KC Royals News: Danny Duffy Shines While Bullpen Falters

Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals SP Danny Duffy. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /

KC Royals news consists of Opening Day taking place on Monday afternoon. The Royals fell to the Minnesota Twins by a score of 7-1. They’ll now have Tuesday off and will get back to work on Wednesday in hopes of redemption.

Well, it wasn’t the Opening Day that Kansas City Royals fans had hoped for, but the first six innings were positive for one Danny Duffy. Duffy threw six innings and only allowed three hits and one run.

At the end of six innings, Duffy had thrown 100 pitches, but had struck out eight batters in his regular season debut. He showed ace material, but unfortunately his offense and his bullpen both failed him.

The bullpen allowed six runs in the seventh inning thanks to four earned runs off of Matt Strahm and another two earned runs allowed off of Travis Wood. Peter Moylan and Mike Minor both had solid appearances, so that was a positive.

As for the offense, they were not good. The lineup only managed three hits and only Mike Moustakas crossed home plate after crushing a home run to right in the fourth inning.

It wasn’t a great day for the Kansas City Royals, but hey… It’s just one game out of 162. They’ll pick it up and improve for Game 2 against the Twins.

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"Duffy is demonstrably correct about this just being one bad game, with 161 left. He is undoubtedly sincere about his confidence in the bullpen, too, and he may even be right about the most important point here — that the Royals bullpen in this post-HDH world is “good,” or “really good,” or perhaps even “great.”"

While some KC Royals fans might already be freaking out about the loss, just take a chill pill. It’s one game. Yes, the bullpen was bad. Yes, the offense was bad. Danny Duffy, however, was magnificent, and Mike Moustakas showed that he can still hit for power after missing most of last season with an injury.

The Twins have also been abused by the Royals over the years and were likely looking to seek some type of revenge against them early on in the season. It’s just one game, Royals fans.

Onto Game 2 on Wednesday where the Royals and Twins will send Ian Kennedy and Hector Santiago to duke it out on the mound.