Kansas City Royals need Danny Duffy to be amazing

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The Kansas City Royals gave Danny Duffy an extension last offseason and for the most part, he’s been pretty good. If the Royals want to make the postseason, however, Danny Duffy has to be at the top of his game.

On Tuesday night, Danny Duffy took the mound for the Kansas City Royals in a crucial game against the Colorado Rockies and pitched a gem. He went six innings and only allowed one hit for two runs. The one hit was a two-run home run that shouldn’t have occurred, as the walk before was a bad call by the umpire. The inning should have been over.

Regardless, the KC Royals won the game and Danny Duffy pitched exactly how he needed to pitch. While it’s not fair to put all of the pressure on Duffy moving forward this season, that’s what aces are asked to do. They’re asked to carry the team on their back and help get them to the promise land.

With how poorly the pitching staff has looked in the month of August, Duffy needs to be the guy that this team can count on to go out there and deliver. He’d without a doubt be the Royal chosen to pitch in a one-game Wild Card scenario, which is likely what Kansas City is facing after losing their most recent series to Cleveland over the weekend.

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Looking at the Kansas City Royals’ rotation, Danny Duffy is the go-to guy. He has an 8-8 record, 3.78 ERA, and 1.25 WHIP in 21 starts this season. While he hasn’t been perfect this season, he’s had his really, really, really good starts.

The rest of the rotation isn’t doing all that well lately. Ian Kennedy has been awful, Trevor Cahill has been even worse, Jason Vargas has fallen back to earth after looking tremendous in the first half of the season, and you never know what you’re going to get with Jason Hammel. Jake Junis has been good, but he’s nothing more than a fifth starter until Cahill comes back.

That paves the way for Danny Duffy to be the savior of this pitching staff. He was throwing a no-hitter through six innings until that home run by Nolan Arenado and looked to be having great command on the mound. It was nice to see after some less than stellar outings from the Royals starting pitchers.

With less than two months left to go in the 2017 season, Danny Duffy has to keep throwing gems every fifth day. Pressure’s on, Duffman. Oh yeah!