Wade Davis Newsbeat
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The trade has been everything the Royals could have wanted and Moore.
This is who and what the Royals wanted when they gave up Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, two pieces of their future, because they wanted to succeed in the present. They didn’t go far enough in 2013 to justify the move, because they left the back-end of their rotation a Bruce Chen-like mess, and Wade Davis, who came over with Shields, was expected to fix that even though he had been spending his time in Tampa Bay proving he belonged in relief. Predictably, Davis struggled, the Royals won their most disappointing 86 games in recent memory because they couldn’t plug the holes they started the season with, and Shields’ efforts were wasted while Myers won himself a Rookie of the Year award and helped the Rays along to the playoffs.
General manager Dayton Moore has deserved scorn for much of the prolonged Royals’ rebuilding, but for once he deserves credit for realizing that he didn’t go far enough in 2013 with the Shields’ deal alone. Rather than hope for a better second attempt, Moore added Vargas, who is built for the pitcher-friendly parks of the AL Central, to round out the rotation. He promoted Ventura to the bigs permanently, and gave Duffy, who had recovered from Tommy John, surgery, the chance to keep the likes of Chen out of the rotation once again. Davis was put back in the pen where he belonged in the first place, and the lineup holes at second base and right field were finally addressed by putting literally anyone besides Chris Getz and Jeff Francoeur in those spots. A year had already been wasted, but the Royals were going to make a go at October for real heading into 2014, the final season of Shields’ deal.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Forget Wade Davis… now I want to vote for Frank Williams for MVP!
Overall, [Wade] Davis has allowed a batting average of .139 and a slugging percentage of .149, giving him an “isolated power” allowed figure of .010. I assumed that would be the lowest ever (minimum 50 innings), but it’s not. A reliever named Frank Williams for the 1986 Giants had an isolated power allowed of .006. In 52.1 innings, Williams allowed 35 hits—just one for extra bases, a double. (He also allowed just one stolen bases while nine guys were caught stealing on his watch ... wow.) The Giants thought so much of his performance they traded him to the Reds in the offseason for outfielder Eddie Milner.
(Williams’ story is interesting but sad. He started one game in his career ... and threw a shutout, as a rookie in 1984. According to this story by Tom Hawthorn of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Williams’ best pitch was a slurve of sorts that he gripped deep in the palm of his hand. You can see from the baseball card photo in that story that Williams threw from a sidearm or three-quarters delivery. He took part in tough-man boxing matches in Idaho in the offseason. After his career ended, he explored his Native American roots, but his life fell apart with drug and alcohol use and the death of his twin brother and he eventually ended up living on the streets of Victoria, B.C., and died in 2009.)
Back to Davis. The lowest isolated power figures going back to 1957, from the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index:
1. Williams, .006
2. Davis, .010
3. Jim Johnson, 2008 Orioles, .016
4. Kevin Cameron, 2007, .023
5. Rob Murphy, 1986 Reds, .024
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