Well, at least Edwin Encarnacion isn’t alone when it comes to slow starts by American League sluggers.
Several of the league’s most prized hitters have stumbled out of the gate, including Encarnacion, who was homerless until a monster shot that helped the Jays to a 9-3 win Tuesday night over the Baltimore Orioles before 14,866 at the Rogers Centre.

Encarnacion, to be fair, was on the brink of coming out of what had been a homer-free April. His bat speed is there and his stroke is sound — he simply wasn’t squaring up pitches.

“It was just timing for me,” said Encarnacion, who is now at one homer and eight RBI. “When you are struggling, you try to do too much … get your timing right, and then I know I will be better. When you don’t have your timing, you can swing at bad pitches, so I keep working and keep swinging and things will work out.”

Encarnacion is in good company on the American League’s underperformance list, beginning with the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera. Despite a three-RBI night against the White Sox, the reigning Triple Crown winner has just one homer, 10 RBI and a .235 average in 17 games.

Baltimore’s Chris Davis is a 50-homer guy who’s sitting on a .234 average, one homer and nine RBI. Prince Fielder, in his new home in Texas, had two homers, seven RBI and a .205 average coming into Tuesday,

Robinson Cano, the biggest free-agent move of the off-season, was hitting .270 in Seattle coming into Tuesday, but his power is well off his standards — one homer and eight RBI.