For a moment in time, there was nobody like Wade Davis – The Athletic

Ned Yost’s favorite story about Wade Davis was not from Game 6 of the 2015 ALCS, when Davis weathered a long rain delay, stranded two base runners and pitched the Royals to a second straight World Series. It wasn’t from Game 5 of that year’s World Series, when he closed out the franchise’s second championship. It wasn’t, in fact, from any moment during the 2014 or 2015 seasons, when Davis put together one of the most dominant stretches by any relief pitcher in baseball history.

It came before that, on a day at spring training in March 2014, before Wade Davis was even a reliever. Well, that’s not exactly true. Davis was sort of a reliever.

He had been a good bullpen arm for the Rays in 2012, and he had dabbled in relief for the Royals in 2013, and he was 6-foot-5 with a big arm. But, no, he had spent most of his career as an average starting pitcher. He’d logged a 4.27 ERA for the Rays across 58 starts in 2010 and 2011. When he arrived in Kansas City in 2013 — along with starter James Shields in a trade that sent Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and another prospect to Tampa Bay — he posted a 5.67 ERA in 24 starts.

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