Davies was so great in his first few starts (five shutout innings with six strikeouts against the Red Sox, and five and a third shutout innings with six more against the Mets in his first two starts, and seven and two thirds shutout innings with five Ks against the Pirates in his fourth) that it kind of carried him through the rest of the season, though he was below average overall. Davies in fact had only one quality start other than the Pirate game — 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Cubs on the Fourth of July. Basically, he rotated between being really good and really bad, and was bad more than good; his final ERA was 4.93. He was sent down in late August and when he came back was mostly used out of the pen, but pitched poorly there (9.00 ERA and a 1-2 record). Leave the relief runs out and his season ERA was 4.28.
He’s still a baby, only turned 22 in September, and there’s a lot to like here. When he’s on, he’s very tough to hit. His big problem was control, which kept him from working deep into games even when he was pitching well; he walked 49 in 87 2/3 innings. Had a reverse platoon split, in almost equal work against lefties and righties. Lefties hit .264/.363/.397 against him, normal people .295/.371/.460. Other splits are normal — better at night, better at home.
I like him a lot down the road, but he could probably use a full year in AAA first. A lot depends upon the disposition of Sosa; if he’s in the pen, Davies gets first crack at the rotation. My guess is that he starts in Richmond and moves up in May when the first injury situation crops up… Real first name is “Hiram”; he uses his middle name instead, and can you blame him?