Hosmer went 5-for-6 on the night with six RBI while hitting his 16th home run and stealing his fifth base of the campaign. The 27-year-old slugger was at the center of Kansas City's offensive onslaught Wednesday, as the team pounded out 16 runs on 22 hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 16-2 victory.
Of his seven professional campaigns since breaking into the majors in 2011, Hosmer is posting his best. Through 100 games, he's posted a .319/.375/.877 batting line with 54 RBI and 62 runs scored.
Assuming he continues to rake at or near his current rate, Hosmer should challenge his career-high 25 round-trippers recorded last season and career-best .302 batting average from 2013.
Hosmer's success at the plate has translated to success from the Royals as well. The team has won eight straight games, including sweeps over the Tigers and White Sox in addition to two more wins over Detroit. The offense has emerged during that span, scoring four or more runs in seven of those contests.
Following a day off Thursday, Hosmer and the Royals will take the field in Boston on Friday two games behind the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the AL Central. They also hold a one-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays—prior to the Rays' game against the Yankees on Thursday night—for the second wild-card spot.