|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
KANSAS CITY ( DUFFY )
|919||MINNESOTA||-115||Ov 9,-105||-120||Ov 9,+110|
|920||KANSAS CITY||+105||Un 9,-115||+110||Un 9,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-15||-3.7||10-15||3.7||0.231||0.297||0.352||0.649||4.2||0.254||0.311||0.393||0.704|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.3||5-2||6.9||0.316||0.396||0.478||0.874||7.1||0.317||0.362||0.496||0.859|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-50||-31.8||28-32||3.5||0.240||0.291||0.363||0.654||5.9||0.288||0.355||0.468||0.823|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.3||5-2||4.4||0.259||0.302||0.405||0.706||5.9||0.331||0.399||0.484||0.882|
|7/9/2018||BERRIOS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||3-1||W||-205||8.5 ov||U||11||12||0||7||7||0|
|7/10/2018||SLEGERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||4-9||L||-165||10 ev||O||9||6||0||15||9||1|
|7/11/2018||LYNN(R)||KANSAS CITY||SMITH(R)||8-5||W||-205||9.5 ev||O||15||9||1||9||8||1|
|7/12/2018||GIBSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||5-1||W||+130||8 un||U||7||5||0||7||7||1|
|7/13/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||TAMPA BAY||EOVALDI(R)||11-8||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||15||7||2||13||8||0|
|7/14/2018||BERRIOS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||6-19||L||-135||8 ov||O||11||11||0||20||4||2|
|7/15/2018||ROMERO(R)||TAMPA BAY||STANEK(R)||11-7||W||-105||9 un||O||10||9||1||14||11||1|
|7/20/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|7/21/2018||LYNN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|7/22/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KELLER(R)|| |
|7/23/2018|| ||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|7/24/2018|| ||@ TORONTO||BORUCKI(L)|| |
|7/25/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ TORONTO||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|7/26/2018|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/27/2018|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|7/9/2018||DUFFY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||1-3||L||187||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||11||12||0|
|7/10/2018||KENNEDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SLEGERS(R)||9-4||W||155||10 ev||O||15||9||1||9||6||0|
|7/11/2018||SMITH(R)||@ MINNESOTA||LYNN(R)||5-8||L||187||9.5 ev||O||9||8||1||15||9||1|
|7/13/2018||KELLER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||6-9||L||110||9.5 un||O||7||8||1||14||10||2|
|7/14/2018||DUFFY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||5-0||W||115||9 un||U||9||3||0||6||9||0|
|7/15/2018||SMITH(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||1-10||L||105||9.5 un||O||5||5||1||13||4||0|
|7/23/2018|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|7/24/2018|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|7/26/2018|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/27/2018|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
|KANSAS CITY: 2017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Ned Yost (ninth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Jesse Hahn, CF Jon Jay, 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Wily Peralta, RHP Justin Grimm.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Eric Hosmer, CF Lorenzo Cain, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Mike Minor, OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Scott Alexander, DH Brandon Moss, RHP Mike Morin, LHP Ryan Buchter, RHP Trevor Cahill.
OUTLOOK: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals' top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar finding little market, both returned to Kansas City with prove-it contracts. That gives the Royals a fighting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders. They would do well to match the 80 wins they had last season, and could be a big seller at the July 31 trade deadline, which would allow them to replenish a shallow farm system and begin their rebuilding job in earnest.
|Royals starter Duffy hopes to improve at home vs. Twins|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy has been pitching outstanding recently for the Kansas City Royals.
He threw seven scoreless innings, struck out eight and gave up four hits in a 5-0 victory at the Chicago White Sox last Saturday in his final start before the All-Star break. Duffy has not allowed a run in 13 innings, the second longest active streak in the American League.
Duffy will start Friday night against the Minnesota Twins in the first game back after the four-day break. Kyle Gibson will start for Minnesota.
The bad news for Duffy is the game is at Kauffman Stadium. In his last five road starts, he has yielded just one run over 32 innings, a 0.29 ERA.
Since May 24, Duffy has a 1.21 road ERA, which is the best in the majors, giving up six earned runs in 44 2/3 innings. He has struck out 46 in that span.
He began the season 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA in away games, but he has won his last four road decisions.
Duffy, however, has struggled at home. He is winless in his last eight home starts dating to Aug. 22 last year. He is 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in seven Kauffman Stadium starts this year, allowing 28 earned runs in 37 1/3 innings.
Duffy is 5-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 20 starts this season. He is 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA in his past 10 starts, but all the wins have come on the road.
He has pitched well against the Twins, going 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 19 career outings, 15 of them starts. That is the lowest ERA by an opposing pitcher against the Twins since 2011.
Gibson, a 30-year-old right-hander, was a 2009 first round pick of the Twins out of the University of Missouri. He is 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 starts this year.
Gibson is 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA at Kauffman Stadium, limiting the Royals to a .222 batting average and a .294 on-base percentage. He has given up 17 runs on 43 hits in 194 at-bats over 53 2/3 innings against the Royals in KC.
Overall, Gibson is 6-4 with a 3.22 ERA against the Royals, giving up 39 runs, 36 earned, on 98 hits over 100 2/3 innings, while walking 30 and striking out 70. The Royals have a .258 batting average with a .677 OPS versus Gibson.
The Royals possess the worst record in the majors at 27-68. They have lost one more game at the All-Star break than the 2015 World Series champion Royals lost during the entire regular season.
The Royals are 2-10 in July. They are 7-31 since July 1 and have dropped 12 of their past 14. They have lost 35 of 46 home games.
The Royals are entertaining offers for veterans, including Mike Moustakas, Lucas Duda, Whit Merrifield and Duffy, seeking prospects in return.
The Twins are 44-50 after winning eight of 10 going into the All-Star break. Minnesota made the postseason last year as the second wildcard but will need a strong second half surge to harbor any playoff aspirations this season.
They trail AL Central leading Cleveland Indians by 7 1/2 games. They trail the Seattle Mariners by 12 1/2 games for the second wild-card berth.
|Last Updated: 8/14/2018 7:29:31 AM EST|