Many said (myself included) that for the Blue Jays to have a truly successful 2012, it would rely almost entirely on their starting pitching, where there were certainly question marks coming into the season.

As Henderson Alvarez put the finishing touches on a 6-hit, complete game shoutout Friday night in Anaheim,

the critics have been at least temporarily silenced. I’m definitely impressed.

Based on the somewhat measureable sample size of the month of April, along with a few starts tossed in from May, we can now look back to the starters 2011 season and compare the progress so far. A summary of several key areas that are remarkable better: Continue reading HOW THE STARTERS STACK UP

365 Days of Eric Hosmer

It was a year ago today Eric Hosmer made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals after demolishing AAA hitting in April to the tune of a .439 average and an 1.107 OPS.  The hopes and dreams of beleaguered Royals fans rested on the shoulders of this heralded young slugger.  There have been plenty of glimpses of stardom but the one year results are mixed.

Overall, the stats for Hosmer’s first full year are very promising.

Most of these stats were accumulated before Eric’s 22nd birthday.  In 627 AB, Hosmer has 24 home runs, 80 runs, and 93 RBI.  He has a solid, if unspectacular, .276 average, a lower than ideal .323 OBP, a respectable .451 SLG, and a slightly disappointing .774 OPS.  30 doubles, 4 triples, and 12 stolen bases are all promising numbers.

Of course, these numbers are all skewed downward by a frustratingly unlucky first month of the 2012 season.  Hosmer is only hitting .192 with an anemic .654 OPS.  Continue reading 365 Days of Eric Hosmer