Lance Lynn was excellent in his first Yankees start, throwing seven and a third scoreless innings and leading New York to a 7-0 win over the White Sox to break a five-game losing streak. But I don’t care. Lynn allowed two hits, and that’s just not good enough. Not when we’ve got Chicago’s Matt Davidson, ostensibly a corner infielder, who came on for his third relief appearance of the season and was yet again lights-out.
Davidson actually allowed one hit, a single to Aaron Hicks, in his ninth-inning mop-up duty. It was his first hit of the year, in three full innings of work. He more than made up for it by striking out Giancarlo Stanton on a 71 mph curveball in the dirt. “Just wanted to get ahead and get in a good count to throw that pitch multiple times like I did,” Davidson said.
The Yankees were impressed.
“Not bad,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone of Davidson. “I mean, spinning that breaking ball up there, popping the low 90s, that’s a little bit of an asset to have that. Preserved people, and he made it tough on our guys.”
Davidson was a pitcher through high school, so he knows what he’s doing out there. In three innings of work this year (his previous two were both 1-2-3 innings), he’s struck out two and has a big fat zero of an ERA. According to STATS, he’s just the fourth position player since 1973 to start his pitching career by throwing three innings without giving up a run. Watch out, Doug Dascenzo!
There’s also this:
Davidson’s next goal? To hit a home run and earn a save in the same game.
In conclusion, Matt Davidson is the greatest pitcher who ever lived.