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Hochevar was a key starter for KC (Getty Images)

Adding significant pieces to the 2012 starting rotation is atop the Royals' to-do list heading into this offseason. In the first of a series of articles, senior correspondent Matt Simpson takes a statistical approach to explore just how good Kansas City's starting rotation needs to be to reach the postseason.

As is the case with many metrics, benchmarking can be designed to tell you what you'd like to hear. Want to feel like Stephen Hawking? Benchmark your intelligence against the cast of the Jersey Shore. Want to feel good about your college football team's lackluster point spread? Benchmark it against the 1991 Prairie View A&M squad. With a creative approach to building a peer group, we could...

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