Grading the week: Mike Trout is still good at baseball
Let's hand out some grades for the MLB week that was. Prominently featured? Angels supernova Mike Trout.
Another week of baseball is in the books, which means it's time for our weekly grades. As a reminder, we're pretty flexible with our grades. We grade individual series, teams, players, coaches, umpires, whatever. We try to stick to the usual A through F scale but will make exceptions from time to time. To state the bleeding obvious, five grades means that any number of notable team and individual performances won't be represented herein.
|A+||Mike Trout. While Trout's standards are higher than most, it was a good week even for him. Not only did he claim All-Star Game MVP honors Tuesday, but he also lit it up in the weekend series win over the Mariners. Over the course of the three-game set (the Angels took two of three), he went 6 for 16 with three doubles, a homer, a walk and four runs scored.|
|A||Indians. Here come the Indians? Maybe so. In a critical four-game road set against the Tigers, Cleveland took three and outscored the hosts by nine runs over that span. They Indians are now 5½ games back in the Central and two games out of the second wild-card berth.|
|B+||Cardinals. They took two of three at home against the Dodgers, and their only loss was a one-run affair. As well, they had to face both Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Take the series against a (likely) playoff-bound division champ, and you get good marks.|
|C-||Orioles. There’s no particular shame in dropping two out of three to the A’s in Oakland, but they got keel-hauled in Sunday’s finale by a score of 10-2 and on Friday they managed to blow a 4-2 lead in the ninth. The difficulty rating spares the O’s from a lower grade.|
|F||Reds. Cincy opened the second half by getting swept by the battered Yankees. Over the three-game set, the Reds mustered just six total runs, and they managed to squander starts made by a pair of All-Stars (Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon). Oh, and they lost Sunday’s finale via the rarely glimpsed walk-off popup.|