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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #117: Royal blue balls – Royals 4, Angels 3

After so much strife and consternation with this road trip, the Angels had a golden opportunity to split the series with the league-leading Royals. That’s nothing to brag about, but something that could’ve served as a stepping stone for the Angels getting their confidence back. They were even given the rare and special gift of a home run allowed by Wade Davis to give the Angels...
Via Monkey with a Halo
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals keeping window of opportunity open

After an exciting postseason run followed by a devastating loss in game seven of last year's fall classic, many expected the Kansas City Royals to regress in 2015.  If the heartbreak of falling one win shy of clinching a World Series title in front our their home crowd wasn't enough to haunt the Royals, other teams across the league began to stockpile talent this past winter to...
Via The Sports Quotient
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Madson closes the door, Royals sweep away White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With All-Star reliever Wade Davis nursing a bad back and closer Greg Holland earning saves the past two days and unavailable, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost turned to Ryan Madson to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. Madson struck out two in a spotless inning as the Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. "We feel we have four...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: August 7th, 2015

In my last edition of the Fantasy Baseball Final, I said not to sleep on August deals and sure enough a couple went down today. Sure, neither are earth-shattering deals that will affect the fantasy baseball landscape, but one of them could affect the playoff race down the stretch. Both will have long-term effects on the franchises involved. Stay tuned as both trades will be addressed...
Via The Fantasy Fix
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals rally, squirrel appears -- but a Rally Squirrel? Probably not

The St. Louis Cardinals had their Rally Squirrel in 2011, when they won the World Series. The Kansas City Royals can only hope for similar results. A black squirrel spent several minutes on the Comerica Park field in the eighth inning of Thursday's Royals-Tigers game, by which point the Royals had rallied from a 6-3 deficit to tie the game at 6. In the bottom of the frame, the squirrel...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cain, Davis named top Royals player, pitcher of the month

The Kansas City Royals announced today that center fielder Lorenzo Cain has been named the Royals Majestic Player of the Month for July, while right-handed pitcher Wade Davis has been named the club's Pitcher of the Month. The player award is determined by a combined fan and media vote. The pitcher is selected in a vote by local media. Cain hit .367 in July with eight doubles, two...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 03, 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

Blue Jays Slugger Jose Bautista Hits First Home Run Off Of Royals Pitcher Wade Davis in Close to Two Years

Fantasy owners and maybe some Kansas City Royals fans that are really in to stats probably knew this, but heading in to Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Wade Davis had not given up a home run in close to two years--August 24. 2013 to be exact.That is, until he faced Jose Bautistavia Cut4Read more »
Via FatManWriting
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Deadline addition Zobrist homers twice as Royals outslug Jays

  Ben Zobrist hit two home runs, Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak. Zobrist, who went 3 for 4 and scores three runs, also homered in the first and doubled and scored in the sixth. Yordano Ventura (6-7) gave up five runs and six hits in seven innings...
Via AP on Fox
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres' Upton singles, steals base in All-Star Game

Justin Upton may have only gotten one at bat as the lone Padres representative at the All-Star Game, but he made it count. He singled in the eighth inning off the Royals’ Wade Davis and then stole second base. According to MLB.com, Upton became the first Padre since the great Tony Gwynn in 1989 to get a hit and swipe a base in the Midsummer Classic. The hit was also Upton’s first...
Via Fox Sports
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

KC Dominates the All-Star Game

The Final player has been announced for the American League All-Star Game, and the Voting Machine that is the Kansas City Royals Fan base has done it again.  Mike Moustakas has been voted into the 2015 Mid Summer Classic.  Moose beats out Brian Dozier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Xander Bogaerts  to take the final spot.  Brett Gardner who was also in the running was placed on the...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Through it all, Royals find a way to win

The Royals sit atop the Central, 15 games above .500, and it hasn’t been pretty The Royals are the streakiest team in baseball. When they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, well, it’s not pretty. After getting swept by the Astros in Houston, the Royals split a series against the Twins in a series that Minnesota could have easily taken all 4. The Royals needed something...
Via Royals Blue
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals trade rumors: Wade Davis edition

(rantsports.com) The Kansas City Royals once again have the league’s best bullpen in 2015 just as they did last season, and names such as Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, Jason Frasor, and Franklin Morales have all been doing their part. Herrera, Davis, and Holland all three could arguably be the Royals’ closer but Holland seems to has that spot locked down just as...
Via isportsweb.com
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Yesterday, we tackled the National League’s 34 most deserving candidates, so today, we’ll do the American League. When it comes to picking players, I lean very heavily towards in-season performance, as I tend towards the camp that sees the game as a reward for the players more than a showcase for the fans. It is […]
Via Fangraphs
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Wade Davis is Having a Remarkable Year

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 05: Catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals congratulates Wade Davis #17 after the Royals defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 during a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on September 5, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) The Kansas City Royals are 72 games into a season in which they are proving...
Via The Sports Journal
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

If outcome gets to the pens, KC has strong edge over Mariners

Led by the HDH trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, the Kansas City Royals' bullpen has enjoyed acclaim as baseball's best for the better part of two seasons. That bodes well for the Royals heading into a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, whose bullpen is about as shaky as Kansas City's is strong. The Royals and Mariners also stand near opposite ends...
Via Fox Sports
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite Tuesday’s Loss, Wade Davis Remains on Pace for an Elite Season

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 27: Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning of their game on April 27, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Royals defeated the Indians 6-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) With division races intensifying between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers, the Kansas City Royals...
Via The Sports Journal
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Tulane Cancels 2016 Game Against Mississippi State

Things just got a bit complicated for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and their 2016 season. Per Michael Bonner of the Clarion Ledger, the Tulane Green Wave have canceled an agreement regarding a game to be played between both squads at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville on September 24, 2016. Now, Mississippi State is in a rough position. The Bulldogs already have two out-of-conference...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Closer Report, Week 3: Wade Doing Swimmingly

Imagine a world without Greg Holland.  Okay, got it... because it's here... sorta.  There would be no tulip or windmill jokes and Wade Davis would basically be the freaking mac.  I was interested to see what his numbers really were, since he basically became a full time reliever towards the end of the 2013 season, and up to this date thus far in the season. So over the 89 innings...
Via Razzball
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Place Holland on DL, But Is it as Significant of a Loss as We Think?

Earlier in the week, Kansas City announced that Alex Rios would be placed on the disabled list for 3-6 weeks with a fractured metacarpal (finger). Just hours ago, the club also announced another devastating blow to their bullpen. Greg Holland is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a pectoral strain. Two significant losses in just five days. Paulo Orlando and Jarrod Dyson, though are...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals Place Greg Holland on DL

View image | gettyimages.com It's a good thing the Kansas City Royals have one of, if not the best bullpen in the MLB. They just placed their closer, Greg Holland, on the disabled list with a pectoral strain. Wade Davis is next in line to pick up a save with Kelvin Herrera picking up a vulture save or two on back to back nights.  The 3 headed monster has pitched 14 innings...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Bullpen Continuing Dominance of Last Season

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland delivers to a Chicago White Sox batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. The Royals defeated the White Sox 7-5. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) The Kansas City Royals have a legendary bullpen. This concrete dose of truth was established to a national audience in October...
Via The Sports Journal
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Wade Davis Repeat His 2014 Season?

Photo Credit – Jake Roth – USA TODAY Sports The season that Wade Davis had in 2014 for the Kansas City Royals is one for the history books. As the primary set up man for closer Greg Holland, Davis pitched in 71 games [72 innings overall], accumulating an ERA of exactly 1.00 while striking out 109 [13.6 K/9] and walking 23 [2.9 BB/9], a K/BB rate of 4.74. To give an idea...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
March 18, 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 (cbssports.com). 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...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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