How much do White Sox pitchers have to prove?

How much do White Sox pitchers have to prove?
February 14, 2014, 8:30 pm
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CSN Staff

Over the past several months, the White Sox have made plenty of upgrades to their lineup. But where does that leave the starting rotation?

The Sox figured to have a strength in starting pitching with Chris Sale and Jose Quintana at the top of the rotation. But after the trade of Hector Santiago, some are positing the rest of the rotation is full of unknown quantities.

John Danks had a rough go in 2013 while battling both injuries and opposing hitters. Offseason acquisition Felipe Paulino is coming off Tommy John surgery. And young guys like Erik Johnson and Andre Rienzo don't have much winning experience under their belts.

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The Score's Bruce Levine joined Friday's edition of SportsTalk Live from Arizona, and he wondered what the back of the rotation would end up looking like on the South Side.

"I think their starting pitching is going to be the key," Levine said. "Everybody points to the offense, and they've added some nice offensive young parts. And I think they will be better offensively and they'll score runs. But I would be more concerned about the starting pitching and after Sale and Quintana if there's enough to compete. John Danks coming off of a bad year after surgery the year before. He's got to show that he has learned how to pitch and that he can compete again like a guy who had a five-year, $65 million commitment from the Chicago White Sox. After that, it's anybody's guess who the guys are going to be, whether it's Paulino, whether it's Johnson, whether it's some of their other young guys.

"I think they have a lot to prove in the starting rotation. I like the bullpen, I like the way the offense is coming around, but to me, rather than concentrating on the offense, I think you have to concentrate on the rotation and say, 'Is that good enough to compete in an improving division and in a very good division with Detroit on top of it?'"