Scott Rolen hit his ninth and 10th homers on Sunday. He now has 27 RBI and is batting .287.
Rolen is doing his best to keep up with the Blue Jays sluggers, but that’s an impossible task at this point. Edwin Encarnacion, who hit approximately 27 homers this weekend, homered again on Sunday. Jose Bautista, another Jays slugger, his his 14th homer. That ties him with Paul Konerko for tops in the Majors.
Both leagues were homer happy on Sunday — Jason Bay, Cody Ross also had two homer games — and there were plenty of other notable performances. Here’s what else stood out:
Mike Napoli — Went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and hit his third homer in as many games. He’s still available in 47% of Yahoo leagues. When he’s hot, you roster Napoli.
John Jaso — Drove in four runs batting third as Evan Longoria took a day off. Jaso’s the sixth-best hitting fantasy catcher in the last month. His line: 11 runs, 2 homers, 17 RBI and a .352 average. He’s available in 96% of Yahoo leagues.
Carl Crawford — Because homers aren’t everything… Crawford stole three bases. He now has 14, tying him for sixth place in the majors. With his three runs scored he now has a third-best in the majors 35. He’s the eighth-best hitter in fantasy.
Carlos Silva — He wasn’t fantastic — 3 runs, 6 hits allowed in 5.1 innings — but he became the first Cub in 43 years to start the season 6-0. In an 8-year career he’s never been this effective. He’s got a career .303 batting average against, but batters are hitting .262 against him this year. He’s going to turn into a pumpkin.
Ben Sheets — Allowed two hits and two walks while striking out eight in six shutout innings. He’s baiting you in. Don’t bite or he’ll filet and grill your WHIP and ERA.
Jeremy Affeldt — Has a disappointing three holds this season and left Sunday’s game with a tight hamstring. He’s owned in 14% of leagues and that number should drop considerably. There are better setup options right now, and the Giants aren’t ready to place him on the DL yet. Cut bait, move on.
Homer Bailey — Left in the third inning of a disastrous start with shoulder tightness. He’ll be evaluated by a doctor. I’m no doctor, but I have a feeling that soreness was brought on by the three earned runs he allowed.
Miguel Cabrera — Lineup alert: Cabrera will miss the two-game series with Seattle to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
Travis Hafner — Hitting .366 (15-41) over an 11-game hit streak. It’s risky, but if you’re in an AL-only league, you could consider playing out this hot streak.
John Axford — Brewers rookie earned the save on Sunday despite allowing a run, three hits and walking one. He did strike out three. Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless eighth and earned a hold. Axford has been pretty effective, but the closer role is not his. If Hoffman’s right, he’ll get it back.
Kerry Wood — We’ll stay with the closers… Wood struck out one in a scoreless ninth to record his first save. He blew his first save chance. I wouldn’t drop Chris Perez yet if I were you.