4. Wade Davis Is Poised To Return
Wade Davis pitched at AAA Omaha on Monday, suggesting that his return to Kansas City won’t come for at least a few more days. However, he’s on the mend and should return to the KC Royals soon. The front office will likely hold off on bringing him back until after September 1 just to avoid sending someone down just before rosters expand. When you option a player to the minors, you have to wait 10 days before recalling him unless the team suffers an injury.
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Davis will return to a bullpen that is just dominating opponents in August. Even after the bullpen give up four runs to the Yankees Monday night, they still have held opponents to a 1.59 ERA for the month.
So, on one hand, you could say the KC Royals don’t really need Wade Davis. But, that’s getting way too caught up in numbers. Davis has been historically dominant the last three seasons. Getting that guy back can’t hurt.
Return Of The Three-Headed Monster
Indeed, Davis’ return just might revive the famous Three-Headed Monster approach that has carried the Kansas City Royals to two straight AL pennants. With Wade Davis back in the closer role, Kelvin Herrera can move back to set-up, and rookie Matt Strahm is then the favorite to become the seventh inning guy.
Joakim Soria then becomes the staff “fireman”. Middle-relievers Peter Moyan and Brian Flynn become the righty and lefty match-up options out of the pen, with Chris Young and Chien-Ming Wang in long-relief.
Shut down those games!
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