The unluckiest pitcher in baseball

Is it possible to win a Cy Young with a losing record? It would seem that might be the only way John Danks will be able to win one this season, as he fell to 3-3 Wednesday evening at the Cell against the LA Angels. In a battle of mediocrity the Angels got the best of the White Sox, as the Sox had an opportunity to make up some ground on the Twins but failed to do so.

This game turned into a pitchers duel between Danks and Joe Saunders with so little offense that when the Cubs game, that had started an hour earlier, entered the ninth the Angels and Sox had started the eight. They made up an hour. The Sox had opportunities and did nothing with them despite having a .347 batting average with runners in scoring position in their last six games.

The real story is that John Danks fell to 3-3 on the year and only allowed two earned runs. Danks has pitched into at least the seventh inning in six of his eight outings this season and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any start this season. He has seven quality starts and his shakiest outing of the season consisted of only lasting five innings with four runs but only two earned. In six starts he’s allowed two runs or less, yet he has a 3-3 record.

Danks would most likely be 8-0 on the New York Yankees, but he’s on the “Every Other” White Sox, he always seems to be on the wrong side of the other.