The 2013 season hasn’t exactly gone by plan for the Chicago White Sox. After wining 85 games a season ago and finishing just short of a playoff berth, many expected the White Sox to at least be in contention once again this year. However, as we near the final month of the season, the South Siders sit in the basement of the American League Central and the once high hopes surrounding this year have turned into total frustration.
The road to recovery for Sox’ starter John Danks has also experienced disappointment in 2013. After having shoulder surgery last August, Danks was forced to begin the year on the DL. Making his way back to the bigs on May 24, the left-hander figured to give the Pale Hose rotation an instant upgrade. However, he’s struggled more times than not, posting a 4.54 ERA in 103 innings pitched.
Obviously it was somewhat expected Danks would need a few outings before he’d have his top stuff, but his struggles have now extended across the entire season. With his last win coming on June 2, his biggest problem has been the long ball. Allowing 22 home runs in 16 starts, Danks’ inability to keep the ball in the park has led to arguably his worst year as a pro.
Danks will get the opportunity to turn his fortunes around tonight as the White Sox travel to take on the Kansas City Royals. With a 5-0 record and 2.74 ERA against the Royals in his career, the lefty should have a much-needed boost of confidence in his start this evening.