Life of a Closer: A Bad Night Skews Season Stats

Wade Davis lives the life of a closer, which means there is little, if any, margin for error. It also means a bad game or two can throw his stats out of whack.

Davis had one of those nights in the Rockies 8-2, 10-inning loss to the Astros at Coors Field on Tuesday night.

The Astros scored six runs in the 10th, the second largest run total allowed by the Rockies in an extra-inning game. The Rockies staff gave up eight runs in the 11th inning of an 11-3 loss to the Padres in the second game of a June 29, 1994 doubleheader at Mile High Stadium.

It was the 12th time the Rockies have allowed three or more runs in an inning in an extra-inning game.

Date Opp Result IP R
1994-06-28 (2) SDP L 3-11 11 8
7/24/2018 HOU L 2-8 10 6
9/9/2001 SFG L 4-9 11 5
5/20/2007 KCR L 5-10 12 5
5/11/2004 PIT L 10-15 12 5
6/9/2010 HOU L 2-6 10 4
4/6/2008 ARI L 2-5 13 3
5/3/2013 TBR L 4-7 11 3
4/12/1999 SDP L 5-8 11 3
9/6/2000 CHC L 5-8 13 3
1997-09-06 (1) STL L 7-10 10 3
4/8/2003 STL L 12-15 10 3

Davis is proof of how much impact a couple bad efforts can have for a closer. Consider he has allowed more than one earned run in four games. In 39 games he has allowed one or no earned runs. He has a 1.69 ERA in those 39 games, but the other four games inflate his season ERA to 4.61.

G W L SV-O ERA IP H R ER BB SO P/IP
Season Total 43 0 3 28-32 4.61 41 29 22 21 21 45 17.1
Multiple ER 4 0 3 0-2 34.36 3 2/3 11 15 14 6 3 30.25
Fewer 2 ER 39 0 0 28-30 1.69 37 1/3 18 7 7 15 42 14.9

Tuesday night was the first time Davis worked more than an inning this year, only the fourth time since 2014. That's the role of a closer, primarily limited to ninth-inning work. He, however, came into Tuesday's game with the score tied 2-2, and quickly dispatched the Astros in the ninth inning, prompting his return for a second inning of work.

Extended Relief Appearances

Season 1 1/3 1 2/3 2 2 1/3 2 2/3 3
2018 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 2 1 0 0 0 0
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 1 0 3 0 0 0
2013 1 1 2 1 1 1
2012 6 5 9 1 1 1
Total 11 7 14 2 2 2

Davis threw 24 pitches before being relieved in the 10th inning, the fifth-highest pitch total he has had this season. In light of the fact a closer rarely works more than one inning, he rarely has a significant pitch total.  Davis has thrown 24 or more pitches eight times this season.

Pitching In

Date Opponent W L SvOP IP H R ER HR BB SO #Pit
6/3/2018 LAD L 10-7 0 1 0 1 3 3 3 1 1 1 38
6/17/2018 @Tex L 13-12 0 1 0-1 0.1 2 4 4 0 4 0 38
5/4/2018 @NYM W 8-7 0 0 1-1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 29
5/28/2018 SF W 6-5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 27
7/24/2018 Hou L 8-2 0 1 0 1.1 4 5 5 1 1 1 26
6/7/2018 @Cin L 7-5 0 0 0-1 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 25
4/25/2018 SD W 5-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 24
4/27/2018 @Mia W 1-0 0 0 1-1 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 24
ERA: 19.29 0 3 2-4 7 14 15 15 2 10 11 211
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