Wade Davis Has Encouraging Pitching Performance For Kansas City Royals Despite Loss

By John Raffel
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Wade Davis realizes that there’s really no reason to celebrate a loss in the MLB, including Friday when this Kansas City Royals fell 6-3 to the Oakland Athletics.

But Davis could take some comfort from his pitching performance this particular evening after a disaster last Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. Davis didn’t have “it” to say the least, against the Twins, when he threw an incredible 53 pitches in the first inning alone.

That type of performance is enough to shake any pitcher and to raise self-doubt for any hurler in his next game. He threw 16 more pitches in the second inning, without an out, before leaving the game, which meant he threw 69 pitches in one full inning.

This time, he delivered 10 pitches in the first inning.

For the game, Davis had a decent seven innings of work, allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking one.

It was enough to keep them in the game. But Davis, the Royals hope, regained his confidence in a major way Friday night.

For the season, Davis has not been overly effective with a 4-7 record and 5.42 ERA. He’s had good control by giving up just 38 walks in almost 90 innings on the mound. But he’s allowing more than a hit  per inning with 119 hits overall, and opponents are hitting .322 against him, which is 60 points higher than his career average. The Royals obviously need to get more quality starts out of Davis, similar to the one he had Friday if not better, for them to bid for a playoff spot this season.

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