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Birth Date4-15-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age32 years, 10 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-1.02014
-0.82015
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2017
-0.12018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 CHA MLB 26 26 139.0 6 13 0 160 54 109 28 .267 101 10.4 3.5 1.8 7.1 38% .309 .293 1.54 5.60 5.50 94 4.55 94.1 1.8
2008 CHA MLB 33 33 195.0 12 9 0 182 57 159 15 .260 104 8.4 2.6 0.7 7.3 44% .293 .231 1.23 3.46 3.32 91 3.92 83.7 3.5
2009 CHA MLB 32 32 200.3 13 11 0 184 73 149 28 .259 106 8.3 3.3 1.3 6.7 46% .267 .248 1.28 4.63 3.77 106 4.27 91.6 2.9
2010 CHA MLB 32 32 213.0 15 11 0 189 70 162 18 .258 113 8.0 3.0 0.8 6.8 46% .274 .228 1.22 3.66 3.72 98 3.72 83.9 3.8
2011 CHA MLB 27 27 170.3 8 12 0 182 46 135 19 .259 105 9.6 2.4 1.0 7.1 46% .313 .263 1.34 3.85 4.33 100 4.57 106.2 1.0
2012 CHA MLB 9 9 53.7 3 4 0 57 23 30 7 .260 103 9.6 3.9 1.2 5.0 46% .282 .275 1.49 4.96 5.70 127 6.15 140.9 -0.6
2013 CHA MLB 22 22 138.3 4 14 0 151 27 89 28 .269 99 9.8 1.8 1.8 5.8 42% .283 .290 1.29 5.09 4.75 125 5.76 138.0 -1.4
2014 CHA MLB 32 32 193.7 11 11 0 205 74 129 25 .261 103 9.5 3.4 1.2 6.0 44% .291 .287 1.44 4.79 4.74 118 5.24 128.5 -1.0
2015 CHA MLB 30 30 177.7 7 15 0 195 56 124 24 .264 102 9.9 2.8 1.2 6.3 40% .305 .281 1.41 4.45 4.71 114 5.45 127.4 -0.8
2016 CHA MLB 4 4 22.3 0 4 0 28 11 16 5 .257 101 11.3 4.4 2.0 6.4 32% .338 .319 1.75 6.06 7.25 139 8.59 190.2 -0.8
CareerMLB2472471503.379104015334911102197.2621049.22.91.26.643%.291.2641.354.424.381074.74107.98.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2003 SPO A- 5 5 12.7 0 2 0 12 7 13 0 .000 8.5 5.0 0.0 9.2 0% .343 .000 1.50 2.97 8.50 0 0.00 0.0
2004 CLN A 14 8 49.7 3 2 0 38 14 64 4 .000 6.9 2.5 0.7 11.6 0% .279 .000 1.05 2.84 2.17 0 0.00 0.0
2004 STO A+ 13 13 55.0 1 4 0 62 26 48 5 .000 10.1 4.3 0.8 7.9 0% .345 .000 1.60 4.62 5.24 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BAK A+ 10 10 57.7 3 3 0 50 16 53 5 .000 7.8 2.5 0.8 8.3 0% -.592 .000 1.14 4.08 2.50 0 0.00 0.0
2005 FRI AA 18 17 98.3 4 10 0 117 34 85 12 .265 73 10.7 3.1 1.1 7.8 43% .349 .289 1.54 4.32 5.49 89 3.51 94.4
2006 FRI AA 13 13 69.0 5 4 0 74 22 82 11 .271 88 9.7 2.9 1.4 10.7 37% .338 .278 1.39 4.00 4.17 62 1.12 81.4
2006 OKL AAA 14 13 70.2 4 5 0 67 34 72 11 .270 90 8.6 4.4 1.4 9.2 39% .293 .281 1.44 4.82 4.36 99 0.00 0.0
2007 CHA MLB 26 26 139.0 6 13 0 160 54 109 28 .267 101 10.4 3.5 1.8 7.1 38% .309 .293 1.54 5.60 5.50 94 4.55 94.1
2008 CHA MLB 33 33 195.0 12 9 0 182 57 159 15 .260 104 8.4 2.6 0.7 7.3 44% .293 .231 1.23 3.46 3.32 91 3.92 83.7
2009 CHA MLB 32 32 200.3 13 11 0 184 73 149 28 .259 106 8.3 3.3 1.3 6.7 46% .267 .248 1.28 4.63 3.77 106 4.27 91.6
2010 CHA MLB 32 32 213.0 15 11 0 189 70 162 18 .258 113 8.0 3.0 0.8 6.8 46% .274 .228 1.22 3.66 3.72 98 3.72 83.9
2011 CHA MLB 27 27 170.3 8 12 0 182 46 135 19 .259 105 9.6 2.4 1.0 7.1 46% .313 .263 1.34 3.85 4.33 100 4.57 106.2
2011 CHR AAA 2 2 9.0 1 0 0 9 2 6 2 .247 94 9.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 39% .269 .244 1.22 5.45 2.00 98 4.14 99.6
2012 CHA MLB 9 9 53.7 3 4 0 57 23 30 7 .260 103 9.6 3.9 1.2 5.0 46% .282 .275 1.49 4.96 5.70 127 6.15 140.9
2012 CHR AAA 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 .262 122 9.0 2.2 0.0 2.2 53% .267 .217 1.25 3.40 2.25 104 5.82 111.8
2013 CHA MLB 22 22 138.3 4 14 0 151 27 89 28 .269 99 9.8 1.8 1.8 5.8 42% .283 .290 1.29 5.09 4.75 125 5.76 138.0
2013 BIR AA 1 1 7.0 1 0 0 5 1 1 1 .265 99 6.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 50% .174 .208 0.86 4.90 2.57 108 5.28 109.5
2013 CHR AAA 3 3 15.7 1 0 0 13 12 14 1 .245 101 7.5 6.9 0.6 8.0 49% .286 .290 1.60 4.92 3.45 116 6.59 120.1
2014 CHA MLB 32 32 193.7 11 11 0 205 74 129 25 .261 103 9.5 3.4 1.2 6.0 44% .291 .287 1.44 4.79 4.74 118 5.24 128.5
2015 CHA MLB 30 30 177.7 7 15 0 195 56 124 24 .264 102 9.9 2.8 1.2 6.3 40% .305 .281 1.41 4.45 4.71 114 5.45 127.4
2016 CHA MLB 4 4 22.3 0 4 0 28 11 16 5 .257 101 11.3 4.4 2.0 6.4 32% .338 .319 1.75 6.06 7.25 139 8.59 190.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 3062 0.5457 0.4853 0.7591 0.6451 0.2933 0.8006 0.6495 0.2409
2009 3182 0.5119 0.4463 0.7824 0.6126 0.2717 0.8307 0.6682 0.2176
2010 3372 0.5205 0.4689 0.7919 0.6530 0.2690 0.8403 0.6644 0.2081
2011 2712 0.5361 0.4934 0.7967 0.6458 0.3172 0.8594 0.6491 0.2033
2012 830 0.5060 0.4373 0.8237 0.6143 0.2561 0.8721 0.7048 0.1763
2013 2201 0.5039 0.4834 0.7989 0.6465 0.3178 0.8536 0.6859 0.2011
2014 3284 0.5003 0.4437 0.8106 0.6093 0.2779 0.8811 0.6557 0.1894
2015 2911 0.4703 0.4734 0.7968 0.6771 0.2925 0.8598 0.6674 0.2032
2016 387 0.4780 0.4057 0.7898 0.6000 0.2277 0.8649 0.6087 0.2102
Career219410.51210.46690.79190.63880.28690.84740.66280.2081

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-22 2013-05-24 15-DL 63 45 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2012-05-20 2012-10-04 60-DL 137 121 Left Shoulder Surgery Repair Capsule Tear and Rotator Cuff and Biceps Tendon Debridement 2012-08-06 -
2011-06-26 2011-07-20 15-DL 24 19 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2011-06-19 2011-06-25 DTD 6 5 Head Contusion Batted Ball -
2011-04-02 2011-04-02 DTD 0 0 Face Soreness Dental -
2009-07-18 2009-07-27 DTD 9 10 Left Fingers Circulatory Issue Index Finger -
2006-05-16 2006-05-27 Minors 11 0 Left Forearm Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHA $15,750,000
2015 CHA $15,750,000
2014 CHA $15,750,000
2013 CHA $15,750,000
2012 CHA $2,000,000
2011 CHA $6,000,000
2010 CHA $3,450,000
2009 CHA $520,000
2008 CHA $400,000
2007 CHA $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$75,750,000
10 yrTotal$75,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 41 dCAA Sports1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 12/12/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Released by Atlanta 3/20/17.
  • 5 years/$65M (2012-16). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 12/23/11 (avoided arbitration). $7.5M signing bonus (paid between 6/12 and 10/12). 12:$0.5M, 13:$14.25M, 14:$14.25M, 15:$14.25M, 16:$14.25M. Full no-trade protection for 2012. May block trades to six clubs annually for 2013-16. DFA by Chicago White Sox 5/3/16. Released by Chicago White Sox 5/13/16.
  • 1 year/$6M (2011). Re-signed 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.45M (2010) Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.52M (2009). Re-signed 2/24/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2008). Re-signed 2/27/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Signed 3/07. Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 4/07.
  • Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Texas 12/06.
  • Drafted by Texas 2003 (1-9) (Round Rock HS, Texas). $2.1M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .257 .308 .458 .267
11 vs R (Multi) .288 .349 .476 .292
18 Split (Multi) -.031 -.041 -.018 -.025
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .308 .333 .769 .372
31 vs R (2016) .324 .400 .541 .310
38 Split (2016) -.017 -.067 .229 .062
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any interest in Adam Dunn or John Danks? If so, will the White Sox make a move? They did part with Gordon Beckham for next to nothing.
(Nick from Chicago)
I was surprised Dunn didn't get moved to a team wanting a bat off the bench or DH. I suppose he's not the easiest player to fit onto a roster. As for Danks, he was reportedly pursued by a few teams. I think his contract situation probably caused any potential deal to be benched until the winter. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bret, Tyler Skaggs gets a lot of ink as an AL SP sleeper. Who else do you think could surprise people out of John Danks, Carrasco, Straily, Keuchel, Hutchinson, etc.? thanks!
(Spencer from London Ontario)
Does Straily count as a sleeper? I think he's very underrated and would make for a very strong pick in AL-only formats. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to rank these final AL Only keepers. How would you rank them? John Danks ($1), Straily ($7), Ventura ($8), Ubaldo ($5)... thanks!
(conjoinedtwins from Toronto)
I'd go Straily, Ventura, Ubaldo, Danks. Want to believe in Danks, but I'm cautious. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'm going for it in our AL only keeper league. Is it time to jettison Straily for help right now? If so how would you order Pettitte, Danks, and JSaunders? Also, is MSaunders a big donwgrade from Colby Rasmus? Thanks very much!
(conjoinedtwins from Orillia ON)
Hi to you both.

Flags fly forever. If Dan Straily can improve your team this year, do it.

Of those three pitchers, you have them in the right order. Andy Pettitte's ERA is high, but his peripheral numbers show a better pitcher lurking in there. John Danks has been OK, but I still have some concerns about how he'll hold up and he is a weaker play against stronger teams. Even in AL-only, Joe Saunders is an at-home play only. He's poison to your chances of winning if you start him on the road.

I wouldn't exactly call Michael Saunders a big downgrade from Colby Rasmus, but he is a downgrade. As Bret Sayre talked about on a recent Towers of Power fantasy podcast, Rasmus' batting average is fueled by a strong BABIP, and his BA isn't even THAT good. You're losing BA/runs/RBI with Saunders, but some of that is luck-dependent. I prefer Rasmus, but if you can improve your team elsewhere, Saunders is an acceptable replacement and isn't a zero. Good luck. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'd love some help prioritizing some available Al SPs for the rest of the year: Phil Hughes, Alexi Ogando, John Danks, Dan Straily, RHernandez, and Erik Bedard. Thanks!!!!!
(Frank Finley from Jasper)
Heya Frank.

Think I'll go Ogando, Straily, Bedard, Danks, Roberto Hernandez and Phil Hughes. With a group like this, you're looking for upside and Ogando and Straily probably have the most upside of the group. Bedard has some upside but runs into problems with high pitch counts; if you're in a wins league, that's a problem. Danks is meh even for onlies, and I'm not a fan of Hernandez or Hughes. Both are risks even in only. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What player do you think I should pickup in my fantasy league that is severely undervalued right now?
(Joey from Erie)
I was really high on Cespedes before the HRD, but that got ruined. Definitely still get him if possible, but that HRD raised his profile. I think Miguel Montero and John Danks are going to have big second halves. (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)You said that you like John Danks ROS. In my 16 tm h2h league I offered Matt Joyce for John Danks straight up, and am waiting for a response. Is this enough to snag him you think? Is Danks worth my "flier guys" like Josh Rutledge, Carlos Quentin, or Ichiro? Is Joyce more valuable than any of the above mentioned bench guys? Thanks
(George from SD)
It should be. I'd rather deal Rutledge or Ichiro for him, but that might not be enough. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does John Danks have any value? Picked him up as part of trade (he was a throw in). In a H2H league and lack pitching (poor drafting).
(Ron from Fairport NY)
I was bummed by today's crapfest, but I do like him a little as the season wears on. (Paul Sporer)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that John Danks is being paid can he be an ace for the Sox? (or my fantasy team)?
(Chad from Bloomington, IL)
Neither, sorry. He's a good pitcher, but not a great one. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion - would the Yankees be willing to deal any of their top 4 prospects, Montero, Sanchez, Betances, or Banuelos for John Danks? Kenny Williams is adamant that he gets two of those 4. Is he wasting his time?
(MT from Chicago)
I wouldn't part with two prospects from that group, but I'd be willing to listen to offers that included one if the return was Danks. The Yankees need pitching and they have the pieces necessary to make that deal. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me that John Danks is not really this bad and that I should hold on to him? Or set me straight and tell me I should drop him like my high school girlfriend did me after prom?
(Mike from Chicago)
I feel your pain. I had to suffer the 9 ER day in Tout Wars last week. He's not as bad as the ERA suggests, but he hasn't been as good as in the past either. I'm playing him against Seattle this week, but I may bench him against very good opponents for the immediate future, at least until we see him turn in a couple good starts. (Derek Carty)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, let me ask what may become an annual question- who do you think will be this year's breakout pitchers (aside from Latos). When I first asked you this question in person years ago you said you really liked a young stud named Danny Haren (worked out nice) and last year you said Anderson and Romero (not bad). For 2011...? Thanks, Dan
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
I don't have any special Kreskin-like abilities... I guess I see those sorts of expectations as eminently reasonable and predictable. This year, if I had to say "he's turning the corner," I'd peg John Danks, Colby Lewis, and Wandy Rodriguez as people who will surpass expectations. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to watch this season? Who ya rootin' for?
(Goo Goo the Cat from Prowlin' Around, PA)
Rooting for? Well, I suppose I'm no supposed to root for players, but c'mon, how can you help it? I'm hoping to see John Danks bust out and get the sort of attention he deserves, and for Gordon Beckham to put everything together and be the star we thought he'd be. I want to see Wandy Rodriguez deliver that back half over a full season. I'm looking forward to seeing Carlos Zambrano get back to being in the news for his pitching. I'm wondering if Andy LaRoche puts up more WARP than any other NRI in anybody's camp if he can win the A's job at third base. I want to see Jim Thome's 600th career home run in person. I want to enjoy a full season of Starlin Castro at shortstop, having had to spend too much time away from Chicago last summer. I want to see what Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison do for the Fish, since that's about as entertaining a tandem of hitting prospects of similar vintage on any team anywhere. That's a few, but there are more. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)A BP writer with a pixie in every port? Who knew. Ignore *if* it would happen, would John Danks for Montero and Nova be a win-win trade that would make sense? Or is Montero's ability to catch too big of a question mark? (And how bad could his defense possibly be as compared to AJ?)
(DunnDunnDunnDunn from Chicago)
Not EVERY port. That's Marc Normandin. Even were I not married, I just didn't have that level of skill. I courted women like Derek Jeter goes after a grounder to his left. My missus and I were so perfectly compatible that, to continue this metaphor, she was hit right at me. Announcers never say "in his tracks" anymore when a player makes a catch on a ball hit right at them, do they? I caught my wife in my tracks. If not, I would probably be doing this same chat, but saying, "Hey, while I'm answering the next question, any of you out there actual chicks? Do you KNOW any? Would you be willing to introduce me?" It would be kind of pathetic, wouldn't it?

Were I the Yankees, I would make that deal, throwing out a great-hitting but positionless prospect along with a seeming fifth starter/middle guy for a 26-year-old lefty with a 3.67 ERA away from the Cell who is also two years away from free agency. It's a bad risk for the White Sox for all kinds of reasons -- if Montero can't catch, he's blocked at first base and DH, and so you've acquired a player you can't use at the risk of blowing a huge hole in your rotation. I don't see the White Sox going there. (Steven Goldman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)How often do we ever see a pitcher 'work on a new pitch' in spring training and see it actually pay off long term? I am thinking of Mike Pelfrey, who seems to be missing a lot of bats with his split-change this year. If he can get the K rate to around 7 per 9, he is a completely different pitcher.
(J.P. from Hartford)
In Chicago most White Sox pitchers are taught cutters, which helped turn Gavin Floyd and John Danks into legitimate front-mid rotation hurlers. That seems to be more organizational philosophy than, say, Cole Hamels working to learn a cutter this off-season. In St. Louis, Dave Duncan works his magic with sequencing and location moreso than new pitches, but to the same effect. I agree that we don't hear about true success stories with these newer pitches as much as the failures, but Big Pelf wouldn't be alone if his split-change remains effective. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Tigers don't have the best 1/2/3 in their own division; Peavy, Floyd, and Danks are better than that.
(Kenny Williams from US Cellular Field)
Yeah, that overrates Peavy by a lot. It's pretty close there...John Danks is a very good pitcher. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)John Danks hasn't had the same workload that Cain, Hernandez etc... have had. Is he still a major risk this year?
(AE from Fitchburg)
Yes, but "major risk" is overselling it a bit. (Will Carroll)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which AL starters do you think can consistently be among the best in terms of pitching the most innings and allowing the fewest runs over the next three years (other than Halladay and Sabathia)?
(DS from Monterey Park, CA)
I guess I like rolling the dice after all, but I think Jon Lester, John Danks, and King Felix are all ready to settle in and start doing better and better things. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Normandin, Tough keeper league decision, need your help. In a standard 6x6 rotisserie league, we are able to keep 5 (no time limit). I need to eliminate one from the following 6: Sizemore, Hanley, Wright, Johan, Teixeira and Utley. Thanks!
(havens from Bristol, CT)
Based on the keeper selections you have, I don't think you need much help to beat your leaguemates. That being said, if you could deal one of them (maybe Santana?) I would do it. Trade him to a team who needs more help with their keepers than you do. If trading isn't an option, well, I would need to know what kind of players are still going to be available at those positions in order to give you a proper response.

I also subscribe to the theory that you can fix your pitching midseason because of people who tweak their mechanics or all of a sudden "get it" (think John Danks here) so having a lineup capable of bludgeoning your opponents all year long is my kind of thing. (Marc Normandin)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you view John Danks from the keeper perspective? Is this the year we always knew he had in him or can we expect a dropoff next year? Or are those two not mutually exclusive?
(Sully from Los Angeles, CA)
I don't think he'll be busting out 2.67 ERAs left and right, but he's definitely ace material when he keeps the ball in the park. Adding that cutter to his repertoire just made him really tough to beat, and he keeps the ball on the ground enough that he's tough to beat in homer-friendly Chicago. He's probably not top tier since he doesn't strike out enough hitters relative to other options, but he's getting pretty close. (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)John Danks is having a really nice year for the White Sox, what is his ceiling? Number 2 starter,maybe a 1-2?
(Chris from Chicago)
Well, he's pitched like a #2 this year so by definition I don't think his ceiling could be any *lower* than that. PECOTA thinks his ceiling is basically Frank Viola, whom I would classify as a #1. (Nate Silver)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Indians and Tigers playoff chances going forward? The Sox are anywhere from 55-70 percent favorites from the 3 BP odds reports. That sounds accurate to you?
(colintj from a2)
Given where those three teams are right now and the underlying causes for how they got there, I think that sounds about right. Cleveland has lost Jake Westbrook for the season, they've lost Victor Martinez for awhile, Travis Hafner has joined the ranks of the undead, and Rafael Betancourt is looking pretty clammy and monosyllabic as well. Detroit is out Bonderman already, the rest of their rotation is a mess, we don't know how well their bullpen can hold up, and they have to dig their way out of a sizeable hole. Meanwhile in Chicago we've seen guys like Carlos Quentin, Alexei Ramirez, Gavin Floyd, and John Danks start to deliver on their promise even as the offense in general has underachieved. The Sox lead isn't insurmountable but given the run differentials and the injury situations I'd place my nickel on them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the White Sox still just a 70 something win team? Or will they confound you guys like they did in "05?
(petergill from Los Angeles)
Well, we had them at 77 or 78 wins. I think the Carlos Quentin breakout is largely real, and likewise with John Danks. But Gavin Floyd is walking on water to have maintained a 2.93 ERA in spite of a 25:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Give them 3-4 extra wins apiece for Quentin and Danks and you're talking about what's probably an 84-win club. It's not that hard for an 84-win club to make the playoffs with a little luck. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)re: "sad panda" .... is that a South Park reference? :-) OK ... I need to dump Gil Meche, do I pick up John Danks or Jair Jurrjens? Kyle Lohse isn't for real is he?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Pick up Danks and Jurrjens. Extended exposure to Lohse can severely damage your judgment, even if I was forced to grab him during the playoffs last year. That's a dark time in my life I'd rather not discuss. (Marc Normandin)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)White Sox: Fluke or for real?
(Izzy from DC)
I'm not a huge believer in the White Sox, but it's clear that at least in the early going, two things are going very right. First, you've got the bouncebacks from Joe Crede and Carlos Quentin that have helped resurrect that offense while marginalizing some rather unproductive players. Second, them Gavin Floyd and John Danks appearing to have finally put it together. These were well-regarded pitching prospects who've taken a long time to live up to their billing, but with a good coach like Don Cooper it shouldn't be terribly surprising to see them make the kind of nonlinear jumps that pitchers do when they finally Get It Together. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Oakland sign Bonds and make a play for the division title? Considering how flawed the AL West is currently (with the rash of pitching injuries).
(tonipeluso from Oakland, CA)
Getting shut out by John Danks for 7.2 innings is usually a sign from God that your offense needs some help. With the A's, though, I think a big factor is whether they expect Rich Harden to come back soon and stay (relatively) healthy. It's not like you should be banking on Rich Harden staying healthy for any length of time -- but any scenario where the A's do back into the playoffs, I think that has to coincide with Harden making 26 starts for them. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Back of the rotation guys for this year John Danks, Micah Owings, or Dontrelle Willis? How about in the future? Possible keeper worthy?
(jake1m from Gold Country, CA)
Wow, that's downright Pollock-like in its spread. I'm with the school of thought that Willis will profit from getting out from behind a lousy Marlins defense. I really, really like what Owings could turn into, but part of that is an understandable fascination with the man's hitting. (Christina Kahrl)


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