CHICAGO -- The biggest things missing from Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar's past two starts have been execution and consistency, manager Ned Yost said.
Hochevar, who is scheduled to start the second game of the three-game series against the White Sox on Saturday, is coming off consecutive poor outings. His last time out against the Yankees, Hochevar allowed seven runs on seven hits in only 2 1/3 innings. That start followed a four-inning, nine-run outing against Detroit.
Those two outings followed Hochevar's second quality start of the season and Yost said the righty simply needs to execute in order to avoid another sluggish start.
"He didn't execute the pitches, didn't make good pitches on days that he got hit, and did execute and make good pitches when he pitched really, really well," Yost said. "It's just a matter of consistency. Getting into a solid, consistent pattern of executing your pitches. Staying aggressive, stay ahead in the count, pitch in."