With the Postseason right around the corner, I’m going to give each team a letter grade for how their season has been up to this point. I finished the American League now it’s time for the National League to be graded.
Going from the East Coast to the West Coast.
Los Angeles Dodgers: B+
It has been a tough year for this team with injuries to their pitching staff. Clayton Kershaw has not pitched in a game since June 26th and has plans to return this season at some point. Another Hollywood let down this year has been Yasiel Puig. The 25 year old outfielder was demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 2nd. Even though this team has major issues, they are sitting at the top of their division.
San Francisco Giants: C+
“It’s an even year everyone be ready, San Fran is already a World Series Champ,” – Every Giants fan during Spring Training. The Giants were hot in the beginning of the year, after the Mid Summer Classic they have tanked. At the time of grading them, they have gone 14-26 and have lost their division lead. Bruce Bochy’s crew needs to step it up if they want to make a Postseason run this year. Currently they own the top Wild Card spot with a 2.5 game advantage over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Colorado Rockies: D
Not much to really say about the Rockies other than they need help. Pitching is bad, hitting is good that’s due to playing at Coors Field, and the only real bright spot is Nolan Arenado. The third baseman is hitting .291 with 35 homers and 111 RBIs this season. The Rockies are clearly not in contention but can take these last couple months to work out some of their kinks and look forward to a productive off-season.
San Diego Padres: D
They seemed to have all the puzzle pieces in place to be contenders this season. Pitching was in line, defense was there, and they had offensive power but then POOF, it was all traded away. They sit 4th in their division with a record of 55-75. In a season of terrible play, Wil Myers seems to be the the only consistent part of the team. He has 23 long balls, 73 RBIs and a .262 average.
Arizona Diamondbacks: F
Remember when the D-Backs went out in the off-season and acquired Shelby Miller AND Zack Greinke? That seems to be the last time they made the news. Oh other than the team dealing top bullpen arms, Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard. This was not the type of season that was expected for Arizona. Paul Goldschmidt is very quiet, A.J. Pollock is back off of the DL and the miserable season is almost over for the Diamondbacks.