The A's seem to have this pitching thing down to a science. Last year it was out with Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, in with Danny Haren and Joe Blanton. Neither missed a beat in his first full pro season. Blanton, who had a 2.65 ERA in the second half, is worthy of a higher ranking, but Childs is understandably enamored with strikeouts, so I'll let that slide. Rich Harden, meanwhile, is an ace in the making, and don't sleep on Barry Zito, who shook off an atrocious first month to put up respectable numbers. Even Esteban Loaiza looks like a nice pickup for Oakland after a bounce-back year in Washington. Put it all together and the A's rival the White Sox for the best starting five in baseball.