1) Wade Davis Sighting On Saturday
Though it wasn’t a save situation with the Kansas City Royals up 8-4, Ned Yost got Wade Davis right into action after the team activated him from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. Davis looked like his vintage self, holding the Tigers scoreless in the ninth inning with one strikeout. Davis lowered his ERA to 1.19 on the season.
Hey, maybe Davis can get his ERA back under 1.00 and have three seasons in a row with a 1.00 ERA or better. Wade Davis would be the first reliever in major-league history to pull off that feat.
Friday night’s blown save by Luke Hochevar shows just how much the menacing presence of Davis on the back end of the Kansas City bullpen means to the Royals. Had Davis been available, Hochevar probably only pitches the sixth inning, and gives way to Joakim Soria in the seventh. Kelvin Herrera and Davis would have been slated to finish out the eighth and ninth innings.
I can’t say lacking Wade Davis cost the KC Royals a game on Friday, but it sure didn’t help.