For Davies’ critics, the four-inning, five-run outing was a welcomed dose of “karma” after his ex-wife detailed their messy breakup on Instagram.
Davies (2-1) earned the win during Friday's 4-3 victory over the Cubs, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Davies pitched well aside from the third inning, when he surrendered all three runs on three hits, but Arizona clawed back from the early deficit to put the 29-year-old in line for the victory. Davies has been his typical solid yet unspectacular self this season, permitting no more than four earned runs in any of his seven starts, though a 4.27 FIP compared to a 3.57 ERA indicates he's been a bit lucky so far. He's scheduled to toe the rubber again next week against the Dodgers.
PHOENIX — A seemingly triumphant victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks headed by a gem start from Zach Davies crashed with two outs in top of the ninth inning. The Colorado Rockies scored four runs off closer Mark Melancon while down to their final out to swipe a 4-1 win at Chase Field on Saturday night.
Last night a pithing duel ended in a disappointing loss for the Rockies in Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently in the basement of the NL West, but if they continue their winning streak (currently at four games) they could leap past both the San Francisco Giants and the Rockies, something the Rockies can stop of they can find a way to end that streak tonight.
Davies hurled 6.1 scoreless innings against Colorado on Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision. The right-hander submitted his finest effort of the campaign thus far, pitching beyond the fifth inning for the first time and holding the Rockies scoreless while racking up 14 swinging strikes. Unfortunately for Davies, opposing starter Kyle Freeland matched him in putting goose eggs on the board, leaving both hurlers to settle for a no-decision. Nonetheless, this was a promising outing for Davies, who hasn't allowed an earned run over his past two starts covering 11.1 frames. That has lowered his ERA, which stood at 5.40 through four starts, to a much more appealing 3.34 overall.
Davies didn't factor into the decision during Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in four innings. Davies got off to a rocky start, surrendering a bases-clearing double to Will Smith in the first inning, but he was able to limit the damage to those three runs despite heavy traffic on the bases, and Arizona rebounded to eventually win the game. The eight baserunners increased the 29-year-old's WHIP to 1.47 -- a bottom-10 mark -- and he likely won't be able to strand as many runners as he did Tuesday and hope to get lucky. He's tentatively scheduled to toe the rubber Sunday in St. Louis for his next start.
Davies (1-1) allowed two hits, two runs and two walks while recording seven strikeouts over five innings in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Nationals. Davies bounced back nicely after getting pummeled by the Mets six days ago. The Diamondbacks are Davies' third team in three seasons after one-year stints with the Padres and Cubs, and his work in the Cactus League ensured him a spot in Arizona's rotation this season. His seven strikeouts are an encouraging metric for the 29-year-old veteran, who has a 17.3 percent strikeout rate for his career.
Davies (0-1) took the loss Friday against the Mets, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work, striking out two while walking one. Davies managed just one clean frame in his second start of the year. Pete Alonso drove in runs with sacrifice flies in both the first and third innings, while Robinson Cano hit a solo shot in the fourth and Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Davies now owns a 5.79 ERA and 1.61 WHIP through two outings, striking out four and walking four. He'll look to turn things around in his next outing, which lines up for Wednesday in Washington.
Davies didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Padres after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks across five innings. He struck out three. Davies was just three outs away from posting a quality start in an outing during which 43 of his 75 pitches went for strikes. He's looking to rebound from a 2021 season in which he posted a 5.78 ERA across 32 starts with the Cubs, and while he was far from perfect in this one and recorded more walks than strikeouts, it was still a decent performance as he limited the damage. Davies is expected to make his next start against the Mets next week.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks are playing complete team baseball in the final few days leading up to Opening Day. In a 3-1 spring training win at Chase Field on Monday night, the combination of dominant pitching, stellar defense and two big flies propelled the D-backs over the Cleveland Guardians.
MESA — It was a tough outing for Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Davies against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Taking the mound for the first time in a D-backs uniform, the Valley native was on the losing end of a 3-2 defeat at Sloan Park in Mesa. Over three...
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PHOENIX -- Right-handed pitcher Zach Davies has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes a mutual option for the 2023 season. The Diamondbacks hope Davies can have a bounce-back season after a rough 2021 in which he was 6-12 with a 5.78 ERA for the Chicago Cubs and led the National League with 75 walks.
PHOENIX (AP) — Right-handed pitcher Zach Davies has agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes a mutual option for the 2023 season. The Diamondbacks hope Davies can have a bounce-back season after a rough 2021 when he was 6-12 with a 5.78 ERA for the Chicago Cubs and the led the National League with 75 walks. The 29-year-old had a 3.79 ERA over his first six MLB seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres. He’ll compete for a spot in the starting rotation behind Madison Bumgarner, Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly.
Davies threw two innings in a simulated game Thursday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. The Diamondbacks inked Davies earlier in the week, and the right-hander is a frontrunner for the final spot in the rotation, provided he can build up innings and pitch counts by the first week of the season. He had a career-worst year with the Cubs in 2021, posting a 5.78 ERA and 1.52 K/BB ratio over 32 starts, while also tying for the NL lead in walks (75). His track record prior to 2021 -- 3.79 ERA (114 ERA+) across six seasons -- is what Arizona found attractive. The Diamondbacks appear to have the first four rotation slots set, but Zac Gallen (shoulder) might not be ready for the first turn. Davies joins a long list of candidates in the mix for the fifth starter job and whatever time Gallen needs to get ready. Tyler Gilbert, Taylor Widener, Caleb Smith, Corbin Martin, Dan Straily and Humberto Castellanos are also being considered.
The D-backs have reached a one-year agreement with free-agent righty Zach Davies, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). There’s also a 2023 option on the contract. Davies, a client of the Boras Corporation, can earn up to $4.5M this year, per Heyman. Robert Murray of FanSided first tweeted that the two sides were close to a deal.