KANSAS CITY -- First-base/outfield coach Rusty Kuntz likes to use his own team's fear of Wade Davis to best encapsulate the dominance of the Royals' setup man.
"When you have players on his own team coming in the dugout saying, 'I hope he stays on this team forever and he doesn't get traded to another team because there's no way I want to face that,' he must be pretty special," Kuntz said.
Sans a hiccup in Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers that saw his ERA go from 1.10 to 1.34, Davis has been one of the premier relievers in the Major Leagues.
Here are a number of statistical nuggets that make Davis one of the Royals' most fascinating players.
• In 33 2/3 innings this season, Davis owns a 1.34 ERA, a 0.891 WHIP and 54 strikeouts.
• His 14.44 K/9 ratio ranks first in team history, fifth in the Majors this season and 16th in MLB history.
• According to Fangraphs.com, Davis has been worth more wins (1.4) than two-thirds of the starting rotation. James Shields (1.2), Danny Duffy (1.0) and Jeremy Guthrie (0.6) all trail Davis in WAR, despite a large disparity in innings.
• Davis has surrendered just 15 hits. His 4.01 hits per nine innings places him ninth in MLB history among pitchers with at least 30 innings.
• Davis has not allowed a home run as a reliever since Shelley Duncan took him deep on July 7, 2012. This streak spans 74 2/3 innings and 280 batters faced. He owns a 1.33 ERA, 107 K's and opponents during that time.
• As a reliever in his career: 91 games (114 innings), 1.97 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 11.7 K/9.
• As a starter in his career: 88 starts (513 2/3 innings), 4.57 ERA, 1.452 WHIP, 6.3 K/9.
• As a reliever with the Royals: 37 games (43 2/3 innings), 1.24 ERA, 0.847 WHIP, 12.6 K/9.
• As a starter with the Royals: 24 starts (125 1/3 innings), 5.67 ERA, 1.755 WHIP, 7.7 K/9.
How unbelievable has Davis been this season? Just ask his teammates and coaches.
"I have never in my career seen somebody do what Wade's doing. He deserves to be an All-Star, he deserves to be hailed as one of the best bullpen arms in the game in my opinion."
Aaron Crow, reliever
"Just the way he's been able to dominate hitters, I haven't seen it in the four years I've been in the Majors. I mean, guys aren't even coming close to squaring the ball up, it's really impressive how he's able to make it look so easy sometimes."
"He's dominant right now, and it's really fun to watch. Just his consistency ... that's the name of the game, being consistent out of the bullpen."
Brett Hayes, catcher
"We know Wade, and what he's capable of doing, so does it surprise us? No. It's just Wade being Wade; he's got great stuff, he definitely does everything you ask from a catcher's standpoint and he's putting up amazing numbers. I have all the confidence in the world that he's going to keep doing what he's doing because that's just who he is."
"In the eighth inning you're already looking into the ninth, because he's going to wipe that out. I'm so happy for him, because he's been working his butt off to get to where he's at right now, and now all of a sudden, he's putting it all together.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less