Six MLB relief pitchers with a lot to prove in 2019

Six MLB relief pitchers with a lot to prove in 2019

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Six MLB relief pitchers with a lot to prove in 2019


Oct 7, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis (71) pitches during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game three of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

Wade Davis, Colorado Rockies

Despite compiling the second-most saves in baseball during his first tour with the Rockies, it wasn’t an ideal year for Wade Davis. Following four straight years of posting a 2.30 ERA or better without a strand rate worse than 82.7%, those numbers came in at 4.13 and 66.9%, respectively, in 2018.

Looking at relief pitcher statistics can be tricky due to the sample size — one bad month can torpedo a season more than any other player. For Davis, it was a three-month stretch in the middle of his year that derailed what could’ve been a typically dominant campaign.

Check out his month-by-month progression for ERA and wOBA.

The 33-year-old also struggled with adjusting to Coors Field — he posted a 4.73 ERA at home, while that number dropped to 3.55 on the road.

Unlike the other relievers on this list, Davis has already landed his big contract after signing a three-year, $52 million deal last offseason. Instead of getting back on track and proving himself to earn another payday, he’ll be focused on showing he’s worth the investment that’s already been made.

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