After solid camp, Ventura confident for '16

Manager says pitching will be key to any success

After solid camp, Ventura confident for '16

OAKLAND -- Robin Ventura knows the White Sox are ready for the 2016 season as the team went through Sunday's pre-Opening Day workout at the Oakland Coliseum.

There's no prediction of playoffs or championships: Just a confidence that his charges did what was needed and then some during Spring Training. But in regard to this squad being in September contention, it won't come down to that one more move from general manager Rick Hahn in April or at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, in the mind of the White Sox manager.

"It will always be pitching," Ventura said during a recent interview with MLB.com. "With our guys at the top and you know four and five, those guys have to pitch well for us. I don't think it's different for anybody else in the league.

"We need to pitch well to be able to do this. We are going to score more runs than we did last year and we are going to play better defense than we did last year. But I like where these guys are at. I like the way they are thinking."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.