1). Eric Hosmer Is The Most Consistent Bat In The Lineup
Yes, Lorenzo Cain blasted three home runs last night. Alex Gordon put one over the fence on Thursday, while adding another hit. But, it’s Eric Hosmer that’s been the most steady producer in the KC Royals lineup through the first 34 games of the season.
Hosmer went on a 16-game hitting streak in April, and has continued to produce since. He’s slashing an outstanding .333/.381/.543 and has pretty much abolished out-of-control swings from his playbook. At age 26, he looks like a mature hitter in his prime.
He’s also putting up the kind of power numbers you expect from a first baseman, with six home runs in 129 at bats. ESPN projects that he will hit 29 home runs and 33 doubles if he maintains his current pace.
Such a season from Hoz will put him on the superstar map, especially after driving in more playoff runs than any KC Royals player in team history (yes, including George Brett), and his iconic play at home plate that sank the Mets in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.
I’m not sure if that’s a good, or bad thing. If he continues to put up numbers like this, he’ll command a $200 million deal on the open market.