The Royals and just about every Royals fan knew before the game started that Elarton was going to pitch approximately the way he pitched. So the question is: Why are the Royals starting Scott Elarton in a game?
More to the point: Why do the Royals even use five starters? Why don’t they break away from the pack and return to the four-man rotation?
One reason would be that it seems we lose an inordinate amount of pitchers to injury already, and we don't want the same to happen to the 2 1/2 decent starters we have now. On the other hand, it's not like we're just on the cusp of 1st place either.
Why not experiment a little?