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Friday, April 2, 2010
No. 5 Starter Watch: Royals

It's not much of an upset, but Kyle Davies is officially the Royals' fifth starter. And as Bob Dutton reports, this time Davies is ready:

I suppose this means the it's-so-crazy-it-just-might-work idea of turning Kyle Farnsworth into a starter is officially dead. Oddly enough, among the seven Royals who started at least twice this spring, Farnsworth's 3.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the best. But Farnsworth gave up a couple of home runs and racked up a 7.98 ERA, and I won't be so impolite as to mention that Davies' ERA (8.47) was even higher.

Davies keeps getting chances, I suppose, because he's pitched well from time to time. As Dutton notes, "Davies closed last season at 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA in his final seven starts. He also finished the 2008 season by going 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in five starts."

You know what, though? It's a funny thing about those final seven starts last season. Davies pitched 40 innings.

He struck out 30 hitters. He walked 24.

Davies has started 99 games in the major leagues. His ERA in those games is 5.46. He's got a lovely ERA in Triple-A action, but even there his strikeout-to-walk ratio is just a hair over 2.

I used to think that Hiram Kyle Davies might be a pretty good pitcher. A year or two ago, I realized I'd been wrong. At some point this summer the Royals are going to catch up with me.