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Wade Davis | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/7/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Royals exercised RHP Wade Davis' $10 million club option for the 2016 season.
A no-brainer move here. Davis registered a dominant 0.94 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 67 1/3 innings this past season for the Royals and excelled at closer when Greg Holland went down with an elbow injury. He should rank among the top fantasy stoppers going into 2016. Nov 5 - 3:35 PM

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Wade Davis allowed two hits over two shutout frames to earn the save Saturday in the Royals’ win over the Mets in Game 4 of the World Series.

The first hit he allowed was a generous scoring and probably should have gone as an error on Mike Moustakas. The second was a laser off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes. Lucas Duda ended the rally by lining into a double play. Davis has not allowed a run since September 24. This was his second six-out save of the postseason.
Nov 1 - 12:17 AM

Wade Davis pulled off a miraculous escape in the ninth inning on Friday, preserving a one-run lead as the Royals dispatched of the Blue Jays.

Davis was called upon in the eighth inning of a 3-3 game, where he recorded the final two outs to keep the score tied. After a rain delay that lasted over an hour, and after the Royals had re-taken the lead, Davis astonishingly came back out to start the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff single to Russell Martin, who was lifted for pinch runner Dalton Pompey. Pompey then deftly swiped second and third base, putting the tying run just 90 feet away with no outs. Davis battled back though, punching out Dioner Navarro and Ben Revere (with the help of some questionable called strikes) before getting Josh Donaldson on a ground out to end the ballgame.
Oct 24 - 12:26 AM

Wade Davis nailed down a two-inning save in the Royals' 9-6 ALDS Game 4 win on Monday in Houston.

Davis got the call after the Royals took a one-run lead in the top of the eighth and the dominant right-handed reliever went on to retire six of the seven batters he faced. The only hit against him was a ninth-inning single by Carlos Correa, who finished the day 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Davis racked up three strikeouts and already has two saves in this postseason.
Oct 12 - 5:23 PM

Wade Davis slammed the door on the Astros in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a one-run advantage and pulling the Royals even in the best-of-five ALDS.

Taking the hill with a one-run lead, Davis made things interesting by issuing a one-out walk to Preston Tucker. He was able to pick off pinch-runner Carlos Gomez though, then induce a game-ending groundout from Jose Altuve. He has transitioned to the closer's role seamlessly in the wake of Greg Holland's injury.
Oct 9 - 7:37 PM

Wade Davis was unavailable for Thursday's game against the White Sox due to a stiff back.

The issue is believed to be minor and Davis is considered day-to-day. Ryan Madson filled in admirably in his absence, working a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season.
Oct 2 - 12:37 AM

Wade Davis earned his 14th save of the season in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Royals, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Davis did allow a one-out double to Jason Kipnis, but he bore down to strike out Francisco Lindor before inducing a Michael Brantley fly-out to secure save No. 14. The veteran closer slid into the ninth-inning role on September 22 due to Greg Holland's tight elbow. For the season, he holds a strong 0.97 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 74/20 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings. He's 14-of-15 in save chances this season.
Sep 27 - 5:23 PM

Wade Davis will serve as the Royals' closer for the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

Davis has been a far better pitcher than Greg Holland this year and Holland is currently dealing with a tight elbow. The injury made the decision that much easier. Davis, 30, is currently sitting on a 0.88 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 70/19 K/BB ratio through 61 2/3 innings.
Sep 22 - 5:31 PM

Wade Davis will serve as the Royals' closer for at least the next couple of days.

Greg Holland is on the shelf with tightness in his right elbow. Davis has been outstanding this year in a setup role, boasting a 0.88 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 70/19 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. He was already a must-own in fantasy leagues and is even moreso now.
Sep 22 - 5:03 PM

Wade Davis (shoulder) tossed a scoreless inning Saturday in his return to action.

Davis was unavailable Friday due to some stiffness in his shoulder, but obviously it was a minor issue. He's unscored upon in his last 11 appearances.
Sep 13 - 8:38 AM

Wade Davis was unavailable on Friday due to stiffness in his shoulder.

The hard-throwing right-hander requested an extra day off from manager Ned Yost but should be ready to go on Saturday. He's enjoying another outstanding season in a setup capacity for the Royals, compiling a 0.94 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 66/16 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings.
Sep 12 - 9:09 AM

Wade Davis worked a scoreless ninth inning to grab his 12th save in Tuesday's 3-2 victory against the Orioles.

Davis got Caleb Joseph to line out to open the ninth inning, then struck out Henry Urrutia and Manny Machado consecutively to finalize the game. The right-hander got the opportunity to close out Tuesday's contest again as regular closer Greg Holland has been dealing with a "cranky arm". Davis is 12-for-13 in save chances with a 1.03 ERA and a 60/15 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. He could get a few more save opportunities down the stretch if the Royals want to play it safe with Holland.
Aug 26 - 1:19 AM

Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save, finalizing Wednesday's 4-3 win against the Reds.

Davis allowed a one-out single and a two-out walk, but struck out Joey Votto to end the game. He was ostensibly giving regular closer Greg Holland a breather after tossing 23 pitches in the 13th inning of Tuesday's win. Davis is 10-for-11 in save situations on the year with a 1.09 ERA and a 56/14 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings.
Aug 20 - 12:44 AM

Wade Davis (back) was pegged for two runs over an inning of work Thursday in his return to action.

Davis has battled a sore back this month and, probably not coincidentally, three out of the five runs he's allowed all season have come in his last three appearances. It doesn't appear at this point that the Royals have considered placing him on the disabled list, but some more rest might be beneficial.
Aug 14 - 8:20 AM

Wade Davis (back) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Davis has been limited to one appearance since August 1 due to lingering soreness in his back. He is hoping to be available out of the Kansas City bullpen on Thursday, but the Royals hold a massive lead in the AL Central and can play it safe with their dominating setup man.
Aug 12 - 5:06 PM

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