Davis did not allow a run or a hit while issuing one walk and striking out three in 3.1 innings this spring.
He has already been named the closer to open the season, but it's also mildly encouraging that he didn't get shelled in a small sample this spring. He shelved his cutter in favor of working on getting more consistent with his fastball and changeup, saying that the better his fastball is, the better his cutter will be in the regular season. Davis is entering the final year of a three-year, $52 million contract and if he pitches well, the rest of the bullpen fits much more logically, so he should get a fairly long leash. That said, the Rockies do not envision themselves as rebuilding, so signs of a return to his 2019 form (8.65 ERA, 1.88 WHIP) would leave the team scrambling to stop the bleeding.
Davis will be the Rockies' closer to start the year, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Nearly every dedicated closer is at least a moderately valuable fantasy asset, but Davis has a good case to be the worst bet out there. The 34-year-old deservedly lost his closing job last season as his ERA ballooned to 8.65. There's undoubtedly some bad luck in that figure, but his 5.56 FIP suggests his season was indeed quite poor, as his strikeout rate plummeted to 20.4 percent while his walk rate soared to 14.1 percent. Scott Oberg, who took over the role in the second half before suffering a season-ending injury, will be the primary setup man for now but has a good chance of returning to the ninth inning unless Davis experiences a major turnaround.
Davis will most likely be used as a seventh- or eighth-inning reliever, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
After Scott Oberg (blood clot) was placed on the IL on Sunday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reported that Davis would return to the closer role. Davis blew a save chance later that day and apparently manager Bud Black is ready to move on; Black said Monday that he's not ready to anoint a new closer, but he made it clear that he'll give right-handers Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez chances to close out games over the remainder of the season. Black then turned to Davis in the eighth inning Monday evening and Davis was rocked for three runs on two hits -- including a homer -- in two-thirds of an inning, lifting his ERA for the season to 7.43.
Davis will return to the closer's role after Scott Oberg (blood clot) was ruled out for the remainder of the season, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Davis has logged four straight scoreless appearances, with only one of those coming at home. He has a 9.70 ERA at home and a 0.63 ERA on the road, and the Rockies head on a week-long road trip next week, so he is worth adding in most roto formats.
Davis will move to a middle-relief role for now, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Coors Field does a number on many pitchers' statlines, but Davis certainly can't blame his home park for the entirety of his 6.82 ERA, which translates to a park-adjusted ERA- of 134 (34 percent worse than league average). His 22.3 percent strikeout rate better suits a middle reliever, while his 13.5 percent walk rate is quite poor. Scott Oberg will handle the ninth inning for now.
Davis (1-5) took the loss Wednesday against the Dodgers after surrendering five runs on four hits and one walk while recording only one out.
Davis entered to start the ninth inning with the game in a scoreless tie, and he delivered his worst performance of the season by giving up a pair of multi-run homers. The veteran right-hander hasn't blown a save since mid-June, but he still has a 9.67 ERA, 12:8 K:BB and three losses in that stretch. The Rockies previously discussed a shakeup for the back end of the bullpen and seem likely to be considering their options once again.
Davis allowed one walk and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Nationals.
Davis was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning. He did so in commanding fashion, whiffing three of the four batters he faced to record his 15th save of the campaign. Davis has been an unsteady performer this season, though he has turned in a scoreless outing in eight of last 10 appearances. Even accounting for that stretch, he has a 5.64 ERA and 1.62 WHIP with 32 strikeouts across 30.1 innings.
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.
Davis gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his 11th save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Giants.
It's been a shaky June for the veteran closer -- he now sports an 8.64 ERA and 6:5 K:BB through 8.1 innings on the month, having blown two of his six save chances -- but he seems to be righting the ship, reeling off three straight scoreless appearances. If he can stay healthy, Davis still has a reasonable shot at producing his fourth straight 25-save campaign, but anything more than that will require a very big second half.
Davis picked up the save against the Giants on Monday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning to close out Colorado's 2-0 victory. He didn't record a strikeout or a walk.
Davis had seen his ERA balloon from 2.55 to 5.40 over his last four appearances, but he turned in a smooth effort in this contest, needing 12 pitches to dispatch of the Giants in order and pick up his 10th save of the season. He seems locked in as the top ninth-inning option for the time being despite his recent struggles, so hopefully this clean outing is a sign he's getting back to form.
Davis allowed a run on two hits over one inning and recorded a pair of strikeouts to earn his ninth save Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Davis fanned Carson Kelly for the first out, but Kevin Cron responded with a solo home run. The 33-year-old then struck out Jarrod Dyson, but once again, the Diamondbacks answered with a single by Ketel Marte. Luckily, Davis got David Peralta to line out for the final out of the game to pick up his ninth save of the year. Through 23 appearances, the right-hander owns a 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 23:13 K:BB.
Davis (1-2) took the loss and a blown save Sunday against the Padres as he allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He did not record a strikeout.
Staked to a three-run lead in the ninth inning, Davis allowed four baserunners and three runs before being removed with two outs. He then watched as the bullpen allowed the go-ahead run to score on a bases-loaded walk. Davis also blew a save in his previous appearance and has struggled to find consistency after returning from an oblique injury nine days ago.
Davis allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout while getting just two outs to blow the save Friday against the Padres.
After Mike Dunn gave up four runs in the ninth inning, Davis was called upon to protect an 11-9 lead with one out and the bases empty. Unfortunately, Davis could not stop the Padres from rallying, giving up three hits and two more runs to blow the save and leave the game tied at 11. It was his first blown save of the season and the first time in franchise history that the Rockies blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning. The 33-year-old closer now owns a 3.44 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 21:11 K:BB with eight saves.
Davis got the save against the Cubs on Monday, working around one hit to fire a scoreless ninth inning and preserve a 6-5 victory for the Rockies. He struck out one and walked none.
Davis picked up his first save since returning from the injured list with an oblique injury with a scoreless effort to successfully protect the one-run lead. He now has eight saves without blowing an opportunity and sports a 2.16 ERA over 16.2 innings on the season.
Davis (oblique) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Davis had a successful live batting practice session Wednesday and will make his return to the Rockies without a minor-league rehab assignment. The 33-year-old had a 2.45 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 18:10 K:BB with seven saves in as many chances before landing on the IL in mid-May.
Davis (oblique) could be activated from the 10-day injured list during Colorado's series against the Mets in New York that starts Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Davis said he feels ready to return after throwing a successful live BP session in Chicago on Wednesday, though the Rockies may opt to send him on a brief minor-league rehab assignment before activating him. Either way, it sounds like the veteran closer will be back with the Rockies in the near future.
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