Beyond Zack Greinke: A Kansas City Royals Starting Pitching Assessment

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Beyond Zack Greinke: A Kansas City Royals Starting Pitching Assessment
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The big turn around for the Royals this year has been built on pitching. Typically, that sentence finishes with "...and defense", but the Royals have demonstrated a level of defensive competency equivalent to their cross-town Independent League buddies the Kansas City T-Bones.

Add in the fact that the offense has been spotty all season, and what you get is a razor thin margin for error available for pitchers.

Zack Greinke has been nothing short of amazing. He is 7-1, 0.82 through the first quarter of the season; however, the rest of the staff has had it's issues at times.

With Greinke's totals removed, Gil Meche, Brian Bannister, Kyle Davies, Luke Hochevar, Sidney Ponson and Horacio Ramirez have combined for a record of 9 - 17.

There is some promise for the righty heavy rotation, but something needs to be done soon if the Royals hope to keep pace with the surging Detroit Tigers.

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