Duffy gave up four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out eight Wednesday, but didn't factor into the decision in a 7-6 win over the A's. August has been a rough month so far for the lefty as Duffy's now been tagged for 16 runs in 17 innings over three starts, but he's salvaged some fantasy value with a 24:4 K:BB over that stretch. With his strikeout rate showing signs of rebounding to its 2016 level, he may be able to chip away at his 3.82 ERA on the season, beginning with his next start Tuesday at home against the Rockies.
Duffy (7-7) allowed seven runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Mariners. All of the damage against Duffy came in the first two innings, with three homers and a strikeout wild pitch contributing to his undoing. While the southpaw did well to settle down and give his team a chance to win, he ultimately failed to escape the loss as Seattle prevailed 8-7. The second game of his team's doubleheader won't affect Duffy's rest, so he'll make his normally scheduled start Friday against the White Sox.
Duffy was confirmed as the Game 1 starter for Sunday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Pete Grathoff of The Kansas City Star reports. Duffy was scheduled to start Saturday's rainout, so as expected, he'll get the ball for one of Sunday's contests. The only question was which game Duffy would pitch, but now we know he's got the matinee. Jake Junis is in line to be called up as the 26th man to start the later affair.
Duffy will not make his scheduled start Saturday against the Mariners, as the game has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up Sunday as part of a traditional doubleheader, and Duffy will almost certainly start one of those games. However, the Royals have not yet announced whether Duffy will start the matinee or the nightcap.
After a month-long DL stint (oblique), Duffy went 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 31:4 K:BB over six starts and 39.1 innings in July. The 28-year-old southpaw quelled any doubts about his health with a strong month. Duffy pitched six-plus innings, logging three quality starts, in four of his post-injury contests. His command was superb in July -- he managed a 0.9 BB/9, the best such mark for any month in Duffy's seven MLB seasons -- although his 7.1 K/9 leaves ample room for improvement. With health on his side, and a clubhouse that's surging, Duffy is set up nicely for a strong stretch run.
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