Surprisingly, John Danks was the Chicago White Sox best starting pitcher against the Kansas City Royals to start off the 2015 regular season. That’s not saying much, though, as the overpaid, underachieving lefty allowed four runs on on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work Thursday afternoon that resulted in a 4-1 defeat.
The Royals swept the three-game series, pinning the White Sox record at 0-3, which is their worst start to a season since 2003, when Kansas City also swept them to open up the year.
Not much has gone well for the White Sox early this season. Their big offseason pitching acquisition of Jeff Samardzija didn’t look sharp on Opening Day and José Quintana didn’t do any better on Wednesday. Chicago has only scored one run in two of its first three games as well.
It is ridiculously early in the season, but some fans are already showing frustration over the 0-3 White Sox.
White Sox off to a great start!!!!!!! Gotta love Chicago Sports teams, always love disappointing fans
— Duke of Chicago (@ShooterMcConlon) April 9, 2015
Do the white sox know that it is no longer spring training? #fuck
— Jesse (@JEspenschied) April 9, 2015
Sox 0-3 and severely outplayed and dominated by KC. They are well on their way to be playing in front of only 10k by June. #WhiteSox
— Nick Kavadas (@njk33) April 9, 2015
Only 3 games, but…Meet the new White Sox…same as the old White Sox.
— Jay Swann (@JaySwann1) April 9, 2015
I'm gonna call it now: Robin Ventura will be fired by the All-Star break if the #WhiteSox continue this dismal effort yet again.
— E.S. McDaniel (@chirishceo) April 9, 2015
— James Coston (@JamesCoston) April 9, 2015
Embarrassed by my white sox..
— Kelly G (@Kgeisser) April 9, 2015
You can say it's only 3 games, but it was an ugly series for the #WhiteSox. Not many positives. Eaton's web gem and Abreu only bright spots.
— Michelle Mazurek (@Uribe10) April 9, 2015
— Derek (@HawkeyTown57) April 9, 2015
This season is ovaaaaa #WhiteSox
— Fish_Market_Stew (@Mindbender11) April 9, 2015
@whitesox horrible way to start season.Robin needs to step up and turn this ship in the right direction.Too much talent to be swept by Kc…
— JASON (@jsox87) April 9, 2015
@whitesox But I thought these new signings were going to make a difference? Full of shit failures.
— Serge B (@Conigman) April 9, 2015
And of course there was the unnecessary shot to the Chicago Cubs.
@whitesox seriously? 0-3? Even cubs have won a game already.
— Sherri (@SherriBB33) April 9, 2015
The truth is there is no reason to panic at all. Back in 1983, when the White Sox finished the season with a 99-63 record, winning the AL West title, they too began the year 0-3. Even in 2003, the White Sox didn’t spiral into a losing mess after the 0-3 start. Chicago finished second in the AL Central at 86-76, four games back of the Minnesota Twins.
So, if you’re on the ledge already, take a step back. It’s only three games. Deep breaths, Sox fans, deep breaths.