Like we've known since before spring training began Luke Hochevar will indeed start opening day and be joined in the rotation by Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, Bruce Chen, and Vin Mazzaro. Once Francis and Chen were signed I don't think too many people bought that Aaron Crow or Danny Duffy had a legitimate shot at winning a spot in the rotation. Duffy struggled but Crow outpitched all five starters and could possibly still make the team, albeit in the bullpen. Sean O'Sullivan has already been named the spot starter and first guy to join the rotation in the event of injury or ineffectiveness.
Much of the doom and gloom forecasted for the Royals 2011 is predicated on a historically awful rotation but I just don't see it. Yeah Zack Greinke is gone but KC lost 21 of his 33 starts last season and I can't imagine they'll do worse than that with Francis and Mazzaro on the mound. The Royals record when the three holdovers (Hochevar, Davies, Chen) started last year was 35-37. Greinke was clearly the best starter of the bunchr but they lost 64% of his starts and still failed to lose 100 games so I just don't understand the glass is completely empty mentality. There's obviously no Cy Young winners onboard but they'll get the benefit of an improved defense and hopefully improved offense.
100 losses? Not happening.