Arenado has been on fire with four multi-hit games in the last five and four homers in that same span. The 25-year-old third baseman had a heck of an opening salvo with 10 homers in April and now got off to the same start in May. He is hitting it at a .357/.438/.821 with four homers, eight RBI, and eight runs scored in his last seven games. Arenado’s hot streak should continue on Monday as he and the Rockies face James Shields, who he has hit .522 in 23 at bats with four homers, and six RBI against.
Ellis was one of only three Dodgers to record a hit on Sunday and scored the run following a base hit from Clayton Kershaw. He was on base all three times he came to the plate but took his fifth and sixth walks of the season in the other at bats. He got the starts early in the season but is now transitioning back to the second catcher role, now that Grandal is back from the DL, but has been productive in his last seven games hitting .333 with one homer, four runs, and three RBI.
Simply brilliant is the only way to describe is start on Sunday as he completely overpowered the Padres to the tune his most Ks since last September 2nd. Kershaw has been his typical dominating-self with a 1.96 ERA and 0.72 WHIP with a ridiculous 54:3 K:BB ratio. Due to the two off days this week for the Dodgers, his next start won’t be until next Sunday against Toronto. It will be a showdown against one of the best offenses in the league but his pitching talent should still make him a clear starter.
Pomeranz has been on fire to start the season and Sunday’s start was no different despite taking the loss. He was coming off a rough outing his last time out lasting only 4 1/3 but went nearly pitch for pitch against Kershaw this time. In five starts this season he now owns a 2-3 record despite a 2.48 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP and a nearly 3:1 K:BB ratio. His next start will come on Friday against the Mets and Noah Syndergaard as he will look to keep his hot start going.
Kemp extended his modest four game hit streak on Sunday, which was impressive given that Clayton Kershaw only gave up three hits total. He had a good start to the year in April hitting seven homers and driving in 19 in the opening month, which is what the Padres were hoping to see from him. Kemp has now hit safely in seven of the last eight games he’s played, hitting .345/.367/.724 with two homers and six RBI in that span with six runs scored. Next up is a series opener at home against Jon Gray and the Rockies on Monday. Kemp is hitting 70 points worse against RHP this season but has four of his seven dingers against them.