And here is Part Deux: Worst Opening Day Starter Ever. Probably going to be very debatable. Let's look at the candidates:
Will it surprise anyone if I start in the 2000s? I think you can make a very solid case that all the Royals starting pitchers prior to 2000 were at worst "good" pitchers. And why not, it's the guy you're running out to start the season.
So here are the the guys thrown out there in the 2000s, minus Gil Meche ('07-'09):
2000-2002: Jeff Suppan. Worst of the multiple opening day starters, but not the worst offender of the 00s.
2003: Runelvys Hernandez. Had a pretty good '02-'03 but was never the same post-injury. '05 was Davies-esque (5.50 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 1.26 K:BB) and '06 was a train wreck (6.48 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 1.04 K:BB). Failed comeback attempt in '08 with Houston.
2004: Brian Anderson. Was 5-1 in 2003 for the Royals (5-1, 3.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP). See a great fan page here. 2004 wasn't so hot (6-12, 5.64 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 1.32 K:BB).
2005: Jose Lima. LIMA TIME! Racked up more Jim Rome appearances than any Royal that I know of. Was a big factor in the magical 2003 Royals (I just called an 83-win team magical. Time out to get another beer). However, in 2005, he went 5-16, 6.99 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 1.31 K:BB.
2006: Scott Elarton. Just when you thought you had picked your answer for the poll. Posted #5 starter numbers in 2006 (4-9, 5.34 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 0.94 K:BB). In 2007, started nine games, went 2-4, caused me to throw things at my TV, 10.46 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 0.62 K:BB.
Who was the WORST Royals opening day starter ever?
Runelvys Hernandez (3 votes)
Brian Anderson (no, not THAT Brian Anderson) (5 votes)
Jose Lima (21 votes)
Scott Elarton (75 votes)
104 total votes