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#pounditSaturday, August 8, 2020

Rockies remove Wade Davis from closer role

A few short years ago, Wade Davis one considered one of baseball’s elite relievers. Now, he’s lost his closer job with the Colorado Rockies.

According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Davis will, at least for the moment, be demoted from the closer’s role after allowing five earned runs and giving up two home runs in just a third of an inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

David was an All-Star as recently as 2017, which he turned into a three-year, $52 million deal with Colorado. That contract has been a huge bust for the Rockies, as Davis was decent enough in 2018 but fell off the table in 2019. His ERA sits at 6.82, and it’s amazing that he hung onto the role as long as he did.

While no announcement has been made, it can be presumed that setup man Scott Oberg, who has posted a 1.59 ERA this season, will slide into the closer’s role.

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