Davis didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two batters during the ninth inning to record his 14th save in a 10-9 victory against the Reds on Sunday. The veteran closer was very efficient, shutting down the Reds in 13 pitches. It hasn't been a great season for Davis, but he's been better lately, throwing four straight shutout frames. He is 1-3 and 14-for-16 in save opportunities with a 5.14 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 28 innings during 2019.
Davis pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the year in a 3-2 win over the Reds on Friday. Davis needed only nine pitches to convert the save. The closer has now strung together three consecutive scoreless outings to lower his ERA to 5.33 on the year. He has 27 strikeouts in as many innings. The 33-year-old's hold on the closing job remains tenuous, with Scott Oberg waiting in the wings should Davis begin to falter again.
Davis struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his 12th save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Dodgers. He did hit a batter, but otherwise it was a strong response from the veteran closer in the face of very public talk from the Rockies about removing him from ninth-inning duty. Davis still has a 5.76 ERA and 26:16 K:BB through 25 innings, though, and it will take more than one good appearance to build his job security back up.
Manager Bud Black said Friday that the club is talking about making changes at the back end of the bullpen, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Davis coughed up four runs in one inning Thursday, leading to his third loss and pushing his ERA to an even 6.00. The veteran's walk rate had been trending in the wrong direction for years, but those control problems have reached an entirely new level this season, a development which Black called "concerning." The Rockies are paying Davis a ton, but at this point, it's tough to justify keeping him in the closer role. Scott Oberg filled in capably earlier in the year when Davis was out with an oblique injury and would presumably step back in if a change were made.
Davis (1-3) was saddled with the loss against the Dodgers on Thursday, giving up three hits and four earned runs over one inning in Colorado's 12-8 defeat. He struck out none and walked one. Davis entered with the game tied 8-8 in the ninth inning, but he couldn't preserve the deadlock as he gave up an RBI single to Chris Taylor before Kike Hernandez provided the big blow with a pinch-hit three-run homer. The veteran reliever has struggled mightily since returning from an oblique injury, as he's now given up 12 earned runs over his last 9.1 innings, yielding three homers and walking six batters over that stretch. Manager Bud Black hasn't given an indication that Davis' spot in the ninth inning is in jeopardy yet, but with Scott Oberg dealing to the tune of a 2.04 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP over 39.2 innings, Davis will need to right the ship soon if he wants to maintain his grasp on the closer role.