Wade Davis’ up-and-down season with the Kansas City Royals had a downer on Saturday night.
Davis was not sharp at all against the Minnesota Twins and it came right after four consecutive strong appearances by Davis in which the Royals’ coaches had reason to smile over his performances.
His effort against the Twins was definitely nothing to smile about since Davis lasted only a full inning, giving up six earned runs on five hits and five walks. He had two strikeouts.
In the first inning, he threw 53 pitches, the most in an MLB first inning in nearly six years.
He also went in the second inning, but didn’t record an out. When he left, he was at 69 pitches in one official inning. That’s the most pitches in one official inning in the last 10 seasons.
That’s about as ugly as it gets. It came at Minnesota, but it’s not like Davis was facing the Bronx Bombers. But obviously, he wasn’t ready to pitch against the Twins. The Minnesota offense was obviously ready to bat and took advantage of the situation.
His previous four outings, however, gave indication that Davis can get the job done. He’s still giving up a lot of hits, although his walks had been down prior to Saturday’s game. But this outing was very embarrassing.
If the Royals are to make a run in the American League Central, they need Davis to have sharper performances than this one and on a more consistent basis. He has to put this embarrassing performance behind him and pitch much better this season.