LUKE HOCHEVAR NEWS

Perspective, Pride, and Validation

What follows below was 95% written over the day leading up to game 7. I was so confident the Royals would cruise to a victory that I spent many hours yesterday crafting my cup runneth over with excitement into words. I was already arranging work meetings around the parade on Friday. All postseason long, I have been privately laughing at the unknowledgeable fair weather fan....
Via Royals Blue
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Eclipsing The Hype

Life never lives up to the hype. The rollercoaster is never worth the 90 minute wait in line. The new phone that was supposed to change your life is only moderately good, doesn’t make phone calls and the battery isn’t long enough. That new “Selfie” show with the MILF guy and Amy Pond is a disaster.  The hype sets an unachievable bar every time.Well…that was until Tuesday...
Via Pine Tar Press
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Luke Hochevar throws for first time since surgery

The Kansas City Royals headed into Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox with a record of 80-64, first in the American League Central. With 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Royals have an excellent shot at the post season. Although pitcher Luke Hochevar will not be part of the push towards the playoffs, he made a big stride in his recover from Tommy...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Luke Hochevar hopes to start throwing in September

The Kansas City Royals entered Monday night's game with a 39-36 record, second in the American League Central. They are in the middle of the pack in both runs scored and team ERA. To remain competitive the rest of the way, the Royals will need continued improvement and stability in all phases of the game. Another key factor is to remain healthy. One player on the disabled list...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Royals June 23, 2014: Don’t Think About The Last Time These Teams Met

It’s cool if you don’t remember the last — by which, of course, I mean “the only” — time the Dodgers visited Kansas City. It was way back in 2005. The names included guys like Antonio Perez and Mike Edwards and Jason Grabowski. It was a time before Twitter, which is a good thing. No one wants to tweet about Jason Grabowski. No one wanted to watch Jason Grabowski. The...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Man That Royals Team is Bad…

Photo: (Charlie Riedel/AP)   UPDATE: Moose has been sent to AAA Omaha So I was talking with Walker about a little baseball this morning, and he says, “hey, you should do a comparison between this year and 2004.” To which I replied that 2003 was a fluke, 04 was a trainwreck and I would rather not. Buuuut I couldn’t help myself, so I pulled up both years, and wow. First of all...
Via Royals Blue
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

“Wade”ing Through Batters!

With the early lose of Luke Hochevar to Tommy John Surgery, the Royals looked to be very vulnerable in the bullpen this year.  After the first week or so, those fears became a little more real.  However, since that time the Royals bullpen has settled in to what again is one of the best in the bigs!  A major reason for that is the shut down ability of the new setup man Wade Davis...
Via Royals Blue
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The financial cost of Tommy John surgery to young pitchers

Jose Fernandez. Patrick Corbin. Jarrod Parker. A.J. Griffin. Luke Hochevar. Matt Moore. Brandon Beachy. Cory Luebke. Bruce Rondon. Bobby Parnell. Kris Medlen. Ivan Nova. And now Martin Perez. Top and mid-tier pitchers in the early stages of their professional careers who have had Tommy John surgery this season, or in the case of Perez, are […]
Via Fangraphs
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 1.0

Touki Toussaint, 80-name. This is the first installment of 2014 MLB Draft big board for the Dodgers. They hold the 22nd pick in the draft and should be able to land a quality prospect, as the draft is considerably deeper this year than last. These are the Dodgers’ first selections in the Logan White era (2002-present): 2002: James Loney (19) 2003: Chad Billingsley (24) 2004: Scott...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen Has Dropped Off Slightly, But Still Solid

The 2013 version of the Royals bullpen was one of the best in the majors. Every time the Royals took a lead past the sixth inning, you felt like the game was all but finished. Aaron Crow and Tim Collins in the seventh. Kelvin Herrera or Luke Hochevar set up in the eighth. Eventually, Wade […]
Via Pine Tar Press
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Royals Myths Debunked

Over the last 25 or so years, being a Kansas City Royals fan has been quite difficult as good players have come and gone and more often than not it seems, guys like Zack Greinke are replaced by guys like Luke Hochevar.  For years, the question wasn't if the Royals would finish under .500, but how far under .500 they'd finish. As someone who has been a Royals fan my entire...
Via Pine Tar Press
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Like it should be: Davis and Holland lead bullpen bounce-back in Royals' win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It took 327 pitches and three hours and 37 minutes to finally resolve the Royals-White Sox game, and in the end it came down to which team could locate one or two pitchers who could simply throw strikes and get someone out. First, enter Wade Davis, the Royals' new Luke Hochevar, who has assumed Hoch's role as the primary setup man to closer Greg Holland...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Home Opener Memories

By Walker Ahhh opening day at the K…A day where you get to call in healthy to work and head to the park for some fun and possible sun!  Over the past 25 or so years, this is also one of the few days you could not walk up and buy a ticket for the game.  Is it the renewal of a new year, the fact the Royals weren’t mathematically eliminated yet, or the fact that Kansas City...
Via Royals Blue
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar and the Reliever Redemption

At the start of every season, or perhaps a little before, certain decisions are made in which certain starting pitchers suddenly cease to be starting pitchers. Whether due to age, ineffectiveness, or perhaps both, a handful of starting pitchers are demoted — if you can call it that — to a role in the bullpen. […]
Via Fangraphs
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Take — Royals Are Losers

It is officially baseball season. Words that I have waited to type for what seems like an eternity. The Royals lost their season opener in Detroit in true Royals fashion, squandering a 2 run lead in the late innings. It was excruciating for KC fans who, after waiting for months to watch their boys in blue, saw them stake a 2 run lead on Justin Verlander, only to see it ripped...
Via Royals Blue
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Just one game, but bullpen collapse could reveal magnitude of Hochevar loss

We all know the Royals' formula for winning. Get solid starting pitching, play Gold Glove defense, get a few timely hits and then let the shut-down bullpen do its job. Oops. That shut-down bullpen was anything but in the season opener Monday, a 4-3 loss to Detroit. Aaron Crow, shaky down the stretch last season, surrendered a run on a wild pitch in the seventh and gave up the...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Kansas City Royals: Predicting Boom or Bust

Opening Day is here!  Kansas City Royals Fans spent all winter arguing about [not] signing Ervin Santana, giving Luke Hochevar $5M to be a[n injured] reliever, and whether the Wil Myers trade was a mistake (argument continued from last winter).  All that is over now because the Royals are back in action and ready to begin what may be the most anticipated baseball season in KC...
Via Pine Tar Press
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: No Need to Worry About Royals Relievers

Last season, the Kansas City Royals had one of the best bullpens in all of baseball, led by Greg Holland, Luke Hochevar and others. This year, the general consensus is that the bullpen would once again be a strength of the team based on the fact that most of the bullpen returns from last year. As spring training opened, though, the Royals lost Luke Hochevar to Tommy John surgery...
Via Pine Tar Press
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

The Kansas City Royals had a relatively quiet camp for the first three to four weeks or so. There were a couple hiccups here and there with Jeremy Guthrie struggling a bit and Escobar leaving camp to be with his wife while she had a baby and Omar Infante's sore shoulder, but for the most part, things were quiet. The biggest issue was probably Luke Hochevar needing Tommy John...
Via Pine Tar Press
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Royals’ Darkest Timeline Rears Its Head

Editor’s Note: After we agreed to run Darin’s piece last week, he came back and claimed that he had time-traveled to late September again and had a companion piece. However, this time he kept muttering something about “The Darkest Timeline.” But since he once again threatened to sing “Friends In Low Places” until we published this piece, we relented. Seriously. Dude can’t...
Via Pine Tar Press
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Coffee: Duffy’s Best Role for the 2014 Royals

When spring training began, the Royals were basically having an open competition for the fifth starter role. The candidates were Wade Davis, Danny Duffy, Luke Hochevar, Brad Penny and Yordano Ventura. Hochevar is now out for the year, Brad Penny has been released and Wade Davis has already been ticketed for the bullpen, partially due to the Luke Hochevar injury creating a hole in...
Via Pine Tar Press
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Throwing it Around

We sit just three weeks from legitimate MLB Opening Day and this will be a week filled with fantasy draft prep on our end. We haven’t even came close to reading our Rotoworld guide from cover to cover which is a testament to how busy we’ve been attempting to earn a living. That said, there’s always time for baseball links. *The “All-Inverted First Letters of Last Names...
Via Diamond Hoggers
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar out for the 2014 season, will have Tommy John surgery

In an otherwise quiet Royals spring training, the team announced Friday relief pitcher Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery to fix ligament damage in his right elbow. A specific time and date for the surgery hasn’t been announced, but it’s likely to happen in the next two weeks.   The injury occurred during last Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Hochevar...
Via i70baseball
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Bullpen Prediction

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports   My finale of predictions for the Royals roster for this upcoming season. I started with the rotation, then went to the position players, and now I finish with the bullpen. Once again, barring any more injuries or acquisitions this how I think it will pan out. Closer- Greg Holland Kelvin Herrera Aaron Crow Tim Collins# Louis Coleman Wade Davis Francisley...
Via TopSportsReport
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Luke Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

getty images Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery preventing him from pitching this season. Hochevar, 30, was being given a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring after making 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season posting a 1.92 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. Royals manager Ned Yost relayed the news on Friday about Hochevar who has a sprained...
Via Tireball.com
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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