Well, I have a new theory. I changed the hitter’s report card so that 4 runs scored is 1/2 a win, and 5 or more is a win. I can adjust this year-to-year, so that the total of MLB comes out rated C, as this does for 2010. Thus the hitting rating is relative to the context of the year. The Yankees rate an A, as the best offense in baseball. The Rays are A-. I did NOT do the leagues separately, so NL teams, where the pitchers hit, will normally rate lower. The Reds rate a B, the same rating as the Rangers.

I have left the pitching ratings alone, as I like where they take me. What I have done, instead, is to assume that a team is 50% hitting, 35% starting pitching (and associated defense) and 15% relief pitching (and associated defense). So if I take 50% of the hitting rating (in winning percentage) + 35% of the pitching rating + 15% of the relief rating, I should get something that approximates the overall winning percentage the team achieved.

So you understand, I consider a .500 team to be a C. A .550 team is B, a .600 team is A, a .450 team is D. The full letter grades are +/- .015, the X+ and X- grades are +/- .010.

This means that an A+ rotation grade does not mean it would be an A+ team with average hitting and bullpen, but that it would be an A+ team with A+ hitting and bullpen. This works more like school. Think of it as taking 3 classes: a 6-credit hitting class, a 4-credit rotation class and a 2-credit bullpen class. Your grade-point average is your team rating.

The calculation doesn’t work perfectly, but I am pretty happy with it, overall. Most teams come with one tick of their actual record, though the Diamondbacks are an exception: they calculate as a C- when they performed as an F. I guess a GOOD bullpen is only worth 15%, but a BAD bullpen could cost you more – in effect, it could cost you every game.

Anyway, here are the revised report cards for the thirty maj0r-league teams, in summary form.

Enjoy!

Team | H % | Gr | St % | Gr | BP % | Gr | Tm % | Gr | W/L% | Gr |

Angels | .451 | D | .582 | A- | .527 | B- | .508 | C | .494 | C |

A’s | .448 | D | .628 | A+ | .529 | B- | .523 | C+ | .500 | C |

Astros | .417 | F | .590 | A- | .523 | C+ | .493 | C | .469 | D+ |

Blue Jays | .512 | C | .556 | B | .531 | B- | .530 | B- | .525 | C+ |

Braves | .488 | C- | .594 | A | .603 | A | .542 | B | .562 | B+ |

Brewers | .488 | C- | .515 | C+ | .503 | C | .500 | C | .475 | C- |

Cardinals | .534 | B- | .600 | A | .570 | B+ | .563 | B+ | .531 | B- |

Cubs | .469 | D+ | .586 | A- | .476 | C- | .511 | C | .463 | D+ |

Diamondbacks | .475 | C- | .534 | B- | .421 | F | .488 | C- | .401 | F |

Dodgers | .463 | D+ | .599 | A | .541 | B | .522 | C+ | .494 | C |

Giants | .466 | D+ | .633 | A+ | .560 | B+ | .538 | B- | .568 | B+ |

Indians | .429 | D- | .472 | D+ | .526 | B- | .459 | D | .420 | F |

Mariners | .302 | F | .556 | B | .509 | C | .422 | F | .377 | F |

Marlins | .509 | C | .537 | B- | .527 | B- | .522 | C+ | .494 | C |

Mets | .466 | D+ | .573 | B+ | .563 | B+ | .518 | C+ | .488 | C- |

Nationals | .454 | D | .480 | C- | .556 | B | .478 | C- | .426 | D- |

Orioles | .420 | F | .478 | C- | .491 | C | .451 | D | .407 | F |

Padres | .435 | D- | .603 | A | .635 | A++ | .524 | C+ | .556 | B |

Phillies | .512 | C | .613 | A+ | .546 | B | .553 | B | .599 | A |

Pirates | .340 | F | .404 | F | .510 | C | .388 | F | .352 | F |

Rangers | .549 | B | .526 | B- | .576 | A- | .545 | B | .556 | B |

Rays | .580 | A- | .606 | A | .601 | A | .593 | A | .593 | A |

Red Sox | .574 | B+ | .573 | B+ | .494 | C | .562 | B+ | .549 | B |

Reds | .549 | B | .562 | B+ | .567 | B+ | .556 | B | .562 | B+ |

Rockies | .519 | C+ | .539 | B- | .541 | B | .529 | B- | .512 | C |

Royals | .451 | D | .432 | D- | .509 | C | .453 | D | .414 | F |

Tigers | .531 | B- | .525 | C+ | .522 | C+ | .527 | B- | .500 | C |

Twins | .562 | B+ | .552 | B | .556 | B | .558 | B | .580 | A- |

White Sox | .549 | B | .543 | B | .525 | C+ | .544 | B | .547 | B |

Yankees | .593 | A | .539 | B- | .563 | B+ | .569 | B+ | .586 | A- |

### 2 Responses to “New Report Cards”

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Wow!! Even with the dumping of alot of talent for $$ the Rays still maintain a solid grade. The AL east is going to be home of some tough baseball. Can’t wait for it all to start!

Weston – yes, the Rays had a solid grade (they DID win 96 games) but this is LAST year’s grade, not this year’s projection.

They lost much of that talent THIS off-season, so it is NEXT year that we will see what’s up. Most analysts expect them to be just about as tough next year, but I am not so sure: i think they may well be 8-10 games down, which still puts them in the 86-88 win range. And remember that the 2010 Blue Jays won 85 games. So, yes, the AL East will once again be the AL Beast.