John Danks is leading a new era in Chicago White Sox starting pitching. Mark Buehrle dominated the first 11 years of White Sox starting pitching. He led the White Sox in earned run average in eight of the last 11 seasons. Also, he started on Opening Day for the White Sox in nine of the last 10 seasons.
Buehrle had a fine White Sox career before signing with the Marlins in December. He posted 30 starts, 10 wins and 200 innings pitched in each of the last 11 seasons, tied for the active record. Also, he had an earned run average under 4.00 eight times.
Other White Sox pitchers didn't do very well during the last 11 years. Only nine times have White Sox pitchers other than Buehrle posted earned run averages below 4.00 this century, and 14 times they've pitched 200 or more innings. Three of those sub-4.00 earned run average performances and two of those 200-inning years were by Danks.
Also, in 2005, Buehrle led a group of four White Sox pitchers with 200 innings and sub-4.00 earned run averages. In other seasons, the White Sox starting rotation was relatively thin after Buehrle.
Follow along for the best starting pitching performances posted by pitchers other than Buehrle this century.