Is John Danks struggling or just unlucky? 

May, 11, 2011

I really expected Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks to hurl a gem in Anaheim on Tuesday. Perhaps it was wishful thinking since he's on a few of my teams. Regardless, Danks entered with an 0-5 record but was certainly pitching much better than that mark. Danks had a 3.83 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, his strikeout rate remained strong and it was easy to call him one of the better buy-low pitchers in the game. I mean, it's unlikely the White Sox continue on this path to 100 losses, and over the past three seasons Danks has won 40 games with a 3.61 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and an average of 156 strikeouts. This is a good pitcher, certainly worth waiting for in standard leagues.

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireJohn Danks allowed a season-high six runs and 10 hits over five innings Tuesday, his shortest outing this year.
Of course, after Danks got torched by those Los Angeles Angels and fell to 0-6, I've seen many an owner panic, and I suppose rightfully so. Danks allowed 10 hits and six runs in five messy innings, and much of the sympathy for his unlucky first month is fading away. His ESPN standard league ownership has dropped from its original 100 percent to 86.9 percent, down 9 percent in the past seven days (a decent portion of that since Tuesday night). I'm seeing Danks' name bandied about in trade talks, there's mass Twitter whining, eh, you know the drill.