Wade Davis is unstoppable (well, on the mound, at least)
There was once a time when Wade Davis could be hit. When batters could step to the plate and face Davis as if he were like any other Major Leaguer.
Those days are long gone. Over the last two seasons, Davis is 17-3 with a 0.97 ERA in 139 1/3 IP, striking out 12.1 batters per nine along the way.
He may be even better in the postseason. In 31 1/3 postseason innings, Davis has allowed just three earned runs and hasn't allowed a home run since 2010. In fact, Davis hasn't even allowed an earned run since the 2014 postseason, running his earned run-free streak up to 19 2/3 IP after picking up a two-inning save in the Royals' 5-3 World Series Game 4 victory on Saturday.
It's not surprising when you see the arsenal he's working with. Mixing an upper-90's fastball with a mid-90's cutter and diving knuckle curve, Davis shut down the Mets to become just the second closer after Mariano Rivera to have two six-out saves in one postseason. All together, looks a lot like this:
Of course, while Davis spent all of his XP on pitching, he ignored his hitting skills. So when Davis came to the plate (and given how far back he stood in the batter's box, even that's a stretch) for the first time since 2013 in the top of the ninth, well, it wasn't pretty. Though his military-precision-style heel turn from the batters box was.
Davis and the Royals will look to close out the Series at Citi Field on Sunday, with Game 5 set for 8 p.m. on FOX.