this season.
If the team can get him to adjust to raise his average, that would be fantastic. A higher average would likely mean a greater run production.
The team also needs to be cautious about how often he plays. He is 36, and has had some injury problems in the past. It’s crucial that a slugger like him can be healthy for the postseason. Encarnacion has a .239 career postseason average.
Hopefully, Edwin Encarnacion can find a way to raise his average a bit. If he can get it even to where it was before he was a Yankee, hat will help benefit the team a lot more.