First-Quarter Grades for the Los Angeles Angels

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First-Quarter Grades for the Los Angeles Angels
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With a quarter of the 2013 MLB season in the books, the Los Angeles Angels, 15-26, rank fourth out of five teams in the AL West.

And it get's worse.

The team now sits 12 games back from first place—the largest deficit at this point of a season since 2001 (h/t L.A. Times' Mike DiGiovanna).

That year, the Angels finished the season 75-87.

And the current team, well...

The reality of it all is were it not for the Houston Astros, the Angels would be a last-place team with a payroll of $150 million-plus, mistakenly labeled as a trend, like wearing sunglasses indoors.

Sure, it's still too early to count any team out of the race. I get it. But if you are to believe that each quarter mark in the season is just as important as the next, then making a passing grade—performance-wise—is extremely important, regardless of the month.

For that purpose alone, I have falsely accredited and licensed myself as a teacher for the night—think of me as an anti-sabermetrics professor, looking at the reality and athletic beauty of baseball, not the stat-minded jargon that misinterprets 85 mph as slow.

So, with red pencil in hand, let's take a look at the 2013 Los Angeles Angels thus far, and fill in the report card with a few grades.   

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