Hochevar had a couple of stand out games in 2009 for the Royals, showing what a lot of us have hoped he would bring to the team on a consistent basis. On June 12, he threw an 80 pitch complete game against the Cincinnati Reds for a 4-1 Royals win. He followed that up five weeks later with 13 strikeouts while helping beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on July 25.
Luke had some brilliant games last year, and I think everyone will be happy if he finally breaks through and shows some consistency in this 2010 season.
The visiting pitcher for todays matchup is Max Scherzer, a product of the semi-local Missouri Tigers. Below are his numbers while with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009.
Max had some good games last year also. While squeaking out a win over the San Diego Padres on May 26, he had 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3rds innnings. Since leaving Missouri and heading to the Majors, Max has had some success, but he is still not quite up to the level expected of him.
With Hochevar and Scherzer set to duel in Kansas City tonight, we will most likely see some fireworks. Question is, will those fireworks be from batters lighting it up, or the other way round? We'll find out tonight who gets burned.
Stats courtesy of http://www.baseball-reference.com/