The Milwaukee Brewers are faced with a good problem. They have too many quality arms up for rotation spots in 2019. Has one of there regulars, Zach Davies, lost his spot?
Now that Zach Davies is back and finally healthy after battling multiple injuries along with countless setbacks in 2018. Will he do enough through the end of the year to secure a spot in the 2019 rotation?
How was Davies last outing?
Once Davies returned against the Chicago Cubs, he seemed like his old self again. He was called to pitch a very important game and could not have performed any better. Davies worked five innings and allowed only one run on four hits and one walk. He also struck out seven. The result seemed to give him and the Milwaukee Brewers a confidence boost. Whether or not he keeps up this success will be seen in the coming weeks.
How important is consistency?
Just because Davies had a great start after coming off the disabled list does not mean that his old issues have just disappeared. Davies started off the 2018 season in poor fashion. He posted an ERA of 5.23 and had issues with giving up the long ball. He was tagged for seven homers before hitting the DL.
That is not a quality a Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher can possess especially when they play at Miller Park. To go along with the home run concerns, Davies has also had an issue with walks. After managing a 2.6 BB/9 in 2017, his walks per nine went up to 3.4 before his injury.
Did the injuries cost him?
Davies is just 25 years old, but him missing all the time he has in 2018 really opened up an opportunity for some talented arms to show what they can do. Freddy Peralta, Corbin Burnes, and Brandon Woodruff are just a couple of examples. All have shown potential and demonstrated how they could contribute to the 2019 club.
Davies can’t control setbacks due to injury, but the Milwaukee Brewers were able to get a look at some of their prospects. That could end up costing Davies his job next season unless he continues to step up in the final weeks of the 2018 campaign. Davies needs to come up big down the stretch to secure his spot for 2019.