MLB Betting: Powered by Encarnacion, Jays Emerge as AL Force

Thanks to the booming bat of notoriously underrated slugger Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto Blue Jays are getting awfully close to contending for the top spot in the exhausting American League East. This weekend they’ll put themselves to the test hosting the MLB betting favorite Oakland Athletics.

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Back-to-back multi-home run games this week gave Encarnacion a hefty 13 on the season while raising his OPS to .894. Naturally, life would be considerably easier for the Jays if the 31-year-old could maintain that level dominance over the course of the remainder of the season.

Not to be overlooked by one slugger’s recent success, the A’s are a force to be reckoned with in their own right, especially considering their 8/1 odd of winning the World Series (tied for second in all of baseball, behind the Detroit Tigers).

Will Encarnacion’s hot bat be enough to solve an A’s rotation that’s powered Oakland to more wins than any other team in the Majors?

Encarnacion and the Jays have enjoyed a solid start in 2014 and mathematically speaking are on pace to win 87 games on the year. If they did, it would be their third most successful season since they won the World Series in 1993 – no wonder their 25/1 MLB odds are on the rise.

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