With the first week of the season underway, it's a good time to look into the ace pitchers in the AL Central.
While many readers might assume that each AL Central team has an ace on their staff, in my opinion, that doesn't have to be the case.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an ace pitcher is "the best pitcher on a baseball team", but I disagree with that.
I believe that an ace is a pitcher who a team is not afraid to put on the mound in any situation and is expected to win regardless of the lineup he is facing. An ace also has to have the ability to step into any other major league team's starting rotation and provide an improvement.
I was debating about adding Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez as an ace in the AL Central, but I'm not ultimately convinced he will be able to recapture the success he had with the Colorado Rockies.
Let's take a look at the ace pitchers of the AL Central.