SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Luke Hochevar is a paradox.
"You break down Luke's starts last season, half of them were at the top of the league," Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday. "The other half were at the bottom of the league. So it's just inconsistency."
Hochevar had an 8-0 record with a 2.38 ERA in the 13 starts he made that Kansas City won, according to STATS LLC. The top pick in the 2006 amateur draft was 0-16 with an 8.47 ERA in the 19 of his starts the Royals lost.
He wasn't streaky, either. He won consecutive starts just once, against Houston and Tampa Bay in mid-June. Hochevar didn't lose three in a row until his final outings of the season.
"I'd have a really good game and the next game would be terrible," he said. "I'm thinking what the heck is the difference? I feel like mentally it's the exact same, my approach is the exact same, my focus is the exact same. And something was happening. It was feast or famine last year."
The Royals' opening-day starter in 2011, Hochevar...