Just as ESPN.com has power ratings, so 'Reality Check' will issue some power ratings, which of course change over the marathon of the baseball season. Power Ratings reflect not only the full body of work of the pitcher, but recent performances. What they do not reflect are run support, media friendliness, or salary. Mike Greenwell need not apply.
1. Josh Beckett- All-Star caliber stuff and performance
2. Jonathan Papelbon - smoke 'em if you got 'em
3. Daisuke Matsuzaka - power growing, like The Transformers
4. Curt Schilling - sometimes dominating, but high percentage stuff occurring less often
4b. Hideki Okajimi - Everything's just okey-dokey for the little lefty
6. Julian Tavarez - usually gives you six plus with two or three runs nowadays (value rising)
7. Tim Wakefield - you never know what he'll give you, and the Yankees are his daddy (falling)
8. Javier Lopez - the LOOGY is getting the job done, more often than not
9. Kyle Snyder - would be the equivalent of a Rule V draftee exposed...healthy with three effective pitches now...could be critical later in the season
10. Joel Pineiro - developing more consistency to go with raw stuff
11. Manny Delcarmen - 95 mph heater, knee buckling curve, inconsistent control...if not now, when
12. Mike Timlin - running on fumes and reliability inversely proportional to age...veteran turning into old? Do nice guys get extra 'roster spot' points?
DL Brendan Donnelly