KC Royals: Ranking the Starting Pitchers

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (41) – Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

One of the main things I took into consideration with these rankings was how many impressive games these guys have had so far this season. Danny Duffy has only had one game where I was amazed with his pitching on the mound.

That game occurred early on in the season against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Duffy managed to go over seven innings and only allowed one run in front of a huge crowd at the K. It was a Danny Duffy we wouldn’t see again this season.

In his next start, Duffy lasted one inning on the mound, surrendering six hits and four runs. It was disappointing to say the least.

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  • Duffy continued to struggle, lasting 3.2 innings in the following start and gave up six runs. While his last performance saw him going five innings, he ended the night allowing four runs (although one was a three-run home run he gave up after throwing 113 pitches, which prompted him to be pulled).

    That was the last Royals fans have seen of Duffy. He was slated to start against the St. Louis Cardinals the following Saturday, but it surfaced that he would be skipped in the rotation due to a stiff neck. Shortly after, Duffy went on the disabled list and just recently began his rehab assignment in Omaha with the Stormchasers (Source of link: Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star).

    At the moment, Duffy has gone 2-3 with a 5.87 ERA in eight starts. That is awful enough, but when you break it down, Duffy went 9.2 innings in his last three starts and allowed 14 runs. Yikes.

    Last season saw fans having the upmost faith in Danny Duffy and when he went out with an injury, it affected this team. Duffy was not in the starting rotation during the playoff run, but he filled the role of a long term reliever in the bullpen, and very well could be thrown back into the role upon his return.

    Only time will tell, and Duffy’s future in the starting rotation could have to do with our next guy on the countdown.

    Next: Concern or not a concern?