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It's true, Wade Davis is one of the best pitchers in postseason history

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It's true, Wade Davis is one of the best pitchers in postseason history

Friday night's scoreless ninth inning for Wade Davis? More of the same from one of the best pitchers in postseason history.

Seriously, Davis is one of the all-time playoff greats at this point, the owner of a microscopic 0.81 ERA that ranks second ever, only to the legendary Mariano Rivera.

Davis' tiny ERA comes in 33.1 career playoff innings. Rivera obviously had a whole lot more innings, 141 of them, to be precise, and he put up an unbelievable 0.70 ERA as the New York Yankees' closer. But Davis' numbers have still been dazzling over multiple postseasons.

Davis' 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the NLDS was just the latest sterling effort for a guy who's dominated the postseason in recent seasons.

In the 2014 and 2015 playoffs with the Kansas City Royals — back-to-back marches to the World Series — Davis worked as part of an electrifyingly good bullpen and gave up just one earned run in 25 innings. And even prior to that, he pitched 7.1 innings with the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 and 2011 postseasons, giving up just two runs in a 2010 start.

Davis hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 21.2 innings of work in the postseason.

After the Cubs used Aroldis Chapman as their closer last season, they brought Davis aboard with just this in mind: that he'd continue locking down opposing hitters in late innings of huge games. And that he'd help get them another World Series win after he won a ring with the Royals in 2015.

One game in, and it's more of the same from Davis.

Albert Almora Jr. made a Gold Glove-type catch that would make Willie Mays proud

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Albert Almora Jr. made a Gold Glove-type catch that would make Willie Mays proud

Albert Almora Jr. has been hot with the bat as of late, but he reminded us on Saturday what makes him so valuable to the Cubs.

With the Cubs leading 2-0 in the bottom of the third, DJ LeMahieu smoked a shot to center field that would've cut the lead in half and extended the inning had it gotten to the wall.

Instead, Almora showed off his defensive abilities by making an extremely difficult over-the-shoulder grab look so easy, and somewhere Willie Mays tipped his cap.

That's a Gold Glove-type catch, and one to bookmark when reviewing the highlight reel as a whole at the end of the season.

Almora also recorded two of the team's six hits and scored a run, but it wasn't enough in a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado native David Bote gets chance to make MLB debut in home state after Cubs place Ben Zobrist on DL

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Colorado native David Bote gets chance to make MLB debut in home state after Cubs place Ben Zobrist on DL

Ahead of Saturday's game in Colorado, the Cubs placed Ben Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness and called up David Bote, who is set to make his MLB debut in his native Colorado.

Zobrist missed the last three games and weather postponements mean he hasn't played since April 14. The 36-year-old is hitting .326 with a homer and seven RBIs. He was placed on the DL retroactive to April 18.

Zobrist's injury created an opening for a cool story for Bote. The 25-year-old was drafted by the Cubs in 2012 and hasn't exactly lit up the minors, but worked his way onto the 40-man roster after the 2017 season ended.

Bote is from Colorado and is in the lineup for Saturday's game at the Rockies. That means he will get to make his big league debut in his home state.

Bote was hitting .234 in Triple-A Iowa with a .511 slugging percentage.