Game Preview: John Danks is needed by the White Sox


Jun 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox really need a solid effort by John Danks Sunday if they have any shot for a win against the Minnesota Twins, and to avoid the series sweep.

The past two days White Sox (35-40) starting pitching each gave up four earned runs to the Twins, and that can’t happened again. If it does it will make it hard for this team to salvage a win at Target Field, making the trip to Baltimore that much more tougher.

Danks enters today’s game with a 6-5 mark for ’14 with a 3.97 ERA. The left-hander had pitched really well the past three starts he’s made with a 3-0 record in 20.2 innings pitched. In those innings, he has a 1.74 ERA with 13 strikeouts.

For his career against the Twins it has been rocky, with a record of 6-11 and an ERA of 5.18.

The Twins (35-38) will send Phil Hughes to the hill, as he is 7-3 overall with a 3.09 ERA. His past three starts have seen him pitch a combined 21 innings, with a 1-2 record and 3.00 ERA.

Hughes has 45.1 innings for his career against the White Sox with a 3-2 mark and 1.99 ERA.

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Moises Sierra has 12 at-bats against Hughes in his career with a .583 batting average, including one home run. Gordon Beckham has struggled against Hughes. In 14 at-bats, Beckham is batting .071.

Five Minnesota players have a .300 batting average or better against Danks, with Joe Mauer batting .316 in 38 at-bats against the White Sox starter.

Here are the starting lineups for Sunday, June 22:

Chicago White Sox (35-40)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Adam Dunn (DH)
5. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
7. Moises Sierra (RF)
8. Alejandro De Aza (LF)
9. Tyler Flowers (C)

Minnesota Twins (35-38)
1. Danny Santana (SS)
2. Brian Dozier (2B)
3. Joe Mauer (1B)
4. Josh Willingham (LF)
5. Kendrys Morales (DH)
6. Oswaldo Arcia (RF)
7. Kurt Suzuki (C)
8. Eduardo Escobar (3B)
9. Sam Fuld (CF)