Since returning for the first time in over year, Chicago White Sox SP John Danks has been inconsistent, but that wasn’t the case for Danks on Saturday and fantasy baseball owners should be aware of his improvement.
He had his best start of the year against the Oakland Athletics, allowing only four baserunners and one run in eight innings pitched while striking out six for his first win of the season. He retired the last 21 batters he faced in his first victory since downing the Chicago Cubs all the way back on May 19 of last season, which was his last start before undergoing surgery.
Danks handled a solid A’s offense with improved velocity. While this is his third quality start, he’s been shaky in his previous three starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 16 innings. If there’s one thing he’s had all the way since he’s returned is his control and he has just three walks on the year.
Currently owned in less than two percent of ESPN leagues, the former 15-game winner is looking to prove he can be a front-line starter for the White Sox and it’s been so far, so good. The White Sox have a soft schedule coming up, with Danks’ next start likely coming against the Houston Astros.
A few weeks ago when Danks made his season debut, we highlighted him as someone to watch on the waiver wire. The White Sox are in a light-hitting division, and he is clearly healthy, so those looking for pitching help would be silly to not look his way when the matchup is right.