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Royals' revamped bullpen may be deeper, more dynamic than a year ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- By the time the Kansas City Royals had run roughshod through the American League playoffs last year, everyone in baseball knew exactly what H-D-H meant. Herrera, Davis, Holland. The big three relievers at the back of their bullpen. With the dominance of Kelvin Herrera in the seventh inning, Wade Davis in the eighth and Greg Holland closing out, the Royals effectively...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Davis Set Up for Success as Royals' Closer

A little over a week ago, Wade Davis officially took over as closer for the Kansas City Royals after spending most of his time with the club as Greg Holland's set-up man.Last season, as the Royals made their famous run through the wild card to the World Series, one of the biggest pieces that kept them going was the back-end of the bullpen. The 7-8-9 combination of Kelvin Herrera...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ned Yost says Wade Davis is Royals' new closer

Ned Yost has made a change at closer. The Royals manager told reporters Tuesday that he has decided to hand over closing duties to Wade Davis for the forseeable future. Yost had initially announced that Greg Holland would rest for a few days due to soreness in his elbow. Less than a half hour later, Yost changed his tune, telling reporters "Davis will close the rest of the way and...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Wade Davis, Dellin Betances, and the 95+ MPH Cutter

The video here depicts the last pitch of Wednesday night’s game between Kansas City and Cincinnati, a contest won 4-3 by the Royals. What else the video depicts is a cutter thrown by Wade Davis at 96 mph — for a swinging strike to one of the major leagues’ most talented hitters. Though the author failed to seek Votto’s opinion of the pitch, the following image might provide...
Via Fangraphs
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wade Davis Deserves Better Than Some Footnote

On August 24, 2013, the most popular movie at the box office was Iron Man 3. The troublesome pop song Blurred Lines was all over our radios. The Boston Red Sox had the best record in the American League, and the Atlanta Professional Baseball Club led the National League. Were we ever so young? Also on that date, Wade Davis had a start against the Washington Nationals. He ended up...
Via Fangraphs
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: Bullpen battle

Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar will look to make the Royals’ bullpen the best in the league in 2015 ( The Kansas City Royals began their 2015 season this past week as they opened camp at Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona. With their first playoff appearance since 1985 last season which ended in their magical World Series run, there are high expectations for this...
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Time to See if the Royals Will Trade From a Strength

There was precedent for Wade Davis‘ amazing Royals transformation. You could, for example, point to Wade Davis, in 2012. Or you could point to any number of other guys who’ve found comfortable homes in the bullpen after struggling as starters. But a year before Davis turned into an unhittable Royals reliever — that is, the […]
Via Fangraphs
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The bullpen is your home, Wade Davis

As recently as this last spring, Wade Davis has expressed his desire to be a starting pitcher. It's not going to happen, Mr. Davis. First, you're not good enough as a starter and secondly, you are too darned good as a relief pitcher. The difference between the two variations of Wade Davis is remarkable and if the Royals' reliever wants a long, long career in baseball, he is right...
Via The Flagrant Fan
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

He might not know exactly why, but Royals' Davis is dominating in relief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Same approach, different results. Very different results. Royals right-hander Wade Davis swears he's not pitching much differently as a reliever than he was a starter. Nor does he get more "amped up" coming out of the bullpen than he did when he was a starter. "If anything," Davis says, "I was more amped up as a starter. Seriously." Yet something must explain...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Long shot or not, Wade Davis still thinks he can be a starter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For now, right-hander Wade Davis still considers himself a viable candidate for the Royals' rotation. And manager Ned Yost has dutifully said Davis will get every opportunity to win the job. But realistically, it certainly appears Davis is a long shot to beat out Yordano Ventura, Danny Duffy or Luke Hochevar for that final spot. The Royals discovered last season...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

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