It was a light slate around baseball on Monday, but there were still a few noteworthy performances.
Put Jose Bautista‘s at the top. It’s doubtful you had him in your fantasy lineup because he’s only hitting .216. But if you did, you got a pleasant surprise. Bautista belted a pair of homers and drove in five runs in a 2-for-4 day for the Blue Jays.
Nine other noteworthy performances from Monday:
Brandon Morrow — I said he’d have to impress for several starts in a row before I’d think about adding him, and Morrow put up some impressive stats Monday: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8Ks. If the performance came against any team other than the Royals I’d buy it. Wait for another good start or two.
Kyle Blanks — Let’s get this out of the way first, Blanks is one of our faves at Chinstrap Ninjas so we pamper him with praise. His performance Monday was hardly along the lines of Bautista’s or Morrow’s. But the dude tripled among his two hits and scored a run. If you’re 6-6, 270 and you hit a triple, the Ninjas are going to nod your way.
Willie Harris — Went 2-for-3, drove in four runs. Harris plated three of those runs on a homer. He’s only batting .217. Like Bautista a nice surprise if you settled for him in a deep or league-specific format on Monday.
Joel Pineiro — Scattering nine hits and walking none Monday, Pineiro shut out the Tigers over 7.1 innings. He struck out four and has a 1.77 ERA to go with a 1.08 WHIP this season.
Fernando Rodney — Earned his fourth save of the season by striking out one in a perfect ninth inning. The Angels will have a closer decision to make when Brian Fuentes returns.
Casey Kotchman — The Mariners first baseman hit a two-run homer, doubled and drove in three runs in an 8-2 win over Baltimore. Kotchman has 12 RBI and is hitting .286 on the year.
Mike McCoy — Another Blue Jays player? Yep. Out of the No. 9 hole, McCoy went 3-for-4, scored twice and stole two bases. He’s hitting .320 and has six hits in his last 12 at-bats.
Matt Holliday — Improving his batting average to .340, Holliday went 3-for-5 and belted his fourth homer and fourth double of the season. He drove in two runs.
Jason Bartlett — Another 3-for-5 day, but Bartlett fell a homer short of the cycle and scored three runs to lead the Rays in an 8-2 drubbing of John Lackey and the Red Sox.