Grading the Week: Rockies come on strong

The Rockies had a big week and are right in the thick of the NL West race.
The Rockies had a big week and are right in the thick of the NL West race. (USATSI)

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Another week in the books, so it's time to throw out some grades. As a reminder, we don't grade every single team in order to avoid overkill over the course of the 162-game marathon. We'll just slot one team for each of the five traditional letter grades for the week.

A They didn't run the table, nor did they have the best record of the week. The Colorado Rockies got to the head of the class based upon winning series over the top two teams in their division heading into the week, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers . After their 4-2 week, the Rockies are now tied with the Dodgers for second in the NL West, 1.5 games behind the Giants. They are still hitting the ball real well, as is to be expected, but they had three wins this week in which the opponent was held to two or fewer runs. If they pitch well, watch out. Oh, and Carlos Gonzalez hasn't gotten hot yet.
B+ You can't get an A in a week with three losses, but the Chicago White Sox are plenty worthy of praise. They were tasked with a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers and four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that bleeds into next week. Ace Chris Sale was shelved with an injury, too, and the White Sox still split with the Tigers and took two of three from the Rays (so far). Behind the bat of slugging sensation Jose Abreu , they lead the majors in runs scored and are only 1.5 games out in the AL Central. 
C They took two of three from the Toronto Blue Jays , but then needed an extra-innings win just to salvage one of three at home against the Kansas City Royals . They aren't getting good enough pitching to sustain any kind of a run, as the offense is always going to be fickle -- scoring twice in double digits before combining for six runs in the next three games -- with the low on-base percentage. The good news is Manny Machado is tearing up the minors on his rehab stint. The bad news is Chris Davis is now on the DL.
D The week opened with a loss on Patriot's Day and closed with a blowout loss in Toronto. In between they were embarrassed by the New York Yankees before winning two in Toronto. It was a 3-4 week, but they just looked so bad against the Yankees -- especially Thursday night's debacle -- that they are bumped down to here. It wasn't a champion-esque week.
F Not only were they swept at home by the Texas Rangers , coughing up first place in the process, but they were only able to salvage a split against the Houston Astros . So that's a 2-5 week with the only two wins being against Houston -- all coming after a 13-5 start. On Sunday, they were almost shut out by Collin McHugh . That's a forgettable week for the two-time defending AL West champs.
CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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