Progress reports and grades for all 30 MLB teams at the quarter mark –

Right about now, teams are coming up on the one-quarter mark of the 2017 regular season. As such, it’s a good time to send home progress reports for all 30 clubs. Some progress reports will be “lost.” Others will be forged and sheepishly presented to the homeroom teacher. Still others will be proudly presented to the team owner in exchange for a hair-mussing and piece of hard candy.

As for specific letter grades, they reflect how well the team in question is meeting, exceeding, or rising above consensus expectations coming into the season. By way of example, the bar for the reigning-champion Chicago Cubs is going to be higher than that of the generally rudderless Oakland Athletics . Thus the central question is: To what extent is this team performing like we thought it would? If you’re comfortably lapping most preseason predictions, then you’ve got an A. Falling a bit short of same, then a C is probably what you’ll get. You get the idea … 

Arizona Diamondbacks : A+

The D-backs last season won 69 games. This year’s model is on pace for 93 wins. That’s indeed the kind of start that will land you the highest grade possible. 

Atlanta Braves : C

They lost 93 games in 2016 after losing 95 in 2015. However, the Braves were expected to make some strides in 2017, their first year in SunTrust Park. Things have gone according to plan. Their winning percentage is roughly unchanged from a year ago, and they’re almost certainly going to get worse now that Freddie Freeman is out for quite a while. 

Baltimore Orioles : B+

Some of us keep waiting for this Orioles run of relevance to

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