After the opening month of the 2013 MLB season, we're examining all the stats and highlights to objectively grade every team. Starting pitching, bullpen work and the offensive/defensive performance of regular position players and reserves went into the overall evaluation.
Preseason expectations also had a subtle influence in several cases. The rationale is that if teams excelled in any particular facet despite heavy skepticism, they should get a tiny bit of "extra credit."
Let's use the Colorado Rockies as an example. Without changing much personnel from a weak pitching staff, their results were significantly better in April than at any point the previous season. So, as you'll notice, Colorado's grade was better than that of a few teams who posted identical or slightly stronger records.
"Fun facts" (included in some slide captions) also made a difference. The Miami Marlins, for instance, played 15 of their 27 April contests at home and went 5-10. The schedule-makers gave them extra opportunities to show their fans that they could be relevant in 2013, and they blew it, thus negatively affected their grade.
Before we get too deep into May, here's how the major league clubs fared over the first several weeks.