We are already underway in Detroit this afternoon with Luke Hochevar about to toe the rubber in the bottom of the first.   The big question with Luke this year deals not with his ability to have a good start now and then, but instead in his ability to string several good starts together.

Last year, Hochevar had three truly great outings, each of which was followed by a clunker…or two.  Have a look:

  • June 12th versus the Reds.   Hochevar throws just 80 pitches in a complete game that saw him allow just three hits and a run.   He followed that outing by getting lit up for six earned runs in just four innings.
  • July 25th versus Texas.   This was the game that we saw Hochevar fan 13 batters in seven innings of work, allowing just five hits and two earned runs.   In his next start, Luke allowed seven runs in six innings.
  • September 18th at Chicago.   Hochevar fired a complete game, three hit shutout.   He gave up six runs in five innings in his following start.

After throwing seven shutout innings in his first start of 2010, can Luke be effective again today?