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Game 84 Open Thread - Royals (33-50) vs. Rockies (41-42)

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Luke Hochevar

#44 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-5

220

R

R

Sep 15, 1983



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Luke Hochevar 5-8 17 17 0 0 0 0 110.2 112 65 61 15 32 53 4.96 1.30


Jason Hammel

#46 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-6

215

R

R

Sep 02, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jason Hammel 4-7 16 16 0 0 0 0 100.2 100 51 45 9 38 51 4.02 1.37


This is why you have a stopper like Hochevar. To get things on the right track again.

Luke Hochevar makes his first start ever in his home state of Colorado. Other Royals born in the Centennial State - Nick Capra, Scott Elarton, Nate Field, Jimmy Serrano, Andy Sisco. Only eighy-some MLB players have been born in Colorado, I guess because for a long time, no one lived in Colorado. Then "Mork and Mindy" was set in Boulder and Denver popped up and the rest is history.

Think we will get the chance to see All-Star Aaron Crow pitch in a meaningless situation today?

I also want to point out that Jason Hammel was acquired three seasons ago from the Rays when he was out of options and the Rockies were willing to give him a shot in their rotation. They acquired him for Aneury Rodriguez - a C+ prospect according to John Sickels, and a pitcher who has not turned into anything special. Hammel is not going to be mistaken for an All-Star - but he has posted at least a 1.7 WAR the past two seasons in Colorado and has 1.8 WAR already this year. Just saying the Royals should probably make more underrated trades like that. But not if it means bumping Kyle Davies from the rotation.