Royals: Pitchers that could start 30 games in 2020

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Kansas City Royals, Danny Duffy
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If he can keep the injuries away, Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy may be able to finally put together a full season for the team.

Danny Duffy has unfortunately struggled with injuries during the past couple of seasons, making it difficult to really predict how he will do in 2020, and how many games he might start. In looking at previous seasons, though, Duffy seems like a candidate to “possibly” start 30 games.

Of course, if Duffy is going to have such a large presence for the Royals in 2020, he will need to do one major thing. Stay healthy. Duffy started the 2019 season on the injured list. He was finally able to make it back to the rotation at the end of April but found himself on the list again in August for a few weeks.

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As far as his numbers look, Duffy did improve on his 2018 season, though he was also in 5 fewer games. He ended 2019 with an ERA of 4.34 over 130.2 innings and had his first winning record (7-6) since 2016.

Duffy had his share of the struggles, but he continued to improve over the season and returned from the injured list in September to pitch to a 2-0 record with a  monthly ERA of 2.37 over 30.1 innings.

Duffy has always seemed to struggle with consistency, but the injuries year after year don’t help. If he can stay healthy and continue to progress and show the success he showed at the end of 2019, Duffy could easily show up for 30 starts in 2020 and be a big part of the rotation.