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Danny Duffy came out of the pen and threw 96 miles an hour. He also threw a curve and a changeup. Wade Davis followed Duffy and matched that velocity with his fastball—96—and also threw a curve and a cutter. Greg Holland closed the game and touched 97 with his fastball and also threw a slider and what MLB.com called a changeup, but might actually be a splitter.
This is what they mean when they talk about power arms out of the bullpen; guys who throw in the mid-to-upper nineties. Throw that hard and hitters have to start their swings sooner and when hitters start their swings sooner they’re out in front of all those curveballs, changeup, cutters and sliders.
As Star reporter Blair Kerkhoff wrote earlier today, the Royals bullpen has now thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings. They scuffled early, but recently the bullpen has been lights out. Lucky for Bruce Chen; he threw five innings and gave up four earned runs. Bruce left the game with a lead, but leads don’t get much smaller. The score was 5-4 when Chen came off the mound and thanks to Duffy, Davis and Holland it was still 5-4 when the game was over.
By LEE JUDGE. 3 hours ago