Davies has been traded to Cubs along with four prospects in exchange for Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. Davies is coming off a solid year in which he logged a 2.73 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across 69.1 innings for the Padres. With Darvish headed to San Diego, and southpaws Jon Lester and Jose Quintana currently testing free agency, the Cubs are likely hoping that Davies can slot in near the top of their rotation alongside Kyle Hendricks in 2021.
Davies took the loss in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers after allowing four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and zero walks over five innings. The right-hander kept Los Angeles off the board over the first two frames, but he surrendered four runs on seven hits between the third and fourth innings. Davies didn't give up four earned runs in any of his 12 starts during the regular season, but he's allowed four earned runs in both of his playoff starts while covering only seven combined innings. The Friars will need to overcome a 2-0 series deficit for him to receive another start this postseason.
Davies lasted just two innings in his start Thursday against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Round, giving up four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. He did not factor into the decision. Davies gave up one run on a Yadier Molina single in the first inning, followed by an RBI single from Harrison Bader and a two-run homer by Kolten Wong in the second. While he finished that inning with a pair of strikeouts, he was pulled for Pierce Johnson to start the third. The performance, which was Davies' first career playoff start, was far out of line with what he accomplished during 12 regular-season outings, as he finished the year with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Davies didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's game between the Padres and the Giants. He tossed three scoreless innings, giving up three hits while fanning three. Davies was widely expected to pitch this game on a short leash and that's exactly what happened, as he only tossed 51 pitches (32 strikes) through three innings in what was his first no-decision of the campaign. He finished the season with a career-best 2.73 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP -- another career best -- in 69.1 innings across 12 starts. Davies is lined up to take the ball in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Round next week.
Davies could be pushed up to start Saturday's game against the Giants on three days rest, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The right-hander lines up to start on regular rest Sunday after pitching Tuesday against the Angels, but the Padres have been shifting their rotation plans with Mike Clevinger (elbow) unlikely to be available for the National League Wild Card round. Taking the mound Saturday would line up Davies to pitch Thursday in Game 2 rather than the potential series finale Friday. Regardless of whether he pitches Saturday or Sunday, Davies is likely to have a short leash to mitigate any potential for injury.