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41 Danny Duffy SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/202 | Birthdate: 12/21/1988 | Birthplace: Goleta, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $505,125 | Owned/Started%: 61/31 | Average Draft Position: 260.19
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Danny Duffy posts quality start in loss vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy took a loss Saturday despite giving up just two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings and striking out two in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Red Sox.

Duffy (5-10) is 1-5 in his last six starts, but he's surrendered no more than two earned runs in five of his outings during that stretch. The lack of offensive support has led him to post a terrible record alongside a 2.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 69:32 K:BB ratio in 91 1/3 innings. Duffy is scheduled to take on the Indians Thursday.


Limited strikeouts not hurting Danny Duffy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/15/2014) Throughout his recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2012 and 2013, the one stat that kept Danny Duffy top of mind for Fantasy owners was his strikeout rate. He averaged 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings in six starts before the injury two years ago and returned to average 8.1 in five starts last year.

He's down to 7.1 per nine innings this year, but the tradeoff should be a welcome one for Fantasy owners. It's flown under the radar because he's gone 3-4, but in his last eight starts, Duffy has a 2.19 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. His strikeout rate during that stretch is a more respectable 7.8 per nine innings, but it's inflated by a nine-strikeout effort June 14 at the White Sox.

One possible explanation for the change is increased use of his sinking fastball. Though always a fly-ball pitcher, he has induced more ground balls and weaker contact in general during this hot streak. More notably, he's improved his control, which should limit the damage when he does give up a big fly.

With his stuff, Duffy could eventually get back to striking out a batter per inning, but that's clearly not his focus at this stage of his career. And he'll be better for it in the long run. Even now, he's one of my favorite starting pitchers to add in standard mixed leagues, ranking just behind Jake Odorizzi and just ahead of Jacob deGrom.


Royals unveil rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Royals will open the second half with James Shields starting Friday at Boston, reports the Kansas City Star. Lefty Danny Duffy will pitch Saturday, with Yordano Ventura starting next Sunday.

Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen will fill the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation. Chen is filling in for Jason Vargas, who's recovering from an appendectomy.


Danny Duffy takes tough-luck loss Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Royals starter Danny Duffy looked sharp in a losing effort Friday night at home against the Tigers. The right-hander yielded two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and no walks while striking out six over six innings of a 2-1 defeat. 

Duffy enters the All-Star break with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 84 2/3 innings of work this season. His next start -- after the All-Star break -- is yet to be determined. 


Danny Duffy serves up a pair of homers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Royals starter Danny Duffy yielded two homers and four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings Sunday, taking the loss in a 4-1 defeat to Cleveland. Duffy gave up both long balls in the second inning as Carlos Santana hit a solo shot and Yan Gomes added a two-run blast.

Duffy (5-8) saw his ERA rise to 2.86 despite striking out six and walking none. It was the first time in five starts that he allowed more than two earned runs. He'll face the Tigers at home Friday.


Danny Duffy surrenders one run in win vs. Twins Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy earned a win Monday, giving up just one earned run on four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 6-1 victory over the Twins.

Duffy (5-7) just missed a quality start, but he hasn't surrendered more than two runs in any of his last four outings. He ends June having surrendered just seven earned runs in 37 1/3 innings during the month. Duffy owns a 2.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 55:29 K:BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Indians Sunday.


Danny Duffy settles for another tough-luck loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy pitched around some wildness for one of his best outings of the season, but got no support in a 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.  

Duffy walked four batters, but still kept the Dodgers mostly at bay. He scattered four hits and allowed just one run over six innings of work, but took his second loss in a row, as he ran into the Clayton Kershaw buzz saw. Duffy struck out five batters on 105 pitches in the loss.

Duffy has received just one run of support of his last two starts, despite allowing just three runs over 13 innings of work. He is 4-7 despite a 2.69 ERA in 67 innings of work, and will look for better luck when he takes on the Twins Monday.  


Danny Duffy takes loss in low-scoring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy had another strong outing Thursday at Detroit. However, he ended up with a loss as Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was just that much better in a 2-1 win for Detroit.

The Royals went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, which was a lead Duffy (4-6) held until the fourth inning. Austin Jackson led off with a single and he scored one batter later on Miguel Cabrera's RBI double. Duffy cleared the bases with a double play on a lineout, but J.D. Martinez launched a go-ahead solo home run on a 1-1 pitch with two outs, which stood as the game-winning hit.

The left-handed hurler was charged with two runs on three hits and one walk. He struck out five in seven innings.

Duffy took his first loss in four starts Thursday and has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts. He's expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers.


Bruce Chen likely won't supplant Danny Duffy from rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Bruce Chen appears destined for a bullpen role upon his eventual promotion from Triple-A Omaha. His own struggles at that level, coupled with a surge from Royals fifth starter Danny Duffy, should keep Chen out of the rotation.

Chen performed better in his last start, giving up two earned runs and fanning 11 in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday. But he is still 0-1 with an 8.76 ERA for Omaha. Duffy is 2-0 and has yielded just three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

Given that the Royals are the hottest team in baseball, it seems all but certain that they won't shake things up by replacing Duffy with Chen.


Danny Duffy dynamite in dominating White Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) The move to the starting rotation has resulted in inconsistency for Royals veteran Danny Duffy, but he was certainly on top of his game Saturday against the White Sox.

Duffy notched a career-high nine strikeouts in pitching shutout ball for seven innings. He yielded just five hits and walked one. It was his second dominant outing in the last three - he gave one one hit in six shutout innings in St. Louis on June 2.

He will try to make it two straight strong starts Thursday in Detroit.


Royals adjust starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Monday's home contest against the Yankees postponed because of inclement weather, Royals manager Ned Yost will give his starting rotation an extra day of rest, the Kansas City Star reports.

Jason Vargas, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, will be pushed back for Tuesday's opener against the Indians, followed by Yordano Ventura on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the hill for a weekend series against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, followed by Danny Duffy on Saturday and James Shields on Sunday.

Danny Duffy surrenders three runs in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy didn't factor into Saturday's decision after giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings and striking out four in his team's 8-4 win over the Yankees.

Duffy made it through five innings without giving up a run, but the Yankees brought three runs home in the sixth inning to even the score at 3-3, with Duffy exiting before the third out of the inning was recorded. It was a solid follow-up to throwing six one-hit innings Monday, and he owns a 3.26 ERA and 33:21 K:BB ratio in 47 innings. Duffy is scheduled to take on the White Sox Friday.


Royals' defense helping Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/3/2014) In a recent blog post, I explained how David Price and Erik Bedard could gain Fantasy value, should the Rays opt to use Kevin Kiermaier -- a superb defender -- to replace the injured Wil Myers in right field. While the Rays may get a defensive upgrade in Myers' absence, the Royals have already been getting excellent outfield defense from Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Norichika Aoki, and Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy have been the main beneficiaries.

Vargas is doing his usual thing: not blowing hitters away, but pitching with good enough control to offer a passable WHIP (1.23). The move to Kauffman Stadium hasn't worked out as well for Vargas as Fantasy owners might have hoped (eight home runs in 37 2/3 innings and a 5.26 ERA at home), but the Royals' outfield has likely provided a boost. Batters are hitting just .062 on flyballs in play, which has helped Vargas' WHIP as well as his 3.39 ERA.

Duffy has apparently benefitted even more than Vargas. That would make sense, since Duffy's 43 percent flyball rate is 12 percentage points higher than Vargas'. It's a good thing that Duffy has allowed a microscopic .041 BABIP on flyballs, since he has been allowing lots of contact over his six starts (5 percent whiff rate) and issuing nearly a walk every other inning. Despite his shortcomings, Duffy has a more-than-respectable 3.27 ERA and 1.15 WHIP as a starter.

Neither pitcher is a good bet for strikeouts, but particularly in two-start weeks, both Vargas and Duffy are worth considering, in part, due to the assist they appear to be getting from their outfield defense.


Danny Duffy blanks Cardinals Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Royals starter Danny Duffy made a strong case to remain in the rotation Monday against the Cardinals, scattering one hit in six scoreless inning to improve to 3-5 on the year.

Duffy struck out five and walked one, improving his ERA from 3.57 to 3.05 through his first 12 appearance (six starts). Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Duffy has allowed 10 earned runs.

Following the 6-0 road win, Duffy will look to keep things rolling Saturday at home against the Yankees.

Danny Duffy struggles again in loss to Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Royals converted starter Danny Duffy might not be long for the rotation if he can't turn it around quickly as Bruce Chen is closing in on a return.

Duffy was pounded for the second straight start Wednesday after two strong ones. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in just four innings in a loss at home to Houston that completed a sweep. He walked five, struck out three and gave up home runs to sizzling George Springer and Chris Carter.

The left-hander will try to turn it around Monday in St. Louis.


Danny Duffy takes step back vs. Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (2-4) took a step back on Friday, dropping his third decision over his last four starts in a 6-1 defeat to the Angels in Anaheim. The left-hander surrendered five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out two over six innings of work.

Duffy, who had a perfect game going through 6 2/3 innings in his previous start, saw his ERA balloon from 1.49 to 2.59 following Friday's abysmal outing. He will look to get back on track Wednesday at home against Houston.

Danny Duffy still has something to prove


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/19/2014) So Danny Duffy had a perfect game going through 6 2/3 innings against the Orioles Saturday. Good for him.

I'm not sure it says much about his Fantasy prospects, though.

What made him so enticing to Fantasy owners in the first place was his strikeout rate. In 11 big-league starts between 2012 and 2013, he averaged 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He had only two in Saturday's start and has yet to record more than four in three starts this year.

Now, it'd be one thing if the reduced strike rate helped him keep his walks in check, which was certainly the case Saturday, but in his previous two starts, he issued 6.3 walks per nine innings, which suggests they'll continue to be a problem for him going forward.

In other words, this version of Duffy is the worst of both worlds -- one prone to free passes, but without the promising strikeout rate. It's a small sample, sure, but the only thing we know he won't continue to do is allow just two hits every time out. And since that's what has carried him so far, I remain skeptical of him in general.


Danny Duffy opens with six-plus perfect innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy flirted with history Saturday, in a 1-0 win over the Orioles.

Duffy opened the outing with 6 2/3 perfect innings, before Adam Jones snuck a single past a diving infielder for the first hit of the game. He ended the inning without incident and came back out for the eighth, but was pulled after a leadoff single.

Duffy finished the game with seven shutout innings on two hits. He also struck out two batters and did not walk one while throwing 65 of 97 pitches for strikes.

Duffy has allowed just two runs over three starts since joining the rotation, and should get a couple more turns with Bruce Chen still hurt. He has a 2-3 record and 1.42 ERA in 25 1/3 innings overall, likely to come Friday against the Angels. 


Danny Duffy set to make May 17 start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) With Bruce Chen still limited to playing catch due to a back injury, Royals manager Ned Yost doesn't have many options with his rotation moving forward.

Yost told the Kansas City Star he expects Danny Duffy to start May 17 against the Orioles, after skipping his turn in the rotation. Duffy should remain in the rotation moving forward, as long as Chen is sidelined. 


Danny Duffy pegged with tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy put together a quality outing on Thursday, but was not backed by any run support in a 1-0 defeat to Seattle.

Duffy allowed a run-scoring single to Corey Hart in the third inning, which proved to be the difference. He yielded one run on two hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings pitched, dropping to 1-3 on the year.

Duffy will likely be skipped in the rotation in his next turn and will likely work out of the bullpen for the time being. He owns a 1.96 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP with a 17:10 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.

Danny Duffy's rotation future cloudy past Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is guaranteed just one more start, before the schedule puts his status in doubt moving forward.

Duffy will pitch Thursday against the Mariners in Bruce Chen's place, but will be skipped in the rotation in his next turn and will likely work out of the bullpen for the time being, according to MLB.com. He might miss just one turn in the rotation however, though the potential return of Chen from a back injury looms over the proceedings.

"He'll pitch [Thursday], then he won't pitch again until the 17th, so he'll probably go in the 'pen once we come back [to Kansas City]," Yost said. "Then if Bruce is ready to make a start on the 17th, then, we'll make a decision."


Danny Duffy in rotation 'for the immediate future'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Royals general manager Dayton Moore said starting pitcher Danny Duffy will be part of the team's rotation "for the immediate future" since Bruce Chen (back) still hasn't resumed baseball activities, per The Kansas City Star.

Duffy's next start is Thursday against the Mariners, but the Royals won't need another fifth starter until May 17 since they have an off-day Monday.


Danny Duffy lasts four innings in spot start Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy threw 75 pitches during his spot start Saturday, giving up just one earned run on two hits and four walks in four innings while striking out two in his team's 9-2 loss to the Tigers.

Duffy (1-2) took the loss in the outing but pitched relatively well in place of the injured Bruce Chen, limiting the effects of his wildness by only letting one runner cross the plate on a sacrifice fly in his final inning of action. He owns a 2.19 ERA and 13:7 K:BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. Duffy is tentatively slated to get another start Thursday in Seattle.


Danny Duffy could throw 70 pitches in spot start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) The Royals seem to be leaning in Danny Duffy's direction to start Saturday in Bruce Chen's place against the Tigers.

"Yep, a possibility," manager Ned Yost told MLB.com Thursday.

Duffy has been pitching out of the bullpen since making one start at Triple-A Omaha to open the season, but Yost thinks he can get up to 70 pitches out of him, if need be. He will likely designate another long reliever to piggyback Duffy, giving the team some flexibility.

"I believe he'll be fine," Yost said. "I'll have some coverage if I need it."


Danny Duffy could be replacement starter Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy is a potential replacement starter Saturday against the Tigers, if Bruce Chen is unavailable due to a back injury. However, manager Ned Yost said he would not be afraid to use Duffy in relief just because he might need an emergency starter Saturday.

"I’m not going to jeopardize a win today for a game tomorrow," Yost said, per The Kansas City Star.