The Davis Files: Flourished Out of Bullpen

Just like a year ago when the Rockies signed free-agent reliever Greg Holland, the franchise has a feeling of a knowledge of the inner workings of their latest free-agent addition, Wade Davis, who will step into the reliever role vacated by Holland’s free-agent departure.

Steve Foster

Rockies pitcher coach Steve Foster was the bullpen coach for the Royals when Holland came to the big leagues, and Foster was theRoyals pitching coordinator/special assistant to Royals general manager Dayton Moore when the Royals decided to convert Davis from being a starting pitcher to a reliever in 2014.

Both pitchers flourished.

Holland was a key factor in the Rockies claiming the second NL wild-card spot a year ago, and the Rockies, who felt they were not making progress in an attempt to resign him, are confident that Davis can help them take the next step in the post-season in 2018.

The track record speaks for itself.

Davis is 59-39 with a 3.45 ERA and 79 saves in eight full seasons in the big leagues after a September audition with the Rays in 2009. The right-hander, who has pitched for the Rays, Royals and Cubs, has been even better with his focus on pitching in relief.

Davis Year by Year as a Reliever

Year Team W L Sv Opps G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
2012 TB 3 0 0 of 1 54 70.1 48 20 19 5 29 87 2.43 .189
2013 KC 2 1 0 of 0 7 10 3 1 1 0 4 7 0.90 .094
2014 KC 9 2 3 of 6 71 72 38 8 8 0 23 109 1,00 .151
2015 KC 8 1 17 of 18 69 67.1 33 8 7 3 20 78 0.94 .144
2016 KC 2 1 27 of 30 45 43.1 33 9 9 0 16 47 1.87 .210
2017 ChC 4 2 32 of 33 59 58.2 39 16 15 6 28 79 2.30 .186
Totals W L Sv Opps G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
Career 28 7 79 of 88 305 321.2 194 62 59 14 120 407 1.65 .171

 

Davis has been at his best in his post-season opportunities.

Davis Year by Year in the Post-Season

Year Team W L Sv SvOP G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
2011 TB 0 0 0 0 2 2.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.125
2014 KC 2 0 0 0 12 14.1 8 2 1 0 2 20 0.63 0.16
2015 KC 1 0 4 4 8 10.2 6 0 0 0 3 18 0 0.167
2017 ChC 0 0 4 4 5 6.1 5 3 3 2 6 8 4.26 0.238
Totals W L Sv SvOP G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
Career 3 0 8 8 27 33.2 20 5 4 2 12 47 1.07 0.174

Since he recorded his first career save, for the Royals on Sept. 4, 2014, Davis has the third lowest ERA and third best save success ratio among relievers. He also has the sixth lowest ERA among closers.

Top Relievers Since Davis 1st Save Sept. 4, 2014

Player G IP Sv SvOP SV% ERA AVG
Zach Britton 179 178 102 109 93.6 1.52 .207
Kenley Jansen 200 198.1 129 138 93.5 1.72 .166
Wade Davis 184 179.2 79 85 92.9 1.70 .178
Craig Kimbrel 192 188 110 120 91.7 2.35 .158
Mark Melancon 196 190 116 127 91.3 2.27 .220
Aroldis Chapman 186 184.1 98 108 90.7 1.95 .174
Greg Holland 115 108 77 86 89.5 3.50 .204
Cody Allen 215 213 102 114 89.5 2.75 .206
Raisel Iglesias 118 249.2 34 38 89.5 3.14 .218
Andrew Miller 197 206 51 57 89.5 1.62 .149

Rockies relievers converted a franchise record 77 percent of their saves in 2017, the best ratio in the NL. Three of the top save success rates in franchise history have come when the Rockies advanced to the post-season – 2017, 2009 and 1995.

Rockies Top Save Conversion Rates

Season Sv SvOP SV% ERA AVG
2017 47 61 77 4.40 .252
2009 45 61 73.8 4.53 .258
2002 43 59 72.9 5.16 .279
1995 43 62 69.4 4.64 .272
2013 35 53 66 4.23 .270
1998 36 55 65.5 3.65 .266
1999 33 51 64.7 5.72 .301
2011 41 64 64.1 3.89 .259
1993 35 55 63.6 5.36 .277
1997 38 60 63.3 4.80 .282
2003 34 54 63 4.68 .281
2010 35 56 62.5 3.99 .252
2008 36 59 61 4.13 .260
2015 36 61 59 4.70 .270
2005 37 63 58.7 4.83 .266
2006 34 59 57.6 4.52 .269
2007 39 68 57.4 3.85 .252

Bold denotes years Rockies claimed a wild-card spot in post-season.

DID YOU KNOW

 Davis has made only one career appearance at Coors Field? He struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth inning on Aug. 19, 2014 — Michael McKenry and Josh Rutledge. DJ LeMahieu grounded out to end the inning.

–Davis has been an All-Star selection each of the last three seasons — 2015 and 2016 with the Royals and 2017 with the Cubs.

–Davis won the 2015 Babe Ruth Award for best performance in the post-season.

–Davis has been a top 10 finisher in Cy Young voting twice — eighth in the AL in 2014 and sixth in the AL in 2015. He was the top vote-getter among relievers in both years.

 

 

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