MLB first-quarter grades: Rays get only ‘A+’, Padres and Mets disappoint, A’s reinvent grading scale
Grade: A. Losers of 110 games in 2021, the D-Backs’ rise to relevance from such depths continues. They’re within range of the mighty Dodgers in the NL West and currently in the top wild-card position in the NL.
Grade: A. The juggernaut Braves are well on their way to a sixth straight division title, and right now they boast the NL’s top run differential. In related matters, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Sean Murphy have arguably been the top two players in the NL in 2023.
Grade: A. No thanks to the front office and ownership, who effectively sat out the offseason, the Orioles are off to a strong start in 2023. They’re solidly in second place in the brutal AL East and on pace for their first 100-win season since 1980. Adley Rutschman has a case for being the AL’s top catcher.
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