Duffy’s a young lefty who throws gas (average FB of 93.4 mph). As you’d expect, he’s been a bit tougher on lefties thus far in his career (.269/.348/.436 vs. LHB, .295/.378/.509 vs. RHB). Although his seasonal line is a bit underwhelming he’s given the Royals quality starts in six of his 15 career starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 15 starts.
FWIW, Duffy’s worst start of the year came against Boston in Fenway, where he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed 6 hits, 3 walks, and 6 runs.
Why do I have a feeling he’ll be much better tonight?
Interesting fact about the Royals, their strikeout rate as a team of 16.1% per PA is lower than 11 of the 14 teams in the AL. Their walk rate of 7.7% is middle of the pack. I only mention this because I’m hoping Nova gets back to striking out more hitters than he walks, and with the Royals that’s not necessarily a given.