Four months into the 2014 season, Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis finally surrendered his first extra-base hit of the year, allowing Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki to hit a double in Thursday's game, per The Kansas City Star.
Through his first 43 appearances of the season, Davis allowed only 19 singles, albeit with 19 walks mixed in.
The streak finally ended in appearance No. 44, but Davis still managed to earn his 20th hold of the season and then added No. 21 on Friday.
Having now pitched in 45 games this season, Davis owns a remarkable 0.95 ERA and 0.85 WHIP with 73 strikeouts over 47.1 innings for a 13.9 K/9 mark.
Of the 185 batters he's faced, 39.5 percent have struck out, while just one (.05 percent) has managed an extra-base hit.
Among pitchers who have thrown 20-plus innings this season, Davis ranks sixth in the majors with the aforementioned K/9 of 13.9. Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is the runaway leader with an insane 17.6 K/9.
A failed starting pitcher, Davis showed glimpses of his potential dominance with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, posting a 2.43 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 11.1 K/9 over 70.1 innings while working strictly as a reliever.
Following the trade best known for Royals pitcher James Shields and Rays outfielder Wil Myers, Davis entered the Kansas City rotation last season and made 24 of his 31 appearances as a starter. The results were disastrous, as he posted a 5.32 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 135.1 miserable innings.
Properly cast again this season, Davis has been one of the most valuable relievers in all of baseball. Per FanGraphs.com, his 1.9 wins above replacement (WAR) is good for fifth among all relief pitchers.
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