It took facing the Mariners offense to finally get left-hander John Danks his first win of the season, as he bounced back from an 0-8 start to limit Seattle to an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in the White Sox’s 3-1 victory tonight.
In doing so, Danks outpitched Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Pineda, who allowed two runs over seven innings in taking his third loss.
Danks was the first White Sox pitcher since Eddie Smith in 1942 to start a season 0-8.
The left-hander pitched in awful luck early on, going 0-3 despite a 3.27 ERA in his first five starts. However, he had legitimately struggled lately, especially last week when he gave up nine runs to the Blue Jays and got into a dispute with Jose Bautista. His ERA was up to 5.25 going into this one, and he had struck out a total of six batters in his last three starts.
Tonight, Danks fanned six and walked just one. Jesse Crain and Sergio Santos finished up from there, with Santos earning his 11th save.
Thie White Sox are 13-1 in their last 14 games against the Mariners.
CC Sabathia‘s contract is set to expire this offseason, but for the long-tenured left-hander, nowhere feels more like home than New York. “I want to see this through,” Sabathia told reporters after a devastating Game 7 loss in the ALCS. “This is where I want to play.” Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman spoke warmly of the veteran starter, but would make no public guarantees that he’d return to the team next spring.
Sabathia, 37, just topped off his 17th season in the big leagues and his eighth career postseason run. He went 14-5 in 27 starts and put up a 3.69 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 148 2/3 innings, good for 1.9 fWAR. He looked solid in the playoffs, too, propelling the team to a much-needed win in Game 5 of the ALDS and returning in the Championship Series with six scoreless innings in Game 3. His season ended on a sour note during Game 7, however. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings against a dynamic Astros’ offense, allowing one run on five hits and three walks and failing to record a single strikeout for the first time in 23 career postseason appearances.
Heading into the 2017 offseason, Sabathia finally arrived at the end of his seven-year, $161 million deal with the Yankees. While he’s repeatedly expressed a desire to keep pitching, despite rumors that his career might be on the rocks following the diagnosis of a troublesome degenerative knee condition, the decision isn’t his alone to make. Brian Cashman will also be seeking an extension with the Yankees this winter, so it’s difficult to say which impending free agents the club will try to retain — and Sabathia’s name isn’t the only one on that list. If it were up to skipper Joe Girardi, who is awaiting a decision on his own future with the organization, the decision would be a no-brainer. From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
CC will always be special to me because of what he stands for and the great player that he is, the great man that he is,” Girardi said. “The wonderful teammate that he is. How he pulls a team together. He’s as good as I’ve ever been around when it comes to a clubhouse guy, a guy that will take the ball when you’re on a losing streak or that you can count on, and knowing that it could be the possible last time.