Danks Great But Offense Again Quiet As Sox Swept By Detroit

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Sox Off To Worst Start Since 2001

John Danks must be getting frustrated by now. He’s started five games, giving up three or fewer runs in four of them, and somehow is still without a victory on the season. Much of this can be blamed on the other parts of the team roster. Either the bullpen has imploded late, or the hitters have failed to show up. The latter was the case for Sunday afternoon’s game in Detroit.

It was another lackluster performance by the Sox lineup. Collectively hitting under .200 over their last 10 games, the lineup once again couldn’t seem to get any runners home. They left twelve men on base total, and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. This all despite Danks’ very good effort, pitching six innings and giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks. He also struck out eight.

Perhaps it was just that Max Scherzer was simply better on the day. Scherzer threw eight innings of shutout baseball, holding the Sox to just four hits and three walks. He also struck out seven.

After this loss, the Sox are officially off to their worst start since 2001. Maybe years with the number “1” in them are just bad luck for the start of the season?

The difficult of the White Sox stretch will continue as they travel to New York four a four game set against the Yankees. First pitch on Monday is at 6:05 P.M., CDT.

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Sox And Danks Try To Salvage Detroit Series

In both of the first two games of their series in Detroit, the White Sox pitching staff gave up nine runs. Sox fans, and fantasy baseball owners of John Danks, hope that won't happen for a third straight day. The Sox are just 1-5 on this road trip so far, and are seeking consistency in their offensive production. Carlos Quentin has been just about the only member of the team to reliably hit over the last week.

They'll look to John Danks to try to hold down the potent Tigers bats and give the Sox a a chance for a win. Danks has been a hard luck starter this year. Despite giving up two or fewer runs during three of his four starts, he's still winless on the year. His stat line currently sits at 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. In his career against the Tigers, Danks is 3-4 over 11 starts with a 4.12 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Though the lefty has done reasonably well against Miguel Cabrera, he's had trouble against Magglio Ordonez, who is 14-for-23 with two doubles and two home runs against him.

Going for the Tigers today will be young hurler Max Scherzer. Scherzer had a rough first start to the season, where he gave up six runs, but since then has been nearly lights out. His overall ERA and WHIP are 4.30 and 1.70, but in this most recent three starts, he's given up two or fewer runs. He's only started four games against the Sox in his career, and across those he's 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Perhaps a turn or two against Scherzer will be enough to wake up Adam Dunn's bat. Dunn is 3-for-5 against Scherzer with two home runs over his career.

The weather in Detroit is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a high around 60 degrees. First pitch is at 12:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN.

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