KANSAS CITY, Mo. Royals fans have had the same lament for over 20 years: "If only we had some starting pitching."
Now the Royals do.
With general manager Dayton Moores bold moves during the off-season, the Royals enter the 2013 season with, at least on paper, their best starting rotation since the 1980s.
And most baseball experts agree that, combined with an improving offense, an elite defense and a shut-down bullpen, the Royals new-look rotation will give them a fighting chance in the American League Central.
"When was the last time we had four top-notch starting pitchers in the rotation?" Royals Hall of Famer George Brett said. "I mean, how fun is it going to be going to the ballpark every night knowing you got a chance to win because you have a quality starter on the mound?"
And actually, along with James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin Santana and Wade Davis, you can add another intriguing arm to the equation Luis Mendoza.
Mendoza had a 3.28 ERA from June on last season,...