Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/25/14
The Kansas City Royals' slogan entering 2012 was "Our Time." After a 12-game losing streak in April, that slogan was abruptly removed from the club's marketing campaign. The Royals' high expectations -- high by Kansas City standards is a .500 season -- were based on first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas having super sophomore seasons and right-hander Luke Hochevar having a breakout season to finally justify being the first overall pick in the 2006 draft. Hosmer went hitless in his final 18 at-bats to drop his average to .232 and missed the final six games with a small right rotator cuff tear. Moustakas hit .267 with 15 home runs, 47 RBI and an .817 OPS in 79 games before the All-Star break. In 70 games after it, Moustakas' numbers tailed off to .211-5-26 with a .586 OPS. Hochevar won just one of his final 11 starts and finished with an 8-16 record and a 5.73 ERA. He finished second in the majors in losses, while his ERA was next...
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