OAKLAND -- White Sox starting pitchers lead the American League in strikeouts (105), shutouts (two), complete games (two) and opponents average (.202). They rank third in ERA (3.09) and are third with 11 quality starts.
Those numbers aren't too bad after 17 games for a front five entering the season without a clear ace-hurler. That ace absence certainly doesn't bother general manager Ken Williams.
"I think I said that in Spring Training that I've never looked, well, I don't currently look at this group anyway as a one through five," Williams said. "They are all capable on a given day of pitching against anyone's No. 1. If they are on their 'A' game, they can pitch like a No. 1.
"You have a bunch of guys that can just go out there and grind it out and shut down a team on a given day. I think, overall, it sets you up well for the grind."