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.