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hot4tx wrote:Lefty, absolutely great stuff.
dorje3 wrote:hot4tx wrote:It was 'when' not 'if' with that guy.hot4tx wrote:He's one of those "if he ever puts it together" type of pitchers.
He was the golden boy of the Rangers organization for years. It was 'when' not 'if' with that guy, and everyone was hoping that Thomas Diamond or Volquez would round out to be a solid #2 to pitch behind Danks.
Old_Style wrote:Ender wrote:Sell high, that park is just terrible for him.
I'm not sure you'll get too much for him at the moment.
John Danks posted an ugly 5.50 ERA last season even though his 109-to-54 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 139 innings wasn't bad for a 22-year-old rookie. His biggest problem was that an extreme fly-ball pitcher is a horrible fit for the White Sox's power-inflating home ballpark, which led to his allowing 28 homers and 38 doubles in just 26 starts. Danks worked on adding a cutter to his repertoire this offseason and the early results from his new approach are extremely encouraging.
He tossed seven shutout innings Sunday against the Rays to slice his ERA to 3.04, inducing eight ground-ball outs to go along with eight strikeouts. Last season just 34.8 percent of Danks' balls in play were on the ground, which would have ranked as the lowest percentage among AL starters if he had enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. This year he's coaxed a grounder on over 50 percent of his balls in play, which if sustained would drastically improve his long-term outlook.
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