CLEVELAND: Consistency is often discussed as one of the crucial characteristics in baseball, a sport with a grinding 162-game season that, at times, is short on forgiveness.

Few hitters can boast the kind of consistency that Edwin Encarnacion has enjoyed the last six years. He’s continued that in Cleveland.

It was one of the major selling points for the Indians in handing out the largest free-agent contract in their history. From 2012-2016 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Encarnacion hit at least 34 home runs, drove in at least 98 runs and posted an OPS of .886 or higher. Every year, like clockwork.

In Saturday night’s win, Encarnacion belted home run No. 30, again reaching that plateau and with more than a month remaining in the season. He is currently the only hitter in baseball with at least 30 home runs in each of the last six seasons. He’s the first to do it since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit that many each year between 2007-2013.

His season arc has also followed that of much of his career. He got off to a slow start, posting a .696 OPS in April. Since May 1, he’s been among the American League’s best hitters.

Encarnacion had an OPS of .829 in May, 1.042 in June, .797 in July and .934 in August, which has included nine home runs. After Sunday’s game, he was also tied with Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer for the longest on-base streak in the AL at 21 games.

“He is such a professional hitter, and dangerous,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I know it was frustrating for everybody at the beginning, but you just had to know he was going to get there.

‘‘It’s fun watching him get there. I still think he has probably a good hot streak in him, too. He studies and he is ready and he is so dangerous.”

Working way back

Outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) and Abraham Almonte (strained hamstring) continue to progress in their rehab programs.

According to the club, Chisenhall, on the DL since July 14, is scheduled to play Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus. Almonte, on the DL since Aug. 18, is scheduled for a rehab appearance with Columbus on Monday night.

Danny Salazar, who hit the DL this week with elbow inflammation, will throw off flat ground on Monday.

Those three are joined on the disabled list by Michael Brantley (ankle), Jason Kipnis (hamstring), Andrew Miller (right knee), Boone Logan (lat muscle) and Josh Tomlin (hamstring).

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians.