There were a lot of great performances on Monday, but Andruw Jones‘ is one that stands on the shoulders of the crowd.
Jones, who is now hitting fifth with the White Sox, appeared to be an afterthought in the preseason — a player in the twilight of his career. But he’s hitting. 333 and belted a pair of homers while going 3-for-4 with four RBI on Monday.
I’m not going to tell you he’s a must-own, but if you went out and added him as a potential OF of the week/month-type, that would be pretty smart.
The other performances that stood out on a great offensive day in fantasy baseball:
Scott Rolen — Another player chugging from the fountain of youth. Rolen had his first multi-homer game since 2006. He went 3-for-5 with the homers, a go-ahead RBI single and finished with a pair of runs.
Adam Wainright — Wainwright made sure the Astros wouldn’t join in the hit parade, blanking them through eight innings. He struck out seven, allowed six hits and walked one. He’s outplaying his draft position.
Bengie Molina — Even the Giants were thumping it out there. Molina went 4-for-4, homered, doubled, drove in four runs and scored twice.
Scott Podsednik — Went 4-for-5 with three RBI and had his fifth steal of the season.
Matt Garza — Gave up just one run in eight innings. He struck out five and walked three while allowing six hits. He might make this list every time he pitches in 2010.
Will Venable — Mocking my “own Chase Headley instead” comment the other day. Venable went 3-for-5 homered, scored four runs, drove in two and stole a base.
Barry Zito — Allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out one and walking three in his second win of the season Monday. Sunday I read a blurb about how Zito’s new and improved slider has helped him cope with lost velocity. Looks like he’ll be at least a good streaming-starter for the rest of the season.
Jason Kubel — Went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. It’s hardly as great as some of the other performances on the list, but it was historic. The homer was the first in Target Field history. Expect Kubel to hit 15-20 more there this season.
Kyle Blanks — Left out four-hit days by Carl Crawford, Dan Uggla and Ryan Ludwick to get this Blanks bit in. He went 3-for-6 with a 3-run homer and drove in five runs. Blanks doubled in two runs then scored in San Diego’s 10-run fourth inning. Venable homered and scored in the inning.
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.