John Danks is 0-8. Yes, John Danks is 0-8! This may have been—forget that–it was, the ugliest start of his career. 6 runs in the first inning for the guy that many expected to break Mark Buehrle’s opening day starter streak this year.
Is there something wrong with Danks? I’m not that close to the team at this time, but there is no way he should have the record he has. You can tell the frustration is getting to him. Calling Jose Bautista a clown shows he doesn’t like the way 2011 is playing out. Danks has averaged 30 starts in his 4 prior years, so he’ll need to win 15 of his final 19 starts to match last year’s win total. Possible, not probable.
Dank’s did give up Aaron Hill’s first home run of the year. Isn’t that the same guy that has averaged 31 home runs the past 2 years? I’m sure Blue Jay fans are happy with Hill.
With 2 more hitless at bats against Ricky Romero, Adam Dunn is still 0-2011 .vs left handers. I don’t know what’s more surprising. Dunn hitless vs left-handers, and hitting .181, or Danks being 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA.
John Kruk called the White Sox the most disappointing team of 2011. I agree with him. It is closing in on June, and the Sox are still struggling to get things going.
Juan Pierre went 6-19 in the 4 games against the Jays, but just 2 stolen bases. I say send Pierre every time he gets on, maybe it’ll spark the team.
I wonder how far away the Sox are from recalling Dayan Viciedo? He was slamming the ball in the spring before breaking his thumb in a game in Surprise. At Charlotte, Viciedo is hitting .308 with 8 home runs. My guess is that he’ll be up with the big club by mid june if he keeps hitting the ball like he is right now. Only problem, Viciedo plays right field, the same position of Carlos Quentin, who leads the team in home runs.
Ozzie Guillen praised Lucas Harrell for saving the bullpen. Harrell gave up 4 runs in 4 innings. The Sox may need their bullpen, as their next few games are in Boston.
Hey let’s just put the Blue Jays series behind us. The Sox have won 6 of their last 22 games north of the border. They now head to bean town, where they have taken 7 of their last 17 games. The Sox face Jon Lester tomorrow, who leads the AL in victories, is 5th in strike outs, and is also is in the top 25 in ERA. Easy time.
I still say the Sox will will win the central. Hard to believe right now, but with all their struggles, Chicago only trails Cleveland by 9.5 games.
Sox need a big game from Jake Peavy tomorrow.