Originally Posted by roylestillman
That was kind of my point. Danks and his contract have to be more than a number 4 starter. No knock on Quintana, and I think your ranking is correct coming out of 2013, but Danks has to step if the Sox have a chance.
Johnny's velocity returning this year is the key to his success. I don't think he can come close to what he was without it. He doesn't have the Buehrle like control to pitch at the speeds he did last year. Danks needs the 92-93mph that he used to have because the 87-89 he featured last year just wasn't good enough. If it doesn't return, we have ourselves a very expensive #5 starter for the next few years.
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