White Sox-Mariners Preview
After having a four-game win streak snapped, the Seattle Mariners will try to get back on track by adding to John Danks' recent struggles.
The Chicago White Sox left-hander's latest start was one of the worst in his career and he'll seek to atone for that miserable performance in Sunday's finale in Seattle.
Seattle (61-55) fell just short of a season high-tying fifth straight win Saturday, losing 2-1 in 10 innings. Kyle Seager drove in the lone run for the Mariners, who scored 28 runs and batted .300 in their prior four games.
Seattle dropped 1 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the AL's second wild card after Conor Gillaspie hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th. The White Sox (56-62) snapped a four-game skid and earned just their second win in eight contests.
They're hoping next to see a better outing from Danks (9-7, 4.93 ERA). It couldn't get much worse than his performance in a 16-0 loss to Texas on Tuesday.
He matched a career high by allowing nine runs in 4 2-3 innings and is 1-1 with a 10.29 ERA in his last four starts.
"It's a shame to go out there and get your butt kicked on a night you feel so good. It doesn't happen every night when you feel great and tonight I did. I felt real good about everything in the bullpen, and I just got my (butt) kicked,'' Danks said.
He had a streak of seven consecutive victories against Seattle snapped in his only matchup last season, a 4-2 loss June 3. Danks gave up four runs in six innings after posting a 1.31 ERA in his prior eight meetings.
He's expected to pitch opposite Erasmo Ramirez (1-5, 4.35) in this one. The right-hander is being recalled from the minors to give ace Felix Hernandez an extra day of rest.
Ramirez began this season in Seattle's rotation before going 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts. He's fared better in his last three major league stints, compiling a 2.75 ERA but hasn't gotten enough support to win in any of his last seven starts.
Ramirez has a 1.33 ERA in his past five major league outings. He matched a career high with 10 strikeouts and gave up two runs in seven innings in the most recent game, a 3-1 loss to the New York Mets in a spot start July 22.
"He threw the ball good and hopefully he has that type of command again," manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB's official website. "If he does, we have a good chance of winning the game."
Ramirez hasn't earned a win in the majors since an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in his season debut April 1.
Robinson Cano will try to help Ramirez by improving on his .462 career average against Danks. Cano, second in the AL with a .332 average, had a 10-game hit streak snapped Saturday.
Austin Jackson has more hits against Danks than any other pitcher, going 18 for 45 (.400) with three homers. He's 4 for 8 versus the left-hander this season.