Davies agreed to an unspecified one-year deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration. He will have his work cut out for him to hold onto a rotation spot for the entire 2019 season, particularly if he does not improve upon last season's numbers (4.77 ERA, 49 strikeouts in 66 innings). That said, he notched sub-4.00 ERAs over full seasons in 2016 and 2017, so perhaps he can return to his old form in his age-26 campaign.
Davies was added to the Brewers' NLCS roster versus the Dodgers, taking the place of Gio Gonzalez (ankle). Gonzalez suffered the injury during the second inning of Tuesday's contest. Due to his removal from the active roster, Gonzalez will not be eligible to return for the World Series should Milwaukee advance. Davies was left off the postseason roster for the Brewers' first round and the start of the second after compiling a 4.77 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 66 innings (13 starts) during the regular season.
Davies was left off Milwaukee's roster for the NLDS against Colorado. Manager Craig Counsell elected to add 11 pitchers to the 25-man roster but withheld Davies and fellow starter Chase Anderson from the team. In their absence, multi-inning relief options such as Brandon Woodruff (who is starting Game 1 on Thursday), Freddy Peralta and Junior Guerra are on the roster. Since rosters are able to change after each round of the postseason, there's a chance Davies will be back for the NLCS should the Brewers advance.
Davies didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 6-5 win over the Tigers, allowing three runs on five hits over four innings while striking out three. Detroit jumped on him for all three runs in the first inning, but Davies settled down after that and would have been in line for his third win of the year had he been allowed to come back out and complete one more frame. The right-hander will wrap up the regular season with a 4.77 ERA and 49:21 K:BB over 66 innings, and his role on the Brewers' postseason roster -- whether rounding out the back of the rotation or moving into long relief -- has yet to be determined.
Davies (2-7) took the loss Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over four innings while striking out three as the Brewers fell 3-0 to the Pirates. The right-hander remains winless since coming off the disabled list at the beginning of September -- in fact, Davies has lost five straight decisions dating back to April 29. He'll get one more chance to notch a victory when he takes his 4.65 ERA to the mound at home Friday against the Tigers.