Duffy (4-3) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday. The Royals were hoping Duffy's arm could help them end a nine-game losing streak coming into Wednesday's game, but he received little help from the offense after the bats mustered up just two runs on three hits. He was given an early two-run cushion in the first inning but that was erased quickly after he allowed a run in the second and third. The 32-year-old later surrendered two extra-base hits and a single in the fifth, which amounted to another two runs and put the Royals behind for good. Duffy did tie his season high with eight strikeouts, but he has given up seven runs over his last 11.2 innings after only allowing two earned in his first 30. He still owns a 1.94 ERA, which is good for sixth-best in major league baseball, but the window to sell high on the left-hander is quickly closing after a pair of rocky starts have led to consecutive losses. He'll look to turn things around early next week in a meeting against the Brewers.
Duffy (4-2) allowed three earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six across 5.2 innings to take the loss to Cleveland on Thursday. Thursday marks Duffy's first time this season surrendering multiple runs. Even with this mediocre appearance, he still has a 1.26 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35.2 innings, and his velocity is up to 93.8 mph -- his highest since 2016. The 32-year-old is scheduled to start Wednesday in Detroit.
Duffy (4-1) beat Minnesota 11-3 on Saturday, going seven innings and allowing two hits, three walks and one run with seven strikeouts. Duffy dominated a strong Twins offense that has slumped through the first month, the only damage coming on an Alex Kirilloff solo shot in the seventh. The Kansas City veteran has allowed one or zero runs in all five outings and owns a sparkling 0.60 ERA.
Duffy (3-1) allowed four hits and no walks while striking out eight in five scoreless innings to earn the win against the Tigers on Sunday. Duffy was charged with his first loss of the year in his last start, but he returned to the win column against Detroit on Sunday. The left-hander only lasted five innings Sunday after he went six innings in each of his first three outings of the season, but he still matched his highest strikeout total of the year in the win. Duffy has posted a 0.39 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 27:6 K:BB in 23 innings through his first four starts this year. He'll attempt to remain effective on the road against Minnesota on Saturday.
Duffy (2-1) took a hard-luck loss in Monday's 4-1 defeat against the Rays after giving up two unearned runs on four hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out eight. The veteran lefty got hurt by a two-out error by Carlos Santana in the fifth inning but otherwise neutralized the Tampa Bay offense over 96 pitches (56 strikes). Duffy has come flying out of the gate in 2021 with three straight quality starts, and he'll take a 0.50 ERA and 19:6 K:BB through 18 innings into his next outing Sunday on the road in Detroit.
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