7:05 PM ET, September 6, 2013
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Chicago: Danks (4-11, 4.35 ERA)
Baltimore: Feldman (4-4, 4.18 ERA)
Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis is not doing what he does best. The team is facing an eight-game home run drought and also tonight they will meet the wrong pitcher to break out against.
The majors’ home run leader is hitless versus 11-game loser John Danks, who will try to help the visiting Chicago White Sox end a seven-game slide tonight.
The Orioles (74-65) totaled seven runs and struck out 19 times in consecutive defeats versus the Cleveland Indians before three players went deep in Thursday’s 3-1 win in the opener of this four-game set. Adam Jones, Brian Roberts and J.J. Hardy all homered as Baltimore began a stretch of eight straight at home.
It would help if the left-hander could add to his 47 homers, but he’s 4 for 29 since he last went deep Aug. 28.
Danks (4-11, 4.35 ERA) is enduring what YouWager experts consider a horrible MLB season with his highest ERA since finishing at 5.50 as a rookie in 2007. The 28 year-old entered the year after recovering from elbow surgery.
Danks earned one of his few 2013 victories by limiting Baltimore to two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory July 2. He improved to 5-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts against the O’s.
Baltimore’s manager Buck Showalter is trying to survive one game at a time as his team tries to catch the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second wild card, with the New YorkYankees and Cleveland also in contention.
The White Sox (56-83) have dropped all seven games on this trip to fall to an AL-worst 24-49 on the road. Chicago has totaled 22 runs while batting .211 in this slide, and their 524 runs are the league’s lowest total.
The O’s will be sending Scott Feldman (4-4, 4.18) to the mound. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two outings versus Chicago in 2013 — one with the O’s. Konerko, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez all went 1 for 6 versus him in those games.