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Luke Hochevar’s horrible season ends with 10-run inning

Sep 30, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

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Despite sporting a 7-13 record and a 5.36 ERA, Luke Hochevar got a vote of confidence from the Royals’ organization earlier this month. He’s responded in classic Hochevarian fashion; he gave up 22 runs over 24 innings in his last four starts.

Hochevar’s season officially ended during the Indians’ 10-run fifth inning on Sunday. Hochevar didn’t give up all of the runs, but he was charged with nine in 4 2/3 innings, taking his ERA up to 5.73. It’s not the worst ERA in the majors — Ricky Romero came in at 5.76 — but considering that Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium plays as a pitcher’s park, he rates as the AL’s least effective starter this year.

By Baseball-Reference’s ERA+. Hochevar’s season could end up rating the worst of any qualified starter since 2008. Tim Lincecum‘s 2012 is actually worse right now (he’s at 68, the third worst mark since 2000), but the San Francisco park factor will likely be revised to something less extreme later on. Also, as rough as Lincecum’s season has been, he’s allowed just three unearned runs. Hochevar has allowed nine. Romero gave up six.

At least Hochevar can take solace that his season doesn’t rate as the worst in Royals’ history. The late Jose Lima went 5-16 with a 6.99 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City in 2005.

  1. groundruledoublebourbon - Sep 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    So, in 2012 we had the worst position player (Francoeur) and the worst starting pitcher (Hoch). Got it. Please, Royals fans, trust The Process – Year 6.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      You have the best username, and that comment is great. You get an overall A+ from me.

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Sep 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Much obliged, although I give all the credit to the KC Royals and Chiefs – without their ineptitude, my level of snark is downright unattainable. Their incompetence alone makes it possible.

      • sportsdrenched - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        I was thinking about this yesterday. Would the Kansas City Fanbase even know how to comment on message boards if the Royals & Chiefs ever started winning? Hell, if the were even medicore?

  2. blacksables - Sep 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Wow, you really hate Missouri, don’t you?

    This is why no one likes Chicken Choker’s (jay hawks).

  3. hotkarlsandwich - Sep 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Newsflash! No one cares about the Royals. No Royals posts were necessary after the All Star Game.

  4. fuddpucker - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    In Star Wars the catch phrase was “use the Force, Luke”.

    In KC the catch phrase is “Use the Farce, Luke”.

  5. Tyree Studio - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    DM should be fired. The fact that he brought back Yuni and has stuck with Francoeur and Hochevar all year is all the reason you need. That and we’re in year 6 of “the process”. Looking forward to the offseason when DM trades a royal reject for another teams pitching reject (ie Sanchez this year) and proclaims the starting pitching “fixed”.

  6. sportsdrenched - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Just think, this guy thought he was so good, he held out a year after he was drafted by the Dodgers. I cannot stand this guy. I have this fear going into the offseason that he will once again be the Opening Day starter next April. Only thing I can figure is Kyle Davies, Yuni, & Frenchy gave him a copy of the blackmail leverage they have on Dayton Moore.

  7. gmsalpha - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    You must find a way to get “Hochevarian” into the lexicon.

  8. lanflfan - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    From all Dodger fans, a big THANK YOU to Luke and his braintrust, mainly $cott bora$, after he was drafted by, but refused to sign with, the Dodgers, thereby giving LA a compensation pick the following year, allowing them to draft – Clayton Kershaw.

    The ONLY good thing bora$ has ever done.

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