The Oakland Athletics pitching staff is not quite up to par as a whole if you use the successful backdrop of last season as a barometer. But decent performances and excellent individual parts, like Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour, are keeping the A's afloat as Oakland's offense rains down on opponents.
Those two pitchers are clear favorites for the top spot in a power ranking of the A's hurlers who have logged at least 20 innings (sorry, Thursday winner Jesse Chavez). Beyond them is the real question, especially considering the sophomore slumping of three returning starters.
Before Thursday's victory over the New York Yankees, Oakland was 7-6 when Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker or A.J. Griffin was on the mound, and all three have had rough periods.
Another year of ace injury doesn't help, though Brandon McCarthy seemed a regular stalwart last year in comparison to this season's issue.
At least the relievers are all developing, except for that recent deluge brought upon Jon Heyman-hating Sean Doolittle.
Let's see where he's fallen to in the power rankings and who has risen above the reliever.