Tyler Chatwood scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.
It's not saying a whole lot, but Chatwood certainly looks like the Rockies' ace from here; he's keeping the ball on the ground and he's amassed a 20/7 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings. It's been good for a 3-2 record and a 2.73 ERA to date. We're guessing he'll continue to be an above average starter, but with Coors weighing him down, he's a streaming option in mixed leagues at best.
Robbie Ray was tagged for five runs and four homers in four-plus innings by the Rockies on Friday.
It could have been worse, considering that Ray gave up two walks and three more hits in addition to the four homers. Ray hadn't allowed a single homer through four starts this year and he gave up just nine in 127 2/3 innings last season, so tonight was certainly something of a fluke. Still, he's more of a streamer/spot-starter in mixed leagues than an every-week option.
Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Story took over sole possession of the major league lead in homers with his fifth-inning blast off Robbie Ray... for about a minute and a half. Then Nolan Arenado hit his 10th homer, going back-to-back with Story. With the homer tonight, Story has five homers in four games at Chase Field, to go along with four in 11 games at Coors (and one in three games at Great American).
Nick Hundley homered, doubled and drove in three runs Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Hundley hasn't missed a beat since returning from a concussion last weekend. He's hitting .278 with five extra-base hits and seven walks in 36 at-bats.
Felix Hernandez shut out the Royals for 7 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the year on Friday.
Hernandez's velocity remains down a bit and he's walked 18 batters in 32 2/3 innings, yet here he is with a 1.38 ERA after five starts. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in this one. We're still not all that optimistic about him finishing the year as a top-20 SP.
Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.
The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA.
Seth Smith homered for the only run of the game in the Mariners' win over the Royals on Friday.
Smith also walked twice. He's usurped Kyle Seager's position as the No. 2 hitter against righties, and with a .424 OBP to date, he's running away with the spot now. It still doesn't give him much in the way of mixed-league value, though, at least not unless we're talking OBP leagues.
Alex Gordon went 0-for-3 with a walk in the loss to the Mariners on Friday.
He struck out against Steve Cishek with the team down one in the ninth. Gordon was a lousy bet for fantasy purposes entering the season, in part because the Royals were planning on hitting him fifth in the order, but his .213 average and five RBI through 22 games are still rather unexpected. He's struck out 29 times already.