The Royals have a rare week in which they have two off days within days of each other, which means two days without Royals baseball. Go spend some time with your family!
What this also means is that the Royals could play around with their rotation this week and skip the struggling Danny Duffy, and still keep the rotation on schedule otherwise. Duffy has majorly struggled in each of his last three starts, giving up 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings.
Here is how the rotation could play out this week with Danny Duffy in the rotation, or if they decided to skip his turn in the rotation.
|Date||Opponent||With Duffy||Without Duffy|
|Friday, May 15||vs.Yankees||Chris Young||Chris Young|
|Saturday, May 16||vs.Yankees||Danny Duffy||Danny Duffy|
|Sunday, May 17||vs.Yankees||Edinson Volquez||Edinson Volquez|
|Monday, May 18||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Tuesday, May 19||vs.Reds||Yordano Ventura||Yordano Ventura|
|Wednesday, May 20||vs.Reds||Jeremy Guthrie||Jeremy Guthrie|
|Thursday, May 21||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Friday, May 22||vs.Cardinals||Chris Young||Chris Young|
|Saturday, May 23||vs.Cardinals||Danny Duffy||Edinson Volquez|
|Sudnay, May 24||vs.Cardinals||Edinson Volquez||Yordano Ventura|
|Monday, May 25||at Yankees||Yordano Ventura||Jeremy Guthrie|
|Tuesday, May 26||at Yankees||Jeremy Guthrie||Danny Duffy|
|Wednesday, May 27||at Yankees||Chris Young||Chris Young|
Should the Royals skip his turn?
On one hand, Duffy might benefit from a mental break from pitching for a week. Many seem to indicate his problem is between the ears. Duffy may be pressing, and a respite from the pressure of starting may allow him to reset. Also, if there is any physical ailment he is not being forthcoming about, it would give him a bit of a break physically as well. The Royals may also benefit from not having him start against a very good Cardinals team.
On the other hand, if the problem is mental, not starting for a week just allows Duffy to stew in his own negativity some more. Some might argue the best way to bounce back is to get back out there and experience some success. Despite his lackluster results recently, Duffy has also thrown some of the best starting pitching performances for the Royals this year, including this seven-inning gem against a tough Tigers team on April 30.
What do you think? Should Danny Duffy start this week?