Struggling Royals right-hander Danny Duffy has been moved to the bullpen, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Duffy is winless in his last four starts, and he was tagged for four earned runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Royals will move Jeremy Guthrie back into the rotation in Duffy's place, but McCullough notes that the latter will still compete for a spot on the postseason roster. Guthrie wasn't exactly tearing it up when he was moved to the bullpen, but he's been ineffective in relief as well. He owns a 5.55 ERA on the year. Guthrie will start Tuesday against Seattle.
Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (7-8) struggled on Wednesday, lasting just 2 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in a loss to the Indians. Over his last six starts, Duffy has either allowed four runs or two runs. That very much matches his mediocre season, as he maintains a 4.25 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 24 starts this season. After allowing just 113 hits in 149 1/3 innings last season, Duffy has allowed 133 hits in just 128 1/3 innings this season. The strikeouts are down as well, so it's tough to determine what type of pitcher we'll see nest year. In any case, he'll take on the Mariners in his next start on Tuesday.
The Orioles scored 14 runs Friday night, but don't blame Royals starter Danny Duffy. They tallied a dozen after he departed. Duffy was in line for the win after allowing two runs on three hits in five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. His problem was that he threw 101 pitches and left the job to a bullpen that performed horribly. The lone run-scoring hit against him was a Dariel Alvarez home run in the third inning. A failure to consistently go deep into games recently has limited Duffy to just one quality start over his last five outings.
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy had an uneven start on Saturday against the White Sox. Duffy struck out seven over seven innings, but he also gave up four runs on seven hits in the 6-1 loss. Duffy (7-7, 4.17 ERA) kept the White Sox off the board over the first three innings. But he allowed a three-run home run to Alexei Ramirez in the fourth inning to break the game open. The other run Duffy allowed came on a solo shot by Geovanny Soto in the seventh inning. The Royals' offense was unable to do anything against White Sox starter Jose Quintana, leaving Duffy with his seventh loss of the season. Duffy is 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA over his last five outings.
Tossing 99 pitches in a five-and-out is not often going to result in a victory. It didn't Sunday at Tampa Bay for Royals starter Danny Duffy. Duffy had to settle for a no-decision when he surrendered two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. An RBI single by Joey Butler in the first and solo blast by Brandon Guyer in the third put both runs on the board. A high pitch count has prevented Duffy from racking up more than one quality start in his last five outings. His ERA rests at a respectable 4.11.