by John Viril—
Starter Wade Davis is the red-headed stepchild on the Kansas City Royals pitching staff. Currently scuffling with a 3-5 record and 5.37 ERA on a staff that leads the American League in ERA, Davis is the odd man out. After being touted as the “hidden value” in the Wil Myers trade due to five more years of team control, Wade Davis has disappointed most Royals fans.
He’s really been much better than his numbers.
Coming into the season, the Kansas City front office believed that Wade Davis had learned how to miss bats after his stint in the Tampa Bay bullpen in 2012. The Kansas City scouting staff was correct. Davis has posted an 8.0 K/9 and a strikeout rate of 19.2% this season, both well above his standard as a starter with Tampa Bay. Since Davis’ walk rate of 8.8% is close to his career rate of 8.6%, most analysts would expect him to show improved performance this season.
Instead, Wade Davis has been hamstrung by an outrageously high batting average on balls in play (B...