Found March 29, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
From last Thursday's season preview of the Royals... Burning QuestionAre the Royals going to get enough out of their rotation to contend in 2012? Checking in a week later, the Royals rotation currently consists of Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Jonathan Sanchez, Luis Mendoza, and Danny Duffy. One of the more effective Royals starter last season, Felipe Paulino, will start the season on the DL with elbow soreness. That's not a good look at all for Kansas City. In 20 starts (21 games) last season, Paulino had a 3.51 FIP and an 8.59 strikeout rate, amassing 2.6 fWAR. That was tied for the highest among all Royals pitchers with the departed Jeff Francis, who threw nearly 60 more innings than Paulino. Of the five Royals starters currently in the rotation, all but Mendoza had at least 20 starts in the majors. Mendoza spent most of the year at AAA Omaha for the Royals, and he only struck out 81 batters in 144 1/3 innings while walking 54. Last season in Omaha, he threw 131 2/3 inn...
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