Davis pitched a clean ninth inning against the Blue Jays on Saturday to earn his 26th save of the season. Davis shut down the Blue Jays in order for a second straight game, and he appears to be back on track after a shaky stretch to start the month (three earned runs and 5:5 K:BB in his first 3.2 innings). He's now a perfect 26-for-26 in save opportunities this season and owns a shiny 2.32 ERA and 57:22 K:BB over 42.2 innings.
Davis retired the Blue Jays in order in the ninth inning Friday to earn his 25th save of the season. Javier Baez made an outstanding play on a sharp groundball to short, which helped Davis complete the perfect frame. Davis seemingly took his foot off the gas a bit in a couple of recent non-save situations (three homers allowed in his last three non-save appearances), but he remains without a blown save to his name this season.
Davis (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded a strikeout during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati. After the Chicago bullpen allowed five runs over the seventh and eighth frames, Davis blanked the Reds in the top of the ninth, and the Cubs scored the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning. The veteran sports a rock-solid 2.43 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 12.4 K/9 for the campaign, and he still hasn't blown a save opportunity.
Davis recorded his 24th save of the season in Monday's win over the Giants. He walked one in a scoreless inning of work. By his own high standards, Davis has been a bit off recently, as he has a 3.27 ERA and 1.82 WHIP since July 1. However, the veteran is also a perfect 24-for-24 in save opportunities, and as long as the Cubs keep playing good baseball, Davis should remain an elite fantasy option.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Davis appears to be having some problems with his cutter, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. To be fair, Davis has a high-end 2.37 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 12.6 K/9 this year while going a perfect 23-for-23 in save situations. However, since the beginning of July, he has a 3.60 ERA and 1.90 WHIP. Maddon said his closer is "trying to possibly be too fine early in the count" and is missing the zone a lot when throwing cutters, which is leading to more walks. Davis is in no risk of losing the ninth-inning job, but his manager and his fantasy owners alike would surely prefer cleaner outings and fewer free passes moving forward.
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