Duffy allowed four runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over four innings in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday. The lefty has alternated losses and no-decisions through four outings. His offense let him down last week in Chicago but bailed him out here with six runs in the bottom of the fourth after Duffy gave up a pair of homers in the top of the frame. It does not get any easier for Duffy as he lines to face this same Twins team again in his next two starts.
Duffy (0-2) allowed one run on three hits and four walks across six innings Monday, striking out six batters and taking a loss against the Cubs. With the Cubs shutting out the Royals, Duffy was unfortunately tagged with his second loss of the year despite allowing just one run on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Javier Baez. Through three starts, the 31-year-old lefty is sporting a 4.11 ERA and 16:5 K:BB. Duffy will face the Twins at home Saturday.
Duffy (0-1) was tagged with the loss during Friday's 2-0 defeat against the Indians. He gave up two runs on three hits while striking out two across 4.1 innings. Duffy didn't walk anyone -- a positive sign given his 3.2 BB/9 last season -- and 40 of his 65 pitches were strikes, so there shouldn't be a lot of reason for concern despite the fact he only went 4.1 frames. Duffy's next start will come on the road against the Tigers on July 29.
Duffy will be the Royals' starter for their Opening Day contest in Cleveland on July 24, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Duffy got the Opening Day nod in both 2017 and 2018 but was out with a shoulder injury at the start of last season, giving Brad Keller the opportunity instead. The veteran southpaw remains a capable enough pitcher, though he wouldn't be the ace for many teams in the league, as his 4.34 ERA and 20.7 percent strikeout rate last season were both unimpressive marks.
Duffy was focused on improving his changeup during Cactus League action, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Duffy made two exhibition starts, racking up nine punchouts across six innings. The lefty noted that he was working to improve his changeup and cited its importance after he allowed a .257/.354/.434 line to opposing left-handed hitters in 2019. While he is no longer the clear ace of the Royals' rotation, Duffy should be locked in as one of the team's starting five throughout the season.