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John Danks | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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John Danks was lucky to get a no-decision after allowing seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings as the White Sox won a slugfest against the Red Sox on Monday.
Danks was in line for the loss when he exited with one out in the fifth. He gave up nine hits -- including a two-run home run to David Ortiz -- while walking one and striking out two. The lefty had held the opposition scoreless in three of his last four starts, but still owns a poor 4.97 ERA on the year with a 1.45 WHIP and a 75/30 K/BB ratio over 108 2/3 innings. Danks will look for better results over the weekend in a home start against the Yankees. Jul 27 - 11:19 PM

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John Danks blanked the Cardinals for 6 2/3 innings, striking out five, in a no-decision Wednesday.

Danks has pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings his last two times out, lowering his ERA from 5.30 to 4.66. We wouldn't expect his ERA to keep dropping from there, but at least he's justifying his presence in the rotation now.
Jul 22 - 11:57 PM

John Danks held the Royals scoreless over six-plus innings to give the White Sox a 2-0 victory in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.

Danks was pulled after issuing a leadoff walk in the seventh inning. The veteran southpaw held the Royals to just four hits (all of them singles) to go along with four strikeouts and four walks. While it was his second scoreless outing in his last three starts, he remains a very shaky fantasy option. Danks has a 4.98 ERA through 17 starts on the year.
Jul 18 - 12:22 AM

John Danks was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Well, if we're being honest, there was no way Danks wasn't giving up at least six runs tonight. That might actually be considered minimizing the damage against a Blue Jays lineup that chews up and spits out better lefties than Danks. He's 4-8 with a 5.30 ERA.
Jul 8 - 11:26 PM

John Danks pitched a nice game on Friday, shutting out the Orioles over seven innings pitched.

Danks and Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez were locked into a pitcher's duel, but it was Danks who failed to blink. He scattered five hits over seven innings to go with five strikeouts and two walks. The lovely outing helped drop his ERA from 5.38 to 4.95. He also holds a 1.44 WHIP and 60/24 K/BB ratio (in 88 1/3 innings), though, and he'll have to put in a number of quality starts to really warrant any sort of fantasy consideration. He'll try to build off the Friday shutout when he faces the Blue Jays in his next start.
Jul 3 - 10:56 PM

John Danks was obliterated in Monday's start against the Twins, surrendering nine runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

Danks wasn't helped by the White Sox defense, as Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez committed errors behind him. But he gave up nine hits, three of which were home runs, while walking one and recording only two strikeouts. The lefty has yet to put things together, sporting an awful 5.38 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP and a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 81 1/3 innings. Danks will have the unfortunate task of pitching to the Tigers in Detroit in his next start.
Jun 22 - 11:42 PM

John Danks allowed three first-inning runs to the Pirates before righting the ship and pitching seven strong innings, but he still took the loss on Wednesday.

Danks gave up an RBI single to Andrew McCutchen followed by a two-run home run to Jung Ho Kang, putting himself in a 3-0 hole before he broke a sweat. Impressively, he bounced back quickly and blanked the Pirates the rest of the way. He gave up five hits overall, walked none, and struck out four. Danks still owns a disappointing 5.16 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 53/21 K/BB ratio over 75 innings. He'll take the mound in Minnesota against the Twins next.
Jun 17 - 10:48 PM

John Danks gave up three runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Rays.

The veteran southpaw punched out three on the night while walking one. Now 3-6 on the season, Danks sports a 5.16 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 49/21 K/BB ratio through 68 innings. He remains an unattractive option in mixed leagues for Wednesday's start against the Pirates.
Jun 12 - 10:42 PM

John Danks surrendered five runs over 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Tigers.

In his last start, Danks pitched a 10-hit complete game shutout against the Astros. He allowed 11 hits to the Tigers on Saturday, but the end result was much, much different. All five runs against him scored in a brutal fifth inning, as Danks served up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera, an RBI double to James McCann and a pair of RBI singles before exiting the game. The veteran southpaw struck out three and walked two during his 4 2/3 innings. With a 5.17 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 46/20 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings, Danks remains untrustworthy for fantasy purposes. A road start against the Rays is up next on the schedule.
Jun 6 - 10:30 PM

John Danks pitched a complete game shutout in Sunday's 6-0 win over the Astros.

Gather 'round children, there's a tale to be told here. We might not see John Danks' line against the Astros again this season. Danks allowed 10 hits--including five for extra bases--without letting a run score. The southpaw also struck out six while walking just one. He ended the game the way he lived it: By allowing a double to Evan Gattis and walking Chris Carter before magically escaping trouble. While Danks and his owners will certainly take the win here, we're going to wager that the next time he allows 10 hits, the scoreboard isn't going to be filled up with zeroes. He'll take a 4.81 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 57 innings into a home start against the Tigers next time he toes the rubber.
May 31 - 4:59 PM

John Danks got a no-decision on Tuesday, serving up six runs in five innings of work in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Danks was getting hit hard with regularity, starting early when he gave up a solo home run to Josh Donaldson in the first inning. He gave up seven hits overall while walking one and striking out five. The left-hander was hoping for better results in 2015 but they haven't come, as he stands with a 5.69 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and a 37/17 K/BB ratio over 49 innings. Danks will look for better results in a road start against the Astros next.
May 26 - 11:02 PM

John Danks lost Thursday after giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Indians.

After getting off to a rough start in the first, Danks was able to induce a run-scoring double-play ball from Ryan Raburn. That made it a 2-0 game, but with the bases empty and two outs, it looked like Danks would at least hold the Indians there. Instead, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles followed with back-to-back homers, making it 4-0. That proved to be plenty for Danny Salazar, and Danks is now 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA.
May 21 - 11:18 PM

John Danks notched his second win of the season Saturday as the White Sox defeated the Athletics.

Danks yielded only three hits and struck out six. He's now strung together two very good outings since struggling mightily over the first five weeks of the regular season. The veteran left-hander will carry a 2-3 record, 4.66 ERA, and 1.37 WHIP into his next scheduled outing at home against the Indians. Danks still isn't a great fantasy bet.
May 17 - 12:28 AM

John Danks pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Reds on Sunday.

Nice rebound for Danks, who allowed seven runs to the Twins over 2 1/3 innings in his last start. A week later, the Reds couldn't manage much of anything against the southpaw, with only an RBI triple by Devin Mesoraco in the fourth inning scoring a run. Danks struck out four, walked three and scattered six hits. He'll take his 5.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 23/9 K/BB ratio (in 31 2/3 innings) on a trip to California when he takes on the A's in his next start.
May 10 - 5:23 PM

John Danks was crushed by the Twins on Sunday, allowing seven runs (three earned) in just 2 1/3 innings.

The Twins opened the game up with a seven-run third inning, keyed by Trevor Plouffe's grand slam. The "unearned runs" on the line came via a Danks error to load the bases just prior to the Plouffe slam, plus another Danks error later in the inning. The Twins need to have a talk with their home scorekeeper here. Earned, unearned, we're quibbling with semantics. The outing was awful. Danks now holds a 6.20 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP, with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. He's not a reliable starter for fantasy play at this point, but he'll at least try to rebound from this meltdown when he faces the Reds in his next outing.
May 3 - 5:46 PM

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