Can the White Sox provide Danks with enough support?

Can the White Sox provide Danks with enough support?
July 19, 2013, 9:15 am
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White Sox vs. Braves, 7 p.m.
on Comcast SportsNet

On the hill: John Danks (2-6, 4.31 ERA); Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02 ERA)

Danks vs. Braves (Career): 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 3 K's, 1 Walk, 6 IP

Hudson vs. White Sox: 3-3, 5.19 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 31 K's, 17 Walks, 50 1/3 IP

Braves at at a glance: 54-41 (1st in National League East, six games ahead of Washington) ... 7-7 this season vs. interleague opponents ... 4-5 all-time vs. the White Sox.

2010 all over again? The last time the White Sox faced the Braves (June 22-24, 2010), John Danks was the starter in the first game of THAT series. Tonight's Braves starter, Tim Husdon, started Gane 2 of that set. The White Sox went on to sweep Atlanta in three games. Chicago has won the last five games overall against Atlanta.

Braves pitching leaders: Wins - Mike Minor, Paul Maholm (9); ERA - Minor (3.02); Strikeouts - Minor (115); Saves - Craig Kimbrel (26)

Braves batting leaders: Average - Freddie Freeman (.306); Home runs - Dan Uggla (18); RBIs - Freeman (61); Slugging percentage - Evan Gattis (.563); On-base percentage - Jordan Schafer (.399)

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Tony Andracki

The White Sox kick off the season's unofficial second half Friday night as they host the Atlanta Braves. Coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 7 p.m.

With the All-Star break coming later this season than in years' past, a bid to the postseason looks bleak for the White Sox, even if they turn in a second-half surge for the ages.

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Robin Ventura's squad is just 37-55 and 14 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit entering play Friday.

If the season ended today, the Sox would get the No. 3 pick in next summer's draft, and a big reason for that is their lack of success away from U.S. Cellular Field.

The South Siders have played more road games than any other MLB team and lead the league with 34 road losses.

The good news is the White Sox will open the second half with an extended homestand, netting 10 straight games at The Cell, beginning with the Braves tonight.

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John Danks takes the hill for his 11th start of the season, looking to improve on his 2-6 record. Despite solid peripheral numbers (1.13 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9), the veteran southpaw has a losing record thanks to a lack of run support. The White Sox offense has scored just 31 runs in Danks' 10 starts.