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Weekend Rumblings - News for May 14, 2016

Hunter Samuels at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City previews what to expect from Danny Duffy in the rotation.

Because Duffy is only throwing 40-50 pitches on Sunday, it may not be as necessary for him to alter his approach, and he may even be able to maintain a velocity between 95-96, rather than falling down to the 94 mph he averaged last season. However, if this is just the first of several starts for Duffy, he will need to change the way he’s attacking batters, mixing in at least a few more of his secondary pitches. That will be the case especially if a decrease in velocity is accompanied by a decrease in whiffs, since he’ll need something to put away batters when he gets into two-strike counts. Luckily, the early returns on those secondary pitches suggest such a transition could be less of a problem.

Pete Grathoff lists five reasons for the Royals struggles so far, and intensity may be one of them.

The San Francisco Giants may be the perfect example of the trouble with repeating. They won three World Series titles in five years (ending in 2014 against the Royals), but never back-to-back. The Giants missed the playoffs the season after each of their championships....

"I think more than anything there’s so much parity in baseball, it’s not easy to do," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said in that article. "The Cardinals, the Tigers, they’ve been there, Texas, but it’s such a hard thing to do consistently. And so much depends on your guys having a good year, injuries, the pitching holding up. And you need a surprise every year."

Ryan Heffernon at Kings of Kauffman notes that Cheslor Cuthbert is hitting the ball hard.

If you have watched Cuthbert, his tools are obvious. The bat speed is there, the hands at third base are there, the cannon for an arm is there, and the epic chain is there. It is also really easy to forget that Cuthbert played in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game last season and was ranked as the Royals ninth best prospect in 2011 ( in front of a guy named Salvador Perez) and 2013, while being the fourth best in 2012. With his lack of on-field production, most scouts are still pegging him as a potentially solid regular, but more than likely a solid backup. His physical tools would definitely disagree, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot if he doesn’t produce.

Jim Bowden at ESPN (INSIDER) lists the Royals high as a team that needs to trade for starting pitching.

The Royals have not gotten much production from the back of their rotation, which had to contribute to them placing both Chris Young and Kris Medlen on the disabled list Thursday. The Royals do have both Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy to turn to as replacements, and GM Dayton Moore told me he hopes Mike Minor can return at the end of the month and be an answer. But it still looks like they could use another starter if they’re going to catch the White Sox.

Lee Judge writes that the Royals escape New York with pitching problems.

Brian Graham at Royals Blue examines the slow start.

The Royals will wear three different uniforms this weekend against the Braves.

The Royals promote 21-year old right-hander Pedro Fernandez to AA Northwest Arkansas after a 2.14 ERA in six starts at Wilmington.

Johnny Cueto is getting his World Championship ring this weekend.

Two Royals affiliates - Wilmington and Lexington - make the list of most extreme minor league parks.

Jose Reyes gets a 52 game suspension for his domestic violence incident.

The Rangers sign pitcher Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal.

Troubled former #1 overall pick Matt Bush, who spend three years in jail, is finally making his MLB debut.

The Minnesota Twins stink at baseball.

Have we seen the last of Tim Duncan?

Mizzou's enrollment decline could cost them $36 million.

The Chiefs' highest draft pick enjoys some Kansas City barbecue.

Why do Americans love to customize their food orders?

Why can't Marvel translate its Netflix success to broadcast TV?

Your song of the day is Duke Ellington with "Take the A Train."