When a 1.87 ERA is nearly double what you've averaged the previous two seasons, the bar's been set extremely high. Wade Davis did exhibit a couple of yellow flags last season, most notably dropping a mph off his fastball, missing time with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow and a second straight year of a declining strikeout rate. Plus, his walks spiked. However, as usual, Davis did a remarkable job keeping the ball in the yard, not allowing a homer for the second time in three seasons. The righty reliever closed out September with seven scoreless outings, fanning nine with just one walk over those seven frames, which helped ease the residual injury concern. Even with the velocity drop, Davis sported an elite 9.8 K/9. Davis may not be one of the first couple closers off the board in 2017, but he still belongs in the top 10 especially after joining the winningest team in baseball in a December trade. If you prefer to pay for saves, Davis should be on your shopping list.
Davis pitched a perfect ninth in Pittsburgh for his fifth save Tuesday. The ERA is still a clean 0.00, and the WHIP is gorgeous at 0.54. Davis turned in three consecutive spectacular seasons in Kansas City's bullpen, and he's shown no sign that things will be any different in Chicago. As long as he can stay healthy, he's a lock to post some of the league's finest relief stats.
Davis pitched a perfect inning while striking out two to earn his fourth save Friday against the Reds. After the Cubs made a big comeback in the ninth inning, they finally took the lead in the 11th inning, allowing Davis to come on to preserve the one-run lead. He's yet to allow a run in nine appearances, and he'll continue to be an extremely valuable fantasy commodity while pitching for one of the best teams in the majors.
Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his second win of the season after Chicago scored four runs in the bottom of the frame against Milwaukee on Wednesday. Davis hasn't allowed a run through 7.1 innings, and with his velocity still hovering in the mid-90s, he's probably re-solidified himself as an elite closer. Expect the saves to start piling up, and he has the potential to earn a few more wins because of Chicago's propensity for come-from-behind dramatics.
Davis tossed a clean ninth inning Tuesday to pick up his third save of the season in a 9-7 win over the Brewers. He needed just nine pitches to close out the proceedings. Davis has been everything the Cubs could have hoped for so far, posting a 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 6:1 K:BB through his first 6.1 innings with the club.
Davis (1-0) allowed one hit while striking out one in his inning of work for his first win in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. Davis entered in the top of the ninth inning in a tie game and saw his offense scratch together a run in the bottom of the frame to make him a winner. The talented right-handed reliever already has two saves in the early going and could be a dominant ninth-inning arm for a team that will give him plenty of opportunities to shut the door.
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