|KC Royals||36-50||6:10 PM||Duffy (2.60)|
|Omaha Storm Chasers||35-20||7:05 PM||Lynch (5.12)|
|NWA Naturals||29-25||7:05 PM||Heasley (3.13)|
|Quad Cities River Bandits||36-18||7:05 PM||Lacy (4.83)|
|Columbia Fireflies||27-25||6:05 PM||Paulino (4.85)|
- The question lots of folks have asked recently is, “Will Danny Duffy still be on this Royals team on August 1st?” I would think that answer is unequivocally yes, but it would be easy to trade Duffy to a contender and then sign him right back in December if that’s what everyone agreed to. That would probably be the best case scenario for the Royals future, but Duffy now has 10-5 rights which means he can veto any trade.
- Daniel Lynch has had a rough go of things in 2021, but he does have 13 K to just 3 BB over his last 10.1 IP. He’s given up a ton of hits, and his BABIP has to come back to earth at some point, but this isn’t quite what Royals fans expected out of the young lefty coming out of Spring Training. I’ll be watching closely as we get later into July and into August to see if he can iron some things out.
- Jon Heasley has been fantastic for NWA all year. He’s got a 3.13 ERA and is averaging over 5 IP per start this year. He hasn’t quite put together the strikeouts you’d like to see just yet, but he attacks hitters with three really good pitches and should be able to contribute to a big league pitching staff sometime in 2022.
- Asa Lacy turned in what was undoubtedly his best start of his professional career last time out, allowing just 1 run in 6 innings while striking out 9 and walking just 1. He’s struck out 40 batters over his last 22.1 IP while walking just 11 and posting an ERA of 3.63. That is much more like the pitcher KC thought they were getting last June and is a sign that he may be working through his early season funk.
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