by John Viril—-
If the Royals are serious about making the playoffs this season, manager Ned Yost cannot keep Wade Davis in the Royals rotation. Danny Duffy is healthy and has superior stuff to the struggling Davis. Davis has the 3rd highest ERA among MLB starters with more than 110 IP. He’s also getting hit like opposing hitters are playing T-ball. Davis has the highest BABIP of any pitcher in the league at .376.
While many would dismiss Davis’ BABIP as bad luck, he’s giving up hard contact. Hitters connect for 28.8% line drives on batted balls against Davis, the highest rate of any starting pitcher in MLB. Add in that defensive metrics like UZR and Dewan’s +/- system rate the Royals as the top defensive team in baseball, Davis’ high BABIP seems to be more than simple bad fortune.
Tbe bottom line is simple: the Royals should replace Wade Davis with Danny Duffy (1.86 ERA in 9.2 IP in 2 starts this season) in the Royals’ rotation.
I would be surprised if Ned Yost actually makes...