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Division GBL Letter Grade
T1. WSH 51 – 42: – (C+)
Jayson Werth had a nice hot streak right before the end of the 1st half.
The team with limited flaws has just not taken off like it should.
Gio Gonzalez hasn’t found his form yet.
T1. ATL 52 – 43: – (B-)
This team has a nice 14 – 6 stretch to end the 1st half.
Still one of the best Bullpens in the game.
3. NYM 45 – 50: 7 GBL (C+)
The Mets are hanging in despite no offensive flair. Daniel Murphy has been the most consistent threat, and he maybe traded soon.
It looks like the team made the right decision with Lucas Duda.
The Bullpen has survived without Parnell.
If this team can win 75 games, that would be a swell season.
4. MIA 44 – 50: 7.5 GBL: (B-)
A hot start to the campaign, aided by a heavy home schedule to begin, put this team in 1st for a heavy stretch.
The veterans have helped the young core.
Henderson Alvarez made the ALL – Star Game, and is part of a decent core of young starters.
5. PHI 42 – 53: 9.5 (C-)
Domonic Brown may have been a flash in the pan last year.
Division GBL Letter Grade
1. MIL 53 – 43: (B+)
The Brewers are a few games under .500 for the last few months, but have fared well overall.
Ryan Braun is not the same caliber player he was in MVP years, but he hasn’t fallen that much.
Only Jean Segura has struggled.
2. STL 52 – 44: 1.0 GBL: (C+)
The team’s depth takes hits every single year, and this early part of this campaign exposed that.
It is safe to say the team wont hit as well with RISP ever as they did last year, and this masked some flaws the club had.
I believe it is time to arm the squad with some more seasoned veterans.
A big bopper in the middle of the lineup (maybe Adrian Beltre) would help the lineup a lot.
Losing Yadier Molina a few years ago almost cost the Cardinals a playoff spot, and this team will be hard pressed to soldier on.
Adam Wainwright (ASG aside) has been great in the 1st 3 months of the year.
The young staff should be monitored in the 2nd half, with back to back full years of pitching – after spending lots of time in the Minors.
3. CIN 51 – 44: 1.5 GBL (B-)
4. PIT 49 – 46: 3.5 GBL: (C+)
The team struggled for offense until the team called up Gregory Polanco.
Andrew McCutchen could very well be the NL MVP again before too long.
Neil Huntington has a chance to make his mark with a heavy trade or 2.
This team must pounce on the chance to gain ground with injuries to Cincinnati and St. Louis, and the Brewers slowing down their early momentum.
Being in the lower 20% of payroll is not cool for this franchise if they want to contend.
5. CHC 40 – 54: 12 GBL (C+)
Anthony Rizzo is a much more patient hitter now, and is challenging for the HR crown, and operating a near .400 OBP.
Depth in the Minors is ascending fast. Could be one of the best clubs in a few seasons.
They are being perpetually beat up by the rest of the NL Central.
Division GBL Letter Grade
1. LAD 54 – 43: – (C+)
This underachieving team was headed for a C- until Clayton Kershaw came back and the team has been 11 games over .500 since.
Maybe the MLB will learn 15 hour plane rides is not a good way to start the year.
Adrian Gonzalez was pistol hot to start the season, but has cooled down.
The 1 – 4 pitching rotation is superb and this team should take off in 2nd half. Maybe not 42 – 8, but I think they should still win 95 games.
2. SF 52 – 43: 1.0 GBL (B-)
A rough month to end the 1st half has curbed some of the momentum of this team. At one point they were up 9.5 Games on everyone in the Division.
Angel Pagan will be missed in the lineup until he returns.
3. SD 41 – 54: 12 GBL (C-)
The Padres were not built very wisely as a roster, and it cost the GM his job. Too many health problems from guys that can’t stay on the field.
The Pitching is okay, but it should be with playing in Petco Park.
Once they trade away the bulk of their veterans, don’t look for the 2nd half to be much better.
4. COL 40 – 55: 13 GBL (C+)
Every year they blast their way out of the gate, and every year they are at rock bottom by the summer.
Troy Tulowitzki is playing his best baseball ever – and could still threaten for the Triple Crown if he can start raking in some more RBI.
His talents will be wasted in forms of the MVP race.
If you play fantasy baseball, or live in Denver, this team has your attention all the time, otherwise they are pretty much a non-factor in the scope of this baseball season now.
5. ARI 40 – 56: 13.5 GBL (D+)
They lost in Australia to begin the year – and haven’t stopped.
Some people will pay with their jobs for this fiasco.
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