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3.) Danny Duffy Should Replace Medlen In The Rotation
Danny Duffy’s problem has always been iffy control that forces him into high pitch counts as a starter.
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So far as a reliever in 2016, Duffy’s BB/9 is down to a career-low 2.8, compared to 3.8 over his career. Of course, Duffy is also throwing 97 mph gas which has inflated his K/9 to 10.7 up from his 7.3 career rate.
The problem is, Duffy has been so effective as a lefty reliever that Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost might be reluctant to disturb his success. Yet, Duffy has always had the stuff of a starter. Here’s to hoping that Danny Duffy is more Zack Greinke (whose time in the bullpen helped him gain confidence in his stuff) than Luke Hochevar, who simply wasn’t effective as a starter.
The big difference is Duffy has been attacking hitters as a reliever instead nibbling like he did as a starter. If he can bring a similar approach to starting, he could be just what the Kansas City Royals rotation needs to find their footing in 2016.
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