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John Danks | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (9) / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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John Danks continued to struggle in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday, allowing nine hits and six runs over five innings.
Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo went deep off the lefty, who also walked two while striking out four. Danks is now responsible for four of the White Sox' seven losses this season. After Thursday, Danks owns a 7.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, and he's struck out 16 while walking 11 in 22 1/3 innings to date. He'll look to get in the win column Wednesday against the Red Sox. Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

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John Danks allowed five runs, including two home runs, over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Danks gave up six hits in total while walking three and striking out four. He fell to 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through his first two starts. It's not surprising that he's struggled -- he hasn't posted a sub-4.00 ERA since 2010 -- but rather, it's surprising that a team with championship aspirations like the White Sox continue to trot him out every fifth day. But they do, and they will again, this time Thursday against the Angels.
Apr 16 - 9:41 PM

John Danks was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Indians, getting knocked around for seven runs (five earned) on eight hits over five innings.

The veteran southpaw did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing only one free pass. The Tribe jumped on him early and often in this one, pushing three runs across in the first inning and tacking on another pair in the second, which would all but put the game away. Danks will look for better results when he battles the Twins in Minnesota on Thursday.
Apr 8 - 7:24 PM

John Danks allowed two runs over five innings in a win over the Padres on Saturday.

The southpaw gave up six hits without walking a batter, striking out two. He closes camp with a 5.40 ERA but a spot in the back end of the White Sox' rotation locked up.
Apr 2 - 7:18 PM

John Danks served up back-to-back-to-back homers on his way to four runs allowed over six frames versus the Rockies on Monday.

It sounds a bit strange to say, but Danks pitched pretty well aside from the back-to-back-to-back shots. He permitted eight hits, walked one and struck out five on the day. The veteran left-hander holds a 5.74 ERA this spring, though he's struck out 26 over 26 2/3 innings.
Mar 28 - 7:35 PM

John Danks failed to surrender a run while scattering seven hits over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

Danks has been working to extricate from some awful early spring numbers. Even with 11 innings of scoreless ball in his last two starts, his earned run mark still sits at 5.89. The majority of the inflation came in an eight-run debacle against the Diamondbacks earlier in March. There are no surprises in store with Danks. In each of his last five seasons, he's held ERAs over 4.50, though four of those seasons resulted in marks below 5.00. With a career K/9 of 6.6, there's just not much to love here on the level of fantasy.
Mar 23 - 6:53 PM

John Danks fired five scoreless frames in a 3-2 win over the Cubs on Friday.

Well, that’s an improvement. Danks came into Friday’s outing with a 12.10 ERA over his first three starts this spring. While the veteran southpaw didn’t face all of the Cubs’ regulars, he allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out seven. We wouldn’t expect many outings like this once the regular season begins, but the White Sox would probably be happy if he stays healthy and eats some innings in the back-end of the rotation.
Mar 18 - 6:37 PM

John Danks was lit up for eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Danks has now allowed 13 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings this spring. The veteran left-hander is owed $15.75 million in 2016, his final year of a five-year, $65 million deal. It has been a bad contract for the Pale Hose, and it's not going to get any better this season.
Mar 13 - 7:06 PM

John Danks allowed two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a Cactus League start against the Brewers.

Danks struck out the first three batters he faced in the top of the first inning and was able to work around a couple baserunners in the top of the second, but the wheels came off in the third and fourth. The veteran left-hander also struggled in his Cactus League debut last Thursday against the Dodgers. Danks is in the final year of a five-year, $65 million deal with Chicago and is doubtful to hold fantasy value.
Mar 8 - 6:38 PM

Making his spring debut, John Danks was tagged for three runs over two innings in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.

Danks walked one and gave up four hits, including a home run. The veteran southpaw missed a few more bats last year and showed better control, but he owns a rough 4.73 ERA in 84 starts since returning from shoulder surgery in 2013. There’s no fantasy upside here anymore. He’s entering the final year of his five-year, $65 million contract with Chicago.
Mar 3 - 5:48 PM

John Danks was tagged for six runs and 11 hits in five innings by the Royals on Thursday.

Danks surprised with some pretty strong starts over the course of the year, but in the end, all it got him was a 7-15 record and a 4.71 ERA. He's never going to recapture the form he had before his shoulder problems, and the White Sox should really consider just releasing him and moving on this winter, even though it would mean eating the $14.25 million he's owed in the last year of his contract.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 12:21:00 AM

John Danks got his 13th loss after allowing three runs in five innings versus the Indians on Sunday.

All three runs scored in the second inning on a Lonnie Chisenhall two-run homer and a Francisco Lindor RBI single. They were two of seven hits the lefty gave up along with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. The 30-year-old is near the end of an inconsistent season, carrying a 4.59 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 117/50 K/BB ratio over 166 2/3 innings. Danks will take the hill at Yankee Stadium next.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 05:05:00 PM

John Danks gave up three runs in seven innings, taking a no-decision as the White Sox pulled out a win in 14 innings against the Athletics on Monday.

Danks served up three solo home runs: to Jake Smolinski in the third inning, to Brett Lawrie in the fourth, and to Josh Reddick in the seventh. They were the only three hits the lefty allowed along with three walks and six strikeouts. He stands with a 4.56 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 114/48 K/BB ratio over 161 2/3 innings. Danks is scheduled to start against the Indians on the road next.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 01:56:00 AM

John Danks was brilliant in Friday's victory over the Royals, allowing just one run on seven hits over nine strong frames.

Danks struck out five while walking just one in the ballgame. It was the second complete game of the season for the veteran southpaw. The only blemish on his evening came on Kendrys Morales' sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Even with this terrific start though, Danks still sports an uninspiring 4.60 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 154 2/3 innings. He'll head in search of his eighth victory when he battles the Indians on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 11:27:00 PM

John Danks pitched well in Friday's loss to the Mariners, allowing two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Danks served up solo home runs to Kyle Seager and Franklin Gutierrez in the sixth inning. These would be the only runs either team scored in the game. The veteran southpaw will take a 4.82 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into his next outing, a Thursday afternoon road tilt with the Twins.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 12:47:00 AM

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