- Game One: Derek Lowe (8-9, 5.09 ERA/4.69 SIERA) vs. Luke Hochevar (6-9, 5.26/4.15)
Meanwhile, Luke Hochevar has had an up and down season. For every positive step forward comes three negative steps backwards. Case in point: after throwing 7 strong innings and giving up one run against the Twins, Hochevar was ejected in his following outing versus the Angels after throwing at Mike Trout. Yes, he was defending his teammate, but even still it continued a frustrating pattern of inconsistent performances for Hochevar. If he can’t figure things out and finally become the ace Kansas City thought he can be, his future might end before it ever starts.
Game Three: Josh Tomlin (5-8, 5.87/4.59) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-11, 6.68/4.98)
Josh Tomlin is having a rough go of it. Despite the fact that he still isn’t walking batters, he’s not doing much else to keep the opposition off of the scoreboard. I mentioned it prior to the Twins series and I’ll say it again here: Tomlin’s propensity for giving up the long ball is becoming a serious issue. Until he can figure out how to keep the ball from going over the fence, he can’t be relied on. When it was solo home runs it was one thing, but now he’s giving up three-run shots like the one we saw to Josh Willingham. That’s not good. He needs to figure this out or otherwise it may be time to turn to another option.
As for Jeremy Guthrie, he’s had an interesting season. He started the year in Colorado where he was just plain awful. So awful, in fact, he was traded straight-up for the equally bad Jonathan Sanchez. Of course, he’s not the first pitcher to experience the Coors Field effect and I’m sure he won’t be the last. Unfortunately, in his first two starts for the Royals, he hasn’t been any better. So far he’s given up a combined 11 earned runs, 3 home runs, and 15 hits in just 10.1 innings pitched. Can the Indians take advantage of his struggles and add to the misery that has been Guthrie’s 2012 season? Let’s hope so.