Royals Will Go With Bruce Chen To Start The 2012 Season

By Paul Thompson Opening Day is only a few days away, and wouldn’t you know it, Bruce Chen will take the hill.

Let’s start with the mea culpa.

Last week I broke downthe spring training performances of various Royals in an attempt to predict which efforts were mirages, and which were real. In any such breakdown, the author will oftentimes end up with egg on their faces. It’s inevitable. Especially when such predictions are delivered with unabashed certainty.

As Kurt Vonnegut would say, “so it goes”.

But sometimes, when the error is so egregious that it cannot be overlooked, the writer of said grossly miscalculated prediction must step forward and offer his condolences to those who took his words at face value.

Now is one of those moments.

Within that aforementioned piece, in the wake of another horrible spring start, I predicted that veteran lefty Chen would begin the season on the disabled list. I went so far as to insinuate that Chen may have been a dubious off-season signing, in lieu of his age and noted lack of “pure stuff”.

Of course, Chen pitched exceedingly well in his next start. So well, in fact, that he was named the opening day starter immediately after the game was over. Suddenly, my hypothesis was more outdated than 1995 Sandra Bullock thriller The Net.

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