It wasn't command and stuff that negated Danny Duffy's previous starts. His stuff and command has always been there. Tonight Danny Duffy dusted off the walk bats men sickness and pulled it together for 6 2/3 perfect innings of baseball. Gaining himself his very 1st home win this season. A sign of development grew tonight, instead of Duffy letting his pitch count rise in the early innings of a ballgame. He stayed composed and trusted his tools, his nasty and young tools.
Pitch counts have to be efficient and quick with Duffy. During his prior starts he let loose by going the first 4 innings, tossing around 80 pitches. Some were 30 pitches in a single set. This time, he didn't get flustered by the number of pitches or by walks allowed. More pitching than throwing was done tonight. In a game where runs were at a crucial premium, (Royals scored 1 run with pumping out just 4 hits) not a good effort for run support.
"We've harnessed him in the bullpen to improve and accomplish starts like this." Ned Yost's take on how he felt by the performance of Duffy. Defending himself inside the bullpen might have been a major adjustment for Duffy to take in after returning to the majors. But, if the pace continues for Duffy, the signs of growth can be pointed back to that exact same unorthodox decision way back in early May.
This was only one start for the rising talent of Danny Duffy. We have all seen what he is capable of when his stuff is dealing every night. Tonight might have been more of confidence gainer than eye opener for Duffy as he trends himself upward in progression of a consistent starter.