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Grading the week: A's get an 'A+'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Another week of the 2013 season is over and done, and now it's time to hand out some grades.

By way of reminder, we pass out just five grades, so, obviously, many teams are going to be left out. Somehow, though, we'll all cope. Also keep in mind that these are grades for the past week and the past week alone -- i.e., things like season-long performance and the road ahead aren't taken into account.

Onward!

TeamGradeAnalysis
A+It's hard to have a better week than the Fightin' A's did. They started the week by taking three of four against the Tigers in Detroit (and they were a Grant Balfour blown save in the finale from sweeping it). Then they came back home and took three of three from the Rays. That's a tough run, to state the obvious, but the A's managed to play .857 ball over the span in question. Well done.
AThe Angels didn't play as tough of a schedule as the A's, but, like the A's, they suffered only one blemish. Specifically, their week included taking two of three from the Rays on the road and then sweeping the Brewers in Milwaukee. In a related matter, Mike Trout's now batting .334/.431/.577.
C+This week was a mixed bag for the upstart Buccos. In their first series, they dropped two of three at home to the compromised and rather lousy Brewers. However, they bounced back by taking two of three from the mighty Cardinals and once again forcing a tie in the NL Central. The longer they avoid disaster, the more likely it is they'll be part of the postseason fray. What bumps them up to a C+? An active final week of the waiver period by GM Neal Huntington.
DWhen you're working from behind in the race for a postseason berth, there's nothing good about dropping two of three to a division rival, even on the road. But that's just what the O's did against the Red Sox and then against the Yankees this week. However, that they were able to salvage the final game of each set spares them an even worse grade.
D-First, the Reds squandered a chance to make up ground in the NL Central by dropping two of three to the Cardinals, and then they lost of two of three to the Rockies, who've been one of the NL's worst teams in the second half. The Reds are now 35-37 on the road this season.
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