Fantasy Baseball: Is Luke Hochevar Fantasy Friendly?

Jun 28, 2012


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Kansas City pitcher Luke Hochevar struggled to start his career, seemed to figure things out last  year, and took a step back to start the 2012 season. He had a 9.00 ERA after getting shelled by the Yankees on May 6th and a 6.57 ERA as early as June 8th after yielding four runs over six innings to the Pirates. Hochevar has been better of late, but is his fantasy friendly?
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Luke has a quality start in his last three outings as he has posted a 2-0 record, a 1.13 ERA, and a 1.00 WHIP. On top of that, he has stuck out 19 batters in 24 innings during those starts, and has not yielded a run over 16-2/3 innings in his past two starts.
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His recent success has helped Hochevar lower his season ERA to 5.07 and his WHIP to 1.40. Both remain bloated, but if he can continue to pitch effectively, he has a chance to get them closer to the 4.68 and 1.28 numbers he posted last year.
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Hochevar’s downfall has been his home starts. While he’s 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA on the road, he’s 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA at Kauffman Stadium.
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Part of the struggles could be contributed to bad luck. His BABIP is .338, which is significantly up from his .275 mark last year and .304 career number.
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Hochevar is barely owned in fantasy baseball leagues. The way he has been pitching he should at least be considered as a streaming option, especially on the road and/or in favorable match-ups. His next match-up is Saturday against the Twins at Target Field, which could be a nice time to test him out.
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