Top 10 starting pitchers in KC Royals history

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An overused term seems applicable to this crafty southpaw.  He only struck out more than one hundred hitters once(!) in a season but had no problem getting them out.

Traded from the arch-nemesis New York Yankees after the 1975 season due to a falling out with manager Billy MartinLarry Gura became a rock in the KC Royals rotation for nearly a decade.  Kansas City initially used him out of the bullpen the first two seasons, and he responded well with a .705 winning percentage and 11 saves.  He even managed to throw two complete-game shutouts in the eight times he was able to start.

During the 1978 season, Gura converted over to purely a starter and the results were immediate with 16-4 mark, a 2.72 ERA, a 1.096 WHIP and seventh-place finish in the Cy Young voting.  He had a tougher go of it in 1979 but the next two years saw sub 3.00 ERAs, an All-Star Game appearance and two more top-ten finishes in Cy Young voting.

Although that would be the end of his dominating seasons, Gura still came up with double-digit win totals for the next three years.  That included an 18-win season in 1982.  Sadly, he pitched in only three games during the World Series run of 1985 before finishing that year (and his career) with the Chicago Cubs.

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Gura is a Royals Hall of Famer and finishes high on several all-time franchise lists.  This includes fifth in wins and innings pitched, third in win-loss %, and fourth in complete games and shutouts.  His presence on the team was key to the trips to the postseason in the late 70s and early 80s.