Eric Hosmer smashed his fourth home run of the season on Sunday, leading the Royals to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners in Seattle.
Hosmer's blast off Vidal Nuno capped off the game's scoring in the eighth inning. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the day 2-for-4. He has been mighty impressive through the first month of the 2016 campaign, slashing .333/.374/.538 with four long balls and nine RBI.
Ian Kennedy picked up his third victory of the season on Sunday, punching out six over five-plus innings of one-run ball against the Mariners.
Kennedy scattered four hits on the day while walking two. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Chris Iannetta in the sixth inning. Kennedy has been as advertised thus far for the Royals, registering a 2.61 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/11 K/BB ratio across 31 innings. He'll look to continue that dominance when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Saturday.
Leonys Martin's early-season struggles continued in Sunday's loss to the Royals as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
The hitless afternoon drops Martin down to an abysmal .176/.262/.378 on the season. If he doesn't turn things around soon, he could be in jeopardy of losing most of his playing time in the Mariners' outfield.
Taijuan Walker was dealt his first loss of the 2016 season on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings against the Royals.
Walker struck out four and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. The Royals didn't mount any major rallies against him, simply scratching out single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. He'll carry a pristine 1.80 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 29/3 K/BB ratio into Friday's start against the Astros in Houston.
Nolan Arenado blasted his 11th home run of the season on Sunday, powering the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Arenado got the Rockies on the board with an RBI single as part of a three-run rally in the fourth inning, then tagged Randall Delgado for a two-run bomb in the seventh inning to put the game on ice. He's squarely in the conversation for early-season MVP honors in the National League, slashing .305/.371/.695 with 11 homers and 25 RBI while playing a Gold Glove caliber third base.
Jake McGee secured his sixth save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a three-run lead against the Diamondbacks.
The hard-throwing southpaw made things interesting by allowing a single and walk to bring the tying run to the plate, but he was able to battle back and whiff Welington Castillo to end the contest. While he owns an unsightly 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP, he has managed to convert six of his first seven save chances with the Rockies.
Chad Bettis logged a quality start in Sunday's victory over the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on nine hits over his six frames.
Bettis punched out four and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. While he wasn't at his best in this one, the Rockies offense did more than enough work to compensate and get him the victory. The 27-year-old will carry a 3.89 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio into Friday's matchup against the Giants in San Francisco. He's certainly worthy of consideration as a streaming option in mixed leagues while away from Coors Field.
Brandon Drury homered for the second consecutive game as the Diamondbacks fell to the Rockies on Sunday afternoon in Arizona.
His solo shot came off of Rockies starter Chad Bettis. Drury also singled twice, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He has swung a ridiculously hot bat in the first month of the season, slashing .315/.329/.630 with five homers and 11 RBI. With his versatility, he's likely to find his way into the Diamondbacks lineup on a nightly basis and the power he has displayed makes him an interesting mixed league commodity going forward.