Indians: Carlos Santana
Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion
No matter how the Blue Jays’ season ends, Edwin Encarnacion has already had the kind of postseason young children dream of when they’re growing up playing the game. First he opened it up by hitting a walk-off three run home run in the wild card game, and he hasn’t stopped hitting since then. Encarnacion is currently batting .375 with three home runs and 7 RBIs, which are both tops of any batter in the postseason thus far.
Encarnacion is a free agent at postseason’s end, and after a regular season in which he hit 42 longballs and drove in an AL-best 127 runs, Toronto will have to break out the checkbook in a big way to retain his services.
Cleveland counters with a power bat of its own in Carlos Santana. Santana only has two hits so far this postseason, but he’s coming off of a productive year in which he hit a career-high 34 home runs.
Santana was the hottest hitter in the Tribe’s lineup during the final month of the regular season, slashing .327/.454/.625 with nine doubles, six homers, and 21 RBIs in the last 29 games, and has traditionally hit very well against the Blue Jays, sporting a career 134 OPS+.