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When the Royals made a splash this off-season by acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays, they figured they were getting two above average Major League pitchers that would solidify their rotation right away.
Shields has been as advertised, but Davis has quite frankly been terrible.
Davis’ ERA is approaching 6.00 (5.92) and his record has dropped to 4-8. In 97.1 innings pitched, Wade sports a 1.80 WHIP.
It’s not that Davis isn’t talented enough to be an effective starter. He posted respectable numbers in two seasons as a starter with the Rays. In 2010, he started 29 games and went 12-10 with a 4.07 ERA. In 2011, Davis also started 29 games, with a 4.45 ERA and an 11-10 record.
When you compare the numbers from those two seasons as a starter, there are a few alarming trends. Most notably, Davis’ hits per nine and walks per nine are way up. This season, Davis is allowing a whopping 12.2 hits per nine and 4.1 walks per nine.
Davis spent all of 2012 as a reliever ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Strong pitching is a big reason the Kansas City Royals are surging since the All-Star break.
Wade Davis would like to contribute to that success.
Davis will try to lead the Royals to a fifth straight win by ending his four-game slide Saturday night against the last-place Chicago White Sox.
Kansas City (49-51) has won six of eight since the break, and the rotation has been key...
LAY IT ON THE LINE
Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough continues to show why it was a good move for the Royal organization to release fan favorite Jeff Francoeur earlier this season. In a 1-0 game, White Sox outfielder Alex Rios was the tying run on third when Jeff Keppinger lined a for sure single to right; however, David Lough made an unbelievable diving catch for the out. Rios, who should...
NEED A HAND?
Mike Moustakas reached over a railing in pursuit of a Nick Markakis foul ball at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday. The third baseman could have suffered a nasty bump on the noggin, if not for the helpful hands of a group of loyal Royals fans who caught him as he tumbled into the stands. Afterwards, there were sighs of relief and high-fives all around. Moustakas and Markakis...
by John Viril—
If the Kansas City Royals are going to make a run, the next three weeks will tell the tale.
The Royals are now entering a stretch where they will play 15 of their next 19 games against teams with losing records. At the end of that run, they then face the Detroit Tigers for a massive 5-game road series that ends August 18.
If the Royals aren’t in contention on that...
CHICAGO -- James Shields tossed seven shutout innings and rookie David Lough homered and drove in another run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
The Royals (49-51) have won four straight and six of eight since the All-Star break. The White Sox (40-60) have lost four of five.
Shields (5-7) allowed eight hits and walked two...
The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season, thanks in large part to superb pitching.The rotation has been particularly dominant.Bruce Chen looks to keep the Royals rolling with another commanding performance Sunday against the last-place Chicago White Sox.Kansas City (50-51) is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since...
Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Cain left the Royals' 1-0 victory at Chicago on Saturday night due to tightness in his left groin, and the team said it was precautionary. Kansas City is off on Monday before beginning a three-game series at Minnesota, allowing the Royals to give Cain two days of...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In the end, George Brett knew he couldn't turn back time, he couldn't be 25 again, and he couldn't fall in love once more with the major-league lifestyle he once so cherished.
Brett stepped down from his interim position as the Royals hitting coach Thursday, a move that may have surprised some, but not those who know him or are close to him.
Here was Royals right-hander Wade Davis perhaps when he needed it most producing his best effort of the season Saturday in outdueling Chicago lefty Chris Sale in a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Davis might have been pitching to hold his spot in the rotation after yielding 21 runs in 152/3 innings over his four previous starts. If so he responded magnificently.
The Kansas City Royals haven't been very good on the road lately, but James Shields has all season.
Shields will try to pitch the Royals to a fourth straight win Friday night when they open a very favorable nine-game trip against the Chicago White Sox.
After getting outscored 30-12 during a five-game road skid heading into the All-Star break, the Royals (48-51) returned home...
Jeremy Guthrie pitched six solid innings and Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 on Thursday.
The Royals, who limped into the All-Star break with five consecutive defeats, went 5-2 on the homestand against the Orioles and AL Central Division-leading Detroit Tigers.
Guthrie (10-7), who won 47 games in five seasons with the Orioles, allowed...
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory.
With no outs and Jarrod Dyson on third, the White Sox brought their infield in, but it didn't matter one bit.
Gordon drove a 2-2 pitch from Donnie Veal (1-1) over the wall in center for his first homer since July 7 and No...
Fans always are looking for a way to spruce up the All-Star break, and this week Royals right-hander Ervin Santana presented a brilliant idea for getting pitchers involved in the festivities:
Next year at #MLB #allstargame we should do #NL pitchers vs. #AL pitchers in #dodgeball same night as #HRDerby #CelebratePitching
-- Ervin Santana (@ErvinSantana_54) July 25, 2013 I'm...
It is game one with the Kansas City Royals who have come to The Cell for three game series. Gordon Beckham returns for the White Sox today, hoping his wrist will not give him any issues today. Jesse Crain has had a setback and no return date has been set for him.
Grab a coffee and see you for the first pitch.
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The White Sox finish up a ten-game homestand with a weekend series against the Royals. Currently, the Sox are 3-4 on the homestand after dropping three of four to the Tigers. The Royals are making the first stop on a three city, nine-game road trip, and are fresh off a 5-2 homestand against the Tigers and Orioles. This season, the Sox are 5-4 against KC and won the only meeting...